The following message was sent to the Barnard community on January 22, 2019:

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

Welcome back to campus. We hope you had a wonderful break and a very happy New Year. The first half of the 2018-19 academic year was busy and full, and we look forward to kicking off the second half with just as much energy and enthusiasm.

Barnard is a singular institution, something that is clear to everyone, whether you have been a part of the College for a short time or for many years. As members of a tight-knit community focused on academic excellence, our students have access to a world-class faculty who are dedicated to teaching and experts in their respective fields, an active network of engaged alumnae, and the infinite opportunities of New York City as an extended classroom. The Class of 2018 is already demonstrating this excellence, with 93% of those surveyed either working or enrolled in graduate/professional schools within six months of graduation. You can learn more about where our graduates are making their mark across academia, corporations, non-profit organizations, the arts, and government on the Beyond Barnard website.

In addition to our distinction as a College, Barnard plays an integral role in the Columbia University community—in classrooms, Institutes, Centers, and Labs, as well as on the athletic fields as part of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium, and in extracurricular activities and clubs. Through our partnership, the Barnard community infuses diverse perspectives and scholarly insights into the Columbia ecosystem and our students benefit from unique academic connections that prepare and inspire them to tackle the opportunities and challenges of our time.

Today, we are pleased to highlight new partnerships with Columbia University—our expanded set of “4+1 Pathways for Accelerated Graduate Study”—that enable our students to earn both a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in five years. With these new pathways, Barnard’s tradition of providing a rigorous undergraduate education across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences is combined with the unique opportunity to continue in a tailored program of accelerated graduate coursework to obtain a master’s degree from Columbia.

The 4+1 Pathways for Accelerated Graduate Study currently available to students include the following:

The 4+1 Pathways are open for application from current Barnard juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and offer “express admissions” and waiving of the GRE requirement. Students should inquire with Beyond Barnard and plan on attending an introductory information session this spring for the unique 4+1 Pathway they may be interested in pursuing. Each introductory session will be led by faculty advisors, who will be available to provide an overview of the program and its requirements, the admission process, and to advise students. Barnard’s complete guide to navigating the 4+1 Pathways can be found on the Beyond Barnard website.

Academic excellence demands a shared commitment to the core principles that define a Barnard education—deep and rigorous scholarly training with an emphasis on critical thinking, persuasive speaking, effective writing, facility with data, the ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives, and the boldness to challenge the status quo—all of which will serve our students long after they graduate. With these 4+1 Pathways as an additional resource, Barnard students have another opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to change the world.

Once again, we warmly welcome you back and wish you an inspiring and productive semester.


Sian Leah Beilock

Linda A. Bell
Provost and Dean of the Faculty