Congratulations and welcome to the 603 extraordinary members of the Barnard Class of 2021!

Barnard’s newest students hail from around the world — from India to Turkey to Los Ranchos, New Mexico to Athens, Georgia — eager to learn and grow in a diverse intellectual community in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

Seventy-four members have a family connection to Barnard: 19 have mothers, 10 have grandmothers, 14 have sisters, and 31 have aunts and cousins who are Barnard alumnae.

Some members of the Class of 2021 have already taken on positions of leadership to advance girls’ and women’s empowerment and human rights.

Fresh faces on campus include a playwright, filmmaker, health educator, competitive pianist, and more.

This year, the College received a record-breaking 7,716 applications and selected the top 15.4 percent — the lowest admission rate in its history, beating its own record 16 percent admission rate for the Class of 2020. Of the 1,190 students admitted this year, 51 percent chose to enroll. Barnard remains the most selective women’s college in the United States.

Nina Lam '19, chair of the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), shares tips for students moving in.

“We are delighted to welcome our new first-year students to campus,” said Dean of the College Avis Hinkson. “The Class of 2021 is supremely accomplished, talented, and diverse in backgrounds and ideas. We look forward to participating in the development of these Barnard women as they engage with the College over the next four years."

Members of this most-selective class are joining Barnard at the same time that President Sian Beilock begins leading the College as its eighth president. President Beilock was most recently executive vice provost of the University of Chicago. A cognitive psychologist, she is an expert on how children and adults learn and perform at their best, especially under stress.

Barnard is proud to welcome the Class of 2021.