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Barnard College

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The first women’s college in New York City to offer the same liberal arts education men were receiving at nearby Columbia University, Barnard College has continually grown to provide a solid foundation for the intellectual and social development of its students since its inception in 1889.

Whether your interests lie in the humanities, the sciences, or the arts, Barnard offers a fertile training ground for young minds and ideas. Its unique relationship with Columbia University means that students have access to a coed experience at all times, but on their own terms. It also means that the faculty and administration have as their main focus and attention the female student body, not the coed masses across the street. These scholars are experts in their fields and have immeasurable resources that they share with their students.

The college has a unique position as a small independent campus for women closely linked to a first-rate research university and located in one of the world’s major cities offers an extraordinary and unparalleled opportunity for those young women smart and savvy enough to avail themselves of it. The internship possibilities and cultural offerings of New York City are second to none, and the intimacy of the campus and student body provides a perfect home base from which to explore Manhattan.


Graduation requirements ensure that a Barnard degree means something; all students must be competent in writing, quantitative reasoning, and in a foreign language. Beyond the depth provided by a major field (from which there are about sixty to choose, or students may combine or design their own), distribution requirements guarantee exposure to the humanities,social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts as well as to a variety of cultures and societies.

Currently, the college is offering bachelor degrees in:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences


Students frequently collaborate with faculty as research assistants, so it is not unusual to hear a senior describe her work with an anthropology professor, or a junior discuss her experiences in the biology laboratory. During their first two years, students receive counseling from members of the faculty and the Dean of Studies Office.

Advisors are well versed policies and regulations, working closely with the Deans’ Office and the Registrar to ensure that all students are on the right track for graduation. At the end of the student’s second year, advisors are prepared to assist with the transition into the major. From then on, students are advised by a faculty member in their major department; a double major will have two advisors.

Partnership with Columbia

The school’s unique partnership with Columbia means that the curricular offerings of one of the country’s top research universities are available for the asking; courses in all departments are available for cross-registration. About equal numbers of Barnard and Columbia students do this, indicating a true academic parity between the two schools.

Senior Theses or Projects

Each student’s academic endeavors are capped off by a significant culminating experience, which comes in the form of a senior thesis, project, or exam in her major. Preparing for and completing this terminal work presents true challenges: The idea is that if a student can succeed in such a project, she can do it in just about any field she chooses.

Joint Programs

Other academic attractions include joint programs with the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and various graduate and professional schools of Columbia University such as the School of Engineering, the School of International and Public Affairs, the Law School, and the Dental School. While entrance into these programs is quite limited and often extremely competitive, the students who participate in them not only benefit themselves, but they contribute an extra degree of depth and diversity to their classrooms.

Exchange and Overseas Programs

About thirty percent of graduates participate in study abroad, whether it was for a semester or two. The official exchange programs in the United States include Spelman College and the Columbia University-Howard University Exchange Program, while overseas programs are located in more than thirty-five countries. The Dean of Study Abroad meets with students individually and in groups, providing information and guidance before and after the experience.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Dance, theater, and musical productions abound. Two annual events are Acapellooza, an a cappella jamboree hosted by Barnard’s own Bacchantae, which features groups from the university and selected others and results in a professional-quality CD, and Broadway Tonight, a benefit performance of Broadway selections that teams up students with professionals from the Great White Way. Off stage, students provide technical support and packed houses.


Getting into this school is very competitive. The application process is the usual, including personal data, high school transcripts, official copies of standardized test scores (either the ACT or the SAT plus two SAT Subject tests), and three recommendations—one from a principal or counselor and two from teachers (preferably in academic subject areas). To apply, students must submit the Common Application in addition to the Barnard College supplement. If the college is the student’s first choice, she may apply for Early Decision (ED); the deadline is November 15. Applicants may be deferred to the general application pool if they are denied admission. The regular deadline for application is January 1.

The admissions staff works hard to make sure that each student offered admission will thrive in her own way. The ideal applicant has a solid record, pursues diverse interests, and shows promise that she will take advantage of the breadth and depth of experiences the college and New York City will offer her.

The High School Record

The high school record is the single most important part of the application. While overall achievement is important, the admissions staff makes it very clear that they care about a student’s demonstrated effort to challenge herself in the classroom. In addition, course availability is taken into consideration. In addition, because the college expects students to study a broad range of subjects, evidence of that interest—four years of English, social studies, and math and at least three years of science and foreign language—is very important.

