Many Barnard women pass through our gates ready with raw materials and eager to be transformed. Others have the inspiration, but require the skills, opportunity, and mentorship to achieve the things they knew they could. Graduates leave Barnard prepared with the confidence and experience they need to change the world.
Resources dedicated to Access, Opportunity and Success are outlined below.
Central to the Barnard mission is access. The Office of Admissions partners with college-access organizations nationwide to increase opportunities for the women of color who show great promise and potential for success. Every Admissions Officer incorporates visits to organizations like these during her recruitment travel.
Open House Programs
Each October, Barnard hosts two open house programs designed to introduce prospective Barnard students to the opportunities available to our students and the warmth of our community. Panels, tours, and speakers highlight resources, classes, internships, and experiences which foster growth, guide ambitions, and support students in meeting and surpassing their goals. Each spring, we offer a College Planning Day for Juniors applying to college. And, in the month of April, Barnard hosts Admitted Student Overnight Programs for students making their final college choices.
Also in October, Barnard hosts a program for high school seniors bringing students of color, low-income, and first generation college students, both locally and those from across the country, to our campus to explore Barnard and parts of Manhattan. The program is scheduled as a preview to Open House. Limited travel scholarships are available and students must be nominated by their college advisor or guidance counselor. Email Christina Lopez to add your contact information to our Barnard Bound counselor mailing list. Advisor recommendation/nomination forms will be emailed to advisors and counselors in APRIL (NEW this year!).
HEOP Counselor/Student Breakfast and Collegiate Programs Family Day (This year's family day program will occur during our Founders Day celebration on 10/26)
The Office of Admissions and the Collegiate Programs Office host an informational HEOP Breakfast every October for local high school counselors or college access advisors and their students. Attendees learn about Barnard from admissions and financial aid officers, HEOP counselors, and current students. College counselors, students, and families are all welcome to attend. (This program is generally held on a weekday morning to encourage counselors to bring interested students.) Details on the NYS-funded HEOP program can be found here.
In late October, students and their families are invited to campus for the Collegiate Program Family Day to learn more about the HEOP and C-STEP Scholars Programs. Attendees hear from current scholars about life at Barnard and get tips on application from admissions and financial aid officers. Tours of campus and question and answer sessions are offered in both English and Spanish. (This program is generally held on a weekend day to encourage more family members and guardians to attend.).
Interviews for first-year applicants to Barnard are optional, but may provide an additional opportunity to learn more. On campus interviews may be scheduled for high school seniors only from June through mid-December. For students who may not be able to afford to visit campus and/or may live in areas where we don't currently have alumnae interviewers, we can often accommodate requests via SKYPE or phone.
Undocumented students receive the same consideration for admission as any other application for admission to Barnard College. If applying for financial aid, undocumented students follow the same financial aid procedures outlined for international citizens. If admitted, the Offices of Financial Aid and Admissions will follow the same procedures used to grant need-based aid to international citizens. Scholarship opportunities are extremely limited.
The Office of Admissions is looking for ambitious young women who have the motivation, promise, and seriousness of purpose to take advantage of Barnard’s small learning community, the larger Columbia environment, and New York City’s countless resources. Coupling rigorous academics with a supportive faculty, students have endless opportunities to apply their interests and knowledge in an urban setting that prizes diversity.
We are committed to making a Barnard education an affordable option for all families. In fact, more than 50% of our student body receives financial aid. For all recipients of financial aid, Barnard meets 100% of demonstrated need for all fours years of college through a combination of grants, federally subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and work-study opportunities. Admission to Barnard is need-blind for all US citizens and permanent residents. For more detailed information about Financial Aid, please contact our Office of Financial Aid directly. Download our Financial Aid Fact Sheet.
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, by October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs must post a net price calculator on its website that uses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a individual circumstances based upon that college's financial aid policies.
The calculator linked above will provide an estimate of what a student and her family may be expected to contribute toward college costs at Barnard. When the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is subtracted from total cost of attendance, the resulting calculation is a student's demonstrated financial need. It is important to know that the estimator is only as reliable as data submitted. It does not represent a final say in terms of the financial packages students and their families will receive, especially if estimated numbers and documentation of income or assets differ.
If you have questions regarding financial aid at Barnard College, please contact our Office of Financial Aid directly at 212-854-2154.
