Every fall semester, Barnard’s campus buzzes with the excitement of new students, transfers, and those returning to Morningside Heights. Year after year, New York City’s only all-women’s college has broken its own application record, and this year is no exception — the College received 12,009 applications, compared with last year’s 10,395, and admitted 9% of those applicants, beating out last year’s lowest record-breaking admissions rate. Of the 1,080 students admitted this year, 66% chose to enroll. 


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A diverse cohort, the incoming Class of 2026 represents 29 countries — such as Australia, Colombia, Indonesia, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe — 41 states/territories, and Washington, D.C. Nineteen percent identify as first-generation college students, and 24 were recruited via Barnard’s first year partnering with Questbridge, which connects the College with high-achieving, low-income students from around the country. Whether it’s academics or sports, these first-years cover a lot of ground: Nearly 300 students expressed an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), with 39 coming from Barnard’s Pre-College Program, 10 from the Pathways Bridgewater Scholars Program, and 21 from the Science Pathways Scholars Program (SP)2 and E(SP)2. A total of 16 athletes will join the community to compete in a range of sports, including rowing, track and field, and swimming and diving.

“We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Barnard,” said Leslie Grinage, Dean of the College. “The creativity, interests, and knowledge they will bring to campus will only be strengthened over the next four years, and our entire community — faculty, staff, and alumnae — are honored to be a part of their journey into adulthood.” 

Learn more about the incoming Class of 2026 and why the College is so excited to welcome them, below:

ATHLETES IN ACTION

More than a dozen athletes from around the world will join the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium to compete in NCAA Division I athletics, including in:

  • Sabre fencing 
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Track & field
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    CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

    From Arizona to Pakistan, first-years find ways to create space for others wherever they are in the world, such as:

    • Starting a nonprofit to provide all-girls schools with educational supplies 
    • Working with a senator to ban corporal punishment in schools
    • Co-founding E-Waste Warriors and recycling over 10,000 pounds of electronic waste
    • Establishing Chicas for Change to empower female students inside schools
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    PASSION PURSUERS

    The Class of 2026 follow their own leads and STEM mindsets. Some raise goats, while others are: 

    • A sushi chef
    • A pilot’s license trainee 
    • The founder of a rural COVID-19 care packages initiative
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    RENAISSANCE WOMEN

    Before coming to Barnard, many from the incoming class had already acquired diverse skill sets as, for example:

    • An a capella captain, field hockey player, debate club president, and swim teacher

    • A founder of a two-week musical theatre summer camp
    • An inaugural Bridgewater Scholar cohort participant and owner of a convenience store
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    “The Class of 2026 are such an impressive group of inspiring scholars and caring members of their communities, and the admissions team was truly humbled by their drive and desire to make a difference in the world around them,” said Jennifer G. Fondiller ’88, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications. 

    Barnard is ecstatic to welcome the Class of 2026 to the College’s ever-growing yet tight-knit community!