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Barnard College

New York, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate11%

Barnard Admissions

Barnard College is extremely difficult to get into. In 2022, Barnard College accepted just 11% of all applicants. Out of 10,395 applications received in 2023, 1,192 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Barnard College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/4 and the application fee costs $75.

Students who submit their applications to Barnard College for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Barnard College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Barnard College's admissions stats.

Barnard College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 89%
Mean SAT Score 1478
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%
Waitlist Yes

Barnard College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Barnard College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 1 4 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Barnard College?

Barnard College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Barnard College is 33%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 11%. In 2022, Barnard College admitted 429 of the 1285 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Barnard College Admissions

Transferring to Barnard College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Barnard College

In 2022, Barnard College waitlisted 2,612 students and 1,904 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 104 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Barnard College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Barnard College

What does Barnard College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Barnard College for more information on admission factors.

Barnard College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Barnard College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Barnard College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Common Application with Barnard Supplement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Barnard College?

Barnard College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 32.25% submitted a class rank. At Barnard College 89% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Barnard College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Barnard College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Barnard College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 30% of Barnard College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Barnard College?

To be competitive with other Barnard College applicants, you should aim to score between 1445 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Barnard College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1445, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Barnard College student is 1478.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Barnard College students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Barnard College students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

To be most competitive at Barnard College, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Barnard College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Barnard College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on Transferring to Barnard College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Barnard College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Barnard College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Barnard College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Barnard College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Barnard College.

Does Barnard College accept transfer credits?

✅ Barnard College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Barnard College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Barnard College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Barnard College?

❌ No, Barnard College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Barnard College's acceptance rate?

✅ Barnard College's acceptance rate is 11%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Barnard College?

✅ Barnard College's early decision acceptance rate was 33% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Barnard? Barnard is a selective institution. The Barnard acceptance rate is 11%. This means that the institution accepts 11 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

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

Barnard SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1445 - 1530


Math SAT Range

715 - 780


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1530 and Above


1445 to 1530


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.

Barnard GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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