Partnership with Columbia

The partnership between Barnard College and Columbia University is unique in American higher education.

Both institutions benefit from this historic relationship which allows each to leverage the assets and experience of the other—in classrooms, on the athletic fields, in extracurricular activities and clubs, and through many shared resources.

Here’s how:

  • Students at each institution can take courses at the other, enjoy access to twenty-two libraries, and compete together in the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium.
  • At the same time, Barnard is legally and financially independent; has a separate administration, faculty, and admissions office; sets its own policies; and maintains its own endowment and fundraising.
  • Barnard provides the undergraduate programs in architecture, dance, education, theater, and urban studies for the whole university, while programs in computer science, statistics, and engineering are centered at Columbia.
  • All student clubs across both campuses are open to all Barnard and Columbia students. Barnard women often hold leadership positions in everything from the Columbia Daily Spectator to any number of student-led productions.
  • And, of course, Barnard and Columbia students come together anytime and anywhere to share food and friendship, rigorous debate, relaxing conversation, and all that comes with college life.

Both Barnard College and Columbia University benefit from their historic relationship, which allows each to leverage the assets and experience of the other—in classrooms, on athletic fields, in extracurricular activities and community service, with expanded curricular offerings, and shared faculty resources—and to claim a collective advantage unique among their peers.