Enter the College gates at 117th and Broadway and you’ll discover a green and intimate campus in the heart of New York City. Here, within the space of four acres, Barnard students find a true sense of community.
Just outside, our neighborhood of Morningside Heights—often referred to as the "Academic Acropolis"—is anchored by Columbia University, with Teachers College, Manhattan School of Music, Union Theological Seminary, Bank Street College of Education, and The Jewish Theological Seminary all nearby. And historic Harlem, rich in culture and tradition, is only a few blocks north.
The city is an education in itself, and its diversity and vibe are at the core of who we are. Hop on the subway and head to Chinatown, Greenwich Village, or Wall Street; MoMA, the High Line, or Carnegie Hall; Central Park, the museums, the other boroughs, or any of the 24,000 restaurants. More than that, our students and faculty use the city to extend the classroom... for research, coursework, studio visits, field trips, internships, jobs, and endless inspiration.
As a freshman, I took a full course load while appearing in two Broadway shows simultaneously. During my four years at Barnard, New York City was an extension of the classroom. I received my degree in 1988. After the ceremony, I scooted down in the subway in cap and gown and off to my matinee performance as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
— Cynthia Nixon '88