Class visits and interviews
View information about class visits, coaches, and interviews below.
The vitality of intellectual life at Barnard is best sampled in the classroom, where small groups of students engage with professors freely. We ask faculty at the start of each term to let us know if visitors are welcome to visit their classes - nearly all respond in the affirmative, but there are a few for whom space in a small seminar room may be an issue, so their class wiill be deleted before posting. Many of our classes don't meet on Fridays.
* Note: If you are looking for a dance/theatre technique or performance course, please contact those departments in advance. See the section below for details.
Visit the admissions office for directions (and help with the abbreviations) before attending class so we can help guide you to where you will find the classroom. We ask that you arrive in the classroom about ten minutes before class and introduce yourself to the instructor. We also ask that you stay for the whole class. And, sorry, class visits are intended for students only.
Students interested in attending a theatre department or dance department technique or performance course are asked to review the appropriate websites and reach out to the designated departmental contact before visiting classes.
The theatre department prefers that only admitted students be permitted to attend performance classes; but will welcome inquiries from interested students via phone, email or by appointment. The dance department prefers that prospective students have a conversation with department contacts before attending a technique class. We have included these courses on the list above with a note to contact the department. Department contacts can be found via the links above.
Both departments understand that the process of selecting an appropriate program in theatre or dance is a complex one and are delighted to help students learn as much as they can about their departments. In order to serve the needs of continuing and prospective students, each department requests that you do not drop by without connecting with staff beforehand.
Through the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium, women at Barnard College and the undergraduate divisions of Columbia University compete together as members of University-wide athletic teams -- it is the only consortium of its kind at the Division I level. Our varsity teams compete within the Ivy League Conference. If you are interested in competing on one of our Division I athletic teams, we encourage you to contact the coaches directly to set up a time to speak with them or observe a game when you visit. You may also contact Carolyn Middleton or Danielle Jakob for more information on athletic opportunities at Barnard.
An interview with a representative of the Barnard community (senior interviewer, staff member, alumna) is an option available, but not required, for first-year applicants in their senior year of high school. If you choose to have an interview, it is an opportunity for admissions to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the College; it is, therefore, both informational and evaluative in nature. The interview will be considered in our application review, but applicants without the opportunity to interview will not be penalized in any way. Additionally, please note, interviews are not part of the transfer application process.
On-campus interviews are available for high-school seniors only Monday through Friday, from June through mid-December. (Early Decision candidates must complete their interview by the ED deadline.) Students may call Admissions at 212-854-2014 to schedule an on-campus interview. Weekend interviews are available on select dates during the fall semester only. We recommend requesting an appointment at least three weeks in advance. Please do NOT wait until you submit your application before requesting an interview!
Please remember, only one interview per student! All on-campus interview timeslots are currently full. Please note that interviews are not a required part of the application process.
First-year applicants interested in an off-campus interview with an alumna and unable to travel to Barnard's campus may interview with trained alumnae interviewers. Alumnae interviews take place between mid-September and December and are available only to first-year applicants in their senior year of high school.**
Please do NOT wait until you submit your application before requesting an interview!
** Deadlines for requesting alumnae interviews are as follows:
Tuesday, October 15th was the last day to submit an alumnae interview request for Early Decision DEADLINE HAS PASSED
Friday, December 20th will be the last day to submit an alumnae interview request for Regular Decision
Alumnae interviews are offered to first-year applicants who live OUTSIDE THE TRI-STATE AREA ONLY.
For students in China and South Korea, we often have far fewer alumnae interviewers than we have requests. Additionally, the time difference between the US and Asia further complicates our ability to offer Skype interviews, so we have connected with two organizations who offer comprehensive interviews. For one fee, either company will send your interview video/report to all of the colleges on your list. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.
If you are concerned that fees would present a hardship for you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact us for an alternate solution.
Committed teacher/scholars are core to Barnard's educational mission. In their direct, close interactions with students, Barnard faculty members embody the ideal of the passionate teacher combined with world-class scholar in nurturing intellectual scholarship in their students. Many students indicate that their reasons for loving a particular subject or embarking on a new path of inquiry were influenced by faculty members' enthusiasm.
As you explore your own idea of scholarship at the college level, discovering your areas of interest and uncovering new directions, review our departmental pages to learn more about the specialties of each faculty member. Department pages will often provide insight not only into requirements for a major or course descriptions, but a fundamental sense of departmental philosophy, research interests, or co-curricular activities. Take a look at the Barnard catalogue to learn more about academic departments and faculty or check out the Faculty Experts page.
For advice on how to get to here and where to go when you're in New York, including: nearby accommodations, parking, maps, and places of interest. The best way to visit the college? Include a visit to New York City: see a show, visit a museum, do some shopping, walk through Central Park, people watch. Of course, to get here, we recommend public transportation whenever possible, but there are parking garages within a few blocks of campus and there is some metered parking along Broadway.