What information will the campus tour cover?

Campus tours are lead by Barnard Student Admissions Representatives (BSAR) and precede the information session. Our tours are designed to give prospective students and their families a full overview of what makes Barnard special from the student's perspective. Tours cover academics, extracurricular experiences, community, and residential living. Our BSAR will also make sure to answer all questions throughout the tour route.  Back to Top

What will be discussed in the information session? 

The information session will follow the campus tour and is lead by a member of the admissions counseling team. This session will cover our application process. In the 45 minute session we discuss our holistic and contextual application evaluation process, application requirements, early and regular decision deadline dates. We will also discuss financial aid. We will also stay to answer any questions after the session. Back to Top

Do you give special tours for groups or organizations?

Barnard will accommodate large groups from schools or organizations for a special tour. To arrange your group visit, please complete the Group Visit Request Form at least three weeks before your intended visit. You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your request within three working days. Once we are able to secure a tour guide we will confirm your visit via email. Requests received later than three weeks notice may not be accommodated.

Please note: Formal tours are only available for high school groups; middle school groups can instead schedule a 30-minute meeting with a counselor. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate groups younger than middle school-aged. Back to Top

When is the best time to visit campus?

The most rewarding time to visit Barnard is when classes are in session. Experience Barnard’s lively academic atmosphere, in which the interests and ambitions of women come first, and feel the pulse of this energetic community, from the dining hall to the classrooms to the residence halls. If you are planning to visit a class, we suggest visiting Mon-Thurs as there are very few courses held on Friday. In addition, classes are closed during winter break and summer. Back to Top

Will I see a dorm room during the tour? 

Barnard is proud to be able to guarantee housing for first year students for all four years. In addition, 99% of our first-year students choose to stay in Barnard housing. Because of our full residence halls, we are typically unable to a show an empty first-year dorm room during our regular campus tours. However, during our open house programs, we will often have a few students who will volunteer to show their rooms to prospective students. To guarantee you will see a residence hall room, plan to visit during one of our open house programs. In addition, admitted students will also be hosted overnight by a current student in a residence hall during admitted student weekends. 

To see a senior dorm room in Sultzberger Tower, check out this edition of Barnard Cribs! That view is something to look forward to!  Back to Top

Can I visit Barnard and Columbia on the same day? 

Yes, you can! During the busy months of September and October, Barnard and Columbia offer three tours a day. Feel free to take our tour then head across the street for the Columbia tour or vice versa. Barnard tours are offered at 10:30AM and 2:30PM, Mon-Fri. Information sessions are offered after the tours at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. In September and October, a third tour is added at 12:30PM; however an information session is not offered after the tour. For information about columbia's tour schedule, visit their website Back to Top

Can I stay overnight?

Barnard will host admitted students overnight in our residence halls during our two Admitted Student Weekend programs in April. If you are admitted, you will receive information about this program in your admit packet. If you are a prospective student visting us in the fall and you know a current Barnard student, feel free to reach out to them! Most are happy to host prospective students from their previous high schools for a night. Back to Top

Do you have accessible tours?

Barnard's campus covers four acres, which is the equivalent to four NYC blocks. There are a few stairs along the tour route and you will be standing and walking for about an hour. The majority of the Barnard tour is quite accessible, but there are points where we can alter the route to include the use of an elevator or alternate path to make your visit more enjoyable. Please notify us in advance at 212/854-2014 if you require ramp-accessible entry or the use of an elevator. Let us know if we can adjust our route to accommodate your visit.  Back to Top

When is the class list posted?

Classes available for visits are posted after the shopping period ends. In the beginning of each semester, students are able to drop and add courses during the first three weeks of classes. During this time, we are unable to confirm how many available seats there will be in a classroom. Once schedules are set, we will post the list of available classes on our website.

Barnard classes typically meet Mon-Thurs. This provides our students with a day to catch up on their academic reading or to pursue internships or part-time jobs. Students who would like to sit in a class are advised to visit campus Mon-Thurs. Back to Top

How do I arrange a visit with the dance or theatre departments?

The dance department prefers that prospective students have a conversation with department contacts before participating in or observing a technique class.  The department requests that interested students complete this form. Please note that Advanced Studio, Rehearsal & Performance, Senior Seminar and Senior Project are not open to prospective students. Dance courses are available for admitted as well as prospective students. Please review the class visit information via the Dance department's FAQ listing.

The theatre department prefers that only admitted students be permitted to attend performance classes, but will welcome inquiries from interested students via phone, email, or by appointment. The department expects that performers understand the challenging impact of outside visitors in performance settings. If you are an admitted student visiting for open house, please contact the department for course options.

Department contacts and frequently asked questions for both departments can be found on the theatre and dance websites. Both departments understand that the process of selecting an appropriate program in theatre or dance is a complex one and are delighted to help students learn as much as they can about their departments. However, in order to serve the needs of continuing and prospective students, each department requests that you do not drop by without connecting with staff beforehand. If you are interested in attending a theatre or dance technique or performance course, please review the appropriate websites and reach out to the designated departmental contact before visiting classes. Back to Top

Can I visit a class during Open House programs?

Yes! During our Fall Open House and Admitted Student Weekend programs, students are able to sample a class. Visiting students will be able to choose their courses a couple days before or on the day of the event. Please be open-minded as we are only able to offer courses that are available on that specific day. The course of your choice may not meet on Mondays.  Back to Top

Can I schedule an interview after my campus tour? 

On-campus interviews are offered to prospective applicants in their senior year between June and mid-December. Students will be interviewed by a member of the Barnard admissions team (which could be an admissions counselor, a senior interviewer or an alumna). Interviews are offered Mon-Fri at 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 2PM, 3PM, and 4PM. Our slots fill up quickly and we do not have a waiting list. Students are advised to book their interviews at least 3 weeks in advance to secure their time before arriving on campus. For more information about scheduling an interview, please view our website Back to Top

Can I meet an athletics coach? 

Through the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium, women at Barnard College and the undergraduate divisions of Columbia University compete together as members of University-wide athletic teams. It is the only consortium of its kind at the NCAA Division I level. Our varsity teams compete within the Ivy League Conference. If you are interested in competing on one of our Division I athletic teams, we encourage you to contact the coaches directly to set up a time to speak with them or observe a game when you visit.  Back to Top