Fact Sheet

Name

Barnard College | Columbia University

Mission

Barnard provides a singular educational experience, as a world-renowned college with the academic resources of Columbia University and the City of New York as an extended classroom. Founded in 1889, Barnard was one of the few colleges in the nation where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, Barnard is one of the most selective academic institutions in the country and remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional. 

Barnard College-Columbia University Partnership

Barnard College is an affiliated institution of Columbia University, a university community that is academic home to more than 45,000 students from around the world.  Through Barnard’s unique and historic partnership with Columbia University, students can register for more than 1,500 courses, use a system of more than 20 libraries, get involved with more than 450 organizations and attend high-profile events. Barnard is the only women's college where students can participate in NCAA Division I athletics. Graduates’ degrees are conferred by Columbia University.

Admissions  

Barnard College is one of the most selective colleges in the United States.

  • Acceptance rate: 13.9 percent (as of Fall 2018)
  • Unweighted average GPA: 4.12/4.00 or 96.13/100 
  • SAT/ACT Middle 50 percent:
    • SAT R RW (640-740)
    • SAT R M (640-730)
    • ACT Comp (30–33)
  • Nearly half of first-year students attended public schools

Tuition and Financial Aid

Barnard is a need-blind institution and meets full demonstrated need for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who apply as first-year students.  

  • Tuition and Fees
  • 38 percent of students receive need-based financial aid
  • 37 percent of students receive Barnard College Grants; the average grant is $40,238
  • 16 percent of students receive Pell Grants

Housing

More than 90 percent of students live in on-campus housing, and students entering as first years are guaranteed housing for all four years.  

Enrollment

  • 2,600 degree-seeking undergraduate students 
  • 39 percent of students identify as American Indian, Asian, Black/African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and multiracial
  • Students hail from 39 states, and Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin and Northern Mariana Islands
  • Nine percent international students, coming from 66 countries
  • 13 percent are first-generation college students

Academic Degree Program and Centers

Barnard offers Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree with more than 50 major areas of study. Students can also minor, double major, design their own majors, or pursue special degree programs in cooperation with Columbia University, The Juilliard School, List College of The Jewish Theological Seminary or the Manhattan School of Music. All students must participate in capstone projects or the writing of a final thesis, synthesizing theories and ideas while exploring their own original arguments. The top ten majors are:  

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Art History
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

In addition to the more than 50 fields of study, Barnard is also home to the academic centers, which include the Athena Center for Leadership, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, a unique center for research on early childhood development and parenting, and the Center for Translation Studies.

Barnard has an esteemed tradition in the humanities and the arts and is raising its eminence in math, science and technology. More than one-third of the most recent graduating class were science and math majors (as compared to 21% nationally) and the proportion of science majors has trended upward each year since 2009. In recent years, between seven and eight percent of our graduates go on to medical school each year.

New Curriculum
Barnard proudly builds on its more than 125-year history with a new curriculum, titled Foundations, which launched with the matriculation of the entering class of 2016 (the Class of 2020). Honoring the College’s commitment to the liberal arts and its strong mission and strategic plan, Foundations is modern, ambitious and flexible—all to meet the rapidly evolving needs of students in today’s world. With Foundations, Barnard will be the first liberal arts college among its peers with a pure technology requirement. 

Global Programs
Barnard’s global footprint reaches more than 65 countries through study, research, work and volunteer experiences, as well as programs, partners, research collaborations and alumnae around the world.

  • More than 150 study abroad programs on six continents
  • Annual collaboration with women leaders in other countries during the Global Symposium; 2017 programming will be structured as a series of Global Salons in Stockholm, Delhi, and Hong Kong. The 2018 Symposium will take place in Delhi, India and will be dedicated to addressing the global challenge of climate change. 

Faculty

In addition to being leading scholars, researchers and innovators in their fields, Barnard faculty members are first and foremost teachers and mentors. Faculty members are tenured at both Barnard College and Columbia University, and faculty members—not graduate students—teach all Barnard courses.

  • 226 full-time faculty and 137 part-time faculty   
  • 61 percent of Barnard’s full-time faculty is female
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1
  • 73 percent of Barnard’s classes have 19 or fewer students

Graduation Rates

  • 6-Year Graduation Rate (cohort entering in 2011):  93 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate for Pell Grant Recipients (cohort entering in 2011):  95 percent