We broadly define international students to be the following:
- A citizen of a country other than the United States who has been educated abroad;
- A U.S. citizen educated abroad;
- A Foreign National educated in the U.S.
The Barnard community includes undergraduates from all over the world. About 10% of the Class of 2022 were educated abroad, representing about 30 countries. They contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of the campus community and are an important part of the College's academic and social life.
Applications for admission to Barnard College are always read with careful consideration of contextual information that might affect student course selection, i.e. the rigor of the curriculum, a student’s individual life circumstances, and, in the case of international students especially, global and cultural perspective. The Office of Admissions acknowledges that students who live abroad may have education experiences that differ from their peers who studied in the United States, and we recognize this important factor as we review applications. We also value the fact that international applicants, regardless of citizenship, have much to offer from their backgrounds and experiences as global citizens.
Students must request that their high school and/or college send an official TRANSCRIPT or EXAM RESULTS via e-docs or mail. (Certificates or copies of certificates are NOT required and should NOT be submitted)
Students with transcripts or official documents not issued in English need to provide certified English translations along with the official documents. Your school may be able to guide you to third party organizations who regularly provide these translations. Contact us if you have questions.
Students who apply for admission during their last year of secondary school should clearly state the name of the certificate or degree they expect to receive and when they will receive it. Students who have taken external national or board examinations should submit examination results as well as transcripts for each year of secondary-level study.
Students should NOT submit other academic or activity certificates.
All applicants are required to submit scores from either the SAT OR ACT exams. We will superscore the SAT and ACT composite scores. Applicants may self-report their best scores via the common application or the Barnard application portal for evaluation. Students who are admitted and choose to enroll will be required to submit their official testing record to validate their scores. Learn more here about the SAT exam and the ACT exam.
If students are able to travel to a country where the SAT is offered, it is strongly recommended that they do their best to sit for the required testing. For students in China, for example, the SAT is offered in Hong Kong and the ACT is offered at several sites in China. Please let us know if you have specific questions, and we will consider minor adjustments to testing requirements based upon circumstances for international students.
Barnard requires students to display English proficiency and may be required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test. Applicants are eligible to have the English Language Proficiency Requirement waived if they:
- Identify English as one of their first languages
- Have attended a school in which the primary language of instruction is English for the duration of their secondary school career
- Are enrolled in or have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or A Level curriculum taught in English
- Earned one or more of the following subsection scores:
- 700 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the redesigned SAT (beginning in March 2016)
- 29 or higher on the English or Reading sections of the ACT.
If you meet one or more of the criteria above, you have fulfilled Barnard's English Language Proficiency Requirement, but will still be required to submit either SAT and/or ACT scores. After you apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your English Language Proficiency Requirement waived (if it has not already been waived in your applicant status portal).
If you do not meet the criteria above, you will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores in addition to either SAT and/or ACT scores. The most competitive candidates for admission generally receive a score of 7 or higher on the IELTS, a TOEFL score of 100 or above, or a 120 or higher on the Duolingo English Test.
Barnard does not consider TOEFL's MyBest score at this time and does not superscore any English Language Proficiency exams. Please submit all scores earned and we will review your individual section scores as well as your highest total score from a single test date. We will update this information if any changes are made to our policy.
Interviews are available on-campus for high school seniors (or rising seniors) only, Monday through Friday, from June through mid-December. Weekend interviews may also be available on select dates during the fall semester. If you wish to interview, do not wait until you submit your application before scheduling an appointment! Our interview slots fill up quickly, with no waiting list. We recommend scheduling an appointment at least three weeks in advance. Please note again that interviews are optional, and that interviews are not available for transfer applicants.
Please note: Interviews for Early Decision candidates must be completed by Nov 1st to be considered.
If you are unable to travel to campus, you may choose to arrange an off-campus interview with a trained alumna interviewer in your local area. Alumnae interviews take place between mid-September and December and are available only to students who live outside the tri-state metropolitan area (New York [New York City & the boroughs, Long Island, Westchester & Putnam Counties], New Jersey, and Connecticut). Students who live too far for an in-person interview with an alumna may be scheduled for a phone or Skype interview. Due to limited availability, students should register for an interview early. Students are permitted to schedule one interview each, either on-campus or with an alumna representative. Registration for alumnae interviews will begin in late-August to early September. Once you have submitted your request, you can expect to receive further information about your alumna match within a few weeks.
Deadlines to Request an Off-Campus Interview:
Early Decision Applicants: Friday, October 18, 2019
As of October 18, 2019, the deadline for requesting off-campus interviews for Early Decision applicants has passed. Students are welcome to look at our scheduler for on-campus interview availability. As a reminder, all on-campus or off-campus interviews for ED applicants must be conducted by November 1.
Regular Decision Applicants: Friday, November 15th, 2019
For students in China and South Korea, we often have far fewer alumnae interviewers than we have requests. Additionally, the time difference between the United States and Asia further complicates our ability to offer Skype interviews, so we have connected with the organization below to offer comprehensive and convenient interviews. For one fee, they will send your interview video/report to all of the colleges on your list. If you are concerned that fees would present a hardship for you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact us for an alternate solution.