Designed for students who have identified as students of color on their application (which Barnard defines as individuals from Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latina, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and biracial and multiracial backgrounds), the Pre-Open House/Open House Program will introduce students to the diverse communities of Barnard, our warm and inviting alumnae network, and our surroundings, in New York City and Columbia. Arrive Saturday and leave Monday and enjoy the full program. RSVP deadlines are listed in your invitation.
Parents and family members are welcome to join us on Sunday-Monday for Open House. Receptions, panels, welcome, tours and fairs listed below are open to all.
7 AM - 1 PM Check in and luggage drop off *due to timing of transportation, this is a broad window.
9 AM - 1 PM Breakfast and campus tours
1:00 PM Wecome Lunch
2:30 PM NYC Excursion
6:30 PM Alumnae of Color Dinner
9:00 PM Ice Cream Social and Host Match-up
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Community Brunch (students only)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Check-in, host match-up and select a class to attend Monday (students only)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Campus tour
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Explore the Neighborhood tour
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Campus welcome
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Student panels (three locations)
5:10 PM – 6:00 PM (three options)
Celebration of Diversity Reception
OR Campus tour
OR Explore the Neighborhood tour
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Deans' Reception (for parents only)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner in the neighborhood (for students only)*
9:30 PM - Late Night Entertainment (for students only)
Unless marked as such, all parts of the program are for students and families.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Day student registration, luggage drop off (9-10) and breakfast for overnight students
10:00 AM – 10:55 AM Faculty panel or Alumnae panel (choose one)
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM Advising panel or Career panel (choose one)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch on the lawn with current Barnard students
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Science Research fair
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Creative and Performing Arts fair
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Campus tour
(Class visit options are available throughout the day starting at 8:40 AM - 6:10 PM.)
*Options are provided for Kosher, Halal, Gluten Free or Vegetarian eaters when you RSVP. If you have another dietary restriction or other specific request, please contact Christina Lopez, Associate Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment.
The RSVP deadline has now passed for this program.
When do I need to register?
Please see your invitation for your RSVP deadline. Remember: CHOOSING THIS OPTION WHEN YOU RSVP MEANS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND BOTH PRE-OPEN HOUSE AND OPEN HOUSE! If you are unable to join us for the full program, contact Christina Lopez, Associate Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, with any questions.
Can I just come for the day and not spend the night?
Yes, if you live locally and are unable to stay the night, you are welcome to come just for the day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, without an overnight stay. Choose this option when you RSVP.
What if I missed the registration deadline and would like to attend?
If you missed the registration deadline and would like to attend the program during the DAY ONLY on SUNDAY OR MONDAY, you may arrive on campus and check in at our registration table. Indicate that you would like to attend the program for the day and we will take down your information. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate overnight visitors who have not registered in advance.
Are Parents invited to this program?
Yes, of course, parents and family members are invited to join you. We'd love to meet them and we know they're a big part of this decision. All are welcome to attend any of the events, but we can't accommodate parents for an overnight stay or for class visits.
We suggest you divide and conquer the events offered. Between panels and tours and classes, you'll need another set of eyes to experience it all!
How do I choose a class to attend?
When you check in with us in Barnard Hall on Sunday between 1 and 3 PM, you will have the opportunity to choose the class you would like to visit Monday. Tickets are generated by the spaces available in each class over each of the many time periods throughout the day. Classes may take place during other programming, so you will need to make your selections carefully.
One class ticket will be available (for students only) and they are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee you will be able to visit a class in your planned major, but related course options may be available.
Students interested in visiting a theatre performance class must contact the department in advance.
Students interested in visiting a dance class during open house should note that visits are for observation only.
Can I visit other days instead?
If you are unable to make either Open House event, we encourage you to visit on a weekday when you can still visit a class or on the select weekend days where we are offering tours.
Take a look at Visit Barnard for details.