New students gather at Orientation.

Orientation for new students

A weeklong Orientation helps you get adjusted to Barnard life before you start classes. We’ll help you move in and get settled. You’ll learn all about the resources you can tap into and how to get around the Barnard and Columbia campuses, as well as New York City. We combine our orientation with Columbia’s, so you’ll meet a range of Barnard and Columbia students right away. We offer an additional two-day orientation for international students. To help cultivate student networks, first-year students become part of one of seven Constellation groups, and together you’ll take part in events and projects.

The First-Year Focus program extends the orientation throughout the year with academic and co-curricular activities

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As a first-year student, you’ll join other students on your residence hall floor in one of seven Constellation groups. Led by upperclass Barnard students, the small groups are designed to help you make connections and get involved on campus. Together you’ll take part in service projects, have fun, and explore the campus and the city.

Barnard students come from nearly 50 states and more than 50 countries.