Barnard College

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3009 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-5262
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Barnard College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,504, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 4 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Barnard College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $44,790 (2013-14).

Women at Barnard College can experience two extremes of education—a small, liberal arts school and a large, coeducational Ivy League institution—all the while enjoying an urban lifestyle in New York City. Barnard is an all-female college in Manhattan with a partnership with the school across the street, Columbia University. Barnard women can take classes, play sports and join organizations at Columbia University-—and Columbia students have the same opportunities at Barnard. The two schools are joined in an athletic consortium, and compete in the NCAA Division I Ivy League Conference. The school’s own mascot is a dancing Barnard Bear named Millie. Barnard College has about 80 of its own student organizations, though Columbia students often join, too. The Barnard Student Government Association does not recognize on-campus sororities, but women can join Columbia’s Greek organizations. Students call the school’s location in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Upper West Side home, as nearly 95 percent live on campus. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but 98 percent choose to do so. The school’s Urban New York program takes first-semester students to free events around the city, and all Barnard women get student discounts on tickets to nearby on- and off-Broadway shows, various sporting events and concerts. Barnard students also have year-round opportunities for internships in New York City, organized through the Career Development office.

Men are permitted to be professors at this women’s college, but females still dominate, accounting for 65 percent of the faculty body. The school has a renowned Barnard Center for Research On Women, which sponsors conferences and panels on the subjects of gender, feminism and women’s rights. Famous alumnae of Barnard College include author Anna Quindlen and entrepreneur Martha Stewart.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Barnard College aims to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university. With a dedicated faculty of scholars distinguished in their respective fields, Barnard is a community of accessible teachers and engaged students who participate together in intellectual risk-taking and discovery. Barnard students develop the intellectual resources to take advantage of opportunities as new fields, new ideas, and new technologies emerge. They graduate prepared to lead lives that are professionally satisfying and successful, personally fulfilling, and enriched by love of learning.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $213,516,000


When applying to Barnard College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Barnard College is $65. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 22.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 22.6%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Barnard College is 10:1, and the school has 70.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Barnard College include: Social Sciences; Psychology; English Language and Literature/Letters; Visual and Performing Arts; and Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 84%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 23%
Psychology 13%
English Language and Literature/Letters 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 9%

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Student Life

Barnard College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,504, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus. Barnard College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,504
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Barnard College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Barnard College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Barnard College.

Students who have cars on campus 0%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Barnard College, 39 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $42,572.

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Tuition and fees $44,790 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,210 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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