Other Criteria

The college takes pride in the amazing collective talent of its actors and athletes, debaters and dancers. Indeed, its strength comes from its unparalleled diversity—students hail from forty-eight states and forty countries. Participation and leadership in extracurricular activities—clubs, teams, youth groups, or community service opportunities—are part of the admissions picture. Holding down a part-time job is also considered in this category, as some high school students are active contributors to their family’s overall earnings. Multiyear commitment to an activity is always a plus. A liberal arts college wants to educate students to be good citizens, not simply good scholars.

Standardized Tests and the Essay

Standardized tests scores are required as they are the one measure that can be used to compare students no matter where they’re from. Students also need to be prepared to write an essay that lets their interests and personality shine.

Financial Aid

Unlike many schools, students are admitted on a need-blind basis, meaning that students are admitted regardless of their ability to pay. Moreover, they are met with a full-need financial aid package in keeping with the federal government’s formulas—once the Financial Aid Office has calculated the amount that a student and her family are able to contribute, it offers a package to make up the difference. Approximately fifty-three percent of the student body receives some form of financial assistance.

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While students find campus activities galore, they have never-ending access to the unquantifiable offerings of what is arguably the world’s greatest city; moreover, the college tries to make the city’s offerings affordable for the usually cash-strapped undergrad. Discount vouchers to firstrun films and the performing arts supplement the popular Urban New York program, which takes students to Broadway events, opening day at Yankee Stadium, the New York Philharmonic, and even the circus, all for the price of the subway ($4.00 round-trip). Each trip is escorted by a member of the college or university faculty or administration, providing an extra opportunity to get to know a key member of the community in a relaxed, sometimes unconventional, setting.


First-year students are clustered together in the quad, a grouping of four halls that are situated on the south end of the main campus and houses a total of about 900 students. The main dining room is located here, in Hewitt Hall, and the Quad Café is open late into the evening for that much-needed burst of energy courtesy of Starbucks Coffee. Beyond the quad, which primarily features the traditional corridor style of dormitory living, upperclass students live in suites of various configurations in seven other residence halls surrounding the main campus.

In every hall, Resident Assistants (RAs) sponsor floor programs and study breaks to foster social connections; movie nights and guest appearances by various peer education groups and speakers offer something for just about everyone. After the first year, students select their own living space through a lottery process. In addition, they may enter the lottery in groups, sometimes with their Columbia friends, for suite living on either campus. Another more competitive option is to participate in Special Interest Housing, meaning that students come together around a theme such as Community Service, Foreign Language, or Environmental Awareness, and sponsor programs in their residence hall for everyone’s benefit. The Housing Office offers forums early in the spring semester to help explain the various options.

Outside Groups

The amount and quality of activity sponsored by and for the college is inspiring. While the faculty and administration present lectures and readings by prominent and emerging scholars and artists, students themselves create and invite a great deal of programming. Thus, you’re likely to find both a classical musical recital and a concert by an alternative band, with a Barnard Bulletin (a news weekly) reporter on hand to interview the talent and audience as well. The college’s radio station, WBAR, broadcasts a college/alternative format and there are traditional activities such as the yearbook and student government (called SGA), which is responsible for the eighty or so student organizations. Cultural organizations and various other community groups come under SGA’s umbrella. That said, there are at least as many groups at Columbia, giving Barnard students the opportunity to work on a daily paper (the Spectator) or a jazz-oriented radio station (WKCR),to get involved in religious, volunteer, and political organizations, and clubs galore.

The Greeks

The Greek system, including both sororities and coed fraternities, is open to students who want to experience more “traditional” collegiate life. Those who take part in them tend to rave about their experiences; however, the SGA constitution prohibits groups that limit their membership and therefore does not recognize the Greek system.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Those who prefer their thrills on a court, arena, or stadium can participate on a number of levels. Varsity athletes compete in Division I archery, basketball, soccer, field hockey, crew, tennis, lacrosse, cross-country, track and field, swimming and diving, softball, fencing, golf, and volleyball as part of the athletic consortium with their counterparts from Columbia College and the School of Engineering.

Club sports such as Ultimate Frisbee, sailing, and rugby offer unique opportunities for intercollegiate competition and comraderie. Intramurals provide a great way to let loose, either in soccer, basketball, or even bowling at the on-campus alley.

