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“UWS style”
September 2018CURRENT 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

“All Women's College”
September 2015FORMER 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

core requirements, small class sizes, study abroad opportunities, heavy workload, major and minor requirements, research opportunities, accensible professors

Quality of Life

It's a small, safe community within New York City. Library, dining are in fine condition. The neighborhood is a typical college town and then can be dangerous a few blocks out.

Admissions

Application, essays, interview. I did regular decision.

Graduation Year

2004 or earlier

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

When I was at Barnard we had a core curriculum and then major studies. There were opportunities to study abroad although I didn't ulitize it. Class sizes were very small. Professors very accessible.

Quality of Life

Excellent campus; access to all the cultural aspects of New York City.

Admissions

Barnard utilitzes all of these options.

Graduation Year

2004 or earlier

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Absolutely the highest rigor. We were challenged and we rose to the challenges. And when we had doubts and concerns, our advisors and professors were readily accessible.

Quality of Life

I was a commuter but there were enough of us that we were very much integrated with the residents

Admissions

The admissions process attends to each individual student and pays attentions to each persons accomplishments. The process involves intricate research by an initial counselor, then by a second reader, and finally a presentation to a committee. So each applicant is given a great deal of attention and expertise.

Our school does have an early decision option and uses the Common Application. Financial aid is based on need so that every applicant that merits admission is considered for financial aid based on family criteria. This is very important because every student admitted to our school already merits acceptance --- the financial aspect is need based only. All admitted student merit being accepted! Furthermore, our school is need blind, meaning that the Admissions department has no idea weather the applicant can afford the tuition or not. And how wonderful that is, since we should all be able to learn with each other regardless of our economic circumstances.

Graduation Year

2004 or earlier

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

A core curriculum called the Nine Ways of Knowing requires students to take classes in nine different categories. The major degree requirements are usually about 10-12 courses in a particular subject. The student-teacher ratio is great -- under 10:1. About 30% of students take advantage of study abroad programs in their junior years. The academics and professors are exceptional.

Quality of Life

I had a great quality of life -- vibrant neighborhood, housing near campus, many safety mechanisms in place. I was not on a meal plan after my first year because I lived in suites with kitchens.

Admissions

Barnard evaluates applications holistically -- based on SAT scores, an optional interview, recommendations, the high school transcript and a personal essay.

Graduation Year

2007

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