Congratulations and welcome to the 608 extraordinary members of the Barnard Class of 2022!
Barnard’s newest students hail from around the world — from Mexico to the United Arab Emirates, from China to the United Kingdom — and from around the United States, including 43 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They arrive on campus eager to learn and grow in a diverse intellectual community in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.
Eighty-eight members have a family connection to Barnard: 36 have mothers, 13 have grandmothers, 3 have great-grandmothers, 17 have sisters, and 62 have aunts and cousins who are Barnard alumnae.
Some members of the Class of 2022 have already taken on positions of leadership to advance girls’ and women’s empowerment and human rights.
Fresh faces on campus include a national-level figure skater, alpaca farmer, viola player, discoverer of a 1700s shipwreck, and more.
This year, the College received a record-breaking 7,897 applications and selected 13.7 percent — the lowest admission rate in its history, beating its own record 14.8 percent admission rate for the Class of 2021. Of the 1,099 students admitted this year, 55 percent chose to enroll. Barnard remains the most selective women’s college in the United States.
“We are delighted to welcome our new first-year students to campus,” said Dean of Studies Natalie Friedman. “The Class of 2022, the most selective in the history of the College, is brimming with accomplishment, talent, and ideas. In addition, nearly half—46 percent—are students of color, and we are excited to see the contributions of our students from so many backgrounds and interests.”
Executive Director of Residence Life and Housing Alicia Lawrence said, “We look forward to participating in the development of these students as they engage with Barnard over the next four years."
Barnard is proud to welcome the Class of 2022.