The Journey Beyond Barnard

Beyond Barnard offers a one-stop shop for career services, graduate and professional school preparation, research, and fellowships for students and alumnae alike

When should a student begin preparing for life after college? According to experts at Beyond Barnard, the first day of a student’s first year is not too early. And for alumnae, it’s never too late to think about new work and study options. Beyond Barnard offers a one-stop shop for career services, graduate and professional school preparation, research, and fellowships for students and alumnae alike. Here’s a quick look at the group’s first year on the job.



4+1 Programs

Barnard students with the following majors can obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years through partnerships with these Columbia University graduate schools:

Mailman School of Public Health — arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences majors

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science — chemistry, biology, biochemistry, economics, statistics, mathematics, or computer science majors, with more pathways being developed

School of International and Public Affairs — any major with appropriate prerequisite coursework

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — any major with appropriate prerequisite coursework. Focus areas: Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS); Oral History; Harriman Institute

(Beyond Barnard and faculty provide administration and advisement for 4+1 Programs.)



More than 700 Alumnae volunteer in the Beyond Barnard mentoring program to answer on-demand questions from students.


From recent grads just beginning their job search to midcareer professionals in need of a surge or senior-level executives looking for a career change, alumnae around the world can take advantage of Beyond Barnard’s lifelong career services. The numbers through December 2018:






individuals served by advising Summer Research Institute students total paid summer opportunities offered employers at Fall 2018 Opportunities Fair




Faculty-Driven Programs

The Summer Research Institute invites students to conduct scientific research for 10 weeks with a faculty member.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship encourages students with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity to pursue academic careers.

The Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship is a one-year, career-learning experience for recent alumnae, who report to a faculty director.


Eight students and Alumnae Honored in 2018:

6 Fulbright scholars
1 Schwarzman scholar
1 Pickering fellow



We really needed a one-stop shop where students could go to think about their experiences at Barnard outside the classroom, whether it was internships, fellowships, or work-study and a pathway from that to what was next after their time at Barnard.

- President Sian Leah Beilock, The New York Times, Nov. 2, 2018

Beyond Barnard Offers support for students applying to research Fellowships, including but not limited to:

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Hertz Fellowship
  • James Madison Fellowship
  • Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
  • National Physical Science Consortium
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Rabin-Shvidler Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Schwarzman Scholarship
  • Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship
  • Foreign Affairs Fellowship



Latest IssueWinter 2021

In this issue, learn about three alums who have devoted their careers to racial justice.