Barnard College

Barnard College


Barnard is a small, highly selective liberal arts college for women located in New York City. Our students are part of a diverse and close-knit community and study with leading scholars who serve as dedicated, accessible mentors and teachers in small, intimate classes. Barnard also enjoys a unique partnership with Columbia University, situated directly across the street, providing students with additional course offerings, extracurricular activities, NCAA Division I Ivy League athletic competition and a fully coed social life. Our 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. 46 percent of the 2016 incoming class identifies as students of color, and 11 percent of the class comes from non-college backgrounds.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Science Pathways Scholars Program (SP)²

The Science Pathways Scholars Program is a highly selective 4-year program designed to support talented young women from underrepresented backgrounds (Black, Latina, or Native American), including first-generation college students, who have a strong interest in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics/astronomy or neuroscience. Scholar recipients will benefit from a personally matched faculty member in the sciences, a one-week, fully funded summer experience at Barnard for entering scholars, networking with Barnard alumnae working in the sciences, paid summer research positions and increased opportunities to conduct research during the academic year. To apply, students must indicate interest on the application and complete and additional short essay. Learn more about Science Pathways Scholars Program (SP)²

Pre-College Prep & Outreach The Saturday Science Seminar Program (S-Cubed)

S-Cubed brings young women in the eleventh grade with strong academic ability and interest in the sciences and mathematics to campus over the course of five Saturdays in January, February, and March. The program is designed to encourage interest in the STEM fields in a small, interactive classroom setting. Candidates are nominated for the program by teachers in the New York City high schools. Admission to the program is selective and space is limited. Learn more about The Saturday Science Seminar Program (S-Cubed)

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

STEP is a New York State Department of Education initiative designed to provide services to students from underrepresented populations or economically disadvantaged backgrounds seeking careers in the sciences, mathematics and technological fields, and the licensed professions. The program at Barnard College is specifically geared toward students in grades 9-12. Learn more about Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Pre-College Summer Experience Pre-College Summer Programs

Barnard's Pre-College Programs provide great insight for rising junior and senior girls considering New York City or women's colleges for their college list. Six programs ensure they can find diversity in their course selections and unique program compositions. Students may immerse themselves in two classes as part of our Summer in the City program, sample one course during our Liberal Arts Intensive, focus on performance and theory during Dance in the City, hone leadership skills with the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, dive into the sciences during the Summer Science Seminar, or build their brand with Entrepreneurs-in-Training. Learn more about Pre-College Summer Programs

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Barnard Bound

Barnard Bound provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising female high school seniors from around the country who self-identify as students of color and who could not otherwise afford to visit campus. Barnard College is 100% need-blind in our review of applications and we meet 100% of demonstrated need with need-based financial aid. It is our goal to help participants learn as much as they can about our vibrant community and realize that a Barnard education is both affordable and attainable. Counselors from High Schools and Community-Based Organizations are asked to nominate students by mid-June and selected students will be notified of our decision in mid-August. The application is available in early May. Learn more about Barnard Bound

Scholarship & Financial Aid The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Barnard Opportunity Program (BOP)

For a select group of scholars, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and Barnard Opportunity Program (BOP) offers an additional pathway to admission to Barnard. HEOP and BOP programs provide students with the academic and financial support to succeed at Barnard and beyond. A lending library, laptop computers, free tutoring, mentoring, and study skills workshops, and graduate school preparation and career guidance are available to all BOP and HEOP Scholars in addition to the resources and support they receive as Barnard students. To be considered for HEOP, students must be residents of New York State and meet other eligibility requirements. Additionally, a small number of students who are not New York State residents are identified by the office of admissions as BOP Scholars. Learn more about The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Barnard Opportunity Program (BOP)

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarship and Financial Aid

Barnard’s financial aid process is designed to foster quality, access, and diversity. Our policies reflect our commitment to making Barnard a realistic option for families, regardless of finances, and to ensuring qualified applicants are able to afford to attend. Barnard College is 100% need-blind in our review of US citizens and permanent residents. In addition, we meet 100% of demonstrated need with need-based financial aid. Barnard's policy for awarding financial aid seeks both fairness and the ability to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need as designated above; therefore, we do not offer merit scholarships. Learn more about Scholarship and Financial Aid

First-Year Experience & Transition Faculty Advising and Support

Every Barnard student is matched with a faculty member or dean who will be her academic adviser for her first two years. A faculty member from her selected academic department will provide advice and mentorship for her last two years. In parallel, every Barnard student will have staff members and counselors who will guide her decision-making in terms of student life, career pursuits, and other areas of interest.

Academic Advising & Support Academic Success and Enrichment Programs

The Office of Academic Success and Enrichment Programs (ASEP) is committed to providing opportunities to enrich and complement the intellectual life of all students. Under the supervision of the Office of the Dean of Studies, ASEP works to engage students in rigorous academic experiences while providing the support needed to meet academic challenges and to discover their own capabilities. ASEP oversees C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, in addition to Barnard Opportunity Program (BOP) and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Learn more about Academic Success and Enrichment Programs

Student Diversity

  • 2,548
  • 0/100
  • 14%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 14%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 12%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 53%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • n/a
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 8%

Student Success

  • 95%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 91%
    Six-year graduation
  • 91%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 99%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 91%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 214
    Full-time faculty
  • 49
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Psychology, English, Political Science, History, Economics,

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Alliance (AAA), Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS), Caribbean Students Association (CSA), Chinese Students Club (CSC), Grupo Quisqueyano (Dominican Students Organization), Haitian Students Association, Liga Flipina, Malama Hawaii, Organization of Pakistani Students (OPS), Club Zamana (South Asian Organization), etc.


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,614
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,780
    Required Fees
  • $15,598
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $42,779,661
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $45,817
    Average aid package
  • $16,334
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 14%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 49%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 39%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,071
    # of applicants
  • 16%
  • 3.90
    Average HS GPA
  • 31
    ACT Composite
  • 630—730
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 660—750
    SAT Math
  • 660—750
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date