Barnard Pre-College Programs

Each summer, hundreds of young women from all around the world come to Barnard's campus ready to learn and grow with a community of like minded women. Whether your passion is STEM, art, entrepreneurship, writing, or activism, Barnard has a summer institute for you. 

This summer, our office will be bringing its institutes online and bringing Barnard and New York City to our students through virtual instruction, interactive activities, and a supportive online community. 

Take the first step towards your summer learning experience and apply today

The Mission of Pre-College

The Office of Pre-College Programs upholds Barnard’s mission to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women from around the globe. Our programs are exploratory in nature and allow our students to challenge themselves while pursuing their passions among other high achieving young women in a safe and supportive environment.

Our dedicated team of world-renowned faculty as well as professional and student staff are committed to preparing high school women for the transition to a post-secondary setting. Our programs are designed to mimic the undergraduate experience at Barnard; with New York City and its many cultural resources serving as an extension of the classroom. 

Our girls leave braver, bolder, and reassured about their purpose in an increasingly interconnected world.

Past Institutes

Session I (June 28- July 10)

STEMinists in Training Institute

New York City Art & Design Institute 

Session II (July 19-July 31) 

Young Women Writers Institute 

Young Women's Leadership Institute


To learn more about each institute, check out our Summer 2020 Programs page 


Summer 2020 Applications are now CLOSED. Please Join Our Mailing List to stay up to date on future offerings. 

The Pre-College Programs Application is made up of the following: 

Online Application Form

Unofficial High School Transcripts

1 Teacher Recommendation Form (Must be from an academic teacher that taught you in High School) 

1 Essay based on one of the following prompts: In 250- 500 words, tell our office (a) something you think we should know about you OR (b) something you have changed your mind about in the last 3 years 



Contact Us

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. If you still have questions, contact us at 212-854-8866 or