What kind of student does best at Barnard College
What kind of student does Barnard look for? The Committee on Admissions selects women of proven academic strength who exhibit intellectual voracity and strong potential for further scholarly growth. In addition to school records, recommendations, writing, and test scores, we carefully consider candidates' talents, abilities, interests, and personal history. While admission is highly selective, it is also holistic; no one criterion or score determines acceptance. We consider each applicant in terms of her personal qualities, her intellectual capacity, and the rigor of the curriculum she has pursued, as well as her potential for achieving at Barnard. We also review each applicant in the context of her school, community, and individual story.
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.
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 2018 Profile
Who applied, who was admitted
ED Applicants 674
Overall Admit rate 23%
How students described their ethnic backgrounds
African American/Black 12%
Asian/Asian American 21%
Native American 2%
What students scored
SAT CR (630–730)
SAT M (620–710)
SAT WR (650–730)
ACT Comp (28–32)
Avg GPA 3.9/4
or 94.8/100 (A-)
Where international students came from
33 countries represented
7.4% international citizens
3.5% US citizens attending school abroad
3.7% permanent residents
Where domestic students came from
39 states represented, plus D.C. and territories
New England 11.5%
New York 23%
Mid-Atlantic (not New York) 14%
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College Fairs: Are there better questions I can ask? Part 1
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 world on campus
Barnard students come from nearly 50 states and more than 50 countries.
The term "in-between" came to us as a fitting title for this blog 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