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Barnard College

Barnard College

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.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Barnard is unique in higher education. The College offers the benefits of a small liberal arts college, the resources of a world-class university, the vast opportunities of New York City, and the inspiring environment of a women’s college. On campus, engage with classmates in small classes, debate ideas with the smartest women you will know, and collaborate with your professors. Across the street at Columbia University, take advantage of more classes, resources, and NCAA Division I athletics. Through courses, internships, and fieldwork, you’ll gain access to places in New York City that others can only dream of. As a college for women, Barnard provides an inspiring community filled with role models, mentors, and lifelong friends, as well as an alumnae network of makers and innovators. By the time you graduate, you’ll have gained the confidence and boldness to pursue a life that matters—to yourself and to the world.

Barnard’s small and welcoming campus, where more than 90 percent of our students live, makes it easy to become part of the close-knit community. Barnard students live in 12 traditional hallway- or suite/apartment-style residence halls. First-year students live together in three adjoining residences and are guaranteed housing for all four years.


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. With a dedicated faculty of scholars distinguished in their respective fields, Barnard is a community of accessible teachers and engaged students who participate together in intellectual risk-taking and discovery. Barnard students develop the intellectual resources to take advantage of opportunities as new fields, new ideas, and new technologies emerge. They graduate prepared to lead lives that are professionally satisfying and successful, personally fulfilling, and enriched by love of learning.

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. Located in the cosmopolitan urban environment of New York City, and committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff, Barnard prepares its graduates to flourish in different cultural surroundings in an increasingly inter-connected world.
The Barnard community thrives on high expectations. By setting rigorous academic standards and giving students the support they need to meet those standards, Barnard enables them to discover their own capabilities. Living and learning in this unique environment, Barnard students become agile, resilient, responsible, and creative, prepared to lead and serve their society.


Big Sub: The first major Barnard tradition of every school year is Big Sub, which you may have already heard about since it’s pretty unique, to say the least. Every October, McAC orders over 700 feet of sub sandwiches and lays them out on tables that stretch along the perimeter of Lehman Lawn, all the way up to the main gates. Students take pictures with Millie and wait in anticipation as they socialize and study the map that shows where on the lawn each type of sandwich is located. After much excitement, the time arrives to dig in. Students grab as much of the sandwich as they want and head back to wherever they came from to enjoy their food while they study. Overall, this crazy tradition succeeds in bringing Barnard students together for a study break that involves socializing, great music, and tons of food – what could be better?

Midnight Breakfast: Midnight Breakfast is that magical time of the year when Barnard students emerge from the depths of the libraries for the sake of breakfast food (and sanity). The night before finals begin each semester, McAC puts on this massive event in which Barnard professors and faculty serve students all sorts of food, including pancakes, waffles, ice cream, bagels, popcorn, and cake. The entire event is one huge pick-me-up with great friends and great food that the whole campus looks forward to during finals. 

Founders Day: Every October, Barnard celebrates Founders Day to honor Barnard’s past and current history. Founders Day is a major celebration of Barnard’s rich history and traditions.

Student 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 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. 

Barnard provides its students with accessible means to experience New York City through discounted tickets to NYC events (for sale in the Barnard Store) and free trips through the Urban NY lottery.

Students can participate in more than 500 student organizations on both the Barnard and Columbia campuses. Student groups include theatre and vocal music groups, ethnic organizations, language clubs, community service groups, and yearbook and literary magazine staffs.

Barnard is the only women’s college and one of the only small liberal arts colleges nationwide to offer NCAA Division I athletics. Through the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium, Barnard scholar-athletes compete alongside Columbia undergraduates on 16 teams in the NCAA Division I and the Ivy League. They join teams led by some of the nation’s best coaches and train in top-notch facilities. Barnard students also take part in more than 30 club sports and a range of intramural sports.



Millie the Dancing Bear
Millie is named after Barnard's College’s first president, Milicent McIntosh. She makes appearances at annual campus-wide events, as well as inaugural events! Dancing, *bear* hugs, and giving high-fives to the campus community are her favorite things to do. Oh, and she loves a great photo op!

Barnard College today:

Barnard students hail from nearly every U.S. state and more than 45 countries, explore 50 majors and 2,000 classes, and look at the world in their own brilliant ways.


Barnard has an enrollment of over 2,500 students from nearly 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) and more than 50 countries.

Famous graduates:

Lauren Graham (born March 16, 1967) pursued a career in acting. She starred in a variety of TV series during the 1990s before landing the lead role on a new WB series called Gilmore Girls in 2000. The show was a smash, running for multiple seasons, with Graham also starring in big-screen projects like Bad SantaBecause I Said So and Evan Almighty. Embarking on a career as a producer as well, she went on to star in the ensemble TV series Parenthood.

Martha Stewart (born August 3, 1941) rose to prominence as the author of books on cooking, entertaining and decorating. She then expanded her brand to include a magazine and television program, serving as CEO of Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Stewart resigned her post in 2002, following charges of insider trading of which she was subsequently convicted.

Interesting facts about Barnard College:

Barnard’s neighborhood, Morningside Heights, is a university community that is academic home to more than 45,000 students from around the world.

At Barnard, women make up 65 percent of the 375 faculty members, giving students everyday examples of women in positions of power.