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Barnard is the most sought-after liberal arts college for women in the US. Barnard provides a cosmopolitan setting, dynamic academic programs, access to internships and a unique partnership with Columbia University.

Barnard is a small, highly selective liberal arts college for women located in New York City. The student body of just over 2,500 are part of a diverse and close-knit community and study with leading scholars who serve as dedicated, accessible mentors and teachers in intimate classes. Founded in 1889, Barnard also engages in a unique partnership with Columbia University, situated directly across the street. Students have access to additional course offerings, extracurricular activities, NCAA Division I Ivy League athletics and a fully coed social life. The location in New York City grants students access to thousands of internship opportunities in addition to unparalleled cultural, intellectual and social resources. Barnard's diverse student body includes residents from nearly every state and more than 50 countries worldwide. About 40 percent of the student body identify as students of color, and 8 percent are non-US citizens or permanent residents.

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Overview

Applicants
7,716
Acceptance Rate
15%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

80%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 740
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
363
with Terminal Degree
305

227
Women
136
Men
80
Minority
11
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biophysics.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization.
  • Behavioral Sciences.
  • Biopsychology.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemical Physics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics, Other.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Students Say

Barnard is a small school, an urban school, a resource-rich school, a school that “offers so many opportunities.” In some ways, Barnard College combines all the desirable traits one would want from an all-women’s liberal arts college. Located in New York City, here “you get the best of both worlds,” both a “small academic setting” as well as having “full access to the Ivy League institution (Columbia University) right across the street.” The school’s size means it “provides a small, close community” where students will “see familiar faces often.” Among those familiar faces are the professors themselves, who are “really engaging and make the material approachable and interesting.” Classes are a mix between lectures and discussions, and even in the larger classes professors “definitely make time for students to come talk to them.” Students say educators here are adept at “creating an environment to learn from and be inspired by classmates through the discussions held.” The “phenomenal” education experience at Barnard may be “challenging and very stressful” at times, but students are “so grateful” for those challenges. And while the school itself may be small, “you can cross Broadway and feel that large, Ivy League University feel.” Graduates from Barnard should expect to experience a “transition from a young female college student to an adjusted global citizen.”

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Greta Gerwig '06
Actress

Margaret Mead '23
Anthropologist

Lauren Graham '88
Actress

Martha Stewart '63
Entrepreneur

Twyla Tharp '63
Performance Artist

Zora Neale Hurston '28
Writer

Jhumpa Lahiri '89
2000 Pulitzer Prize winner

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$103,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$110,600

Percent High Job Meaning
57%

Percent STEM
19%


Students Say

Barnard's Career Development department strives to “support women in cultivating a career of their own invention that connects a liberal arts education, leadership and work-life planning,” according to the school's website. In addition to career fairs held every semester, Barnard also offers the Senior Initiative Program, which the school says “provides graduating seniors with the tools to navigate today's job market in order to prepare for life post-Barnard.” Likewise, free Leadership Lab workshops, put on by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, and the three-year Athena Scholars Program engage students to develop their leadership potential. Students note that “internships in finance and publishing are popular” and praise the “strong alumnae network.” According to PayScale.com, 57 percent of Barnard graduates report that their jobs are of high social value. The average starting salary for a Barnard graduate is $53,500, with popular jobs including director of a non-profit, research analyst, and marketing director. PayScale.com reports that the most popular majors at Barnard include Economics, Psychology, English, and Art History.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics


Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,722

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$53,252
Required Fees
$1,780
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,790
Transportation for Commuters
$900

On-Campus Room and Board
$17,525
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,604
Foreign Countries Represented
66

Demographics

14.73%
Asian
6.04%
African-American
11.88%
Hispanic
52.08%
Caucasian
9.00%
International

100% female
0% male
73% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Finding a single trait to define a school full of “cool, creative, confident, wellspoken, and determined” women who are “aware that [they are] in the cosmopolitan NYC” may seem difficult, but the repeated refrain of students makes it clear that there is something that unites Barnard students: They are ambitious. These are “driven, intelligent” women who are “extremely interested, dedicated, and passionate about something.” What that something may be varies— “biology, dance, theatre, architecture, economics, or international relations” and more—but the “strong, powerful, intelligent personalities” make them who they are. These “motivated individuals” sometimes “have a tendency to overload,” but “all Barnard women are very proactive and use all resources available...to achieve their goals.” That said, while students here are “ambitious, driven, and hard workers,” it is “not at the cost of physical or mental health: they know how to have fun, too.” Barnard women tend to be well-dressed and embrace the cosmopolitan side of New York City. One student comments, “I know of very few students here who feel they don’t fit in or haven’t found their niche,” and maybe that is because a Barnard student is one who is “smart, independent, and ready to take on the world.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority

Students Say

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
N/A

Director
Carolyn Corbran

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

N/A

Documentation Required for ADHD

N/A

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
75

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Columbia University Lions)
16 Sports

Archery
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: We have a part-time counselor, a part-time specialist in Multicultural Affairs, and robust student groups. Our students also benefit from the plethora of student groups at Columbia.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Fordham University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: State University of NY Maritime
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Manhattan College

Sustainability

74/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christina Lopez
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Phone
2128542014

Email
admissions@barnard.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Milstein Center (opening late summer 2018)
Diana Center
The Quad
Lefrak Center
Liz's Place Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park and Riverside Park
Riverside Church
Museum of Natural History
The Guggenheim Museum
Shopping and dining up and down Broadway

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Sat/Sun
9am-5pm
2128542014

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10:30am and 2:30pm; selected Sat/sun at 10:30am; selected midday tours
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
after tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
adowling@barnard.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Local airports include LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark. Taxi, bus, and subway service is available (in various combinations) to get you from airports to campus. Estimated taxis cost: $52+ tolls(from JFK), about $35 + tolls from La Guardia,and about $60 + tolls from Newark. Amtrak, Metro North, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad trains serve New York City as does Greyhound and several regional bus lines. Public transportation is available from Grand Central Station, Penn Station and New York Port Authority. Four public bus lines (M4, M11, M5, and M104) and 2 subways (the Broadway local, numbers 1 and 9) stop at 116th St./Columbia University.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Henry Hudson Pkwy. (West Side Hwy.) in New York City, take the 96th St. exit. Drive 2 blocks east to Broadway. Turn left (uptown) to Barnard's main gate at 117th St. To reach the Henry Hudson Pkwy. from the north, take the NY State Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) to the Cross-Bronx Expy., toward the George Washington Bridge. Bear right as you approach the bridge and take the exit for the Henry Hudson Pkwy. S. From the east, take the Grand Central Pkwy. or Long Island Expy. west to the Cross-Island Pkwy. north. Cross over the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Cross-Bronx Expy., toward the George Washington Bridge. Exit onto the Henry Hudson Pkwy. S. From the south and west, take I-95 N. or I-80 E. to the George Washington Bridge. Exit the bridge onto the Henry Hudson Pkwy. S.

Local Accommodations
Barnard College, an affiliate of Columbia University, is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 117th Street and Broadway. We suggest that you arrange your accommodations as early as possible. When making reservations, ask if any special packages are offered and be aware that rates change according to availability. Here are some possibilities to consider. For a reasonable price, visitors can stay at Landmark guestrooms at Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway; 212-662-7100). Other possibilities include Aloft Harlem (2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; 212/749-4000 or 800/716-8143, The Excelsior (45 W. 81st Street; 212-362-9200), and hotel Newton (2528 Broadway; 212-678-6500).


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