Barnard Bound

The 2016 application is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications. 

Application Deadline (including all supporting materials):

Friday, June 17th at 5PM EST. 


Program Dates:

Saturday, October 8 - Sunday, October 9, 2016 (BARNARD BOUND – for students admitted to the Barnard Bound program)
Monday, October 10, 2016 (OPEN HOUSE – All Barnard Bound participants will be automatically registered for our Open House.)


What is Barnard Bound?

Barnard Bound provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising young women who are high school seniors and self-identify as students of color (which we define as individuals from Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latina, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, bi- and multi-racial backgrounds), especially those students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit. 

Participants spend the first two days touring parts of Manhattan and experiencing its rich diversity of culture, neighborhoods, and of course, food, returning to campus to get a feel for student life and discovering more about Barnard on Monday during Open House. The program also introduces students to important details about our admissions and financial aid processes. It’s our goal to help your students learn as much as they can about our unique and vibrant community. 

We hope that your students will also see that Barnard is both affordable and attainable.


How do students apply to Barnard Bound?

Students must complete the online Barnard Bound Student Application.  Please note that students will be unable to save and return to this application before submission, so they should be prepared to complete and submit their application in one sitting.  We have provided the short answer/essay prompts below.  Please share them with your students.

Note:  Students will be asked to reply to two short answer questions (250 words) and a longer 500 word response within the application.  Please encourage your advisees to write their responses in a word document and paste them into the application when ready to complete and submit:

250 Words

1)  Why you are considering Barnard College?

2)  Please describe your most meaningful extra-curricular activity. What do you do there and what is its importance to you?

500 Words

Describe a circumstance or situation that challenged you and how you resolved the situation. How did you utilize your support system to help you?  

In addition to the application, the student's guidance counselor or mentor at a college access organization must submit the Barnard Bound Adviser Recommendation to nominate a student. We hope you can help us find intellectually curious students who would be wonderful fits for our community and would benefit from the mentorship and support that Barnard provides.

Finally, a transcript must be sent with the nomination form (this may be an unofficial transcript). Transcripts and forms may be scanned and emailed or faxed.  Please do not send forms or transcripts via postal mail.

The deadline for the student application and all supporting materials is Friday, June 17th, 2016.  Applications should be submitted online and transcripts and supporting documents should be sent by e-mail (preferred) or by fax (to 212-280-8797).


Are travel grants available?

Program participation is limited as is our ability to admit every student who applies, but travel grants are made available for students outside of the New York City metro area who demonstrate significant financial need and meet Barnard Bound admission criteria (this includes the potential to succeed at Barnard).  Advisers and students will be asked for basic financial information at the time of application to determine qualifications. Travel grant recipients will be notified at the time of program admission.

Expenses for program-related events, subway passes, and meals will be covered by Barnard College for all attendees.


When will students find out if they are Barnard Bound?

We expect to notify all admitted students via email by mid-August so that travel arrangements can be made in advance.