Community Programs

Out of Student Life there are many large scale programs that focus on various co-curricular aspects of Barnard College.  The office coordinates both fall and spring New Student Orientation Programs that welcome and introduce first-year, transfer, visiting and international students to the College.  Building community is another essential part of this area which is primarily done through programming.  On-and off-campus programs are offered as ways of building relationships and gaining a sense of belonging at Barnard.

Urban New York

Urban New York is a university-wide program designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of New York City by offering them FREE admission to events and programs in the area. These free tickets are available only to first-year and transfer students in the fall, but are open to the entire undergraduate population in the spring. Past events include a variety of Broadway shows including Chicago, Matilda, and The Lion King; dinner at Cavo with live bellydancing, Dark Dining at Camaje, and other NYC hot spots; sporting events like Knicks games; and Metropolitan and City Opera performances. For more information, please visit

Barnard Box Office

Student Life and the Barnard Store collaborate to offer discounted tickets to shows and events throughout New York City, including Broadway shows, Yankee and Nets games, even the opera! Tickets are available to faculty, staff, and students during the academic year. We also offer discounted movie and stand up comedy tickets that can be used any time.

Annual Programs Include:

  • The New Student Orientation Program (NSOP): Every new student's introduction to the Barnard and Columbia community.
  • Block Party: A party on Lehman Lawn that is always hosted on the first day of classes, welcoming back students with free food and class-themed giveaways!
  • Self-Care Series: Where students can decompress from academic life and focus on their personal and creative needs through Start withYourself.