Find Your Squad
Thanks to Barnard’s Columbia connection, you will have nearly 600 clubs to choose from and many Barnard students join and lead clubs on both sides of Broadway. Barnard-based clubs include pre-professional organizations, such as the Athena Pre-Law Society; culture clubs, like BOSS and Q; and climate action organizations, such as Sprout Up NYC. On top of that, there are some 500 clubs at Columbia to choose from. Check out the clubs and chat with members at the annual Activities Fair.
If you can’t find a club that fits, you can apply to start your own. The Breakfast Club, Barnard’s student leadership series, will guide you from launch to passing the torch and provide the skills you’ll use to make your mark long after graduation.
“It’s good to just try things. That’s one of the great things about the school — there are so many clubs, and you can always try something and say, ‘This isn’t for me,’ and try again some other time.”
— Alana Koenig ’18
Cultural & International Clubs
Nearly 20 clubs and organizations help you explore your identity within Barnard’s diverse and international student body. Popular options include Q for the College’s queer community, and the Mujeres club for Barnard Latinas.
Black students founded the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters in 1968 and a year later gave College administrators a list of 10 demands. BOSS is still active on campus and, through mentorship and community, empowers its members to become leaders. Watch the video to learn more about the 50-year history.
Impact & Volunteering Clubs
A number of groups are working on climate action on campus and around New York City. For instance, Sprout Up brings environmental science to first and second graders. There’s even a student-run food co-op.
Performing Arts Clubs
Barnard’s performing-arts clubs can help get your creative and collaborative juices flowing. Among your options: Sing with the Bacchantae a capella group, perform improv with Control Top or Third Wheel, or join the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe and get involved in the not-for-profit’s free, roving performances.
Media Production & Writing Clubs
Get writing, editing, and production experience through a number of student-run groups and publications. You could contribute to the Surgam, a publication from Columbia’s oldest club, the Philolexian Society.
Self-Development & Interest-based Clubs
Make friends and nurture hobbies in clubs like the Barnard Outdoor Adventure Team, the College’s own WBAR radio station, and the recently formed Barnard Bookworms book club.
Student Leadership Organizations
You can help steer campus life through the Student Leadership Collective. Join the Mcintosh Activities Council, which organizes many of the most fun traditions on campus, or be active in the Student Government Association and work with students, administration, and faculty to push for change. Run for student government. Students have significant ownership at Barnard. Get involved.