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Barnard College

New York, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate11%

About Barnard

Barnard College is a prestigious women’s liberal arts college in New York City. Barnard has a long-standing and close partnership with its neighbor Columbia University, which means students get the advantages of a small, liberal arts school and a large Ivy League university. Barnard is known for its commitment to empowering women through education. Its academics are liberal arts focused and encourage collaboration between students and exploration between majors. Some of Barnard's most popular majors include economics, english, political science, psychology, sociology, biology, and environmental science.

Barnard offers students access to hands-on learning through internships, student jobs, and experiences. Popular internships include finance internships at prestigious firms, media internships within the communications industry, and nonprofit internships with advocacy groups. 

The overall campus experience at Barnard is characterized by a strong sense of community and inclusivity. Most students live on campus and participate in clubs, student events, and activities. Barnard encourages students to follow their passions and take advantage of how New York City can help develop those skills.

Barnard does not have its own varsity athletic teams, but students can join Columbia University’s athletic programs. Columbia competes at the NCAA Division I level and Barnard students who try out and are selected for a sport will join the Columbia team as full members. Barnard students can also join club and intramural sports in partnership with Columbia - these sports provide students with less competitive, more relaxed team experiences. Popular club sports for Barnard students include rugby, soccer, tennis, and ultimate frisbee. 

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In the spirit of collaboration for which the college is known, Barnard offers several unique learning opportunities that allow students to also study at Columbia, Julliard, and Manhattan School of Music. Barnard’s partnership with Columbia University allows students to take classes at either campus and even participate in joint degree programs and earn degrees from Barnard and Columbia at the same time. Barnard also offers two programs that provide students the opportunity to attend Julliard through an exchange program or a joint Bachelors/Masters program. And through a cross-registration program, Barnard students can audition for and study through Manhattan School of Music with no additional charge. 

What the CC Community is saying about Barnard

"One attraction to Barnard is indeed the integration with Columbia University: its campus, facilities, sports, course catalog, programs, location (in the city, and within the city), and the social options (ability to make friends) because of the large university setting. But far from being a “back-door” to Columbia University, it was actually Barnard that was the ‘added benefit.’"

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Barnard College is a private, nonprofit college in the city of New York, New York. Barnard was founded in 1889 and enrolls 3,043 undergrads and no graduate students.

Barnard Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Barnard. Barnard admitted 11% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 1,192 out of 10,395 total applicants were accepted.

Barnard College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 11%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 33%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%

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Barnard College is located in the city of New York, New York, near New York City.

If you would like to see Barnard for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Henry Hudson Parkway to New York, or book a flight to the nearest airport, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Barnard College and New York are like without leaving home.

College Info

3009 Broadway New York, NY 10027-6598

Campus Setting: Urban

Barnard Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Barnard is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Barnard is Mar 1.

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Barnard College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Barnard SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1445 - 1530


Math SAT Range

715 - 780


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

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1530 and Above


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1445 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Barnard students is 1478. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Barnard, while applicants with SAT scores between 1445 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1445 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Barnard.

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