Barnard College

Barnard College

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $53,252 | $53,252
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $50,194
January 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Most Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


A Small Liberal Arts College in the Heart of New York City

Founded in 1889, Barnard College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college for women in New York City affiliated with Columbia University. The student body of 2,500 is made up of a diverse and close-knit community. Students study with leading scholars who serve as dedicated, accessible mentors and teachers in small, intimate classes. Founded in 1889, Barnard 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 athletic competition and a fully co-ed social life. The location on the upper west side of Manhattan 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. Over 40 percent of the current first year class identifies as students of color, and 15 percent of the class come from non-college backgrounds.

A Barnard Education

Two required courses, First-Year Seminar and First-Year Writing, set the foundation for Barnard’s liberal arts education with small seminar classes, limited to 16 and 12 students, respectively. In addition to these First-Year Experience courses, Barnard’s flexible general education requirements are organized around Foundation Requirements in four subject areas and Modes of Thinking that connect to six themes. A generous list of courses allows for students to choose which options interest them most. Barnard students shape their educational experience by choosing courses that enhance the way they view the world.

A Distinguished and Highly Educated Faculty

Ninety percent of the 361 full and part-time members of the Barnard faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest applicable degrees in their fields of study. Additionally, women make up 65 percent of the faculty, nearly twice the natural average. Dedicated to and invested in their students’ education and futures, Barnard faculty include many Barnard students in their own research and projects. Faculty members are regularly quoted in national and international media such as the "New York Times," the "Wall Street Journal," and National Geographic. Faculty publish books across a broad range of topics, including the history of Black dandyism, international architecture, and women in theater. Faculty have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, named Carnegie Scholars, and won numerous research grants.

Part of the Columbia University System

Barnard is an independent college in the Columbia University system, and one of four undergraduate colleges within the University. Barnard students are free to register for courses at Columbia, one of the premier research universities in the Ivy League; and Columbia students can and do register for Barnard courses in almost equal numbers. Courses in architecture, dance, education, theater, and urban studies are specifically taught at Barnard, while courses in engineering can be found at Columbia.

The majority of student organizations and clubs on both campuses are funded by both Columbia and Barnard. This means that extracurricular activities at Columbia, including varsity and club sports and the "Spectator," the second-oldest daily student paper in the country, are also open to Barnard students. Barnard students not only enjoy the academic and extra-curricular opportunities of Columbia, but also engage in use of its libraries, dining halls, and fitness center.

Study Abroad

Barnard students are encouraged to explore opportunities to study abroad. The college has over 150 programs with many institutions in over 50 countries, including France, Nicaragua, Denmark, and China. Students who fulfill requirements, including a language requirement, may choose to study abroad for a semester or for a year. Programs include opportunities for home-stay, field research, and direct enrollment.

Internship Possibilities

Two-thirds of Barnard students take advantage of more than 2,500 internship possibilities available. The resources available in the New York area are unparalleled; past students have interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Saturday Night Live, Marie Claire, HBO and many financial institutions. The Office of Career Development works with students to focus their internship goals, prepare their application materials, and find the best possible placement to gain valuable professional experience.

Scholars of Distinction

A small cohort of academically gifted and highly motivated students are selected to participate the Barbara Silver Horowitz ’55 Scholars of Distinction Program, formerly known as the Barnard Centennial Scholars Program, was established in 1985 to help the College educate extraordinary young women bound for achievement. The Program provides a unique four-year scholarly experience in a cohort with other outstanding students. It offers participants access to research talks with acclaimed academic leaders, the close mentorship of renowned Barnard faculty members, and guaranteed funds to pursue academic research. Scholars are expected to develop a project related to a field of personal interest, and, in their senior year, to produce potentially publishable work that will be presented to faculty and peers.

Music Opportunities at Barnard

Students who would like to take music courses and lessons may do so through the Barnard and Columbia College music departments, with ample opportunities for intermediate or advanced lessons and courses in theory, composition, and history. Barnard College coordinates all voice instruction for undergraduate students at the University, while Columbia takes the lead on instruction for other instruments.

