Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter
Barnard College believes it is our mission to educate women of promise and purpose who will use their voices to influence public discourse on critical national issues. Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed numerous acts of anti-Black violence that have caused much pain, grief, and anger. Young people have heard the rallying call to action and have participated in protests against racial injustice and anti-Blackness across the country and around the world.
The Barnard College Office of Admissions believes Black Lives Matter. We support the First Amendment rights of all students to voice their opinions and Barnard applicants who choose to participate in these protests will not be negatively affected in the admissions process. We fully support students who choose to stand up for what is right and who are unafraid to dismantle racism in all its forms.
Deadline: November 1
Deadline: January 1
Notification: Late March
National Reply Date: May 1
*Early Decision is a binding admission plan for first-year applicants. If you are admitted Early Decision, you agree to attend Barnard and withdraw all other applications.
Steps to Apply
Step 1: Apply via the Common Application
- Submit the Common Application online at www.commonapp.org. You will also be required to submit the Barnard Writing Supplement with the Common Application.
- Submit the $75 application fee or fee waiver request online at www.commonapp.org.
Step 2: Submit all supporting materials
- Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
- Submit official or self-reported standardized testing. For more information, please view Barnard's standardized testing requirements. Please note that students applying for Fall 2021 do not need to submit the SAT or ACT in accordance with our temporary test optional policy. For more information, please see our Temporary Test Optional FAQ page.
- Submit Guidance Counselor Evaulation. (Due to large student caseloads, we understand if your counselor is unable to send a recommendation for you. Please contact us if this is the case. We would also encourage you to send an additional teacher recommendation letter in lieu of a counselor recommendation)
- Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science). While we recommend that these teachers be from your last two years of high school, we will accept recommendation letters from 10th grade teachers.
- Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
- Submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test Scores. In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS/DET scores are required for students whose primary language is not English, or who do not study in a school where English is the primary language of instruction. Please visit our International Applicants webpage to learn more about our English Language Proficiency requirements and to see if you are eligible for a waiver.
Step 3: Optional Supplemental Materials
- Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page.
- Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom.
Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about our first-year application process, please view our FAQ page.