Welcome, Class of 2025

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This year, Barnard remained the most selective women’s college in the United States. The College received a record-breaking 10,400 applications and selected 10% of those who applied — the most competitive admission rate in College history. 65% chose to enroll, up from 57% last year.

Barnard’s newest students will represent 28 different countries from around the world — including Bolivia, Ethiopia, Romania, Thailand, and UAE — as well as from 41 U.S. states.

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Illustrations by Laurène Boglio

Outside the Box

Incoming first-years are a diverse group. Some led student organizations, some became app developers or educational accessibility advocates. Others worked as a film crew member on an Emmy-nominated documentary, became a JROTC Head Commander, Drum Corps in high school, or took a gap year to train with Ballet Idaho.

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World Changers

New students didn’t wait to walk through Barnard’s gates before they tried to make a difference. Many wrote in their applications that they worked to help combat COVID-19 in their communities and through research. They were also a representative at the U.N. Global Climate Conference, the state president of the South Carolina Association of Student Councils, a founder of the Sunrise Movement climate action hub in Shawnee, Kansas, or the board president for Teens for Abused Children.

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Sky’s the Limit

The Class of 2025 leads across the board, coming to campus as first-generation college students, presidents of science clubs and theatre clubs, Model U.N. students, and more. They also led as a New Jersey private pilot, one of the top-rated food bloggers in Dubai, the silver medalist at the 2019 Cadet World Championships (fencing), or the COO of a nationwide literacy nonprofit.

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Barnard is a magnet for STEM aficionados, of whom 37% listed science, technology, engineering, or math as their future major. Before coming to campus, they made their marks as a National USA Earth Science Olympiad finalist, the co-captain of a robotics team, the founder of the Women in Science movement at school, or a producer of 3D printer-made PPE for Tokyo hospitals.

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