Barnard students have lived in nearly 50 states and more than 50 countries. They’ve graduated from every type of secondary school in the US and abroad; some have been homeschooled. They’ve been scientific researchers, high school newspaper editors, Olympic-caliber athletes, published poets, performers, artists, and volunteers. At Barnard, where more than 90 percent of students live on campus, they come together to create a vibrant, diverse sisterhood where wide-ranging voices and opinions are celebrated. The shared experiences extend beyond graduation, with alumnae who reach out to offer mentorship, job leads, and support.
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