The Columbia Connection

Our Partnership With Columbia

Barnard College and Columbia University have a historic relationship that’s unique in American higher education. Students share academic resources along with extracurricular activities, athletic fields, and even dining halls. This means that at Barnard, you benefit from a college experience that combines small, intimate classes in a collaborative environment dedicated to women with the vast academic resources of Columbia University just across the street.

Barnard + Columbia = the Ultimate Academic Powerhouse


accelerated master’s degree programs


Barnard students conducting research at Columbia

A Whole That’s Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Students from Barnard and Columbia share course catalogs and can take classes at either campus. That means you can pick from a broad range of options, from dance to differential math and creative writing to computer science or engineering.

As a Barnard student, you’ll have the advantages of a flexible liberal arts curriculum that grows with you and that you can shape to meet your evolving interests — and the vast resources of Columbia mean you also have the flexibility to take courses in an endless array of specializations and fields.

As a Barnard student, you can also opt to pursue a double or joint major at Barnard and Columbia. Within Columbia, Barnard offers five double and joint degrees in coordination with Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

4+1 Pathways to a Master’s Degree

Barnard and Columbia are partnering on several 4+1 pathways that let you earn a Barnard bachelor’s degree and a Columbia master’s degree in just five years. One of the newest is in engineering and applied sciences.

Barnard Professors Are Columbia Professors, Too

All tenured Barnard professors are also tenured at Columbia University, where they’re free to pursue their academic interests with full access to the world-class resources of a large research university.  This means you study with the best teacher-scholars in the country.

Researching Bone Growth at Columbia University

Biophysics major Ana Lam '20 took the opportunity of Barnard’s Summer Research Institute to spend the summer conducting scientific research at Columbia University’s Bone Bioengineering Lab.