Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the 1 week and 4 week options? 

Both programs are an excellent opportunity for students to acclimate to city and college life. The one week program is condensed but students will still be able to take a college level course, engage in professional development, and take advantage of our urban location during field trips to the city. Students in the four week option have the opportunity for weekly site visits to professional organizations in the city to network and learn about possible career paths when not in the classroom. Additionally, students in the four week program have more time for cultural excursions throughout the city planned by our summer staff.

How many classes will I take? 

Students in the one week program will take one course. Students in the four week program will take one weeklong course and a second three week long course. Both options provide small, rigorous classes that will prepare students for coursework at a premier university like Barnard.

What is beyond the Gates? 

Every Wednesday, Summer in the City students spend part of the day visiting professional organizations or attend on-campus seminars. These sessions introduce you to different fields and the education or professional training they require.

In past summers, students have met professionals from organizations such as:

  • The New York Philharmonic
  • Sotheby's Auction House
  • Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
  • The American Civil Liberties Union
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Film centers
  • Photo studios
  • CNN, MTV, and NBC
  • Barnard Psychology Lab
  • City Year
  • Cochran Firm
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Beacon Hotel
  • CIA Buckley, Dune Capital
  • And Many More!


Every Wednesday, interactive workshops are offered with staff members of the Barnard Office of Admissions or the Barnard Office of Career Development to help you jumpstart your college search and enhance your college application.

What can students do for fun? 

Take advantage of the greatest city in the world! Students will have a full and varied list of activities to choose from such as museum visits, neighborhood food crawls, Broadway shows, and relaxing afternoons in some of the city's most beautiful parks. PCP's Resident Assistants and Program Coordinators will plan and lead trips throughout the 5 boroughs but students are also permitted to explore Manhattan on their own during their downtime.