Transfer Students

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Application Requirements for Transfer and Visiting Students

Transfer Profile - Entering Class, Fall 2012

Transfer Applicants: 515
Transfer Admitted: 130
Transfer Admit Rate: 25%
Transfer Matriculants: 69
Average College GPA: 3.73

Transfer Students

Barnard has long welcomed transfer students from colleges and universities in this country and abroad. Some of our most well-known alumnae, such as Margaret Mead '23, Zora Neale Hurston '28, and Lauren Graham '88, entered Barnard as transfer students. About 80 transfer and visiting students matriculate to Barnard each fall, and 20–50 enter in the spring.

Transfers find Barnard a welcoming community both because of the flexibility of our curriculum and because of the type of student we attract - goal-oriented and eager to make their mark on the world, articulate without being unapproachable, confident without being arrogant, and ambitious without being ruthless. Transfers find us a wonderful match for their goals and interests. With a supportive community, flexible general education requirements, and a diverse student body, there are many ways for students to fit in quickly.

We accept applications for both the fall and spring semesters.

Am I considered a Transfer Student?

A student who has completed 24-60 transferable credits at another institution following high school is considered a transfer applicant. If you anticipate completing fewer than 24 credits, you must apply as a first-year student. The number of transfer credits accepted by Barnard will be determined by the Office of the Registrar and students will be notified of their credit status at the time of admission. A maximum of 60 points can be transferred from another college or university toward a degree at Barnard College. Applicants who are currently first-year students in college may not apply for Spring transfer admission.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the transfer process?

In general, any admissions officer should be able to answer your questions about the process -- if you are visiting the campus, be sure to let the admissions officer leading the information session know you are a prospective transfer student.  Once you apply, if you have more specific questions about your application or transfer of credits, contact the Coordinator of Transfer Admissions and Associate Director, Jessica Lee at

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