Barnard is located in New York City and offers students endless cultural, academic, and professional opportunities. New York is an extension of our classrooms and students make use of its resources for both study and exploration. Barnard's Office of Career Development lists over 2,500 student internships throughout New York City each year and classes often incorporate visits to museums, tours of historic neighborhoods, or participation in civic engagement projects. Barnard's location in the neighborhood of Morningside Heights offers a retreat from the fast pace of Mid-town Manhattan and is often referred to as an educational Mecca with students, staff and faculty from a number of institutions of higher education all calling the Heights "home" Institutions neighboring the Barnard campus, in addition to Columbia University, include the Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College, Bank Street College of Education, Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. New York City is the ultimate college town, drawing more than 500,000 college students each year.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Barnard's Campus covers four acres of prime New York real estate stretching from 116th to 120th Street along Broadway with 15 buildings comprising Barnard's cozy campus. Milbank Hall, a nationally registered historic landmark, contains offices, classrooms, a cutting-edge greenhouse, and the Minor Latham Playhouse. 14-story Altschul Hall houses state-of-the-art science research facilities and equipment, along with classrooms, offices, and laboratories. A full gymnasium is located on the first floor of Barnard Hall, facing the college's main entrance. Barnard Hall is also the home of the Barnard Center for Research on Women in addition to the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. Brooks, Reid, and Sulzberger Halls along with Hewitt, make up the Quad, the residence life complex serving first-year students situated at the southern end of campus. Campus housing is guaranteed to continuously enrolled first-years for four years and housing options include opportunities for coeducational living. The heart of student life is our Diana Center, the student center which opened January of 2010, where students have access to many amenities which augment academic life, including an art gallery, black box theatre, event and dining spaces, art and architecture studios, music practice rooms, and more. Finally, Wollman Library offers three floors of study space and along with Columbia's libraries, with more than 10 million volumes, over 100,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other non-print formats, provides access to one of the top five academic library systems in the nation.
There are numerous opportunities for Barnard students to explore academics beyond the Barnard gates. Barnard students have full access to Columbia resources including more than 30 libraries and collections, research facilities, and courses which complement the Barnard curriculum, even at a graduate or professional level. The Jewish Theological Seminary allows Barnard students to enroll in courses for credit and the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music allow highly qualified Barnard musicians to enroll in a selective lesson exchange program.
Barnard students also explore academics beyond both New York and the United States through over 150 study-abroad programs in more than 50 countries including, but not limited to: Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Panama, Peru, Russia, Scotland, and Tibet. Programs focus on cultural immersion, advanced or independent study, and field-based or experiential learning and may include a single semester or a full year of study. Other Barnard students enroll in a variety of programs offered through other universities, liberal arts college consortiums and international organizations. Atlanta's Spelman College and Washington, D.C.'s Howard University offer domestic exchange programs with Barnard.
Student Organizations & Activities
The Barnard College community offers numerous activities and opportunities to an active student body. The Office of Student Life engages each student and promotes active and involved citizenship through leadership development, multicultural education, and a foundation in social justice. More than 80 Barnard student-run organizations are available to Barnard students, a sampling include: Asian American Alliance, Barnard Bulletin, Gospel Choir, Community Impact, Late Nite Theatre, Model United Nations, Mujeres, McIntosh Activities Council, Orchesis Dance Troupe, Russian Cultural Association, Students Against Silence, and Women's International Business Council. Barnard and Columbia students take part in organizations and activities on both campuses; and Barnard women take leadership roles in many of nearly 500 additional Columbia-sponsored clubs. Women's intercollegiate, intramural and club athletics are also popular. Barnard's varsity athletes compete at the NCAA Division I level alongside their Columbia peers as part of the Ivy League conference through the Barnard/Columbia Athletic Consortium. The 16 intercollegiate teams include archery, basketball, crew, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Intramural and club sports include cycling, equestrian, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, and sailing.
Finding things to do at Barnard? “It’s easy—we live in New York.” When you live in “one of the greatest cities on Earth,” you are “open to a wide range of things to do such as shows, film festivals, amazing restaurants, etc.” As one student puts it, while there is a thriving party scene on campus, “put down your vodka and go to the Met.” Students even enjoy free admission to many such attractions. But while the opportunities for entertainment and cultural activities are limitless in a city like New York—the museums, sports venues, book stores, music venues, cultural centers and more are too numerous to list— “a lot of fun events take place on campus.” There are a number of clubs on campus, busy students often spend time “just chilling” because “everyone is working or going to office hours, or pursuing an internship, a personal job, etc.,” and neighboring Columbia offers a “phenomenal Greek life” for those interested in that scene. No matter their chosen form of distraction from school work and extracurriculars, students here “are intensely dedicated to pursuing their interests, whether that be artistic, academic, pre-professional, or athletic ones.”