Barnard is particularly sensitive to concerns about college readiness and success for all students. We understand the importance of persistence, and provide the necessary resources to enable all students to succeed. We also recognize that much of the growth that students will experience over the course of their time at Barnard happens outside of the traditional classroom walls. Our intimate setting reinforces the formal and information support systems designed to enable students to succeed, encourage independent thinking, promote leadership, and enhance students’ academic skills.
The ASEP office is committed to providing opportunities that will enrich and complement the intellectual life of all students with a particular emphasis on achievement gap issues. Some of the programs under ASEP are:
HEOP and BOP
For a select group of scholars, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Barnard Opportunity Program (BOP) may offer an additional pathway to admission to Barnard. Students admitted to HEOP or BOP exhibit the spirit, curiosity, and motivation characteristic of every Barnard student. These scholars have achieved academically, despite financial disadvantage, and are provided with services and academic support to nurture drive and ambition. All students are screened during the application process, and will be contacted by the HEOP Scholars Office for an interview if further information is needed.
Flyers describing both programs are available in English and Spanish.
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) provides academic enrichment and research experience for students who are pursuing professional licensure and/or careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health related fields. The program, supported by funding of the New York State Legislature, is intended for Barnard students who identify as African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native or as financially disadvantaged. The CSTEP program provides services during the academic year and the summer.
If you would like to learn more about ASEP, please visit our website or contact Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment and Community Initiatives at (212-854-2024)
Because students are not simply a number at Barnard, advisers will have read their students’ applications and are prepared to counsel students on a variety of issues. Advising at Barnard also happens in informal ways. Students will have additional faculty, peers, and administrators who they will turn to for advice in every aspect of their experience. Additionally, the Dean of Studies and Provost's office staff include specialized advising for students interested in pre-med or pre-health, pre-law, pre-business, study abroad, fellowships, and more.
NSOP is designed to help students from all the undergraduate colleges of Columbia find their way around campus, Morningside Heights, NYC, and their new academic lives, getting to know all the resources available to help them succeed. Throughout the course of the week, students have many opportunities to get to know one other, including attending the Student of Color Breakfast, where Barnard students may meet other members of the incoming class who identify as students of color.
At Barnard, we realize not every student finds it easy to face the academic challenges presented in new or advanced level subjects in college, compared to what they may have taken in high school. For this reason, we provide access to resources such as math and science help rooms, academic fellows (tutors), as well as writing and speaking fellows. Formal tutoring requests are most popular in math, science, economics, and foreign language courses, but many faculty members also facilitate group study and encourage student attendance at office hours.
Writing Fellows staff the Erica Jong Writing Center, a resource available to all students. Writing Fellows are Barnard students specially selected and trained to assist their peers with the writing process. Students don't have to have a full draft of a paper to obtain help. They may bring notes, an outline, or an opening paragraph, and a fellow may help figure out how to move ideas to the next level. In addition, Writing Fellows are attached to writing- intensive courses in a variety of departments.
At Barnard, students are encouraged to find and use their voices. Speaking Fellows help students sharpen their presentation skills and learn to feel comfortable speaking in front of groups. In the initial session, students learn to recognize the dynamics of a presentation environment, including the leadership role of the presenter. They review the fundamentals of presentation-giving, prepare a mock presentation, and then practice engaging an audience with personalized coaching.
ODS provides support services to students, faculty and staff in order to enable Barnard students with disabilities to become self-sufficient in managing their own accommodations. The staff serves students with visual, mobility and hearing impairments and students with invisible disabilities such as chronic medical conditions, learning disabilities/ADD, psychiatric disabilities and substance use/recovery.
Barnard College is committed to creating an inclusive campus community for all students, inlcuding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. A comprehensive list of student groups and resources can be found here.
The mission of Diversity Initiatives is to promote and support a campus community that embraces its pluralistic identity. The staff seeks to enhance the social and academic experiences of Barnard students by encouraging and empowering them to explore complex issues of social diversity.
Mentorship and Networking Opportunities
Our commitment to Barnard students is for a lifetime. And, our alumnae find that their alma mater continues to serve their needs whether they choose to pursue graduate study, need career change advice, or hope to connect with other Barnard graduates. Alumnae of Color return to Barnard several times a year for dinners, affinity and networking programs, and reunion events.