Congratulations and welcome to the 638 exceptional young women of Barnard’s Class of 2019! Barnard’s newest students hail from 40 states around the country plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from 36 countries around the world. Thirty of its members have mothers who attended Barnard, 12 have grandmothers or great-grandmothers who are alumnae, and 17 have a Barnard sister.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2019 to campus,” said Dean of the College Avis Hinkson. “This group of young women has a remarkably diverse range of strengths and talents, and we are so excited for them to weave themselves into Barnard’s brilliant fabric.”

Even before arriving at the College, many of its newest students have impressive achievements and interests to highlight on their resumes. Among the members of the Class of 2019 are:

  • A former member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood’s Southwest Oregon chapter.
  • An accomplished writer from New York City who had an essay published in The New York Times.
  • An actor from the U.K. who performs with the famous Bristol Old Vic theatre company.
  • A prominent fashion blogger from Chicago once featured on
  • An entrepreneur from India who runs her own online business and co-founded an NGO that supports education.
  • An Ann Arbor, Mich., woman who raises Chinook salmon as a hobby.
  • A debater from Durham, N.C., who ranked second in the United States in 2014 for her debate skills.
  • A musician from Los Angeles who released an album and has performed live at the House of Blues in her hometown.

Barnard received a record-breaking 6,655 applications to join the Class of 2019, representing a 17 percent jump from last year. Of those applicants, 1,301 young women from around the world were admitted, marking the lowest admit rate in the College’s history, at 19.5 percent. Fifty percent of admitted students ultimately chose to enroll at Barnard, marking the highest yield in the college’s history and one of the highest of any institution in the country. With applicant numbers having increased by almost 45 percent over the last ten years, Barnard remains the most selective women’s college in the United States.

First-Year and transfer students arrive on campus on August 30th, and spend a week participating in orientation activities. To learn more, visit the NSOP website.