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Barnard College Profile - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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Barnard College Description:

Barnard College is one of the original "seven sister" colleges. The college is affiliated with adjacent Columbia University, but it maintains its own faculty, endowment, governance, and curriculum. However, Barnard and Columbia students can easily take classes at either school. Barnard's four-acre urban campus stands in sharp contrast to the open green spaces of other top women's colleges such as Wellesley and Mount Holyoke. On the admissions front, Barnard is the most competitive of all the women's colleges.

Explore the Campus:

Barnard College Photo Tour

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,504 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 0% Male / 100% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $43,502
  • Books: $1,146 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,810
  • Other Expenses: $1,366
  • Total Cost: $59,824

Barnard College Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 57%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 46%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $34,719
    • Loans: $4,478

Scholarships for Barnard (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Economics, English, History, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Barnard and the Common Application

Barnard College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Barnard College Mission Statement:

Barnard mission statement from http://www.barnard.edu/about/mission.html

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.

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