Apply to (SP)² Program


  • Students must be applying to Barnard as first-year students.
  • Students must demonstrate a strong interest in the sciences. Student must major in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics/astronomy or neuroscience to continue in the program all 4 years.
  • Students must be members of an underrepresented minority in the sciences (Black, Native-American or Latina), or a first-generation student with parents who did not complete a four-year college degree.


How do I apply?


All applicants to Barnard College who meet the criteria outlined above are eligible. Submit your application to Barnard by November 1 for Early Decision or January 1 for Regular Decision. Indicate your interest in (SP)2 on the application, and include the required additional materials:

a) Complete the required short essay outlining your interest in pursuing science and science research.

b) Submit a recommendation from a science teacher or science mentor.


Pre-screened students will be invited to interview via phone or Skype with faculty from the (SP)2 committee in late winter/early spring. 


Students admitted to Barnard will be notified of their selection as (SP)2 Scholars, along with admission in late March.