By Allen Grove
Only about a quarter of all applicants to Barnard College will get admitted. The great majority of successful applicants have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You'll notice that most admitted students had "A" averages, combined SAT scores over 2000, and ACT composite scores of 30 or better. Many applicants had impressive 4.0 GPAs.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Barnard College were not successful in their bid for admission. On the flip side, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Barnard's admissions process is based on more than numerical data. The college uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The Barnard admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. A winning application will also provide thoughtful short essay answers on the Barnard supplement to the Common Application, and doing an optional interview is a good idea as well.
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