ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.

About Barnard

Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

Barnard College is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of New York, NY, less than an hour from New York City.

Founded in 1889, Barnard currently enrolls around 2,744 students a year, including 2,744 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

The school spends $28,439 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Barnard

Acceptance rate: 14%

Mean ACT score: 32

Mean SAT score: 1419

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

What's the acceptance rate at Barnard College in 2021?

Barnard is a extremely difficult school to get accepted to. Around 14 percent of all applicants to Barnard are accepted each year.

Admitted students have a mean score of 1419 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 32.

In 2021, 2,096 applicants were waitlisted and 258 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Barnard a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Barnard, around 93 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 601 students who started at Barnard as first-time freshman, 510 graduate within four years.

Around 90 percent of students who started at Barnard earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,438 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Barnard sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Barnard a good school for YOU?

Thinking of applying to Barnard for Fall 2022?

Click the heart icon to save Barnard to your own personal list of schools where you want to apply!

Barnard's application deadline is January 1. All applicants should hear back from Barnard by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Barnard and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

3009 Broadway New York, NY 10027-6598

Campus Setting: Urban

Barnard Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Barnard is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Barnard is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


Wondering what your chances are of getting into Barnard College?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

Barnard ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Barnard is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Barnard. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Barnard SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1500


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1500 and Above


1360 to 1500


1360 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Barnard students is 1440. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Barnard, while applicants with SAT scores between 1360 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1360 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Barnard.

Barnard Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life


Full Time


Part Time


In State



Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Barnard?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation