Pre-College Programs at Barnard

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. 

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.

Our Institutes

The Office of Pre-College Programs runs seven summer program institutes. Our institutes are collaborative in nature and follow a separate schedule that puts theory into practice in real time.

STEMinists in Training Institute

Fashion and Art History in NYC Institute 

Athena Summer Innovation Institute

Urban Studies Summer Institute

Young Women Writers Institute 

Young Women's Leadership Institute

Performing Arts and Media Institute 

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


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

Online Application Form

Unofficial High School Transcripts

Teacher Recommendation Form (1 letter for current sophomore and junior applicants, 2 letters for rising sophomore applicants) 

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 



Tuition and Fees

Resident Student Tuition includes room and meals in the campus dining hall, textbooks and course readers**, MetroCard for duration of program*, (1) Broadway ticket, NYC excursions, Columbia gym membership, $95 campus medical fee.

Day Student Tuition includes meals in the campus dining hall, textbooks and course readers**, (1) Broadway ticket, NYC excursions, Columbia gym membership, $95 campus medical fee..

*Participants are responsible for replacing lost or stolen MetroCards 

** Students in Contemporary Studio Art and Architecture of the Everyday will need to purchase additional course supplies on their own. A list will be provided by the professor a month prior to the start of the program.

Program Deposit

A $500 deposit is required for all accepted students within two weeks of their admissions notification. Students who fail to submit their deposit within two weeks will automatically forfeit their admission to their summer program and any financial aid award that they have been granted towards their tuition. Tuition must be paid in full no later than May 31st, 2020.

Learn more about our tuition, refund policy, and funding your summer learning experience through financial aid. 

Student Staff Opportunities

Spend your summer in the city with the Office of Pre-College Programs! We are now hiring for 2020. Student staff are an integral part of making summer a success. Student staff assist in a variety of areas such as community building, administration, workshop development, supervision, and mentoring. 


Learn more about Summer 2020 job openings and responsibilities.

Contact Us

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