Barnard College admits students without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. In accordance with its own values and with federal, state, and city statutes and regulations, Barnard does not discriminate in employment programs or educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Barnard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 5624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215/662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. The Title IX Director has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: 212/854-0037, located in 105 Milbank Hall.

Refer to the College Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment for more information.

How should I best prepare for admission to Barnard?

To be well-prepared for a college like Barnard, it is important to think about the academic community you are hoping to join. Barnard's general education requirements cover a wide range of subjects: literature, the social sciences, language and the arts, lab sciences, and quantitative areas. For this reason, you should acquire a strong foundation in high school, taking courses from the core academic subjects: math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Do your best to take the most rigorous classes available to you in which you can do your best work. For transfer students, our recommendations are similar.  Take courses that are recommended to fulfill general requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  If an area is a relative weakness, continue taking that subject while pursuing advanced coursework in areas of relative strength. Remember, we hope to see how you might contribute to our intellectual community, and your choices tell us what kind of a student you will be.


To best prepare for Barnard outside of the classroom, we suggest pursuing activities that interest you most. If you love doing something, it follows that you have approached this activity in some depth, by taking some initiative or new direction, and that you also have explored opportunities for leadership.


Class of 2019 Profile

Who applied, who was admitted

Applications 6,655
ED Applicants 748
Overall Admit rate 19.5%
Matriculants 635


How students described their ethnic backgrounds

African American/Black 10%
Asian/Asian American 21%
Caucasian 52%
Hispanic/Latina 13%
Native American 2%
Unknown 2%


What students scored

Middle 50%
SAT CR (640–730)
SAT M (620–720)
SAT WR (650–740)
ACT Comp (29–32)

Avg GPA 3.854/4
or 95.04/100 (A-)


Where international students came from

36 countries represented
8.9% international citizens
3.4% US citizens attending school abroad
2.4% permanent residents


Where domestic students came from

42 states represented, plus D.C. and territories

Midwest/Southwest 12%
New England 14%
New York 28%
Mid-Atlantic (not New York) 15%
South 10%
West 15%


Ask a student!

Have something you’d like to ask a current student about the Barnard experience? Send your questions to

Every fall and spring, admissions officers at Barnard travel to the four corners of the map to visit high schools, meet with alumnae, and staff college fairs. Having attended a fair last night, we wanted to give some advice on how to make good use of your time (and ours!) . . .

The term "in-between" came to us as a fitting title for this post when we realized that this blog space, though visited on occasion (hopefully, a growing number of occasions), by applying seniors, some parents, and a few others (a list which may or may not include most of the admissions staff), will soon be visited by juniors just starting their process . . .

What Barnard means to me

“For me, it was an incredible spirit of camaraderie, an atmosphere infused with the passion of students, teachers, and alumnae, and the opportunity to grow into my best self that were the key factors that inspired me to apply and then enroll.”  —Leah Sodowick, junior from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania; psychology major and French minor