About Barnard College

Barnard College aims to provide the highest-quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university. As a college for women, Barnard embraces its responsibility to address issues of gender in all of their complexity and urgency and to help students achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.

Founded in 1889 as a college for women closely affiliated with the then all-male Columbia University, Barnard College is a self-sustaining entity under the Columbia umbrella. While we each have our own curriculum requirements, admissions and financial aid processes, and unique student experiences, Barnard and Columbia share a lot. Students can attend classes at both campuses and participate in each other’s clubs and events. We’re two distinct communities, across-the-street partners that create a larger whole. 


There are 50-plus fields of study at Barnard — in the humanities, social sciences, arts, natural sciences, and many interdisciplinary areas — waiting to be explored. Your academic journey at Barnard is shaped by the innovative Foundations curriculum. It’s exhilaratingly rigorous. It’s also very flexible. The curriculum hones your ability to skillfully interpret information and think critically about it, and then to powerfully communicate your ideas. With support from your advisor, you’ll decide on a major that will anchor your study at Barnard. 

Residential Life

Barnard College considers the residential experience to be an integral part of a student's total education. Students who live on campus have a more productive and more satisfying college experience than those who live off campus. Students who live in campus housing are close to academic buildings, libraries, and dining facilities. Trained, professional Residential Life & Housing staff members are present to provide social & academic programs and help in emergency situations. Additionally, living on campus provides access to amenities like internet access, laundry rooms, computer labs, music practice rooms, and study lounges. Students are not required to live on campus; however, students are encouraged to live on campus for at least their first year in order to acclimate to the campus and to New York City. 98% of Barnard First-Year students live on campus and over 90% of students overall.

Extracurricular Life

Student Life enhances the educational mission of Barnard College by engaging students outside of the classroom through programs, events, leadership opportunities, and dialogues. You’ll have more than 80 clubs to pick from at Barnard, ranging from pre-professional organizations and drama clubs to literary meetups and climate action groups. Thanks to the relationship between Barnard College and Columbia University, you also have some 500 Columbia clubs to pick from.

Admissions Website

We encourage you to visit the Admissions & Aid section of our website and to please contact us with questions — we look forward to hearing from you!


Deadline Information

Early Decision
Deadline: November 1
Notification: Mid-December

Regular Decision
Deadline: January 1 - extended to January 4, 2022 for Fall 2022 applicants
Notification: Late March
National Reply Date: May  

Required Application Materials

Barnard Admissions requires the Common Application or Coalition Application and does not have a preference regarding which application platform you use; either will be evaluated in the same manner. Each application will include personal information such as the school you attend, your extracurricular activities, and your senior year class schedule. It will also include the personal essay that will be sent to each school you apply to on each platform.

Students applying through either platform will submit the following required materials:

Everything you need to know about admissions and the application process can be found in the First-Year Applicants section of our website.

Financial Aid

Barnard represents an investment, not only in your future, but also in your intellectual growth and personal transformation. We are committed to making a Barnard education affordable to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We are need-blind in our first-year domestic admission process and award financial aid based on demonstrated need. We are need-aware in our review of applications from transfers and international citizens. We meet each admitted student's demonstrated need, working closely with each family to answer questions and help make the best financial choices. 

  • 39% of all Barnard students receive some form of financial aid
  • $42,681 — average total grant for first-year students in 2019-2020, including federal, state, and institutional grants
  • $16,774 — Class of 2019 average loan indebtedness (the national average loan indebtedness is $37,172)
  • $60,588 — 2020-2021 tuition and fees
  • $17,856 — 2020-2021 room and board
  • Quick College Cost Estimator — use this tool to help anticipate your college costs and estimate your need-based scholarship eligibility

Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to the goal of helping each family make the best financial choices. We encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions and to contact us about any and all questions you may have regarding the financing of your education at Barnard.

Additional Information