The most successful transfer students have high school and college transcripts both with strong outcomes in a rigorous curriculum. To strengthen your profile as a transfer and ensure that you will be more competitive in our applicant pool, we recommend selecting courses in college that might be transferable to a liberal arts and sciences college like Barnard. It is also important that you take care in thinking through your answers to both the personal statement on the common application and the required Barnard supplement.
To receive the Bachelor of Arts degree at Barnard, a transfer student must attend Barnard for at least four regular academic terms at Barnard (Morningside Heights, Reid Hall, Kyoto, Beijing, or the Berlin Consortium) during which she must complete at least 60 points, including at least six courses in the major field (and three in the minor field, if a minor is declared). Typically, students who transfer in with sophomore (24-51 points) class status can consider studying abroad. In careful consultation with one's academic adviser, a student can explore the implications for studying abroad while keeping in mind the residency and point requirements at the College.
Courses completed at other accredited colleges and universities which are similar in content and depth to Barnard courses may be submitted for transfer credit. Credit for approved work at another institution is applied to Barnard's 122-point graduation requirement with a maximum of 16 points per term. Credit cannot be granted for courses with grades lower than C minus. Acceptable transfer work does not usually include applied or professional courses or more than the equivalent of two Barnard studio courses. The first term of an elementary language course is not normally credited unless or until the second term or a more advanced course has been satisfactorily completed, but a student may request a single exemption to this ruling. Transfer applicants who are admitted will receive a transfer credit evaluation with their admission letter indicating transferable credit and fulfilled course requirements. At this time, we do not grant transfer credit for distance learning courses.
Q. What test scores do I need to submit to complete a transfer application?
A. Scores from standardized tests are required as part of the transfer admissions process. We require official scores from either the SAT I or the ACT exam from ALL transfer applicants, regardless of the number of credits transferring or length of time since high school. We will accept either the old or new version of these tests (with or without writing components). International applicants who have studied in the United States for fewer than five years are also required to submit an official TOEFL exam score.
Q. Why do I need to submit copies of course descriptions?
A. If you are offered admission to the College, we will provide you with a tentative statement of transfer credit at the time we notify you of our decision. In order to evaluate any course work that you completed, or that is currently in progress, we will need to review official course descriptions from the college or university catalog. Therefore, we request official course descriptions for all college coursework at the time of application. Final credit evaluations and determination of General Education or Major Requirement exemptions will be completed once the final transcript is received and course descriptions may be reviewed by appropriate faculty members and the Office of the Registrar.
Q. I applied to Barnard as a first-year applicant and I am applying again as a transfer applicant. Do I need to submit an entirely new application? A. If you decide to seek application again to the College, you will need to submit an entirely new application. However, we will have access to your prior application materials. Therefore, if you submitted official standardized test scores when you first applied, and you have not taken the exam since, we would still have this information on file. We would not have your final high school transcript if you applied during your senior year. And, remember, we also have your old essays, so this is a chance to inspire us with the new perspective you have gained as a wise transfer student.
Q. I have been out of school for a number of years. Do I still need to submit an Academic Dean/adviser form or Faculty letter of recommendation? A. Yes. Individuals applying to Barnard as transfer students are required to submit two letters of recommendation: 1) college-level faculty recommendation* and 2) current (or most recent) academic dean or adviser. Unfortunately, letters of recommendation from employers and high school teachers cannot be submitted in place of any of the two letters that are required. If you feel these recommendations would be helpful, we will accept employer or teacher recommendation as a supplement to the required letters and use them in our review of the file.
*We recognize that transfer students come to Barnard College from a wide range of colleges and universities. Therefore, students who have the most personal contact with Teaching Assistants may find it more appropriate to ask a TA for a letter of recommendation.
Q. Can I schedule an interview? A. Interviews are not part of the transfer application process. We invite you to convey to us within the context of the short answer questions or the lengthier application essay any information that you feel we should be aware of in evaluating your candidacy. If you have further questions contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrance in January (Spring Term)
Notification: Beginning December 1
Entrance in September (Fall Term)
Notification: By the middle of May
Transfer Applicants: 515
Transfer Admitted: 130
Transfer Admit Rate: 25%
Transfer Matriculants: 69
Average College GPA: 3.73