This year, when Barnard welcomes new students to campus, it will do so as the most selective women’s college in the United States. The College received a record-breaking 10,394 applications, up from 9,411 last year, and selected 11% of those who applied — the lowest admission rate in Barnard’s history. Of the 1,191 students admitted this year, 65% chose to enroll. 

NSOP committee chair Stephanie Leibowitz ’22 breaks down this year's programming.

Barnard’s newest students will represent 28 different countries from around the world — including Bolivia, Ethiopia, Romania, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates — as well as 41 U.S. states. The Class of 2025 also brings 12 recruited and 13 walk-on athletes to campus, representing close to a dozen sports, from archery to volleyball. One such athlete is a regional basketball champion whose team won third place representing Spain in the European Championship. 

“We have missed the individual and collective energy that students bring to campus,” said Dean of the College Leslie Grinage. “Barnard students have many talents and passions, some of which are yet to be discovered, and it is a privilege for our faculty and staff to be able to bear witness, once again in person, to students’ discovery and development. We look forward to the great contributions the Class of 2025 will make to the Barnard community and the opportunity to be with them every step of the way.”

Barnard is excited to welcome the Class of 2025. Learn more about their outstanding members below.

A gif titled "outside the box" shares the following text: Incoming first-years are a diverse group. They developed apps and advocated for educational accessibility. Others: Took a gap year to train with Ballet Idaho, Worked as a film crew member on an Emmy-nominated documentary, Became a JROTC Head Commander, Drum Corps, at high school


A gif titled "sky's the limit" shares the following text: The Class of 2025 leads as first-generation college students, Model UN students, and more. They were also: A New Jersey private pilot, One of the top-rated food bloggers in Dubai , The 2019 Cadet World Championships (fencing) silver medalist,  COO of a nationwide literacy nonprofit


A gif titled "STEMinists" shares the following text: 37% of incoming first-years listed STEM as their future major. Before coming to campus, they were: A National USA Earth Science Olympiad finalist,  Co-captain of a robotics team, Founder of the Women in Science movement at school, A producer of 3D printer-made PPE for Tokyo hospitals


A gif titled "world changers" shares the following text: Before arriving on campus, many new students tried to make a difference, such as helping to combat COVID-19 in their communities and through research. Others worked as: A representative at the UN 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, The board president for Teens for Abused Children

“We look forward to getting to know the Class of 2025, an exceptional and diverse group who exemplified resilience, perseverance, and initiative, especially over the past 18 months,” said Jennifer Fondiller ‘88, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications. “Like Barnard, these students excelled by being adaptable and bold, and we are so excited to have them join Barnard’s community for their next four years on campus and beyond.”

To the Class of 2025: Welcome to the Barnard family!