Barnard is located in New York City and offers students endless cultural, academic, and professional opportunities. New York is an extension of Barnard's classrooms and students make use of its resources for both study and exploration. Barnard’s Office of Career Development lists over 2,500 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 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 campus, in addition to Columbia, 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-and-a-half 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 modern science research facilities and equipment, along with classrooms, offices, and laboratories. Barnard Hall, facing the main entrance is the home of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Brooks, Reid, and Sulzberger Halls along with Hewitt, make up the Quad, the residence life complex serving first-years situated at the southern end of campus. Campus housing is guaranteed to continuously enrolled first-years for four years. The heart of student life is the Diana Center, Barnard's student center, where students have access to many amenities augmenting academic life, including an art gallery, black box theatre, event and dining spaces, art and architecture studios, music practice rooms, and more. Finally, Barnard students have access to Columbia's libraries, with more than 12 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 North America.
There are numerous opportunities for Barnard students to explore academic interests beyond the Barnard gates. Barnard students have full access to Columbia resources including more than 30 libraries and collections, research facilities and graduate programs, and courses which complement the Barnard curriculum.
Opportunities for double and joint degrees are also available with other schools within Columbia. One option is the five-year AB/MIA or AB/MPA program where Barnard students also earn their masters from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Barnard may also nominate juniors with outstanding records for early admission to Columbia Law School under the Accelerated Program in Interdisciplinary Legal Education (AILE) Program and may recommend candidates for an accelerated degree with Columbia's School of Oral and Dental Surgery. Students interested in both the liberal arts and engineering may earn the AB/BS degrees in a five-year (3-2) program with Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Highly talented musicians can apply for a selective Lesson Exchange Program with the Juilliard School or Cross Registration with the Manhattan School of Music. Advanced Juilliard exchange students can then apply and audition for the Juilliard School's five-year (3-2) program, earning their AB from Barnard and the MM degree from Julliard. Finally, students may earn an AB from Barnard and a BA from the nearby Jewish Theological Seminary's List College, if admitted to the Double Degree 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. 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. Additionally, Barnard has a Visiting International Students Program where 70-90 students from 15-20 partner schools around the world come to Barnard in the spring.
Student Organizations & Activities
The Barnard College community offers numerous co-curricular opportunities to an active student body. The Office of Student Life engages each student and promotes active and involved citizenship through leadership development and a foundation in equity social justice. More than 80 Barnard student-run organizations are available to Barnard students, a sampling include: Asian American Alliance, Barnard Bulletin, Gospel Choir, Late Nite Theatre, Model United Nations, Mujeres, McIntosh Activities Council, Orchesis Dance Troupe, 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 sports 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 Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium. The 16 intercollegiate teams include archery, basketball, crew, cross-country, diving, fencing, field hockey, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, , tennis, and volleyball. Intramural and club sports include cycling, equestrian, ice hockey, rock climbing, water polo, martial arts, rugby, and sailing.