Admission plans and application deadlines for first-years

All first-year students apply for entry beginning in the fall term. Apply for financial aid, if appropriate, at the time you apply for admission.

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1
Notification: Mid-December

If you select Barnard as your first-choice college, you may choose to apply for admission through our binding Early Decision plan. Although you may initiate applications to other colleges, if you are admitted under Early Decision, you agree to submit a nonrefundable deposit and must withdraw all other applications. The Committee on Admissions may choose to postpone the decision on an Early Decision application until the spring. In that event, you will be asked to submit the Midyear Report and would not be bound by the Early Decision agreement to enroll, if admitted in the spring.

Regular Decision

Deadline: January 1
Notification: Late March
National Reply Date: May 1

• If you have been enrolled at another college or university and have completed less than one academic year and fewer than 24 credits at the time of matriculation, you must apply as a first-year student.

• If you have 24 credits or more from another college or university following high school, you must apply as a transfer student (see Instructions for Transfer and Visiting Student Admission). These 24 credits do not include credit granted for AP/IB scores, college courses completed in high school, or courses taken during the summer before matriculation.

Should I apply early or regular decision?

The Early Decision plan is intended for students who passionately believe that Barnard is their first choice for college. It is a binding decision plan, meaning that if you are admitted Early Decision, you agree to attend Barnard and promise to withdraw all other applications.

We realize that this is not a decision to be made lightly.

It is expected that students who apply Early Decision will have explored the Barnard literature and website, and will have connected with current students, alumnae, admissions officers, or faculty to learn more. We strongly suggest that you visit campus (if possible). And, we require that students who apply Early Decision sign an Early Decision Agreement, along with their parents and guidance counselor. You should discuss Early Decision with your family and take into consideration all aspects relevant to making your college choice.

Finally, if you apply Early Decision and you are applying for financial aid, your application for aid will undergo a thorough review for need-based aid, based on the projected income and asset information presented in the CSS Profile and prior year tax information. If you qualify for financial aid, a financial aid estimated package will be mailed with the Early Decision acceptance letter. Should financial information presented on the FAFSA and current year taxes be verified as accurate, the final financial aid package would reflect the estimate. Methodology used to calculate Early Decision and Regular Decision is the same.

If you are concerned about finances, we urge you to use the Net Price Calculator to estimate your family contribution and to determine eligibility for a need-based financial aid award. Then you and your family should contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions. For many families, finances are an important part of choosing a college, and it may be advisable to apply Regular Decision to compare financial aid packages.

Application deadlines for transfer and visiting students

Transfer and visiting students may apply for the spring or fall term. No Early Decision option is available for transfer students. Apply for financial aid, if appropriate, at the time you apply for admission.

Entrance in January (Spring Term)

Deadline: November 1
Notification: Early December

Entrance in September (Fall Term)

Deadline: March 15
Notification: Mid-May