Special Programs for First-Year Applicants
Barnard College offers several programs aimed to support first-year students. Academic support programs such as the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP/CSTEP), Barnard Opportunity Program, and Science Pathways Scholars Program (SP)² offer students from under-represented backgrounds academic, financial, and peer support throughout their four years. Additionally, the Music Lesson Exchange Program with The Juilliard School or the Manhattan School of Music offers the highly talented music student the opportunity to receive lessons from a Juilliard or MSM master teacher while studying at Barnard.
Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP)
The New York State funded Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Barnard Opportunity Program (BOP), specifically for out of state students, provide access to a Barnard education for high-achieving students from economically under-resourced backgrounds. Students admitted to either the HEOP or BOP Scholars Programs exhibit the spirit, drive, curiosity, and motivation that is characteristic of Barnard students. Our scholars also achieve academically, despite a lack of financial and academic resources.
The HEOP Scholars Program was established at Barnard in 1970 and is funded in partnership with New York State. Students must be residents of New York State in order to apply for the program. Students in the BOP Scholars Program benefit from the same resources and opportunities as HEOP Scholars but are residents of states other than New York. Our scholars are part of a small community with extra mentorship and support to persist through the challenging and exciting transition to college, four years of growth at Barnard, and post-graduation years.
For more information about eligibility and program details, please visit the HEOP website. If you have questions regarding the HEOP/BOP programs, please contact Karen McCleary, Senior Admissions Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Barnard College provides services that increase recruitment, retention and placement of eligible students in CSTEP-targeted fields and the licensed professions. The program targets the historically under-represented (African-American, Latino, Native American and Alaskan Natives) or the financially under-resourced Barnard student who intends to pursue or shows ability in the STEM fields, health-related fields and/or the licensed professions. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a New York State funded program first introduced in 1986. Barnard College began its program in 2006 and is sponsored by both the New York State Education department and Barnard College. In addition to academic counseling and tutoring, CSTEP provides paid opportunities for internships and research opportunities, including conference sponsorship, and assistance with graduate school exam preparatory courses.
Science Pathways Scholars Program - (SP)²
The Science Pathways Scholars Program (SP)² is a highly-selective four year program to support talented young women from African-American, Latina, and Native American/Alaskan Native backgrounds or first generation college students who convey strong interest in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics/astronomy, or neuroscience. Students who are selected as (SP)² Scholars will benefit from an exceptional set of opportunities and resources, including science faculty mentorship all four years, paid summer research opportunities, and a week-long expenses paid trip to campus for entering students to meet science faculty and tour research facilities and departments.
Music Lesson Exchange Program with The Juilliard School or Manhattan School of Music
In addition to the music courses, major, private lessons and many performance opportunities available to Barnard students through our music department and relationship with Columbia, Barnard also offers highly-talented music students the opportunity to apply for the Lesson Exchange Program with Juilliard and/or the Cross Registration Program with the Manhattan School of Music. Both programs will require a separate application and audition. The Lesson Exchange at MSM and Juilliard provide private weekly lessons with faculty. It is important to note that the Exchange does not include participation in large ensembles. Students in the Juilliard program can take classes in instrumental or vocal performance (Classical or Jazz) and piano composition. MSM students can take lessons for instrumental or composition only.
For more information regarding the audition requirements and program details, please view the Juilliard website or the Manhattan School of Music website. If you have questions, please contact Christina Lopez, Dean of Admissions, at email@example.com.