Facts & Stats

The Barnard Community

Founded in 1889, Barnard College is devoted to empowering young women to pursue their passions.  The College's singular combination of excellence across the arts and sciences, world-class faculty, the vast academic resources of Columbia University, and access to New York City’s infinite opportunities prepares our students for long-term success.

Location New York, NY USA
4-acres on Morningside Heights

91% of students living on campus (fall 2019*)
*Campus housing was not offered in fall 2020, due to COVID-19

Admissions (Class of 2024)
9,411 Applicants
1,080 Admits

View the first-year class profile (Class of 2024)

Enrollment (Fall 2020)
690 first-year students
2,744 undergraduate students
  41% students of color
  12% international students
  8% first in their families to attend college
  14% recipients of Pell grants
In 2019, U.S. students came from 47 states, the District of Columbia, three territories, and 37 foreign countries. International students came from 57 countries.

93% returning as sophomores after first-year (cohort entering Fall 2018)


Barnard's faculty (scholars dedicated to teaching) are tenured at Barnard College and Columbia University.
253 Full-Time Faculty
   65% women
   100% with the highest degree in their field
   9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
   74% of classes have 19 or fewer students

Explore Faculty Profiles

Barnard is home to innovative academic centers, which include the Athena Center for Leadership, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, a unique center for research on early childhood development and parenting, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, the Empirical Reasoning Center, the Digital Humanities Center, the Design Center, the Elsie K. Sloate Media Center, the Movement Lab, and the Vagelos Computational Science Center.

Faculty & Staff Demographics

Also see the IPEDS Human Resources Reports

Barnard-Columbia Partnership

Barnard is an independent institution with its own policies, endowment, and trustees. Our singular agreement with Columbia University means: Barnard is considered one of Columbia University’s four undergraduate colleges and students have access to libraries, facilities and activities on both campuses; Barnard students compete in NCAA Division 1 athletics through the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium; Barnard and Columbia undergraduate students cross-register in courses at both institutions; and students receive a diploma from both Barnard College and Columbia University.


Class of 2020
684 Degrees conferred

35% in STEM
90% first-years graduate within six years (cohort entering Fall 2014)

Top majors by department:

Art History, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Neuroscience and Behavior, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies

89% employed or attending graduate/professional school six months after graduation (Class of 2020)

Barnard is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and graduates join a network of more than 35,000 alumnae

Explore Barnard's graduates First Destinations
Meet Barnard alumnae

View more Barnard's Facts 2020-21 (pdf)