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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 Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Barnard will release their ED1 decisions on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm EST. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Barnard Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Barnard College Overview

Barnard College is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in New York, New York. Barnard was founded in 1889 and now enrolls around 2,744 students a year, including 2,744 undergrads. Barnard offers on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Barnard! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Barnard's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Barnard students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life?Barnard has sororities, but doesn't have fraternities.

Planning to play sports? Barnard has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Barnard on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Barnard on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 Barnard Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 14%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 26%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 62%
Tuition $55,781

Is Barnard a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at to get a better idea of what Barnard offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

Barnard Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Barnard. In 2021, Barnard accepted just 14% of all applicants. In 2021, just 1,280 out of the 9,411 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Barnard

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Barnard, around 93% return for the next year. Barnard's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 90%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Barnard Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Barnard's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. The school spends $28,439 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Barnard

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Barnard meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Barnard full-time are awarded $46,644 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $24,438 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Barnard. Based on this information, how does Barnard sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Barnard a good school for you?

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Where is Barnard?

Barnard is located in the urban setting of New York, New York, less than an hour from New York City.

If you want 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 and New York are like without leaving home.

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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


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Barnard ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Barnard is 32. 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

1370 - 1500


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

680 - 748

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Barnard students is 1419. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Barnard, while applicants with SAT scores between 1370 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1370 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Barnard.

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