Finding your way

With the endless opportunities that Barnard, Columbia University, and New York City offer, it’s hard to know just where to start. That’s why Barnard offers an intensive weeklong orientation for incoming students that covers everything from academic strategies to tips on taking the subway. About 300 current students serve as guides for your first days on campus. Orientation activities continue throughout the first semester, with optional community service projects and outings throughout the city—not to mention free tickets to some great events.

I interned with adjunct professor Susan Fine this summer on a fascinating real estate project called Turnstyle, bringing shops to the Columbus Circle Subway.
Maame Yaa Buckman
I have done an internship every summer since I got to Barnard. My most influential internship was with the New York Red Bulls, when I realized I wanted to go into sports management.
Maya Selener
I interned at a women's rights-based organization here in the city. It was a great experience because I was able to apply what I was learning in the classroom to a more professional setting.
Adriana Moore
As an intern at BET, I worked in the office two days a week doing research, pitching ideas, and developing social media posts.
Cinneah El-Amin
My best internship

From tiny coffee shops to famous museums, every student discovers her top places to go in New York City.

New York City by the numbers

40 Broadway theatres
14 miles of beaches
8.4+ million residents
100+ museums
840+ miles of subway track
500+ art galleries
600,000+ college students
80 off-Broadway theatres
1,700+ parks and playgrounds
110 institutions of higher learning
40+ Fortune 500 companies
14 major dance venues
3 airports
20,000+ restaurants
235 skyscrapers
13,270 taxis
303 square miles
5,600 buses
11 professional sports teams
550 newspaper and magazine offices


Free admission

Enjoy events in the city for free through the Urban New York program. You might snag tickets to a Broadway show, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, lunch at Gotham Grill, or a Yankees, Knicks, or Rangers game.