The Class of 2021 — and the entire College — are currently counting down the days until Commencement 2021 takes place on April 29. As we lead up to graduation, we are highlighting some of the most memorable moments from the past four years to celebrate our soon-to-be graduates. 

On March 23, 2017, the College announced that it had just admitted the most selective class in its 127-year history — a total of 1,139 students from around the world. The admissions office received a record-breaking 7,716 applications, marking an 8% increase from 2016 and a 30% increase from 2012. The admittance rate, at 14.8%, was the lowest in the College’s history.  

“We are thrilled to welcome the extraordinary Class of 2021 to campus this fall,” Barnard’s vice president of enrollment Jennifer Fondiller ’88 said, in 2017. “These students embody the Barnard spirit — brimming with passion, curiosity, academic excellence, and the desire to make a difference in the world. Young women are continually drawn to Barnard for its leadership initiatives, world-class faculty, and unique opportunities to participate in research and internships that deepen understanding of their chosen fields of study.” 

Read more about the Class of 2021 here.