NEW YORK, Mar. 23, 2018 – With acceptance season underway at thousands of colleges and universities nationwide, Barnard College, one of the most selective academic institutions in the country, has admitted 1,088 young women from around the world to its class of 2022. The College received a record-breaking 7,897 applications, marking a 2.3 percent increase from last year and a 35.5 percent increase over the last four years. This year’s class is also the most competitive; the admittance rate, at 13.7 percent, is the lowest in the College’s history, down from 14.8 percent in 2017 and down nearly 10 percentage points from just four years ago.

“We are greatly looking forward to greeting the class of 2022 when they arrive on campus this fall,” said Barnard’s Vice President for Enrollment Jennifer Fondiller. “These admitted students are truly representative of the Barnard spirit—intelligent, determined, and passionate about making a difference in the world. Young women continue to be drawn to Barnard for its leadership initiatives, world-class faculty and unique opportunities to participate in research and internships across New York City that bring deeper connections to their fields of study.”

Admitted students to the class of 2022 hail from all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 44 countries. More than 51 percent attend public high schools and 22 percent will be the first in their family to attend college. Additionally, 52 percent of admitted students identify as women of color. And just over 12 percent have a family connection to the College, with a grandmother, sister, aunt or cousin who is a Barnard alumna.

Students who choose to enroll will join Barnard under newly inaugurated President Sian Leah Beilock, who has placed an enhanced focus on women in STEM, building upon the College’s well-known eminence in the arts, social sciences and humanities. The class of 2022 will also be the first to experience The Milstein Center—opening in fall 2018—a teaching and learning center that will bring technology fully into classroom and research experiences in computational science, empirical reasoning, digital humanities, design, movement, and media. Additionally, the Milstein Center will be home to the College’s first computer science department, also expected to launch in the fall of 2018. 

Furthermore, by taking advantage of the College’s new Beyond Barnard initiative, admitted students will experience greater connections in their academic experiences with co-curricular activities such as internships, research, and field placements, creating a strong pathway for students to achieve their goals after college and throughout their lives.


Barnard provides a singular educational experience, as a world-renowned liberal arts college with the academic resources of Columbia University and the City of New York as an extended classroom. Founded in 1889, Barnard was one of the few colleges in the nation where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, Barnard is one of the most selective academic institutions in the country and remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional. For more information on Barnard College, contact Barnard Media Relations at 212-854-2037 or