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UWS style

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2018 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

the resources, the people, the spirit, the artsy campus, the political involvement, and New York

Downers

stress culture, dining services, not very inclusive. don't have access to all Columbia resources

Comments

In general, I love Barnard. But college is what you make of it. Visit the campus and talk to the people here.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great education

4.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Great education, access to resources of a large university but also resources just for Barnard (for example the Athena Scholars Program for Women's Leadership)

Downers

Work-a-holic culture, people always want the next big thing

Comments

Can you handle competition? Do you like to be pushed beyond your limits?

Would You Recommend

Yes

All Women's College

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Barnard really is a tight-knit community. The faculty, and administration really want the best for students. Very rigorous curricula for all, if not most, majors. Located in NYC. Share facilities with Columbia U.

Downers

Dorms are pretty small. Tuition is fairly high, and the Barnard gym is small.

Comments

This is the perfect school for women looking for sisterhood, outside-of-the-box learning, and an undergraduate experience in the Big Apple.

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

There are 2 first-year courses that are required, both English courses. Beyond that, Barnard has the "8 ways of knowing" requirement, which means taking courses to fufil 8 broad disciplines (there are many courses that satisfy each requirement) such as History, Quantitative Reasoning, and Literature.

Quality of Life

Considering Barnard is in New York City, the housing is great. Some doors require renovation, but Barnard has been in the process of doing so, and most dorms are up to date. Cost of living in NYC can be high, but Barnard provides all the basics on campus. Access to gyms, libraries, etc., is really great, because you have both the Barnard and Columbia facilities at your disposal. Hewitt dining hall is really great quality. I loved living in the Morningside neighborhood because it is generally safe, and Barnard/Columbia public safety patrol often. The residents seem to love living in a college neighborhood and are generally friendly (as are the local businesses).

Admissions

Barnard accepts the common application with a supplemental application. An interview is optional. The supplement has 5 short answer questions (a paragraph each). Barnard offers early decison. Admission is need blind - every accepted student is given the financial aid she needs, and her financial situation does not affect admission.

Graduation Year

2009

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Large but open core (9 Ways of Knowing), major degree requirements vary between majors (mine were both fairly extensive, I know some are not as much so). I found the thesis requirement very valuable, although the requirement seems to be applied very differently in the various majors which is probably my only complaint with it (grading, professor involvement, effort required, etc).

Quality of Life

Cost of living is obviously higher than at many schools because we are in the city, but I think the school does a good job of trying to keep it down. I lived in campus housing all four years as most students do and had an overall good experience with it.

Admissions

Unique application questions, some students had interviews (I believe), early decision/early action possibility.

Graduation Year

2010

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Classes are very small; 70% of classes are 19 or fewer students! This means that it is very easy to get to know your professor well, either for general help, research, or as a mentor. Grading really depends on the professor, but most professors have very high standards. I would say it's competitive in the sense that everyone here works very hard. Study abroad is popular, about a third of Barnard students go abroad.

Quality of Life

Housing has lots of different options (but sadly most dorms don't have AC for summer, but in NYC for the regular year you would only need it for two-three and a half weeks anyway), from singles to suite style to corridor style. Cost of living is high, it's the city! Campus is adorable, as it is very small and you are like to see someone you know walking around campus. Library is fine, the librarians are very sweet and they give out candy during finals, but they are actually planning a renovation of the library so that will be good. Morningside Heights is one of the safest neighborhoods in NYC! Overall I would say most students have a lot of Barnard pride, as they strive towards greatness.

Admissions

Holistic approach to admissions. The Barnard supplement has very unique short answer questions. They encourage but do not require interviews. Early Decision is popular because they accept a lot of students through it (40%). They also use the Common App. Pay very close attention to everything you write, it's extermely important!

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Barnard students have the great opportunity to experience a small liberal arts education in one of the most vibrant city atmospheres. Class sizes are small and professors are very approachable. Both professors and other administrators take an interest in students lives both academically and personally. While Barnard provides a small and comfortable environment to grow in leadership opportunities, New York City provides the space to explore and dive into outside volunteer and career opportunities.

Quality of Life

NYC cost of living is high but it can be done. Students really need to take advantage of all the city has to offer and create their own community around their interests. Both Barnard and Columbia have plenty of options to be involved but no one but the student can make you do them.

Admissions

I applied to Barnard through regular decision application process. I had previously met with an admissions rep through my high school and highly recommend this kind of pre-interview for anyone applying. She helped clarify the importance of the essay and some questions I had about women's colleges in general.

To be honest, the financial aid process is a terrible nightmare, but I recommend to any one who truly wants to go to Barnard that it is worth it to apply--keep pushing the office if there are issues.

Graduation Year

2010

4.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

9 Ways of Knowing: essentially comprised of math, science, literature, foreign language, art, social theory, history, cultural anthropology and physical education requirements. Classes are taken at both Barnard College and Columbia University. Average class size differs, grading is moderately difficult, study abroad opportunities are available, workload is tough but not insurmountable.

Quality of Life

Housing is expensive as you are living in New York City, as is the general cost of living for being in Manhattan. Facilities are state of the art, campus is beautiful, dining is fairly good, especially at the cafes, crime is fairly low for New York City, and community relations with our Harlem neighbors leaves much to be desired. Overall happiness ebbs and flows; the campus does not have a typical collegiate feel of support and intimacy, but it fosters a sense of possibility and ambition.

Admissions

Unique application questions, essays, interviews, early decision available.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

4.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

There are 9 areas of study that a student must complete, called the "9 ways of knowing" - these include quantitative learning (math/science), language, etc. There's academic advising (which I personally did not find helpful). Classes are generally quite small, but many Barnard students take courses at Columbia and vice versa. Barnard has a great study abroad program and great professors. Barnard's courses and faculty are just as good as Columbia's (if not better, at least for the courses I took) but feels less competitive. It's a fairly friendly campus given the strength of the academics.

Quality of Life

Most students live on campus, which is great, and there are plenty of events that most Barnard students attend (Midnight Breakfast, etc.) as well as tons of great lectures and parties. The neighborhood is fantastic and very much a part of the Columbia campus - students go to the same stores, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The area is incredibly safe and Barnard especially so -if it's late at night, for example, you can get free Barnard shuttle service to pick you up and drop you off.

Admissions

I applied early decision, submitted essays & an application (can't remember the questions) and had an interview. I did not apply for financial aid or scholarships.

Graduation Year

2008

4.2 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Rigorous but attainable

Admissions

Common application, unique admissions essays/short answer

Graduation Year

2009

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