In addition, extremely advanced music students have additional options via the Manhattan School of Music Cross Registration Program and the Juilliard Exchange Program to take professional-level music lessons while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College. Admission to either lesson program is highly selective and requires a full application and audition separate from the Barnard application.

Jewish Theological Seminary

Interested students have the opportunity to apply to obtain a double degree from Barnard and List College at The Jewish Theological Seminary. List College is a vibrant, pluralistic community. Students pursue a JTS major in fields such as Jewish Thought, Midrash, or Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies, while completing a second major in the full array of liberal arts and science offerings at Barnard College. They enjoy being part of a close-knit Jewish community while actively participating in a broad spectrum of college life and coursework for the double degree at Barnard.

Housing and Residential Life

Barnard guarantees all incoming first-year students housing for four years. First-year students live in multiple-occupancy rooms while upper-class students live in apartments or suites. More than 90 percent of Barnard students live in one of twelve residence halls on the main campus and around the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Housing is available but not guaranteed for transfer students.

Residential life at Barnard is unique for an urban community. Students balance an active and vibrant campus life with all of the excitement of a larger urban setting. For Barnard students, the campuses of both Barnard and Columbia, as well as the neighborhood of Morningside Heights, in addition to New York City, all comprise the campus community.

Dedicated to the Success of Women

Barnard is dedicated to preparing exceptional young women for success through academic excellence, opportunities for leadership and mentoring, and a close-knit, supportive community that sponsors growth in and out of the classroom.

According to research provided via the Women's College Coalition, there are distinct advantages to attending a women's college. Students at women's colleges are more likely to pursue degrees in economics, physical and life sciences, and mathematics than women at coeducational institutions. Graduates of women's colleges pursue doctorates in math, science, and engineering in greater numbers than do female graduates of coeducational schools, and tend to hold higher positions in their fields and earn larger salaries.

On Barnard's campus, every student service is designed to meet the needs of a women-focused community. Primary Health Services, Furman Counseling Center, the academic advising program, and Career Development create programs to provide the kind of support young women may need as they navigate their academic experiences and life beyond college. The Athena Center for Leadership studies also provides Barnard students with the unique opportunity to become an Athena scholar and dedicate a portion of their studies to leadership development, history, and skills, culminating in a senior capstone project.

Location & Contact

3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-6598

Ms. Jennifer Fondiller

Vice President for Enrollment

Phone: 212-854-2014
Fax: 212-854-6220

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Slavic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Ancient/Classical Greek
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astrophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


15% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied7,716
    • Accepted1,190
    • Acceptance Rate15%
    • Enrolled2,604
    • Female Applicants7,716
    • Females Accepted1,190
    • Female Acceptance Rate15%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $75
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Common Application with Barnard Supplement
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman4.00
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 1st December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 15th May 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 704 660 760
    • SAT Math 690 650 740
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 31 30 33
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$53,252
    • Out-of-state tuition *$53,252
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,780
    • Room and board *$17,225
    • Room only *$10,435
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$50,194
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$50,619
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$61,710
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,431
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$43,984
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 100%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 98%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,604
    • Male Student Percentage%
    • Female Student Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino11.87%
    • Black or African American6.03%
    • White or Caucasian52%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.23%
    • Asian14.71%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races5.68%
    • Unknown or International Student.27%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout9.14% representing 66 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students73% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 91%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Community Impact (community service), Student Government Association, Take Back the Night, Student Activities Council, Musical Theater Society
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other gated campus with permanent security posts


Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery No No No
    • Badminton No No No
    • Basketball No No No
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Fencing No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Sailing No No No
    • Skiing No No No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Squash No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Table Tennis No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
    • Water polo No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes Division 1 No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Division C No
    • Fencing No Division 1 No
    • Field hockey No Division 1 No
    • Golf No Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 No
    • Rugby Yes Division C No
    • Sailing Yes Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 No
    • Softball No Division 1 No
    • Squash Yes Division 1 No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 No
    • Water polo Yes Division C No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty363
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage63%
    • Male Percentage37%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 2,584 students to 272 faculty



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