Barnard at a Glance

General Facts


A liberal arts college for women in New York City founded in 1889, Barnard has a long tradition of graduating leaders in the arts, business, government, and science.



Barnard’s neighborhood, Morningside Heights, is a university community that is academic home to more than 45,000 students from around the world.


Barnard-Columbia Partnership

Through Barnard’s unique and historic partnership with Columbia University, students and ideas flow both ways between campuses. Students can register for classes, use libraries, get involved with organizations, participate in athletics, and attend events at both institutions. In a typical year, Barnard course registrations at Columbia average 7,000, and Columbia course registrations at Barnard average 6,900, demonstrating an almost equal exchange of academic resources.



2,500+ students from nearly 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) and more than 50 countries.


Special opportunities

• Barnard students may choose from nearly 150 approved study abroad programs in more than 50 countries.
• Graduating seniors in nearly every major undertake a single project or thesis for a year or semester under the guidance of faculty members.
• The Writing and Public Speaking Fellows programs offer opportunities for peer coaching to improve skills in writing and presenting.
• Barnard applicants may apply to the Juilliard School or the Manhattan School of Music for their lesson exchange or cross registration programs.
• More than 2,500 internship opportunities in New York City allow students to apply classroom theories to real situations while gaining practical experience.
• Barnard also offers domestic study programs at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Howard University in Washington, D.C.



Barnard offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in nearly 50 fields in the humanities, social sciences, arts, natural and physical sciences, and interdisciplinary areas. See the list of majors.


Academic Program

Rigorous but flexibly structured. Students must complete a major and fulfill general education requirements. Find out more.


Collaborative Academic Programs

Joint degrees:

Offered in cooperation with Columbia University and other academic institutions.

• Five-year A.B. from Barnard and M.I.A. from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs
• Five-year Barnard A.B. and M.P.A. from Columbia’s Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration
• Five-year Barnard A.B. and B.S. from Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
• Qualified students may enter Columbia Law School after three years at Barnard.
• Qualified students may enter Columbia’s School of Oral and Dental Surgery after three years at Barnard.

Double degrees:

• Barnard A.B. and another undergraduate degree from List College of The Jewish Theological Seminary.
• Music students may qualify for a Barnard A.B. and a Master of Music from Juilliard.

Lesson exchange:

Qualified students may audition to take music lessons at Juilliard or the Manhattan School of Music.


Residential life

More than 90 percent of students live in 12 traditional hallway- or suite/apartment-style residence halls. Students entering as first-years are guaranteed housing all four years. Hewitt Dining Hall offers a range of options, including vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, and Halal. The cafeteria in the Diana Center serves a full lunch menu, including brick-oven thin-crust pizza.


Sports and athletics

Barnard students compete in the NCAA Division I and the Ivy League through the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium. There are 16 intercollegiate teams. Students also have opportunities to compete as part of more than 30 teams at the intramural and club levels.


Student organizations

Students can participate in more than 500 student organizations on both the Barnard and Columbia campuses. Student groups include theatre and vocal music groups, ethnic organizations, language clubs, community service groups, and yearbook and literary magazine staffs. The student magazine, the Barnard Bulletin, is published monthly. Check out Barnard’s club listings and Columbia’s list of student organizations.


Who applied, who was admitted

Applications 6,655
ED Applicants 748
Overall Admit rate 19.5%
Matriculants 635


How students described their ethnic backgrounds

African American/Black 10%
Asian/Asian American 21%
Caucasian 52%
Hispanic/Latina 13%
Native American 2%
Unknown 2%


What students scored

Middle 50%
SAT CR (640–730)
SAT M (620–720)
SAT WR (650–740)
ACT Comp (29–32)

Avg GPA 3.854/4
or 95.04/100 (A-)


Where international students came from

36 countries represented
8.9% international citizens
3.4% US citizens attending school abroad
2.4% permanent residents


Where domestic students came from

42 states represented, plus D.C. and territories
Midwest/Southwest 12%
New England 14%
New York 28%
Mid-Atlantic (not New York) 15%
South 10%
West 15%


Academic factoids

30+ libraries and collections on the Barnard and Columbia campuses offer extensive resources for learning.

More than 2,000 courses available on campus and across the street at Columbia University.

Access to some graduate-level courses is available with appropriate pre-requisites.

Barnard’s 8:1 student-faculty ratio (10:1 full-time equivalent) places it in the top 1 percent of colleges nationwide.


New York factoids

2,500+ internship opportunities get Barnard students into some of the city’s most interesting workplaces.

18,700 restaurants from nearly every cuisine around the world make for adventurous dining.

429 art galleries, 96 museums, and 150 music venues offer wide-ranging arts and culture.


Women’s college factoids

64 percent of Barnard’s faculty members are women—compared to 38 percent nationally.

4,100 books have been written by Barnard alumnae.

2,500+ students come to Barnard from nearly 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) and more than 50 countries.