Barnard Pre-College Programs

Live and Learn at Barnard College This Summer

Experience college life in NYC with young women from every corner of the globe. Our summer programs are open to rising high school junior and senior girls. 

Summer in the City

Students take two courses of their choice over the span of four weeks. As part of the program, students both participate in admissions and career workshops and explore New York through class trips and excursions.  

Liberal Arts Intensive

For one week, students take one course of their choice in the morning.  Afternoons are free for students to explore what the city has to offer!

Young Women's Leadership Institute 

Students delve into gender issues, social change, and leadership in this intensive 9-day program. Comprised of morning lectures and afternoon workshops, students develop a deeper understanding of leadership through a feminist lens.

Dance in the City

In this rigorous ten day program, students explore dance from all angles.  From dance theory and history classes to technique classes at the Alvin Ailey Extension School, students have the opportunity to delve into the dance world from every perspective.  As part of the program, students have the opportunity to observe performances of some of the world's best and  perform their own work. 

Summer Science Seminars

One and four week courses in Environmental Science, Science and the Law, Psychology, Physics, and Neuroscience. To peruse these course offerings, please visit our Summer in the City page for 4-week course options and our Liberal Arts Intensive page for 1-week course options.


In just 10 days, students learn how to turn an idea into a promising business.  Students attend class, workshops, and site visits to build their entrepreneurial skills and gain a better understanding of the start-up world.