Finally, many students work out on their own or with friends by running in Riverside Park, taking a student-led aerobics class, or swimming a few laps in the pool.

Local Community

From poetry readings to film screenings, cafés and restaurants to galleries and museums, concert halls to night clubs, this is the city that never sleeps and always has something to offer. Parades, street fairs, festivals, and impromptu concerts are year-round occurrences. Professional sports teams have crosstown rivals, bookstores have cappuccino, and there’s nothing quite like a trip to Central Park, whether it’s for a visit to the zoo, rollerblading around the Loop, or iceskating at Wollman Rink.


Barnard women are staunch and loyal supporters of their alma mater, leading to an “oldgirl” network that spans the country and the world. Organized clubs in many regions sponsor faculty lectures and receptions for admitted students, but even more prevalent is the individual connection—the women who make themselves available to assist current students and fellow alumnae through informational interviews, internships, job contacts, and relocation support.

Prominent Grads

  • Helene Gayle, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States
  • Zora Neale Hurston, Author
  • Atoosa Rubenstein, Editor-in-Chief, Seventeen Magazine
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick, United Nations Ambassador
  • Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
  • Joan Rivers, Comedienne
  • Martha Stewart, Author, Television Personality
  • Twyla Tharp, Choreographer
  • Suzanne Vega, Singer, Songwriter

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.08
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 29,829 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 515 0.01
Forcible Rape 1,092 0.01
Robbery 19,773 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,159 0.22
Larceny 112,864 1.37
Vehicle theft 9,434 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New York, NY 10027-6598
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population56,168 (56,168 urban / N/A rural)
Households22,230 (2.23 people per house)
Median Household Income$23,150
Families10,724 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3610

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 34th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $43,100 $43,100 $43,100
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,690 $1,690 $1,690
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,440 $1,440 $1,440
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $61,512 $61,512 $61,512
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,862 $48,862 $48,862
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $47,302 $47,302 $47,302

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $42,184 $43,502 $42,184 $43,502 $42,184 $43,502
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,146(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $13,382 $13,810
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,366(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $1,470 $1,520
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,366(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,366(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,606 (N/A male / 5,606 female)
Admitted 1,151 (N/A male / 1,151 female)
Admission rate 21%
First-time Enrollment 580 (N/A male / 580 female)
FT Enrollment 576 (N/A male / 576 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (N/A male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment2,489

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Ivy Group
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ivy Group

ACT Test Admission

48th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 47%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 29 / 34
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 31
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 28 / 32

SAT Test Admission

64th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 73%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 620 / 730
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 620 / 710
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1240 / 1440

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,237
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$8,450
Board Fee$5,760

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 36 23 63 99 381 623
African Studies 1 2 3
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 9 10
Ancient Studies/Civilization 1 1
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Anthropology 2 4 3 16 27
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 1 3
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architecture 4 1 2 5 12
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 4 2 29 40
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1 6 7 17
Astronomy 1 1
Biochemistry 3 2 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 7 6 16 30
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General 1 1 2 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature 1 7 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Dance, General 1 2 2 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 7 8
Economics, General 8 1 4 14 17 46
Economics, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 3 7 4 62 76
Environmental Biology 1 1 2
Environmental Science 3 6 10
Environmental Studies 1 3 4
European Studies/Civilization 1 1
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 5 7
French Language and Literature 1 2 3 7
French Studies 1 1
German Language and Literature
German Studies
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
History, General 2 1 5 19 28
Italian Language and Literature 1 1
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature 1 1
Linguistics 1 2 3
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 3 2 3 8
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mathematics, Other
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 1 2 5
Music, General 1 2 4 7
Neuroscience 1 1 8 11 22
Philosophy 1 1 5 7
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 4 3 5 8 28 50
Psychology, General 3 5 3 12 53 78
Religion/Religious Studies 1 7 8
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Slavic Studies 1 1
Sociology 1 1 4 2 10 18
Spanish Language and Literature 6 2 5 13
Spanish and Iberian Studies
Statistics, General 3 3
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 1 2 4 15 26
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies 2 4 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 143rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $106,995 ($118,532 male / $95,321 female)
Number of FT Faculty 207 (76 male / 131 female)
Number of PT Faculty 342
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $8,657,777

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