Commitment to Access
When Barnard College opened its doors to young women in 1889, it opened a world of rigorous higher education to a segment of the New York City population that had previously been barred. Over one hundred and thirty years later, Barnard is still rewriting the narrative of inequity by working to remove barriers of access to historically underrepresented groups. Over 40% of Barnard students identify as students of color, and 16% are the first in their family to attend college. In addition to a plethora of supportive programs, our Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion continues to create strategies to promote equity throughout our beloved community.
“A diversity of lived experiences and viewpoints in an environment that allows for open dialogue and understanding is vital to our scholarship.”
—Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College
Are You Barnard Bound?
Barnard Bound provides a taste of Barnard College and New York City for promising rising high school seniors who self-identify as students of color — especially those students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit. During this two-day overnight program, you’ll be able to experience the cultural diversity of New York City and Morningside Heights while getting a full perspective on life as a potential Barnard student. A current student will host you in a campus residence hall.
Learn more about Barnard Bound