Barnard College homepage

Alumnae

Barnard-to-Barnard Advice

Watch (and listen) to tips on video and audio from six of the College’s wildly successful creatives, including an Emmy-nominated TV director, the co-creator of a superhero character, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Discover Barnard

Learn how a Barnard education embraces the whole self and fosters empowerment. And join the scientists, athletes, poets, performers, artists, and activists who make up Barnard's nearly 2,600 students and 35,000+ alumnae.

An Education for Tomorrow

  • A Flexible Curriculum

    The Barnard Foundations curriculum encourages you explore widely across disciplines, discover new territory, and then dive deep. It’s structured to ensure that you examine the world through a variety of lenses.

  • Advanced Research Opportunities

    In order to solve problems, you have to think critically and creatively. At Barnard, you have multiple opportunities to hone these skills through faculty-mentored, structured research in the sciences or humanities.

  • Digital Literacy Across Disciplines

    Dancers research the data of movement. Historians build digital visualizations of complex ideas. You’ll need digital skills whatever your discipline, and Barnard is the first liberal arts school to require that you learn to interpret and create digitally.

Voices & Stories

Celebrated Novelist

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan

Athletes

Neuroscientist

Professor María de la Paz Fernández

Barnard’s Got Game

Archer Nidhi Kanchumarthi ’23

"Upon joining Columbia’s archery team and the Barnard academic community in my first year, I found that the skills I work on developing on the archery field have complementary applications in my academic and professional life." 

Rower Katherine Duff ’22

"Being an athlete brings focus to my college experience. The dedication of my teammates and the sacrifices that they make to pursue both athletic and academic success is inspiring."

Volleyball Players Cadence Gronski ’25 and Vanessa Pan ’23

For both athletes, resuming training and games means returning to their support system of friendships and order on campus.

Rower Coxswain Caroline Yu ’22

"Being a student-athlete gives me a structure that is unique compared to a normal college experience."

Rower Hayley Willner ’22

"Rowing gives me a nice opportunity to get out of my head and focus on the workout instead of stressing about what I have to do that day."

Barnard Now

Image
Three scientists in front of a red background

Barnard Year of Science

From the 2021 Convocation ceremony, the traditional start of the academic year, through July 2022, Barnard celebrated all things related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the College.