Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
2,466
Tuition
$43,502
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 474 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have absolutely adored and felt enriched, inspired, and enlivened by my courses here. They have been some of the absolute best I have ever received, and I am so thankful for them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Right in Manhattan- night life can be as crazy or as calm as you want it to be, all while being vibrant, diverse, accessible, and fun. I wish there was a more thriving nightlife on campus, but having the city and subway at your fingertips is pretty incredible.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the off-campus dining, but it would be great if Barnard had dining dollars at nearby restaurants the same way that Columbia does. I dislike the restriction to the Diana Center and vending machines (although I love the Diana Center).

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I love the amount of diversity, but there could be more. It is an elite institution and only so many people can afford to be there.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless access/network is great, usable, and printing is good but having a computer is necessary.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We got cut down on the frequency that we are allowed to host guests, which is not ideal.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Less than 1/3 of the students binge drink, and there is little pressure to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Having 4 year guaranteed housing in NYC is fantastic!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was not selected for financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I don't sleep very much but what else can you expect when you're ambitious and love the sciences? The faculty and the resources available are all top notch.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Super easy. Just make sure to stay on top of your Nine Ways of Knowing requirements and you'll be fine.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's there if you want to take part, but no one is making you do anything. In the end, you end up making friends with the people who like to do the same things as you. This includes any of the above drugs. But like I said, just cus it's there, doesn't mean everyone's doing it. And it certainly isn't looked down upon if you like to stay clean.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is underwhelming so being able to choose the points only meal plan after the first year is a godsend. Those venti cappuccinos will eat up those 300 points in no time so caffeine junkies beware!

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Barnard's all about diversity and there is every kind of club/event/support group thinkable to help make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Expect to feel lonely and often. Around you are a constant parade of aloof and irritated students who have the gpa's to back up their haughty, 'greater than thou' expressions. Just remember though, even that girl you see everyday with the chronic bitch face is wondering how it is that one makes friends around here. Just say hi. It's terrifying, yes, especially when it's just you and every other glamazon on this campus, but the other young lady will often be all the more thankful for someone initiating the conversation. It's important to radiate self-confidence here, but often times, it can be mistaken for arrogance, so remembering to smile every now and then will take you a long way.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There's no way I'd be here if Barnard hadn't been INCREDIBLE when it came to financial aid.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's hard being a first-year. The quad is not a place where you'll be getting away with much. Other than that, just don't be stupid.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Though bringing your own printer is probably a good idea (you can always count on the printers not working on that one day that you need to print your thesis paper due in 10 mins), overall the computers on campus are pretty great. Especially in the Diana Center.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Sure the Columbia area is dull in comparison to the East Village but I can't imagine living anywhere else. Aside from your expected college ambience, you have a safe neighborhood right next to Riverside Park, easy access to the 1, A, B, C, and D trains, great places for brunch, and many a store to go shopping until your credit cards are maxed out and your poor excuse for a closet only stays closed because you've propped your chair in front of it. It's easy to get most places, and with the high public safety and nypd presence, you can come home at 3 am and feel a sense of relief - something you won't feel in a lot of places in a city packed this tightly with this many strangers inhabiting it.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I mean, it's New York. You're more likely to get there in time by walking. Otherwise, cabs are everywhere and public transportation adds up but it's reliable, runs 24/7, and will get you to any place you could possibly need to go. (If you've been on Los Angeles public transportation, don't be surprised if the bus really does run every 15 mins and the trains every 5 mins or so. I know. I couldn't believe it either. A train that actually goes somewhere? It's almost like the city had its citizens in mind)

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can pay a fortune and live in a tiny apartment in Morningside Heights or you can pay a fortune and live in a tiny apartment AND commute to your 9 am class. Better make sure you packed all the right books, cus you never know with the 1 train.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: First year housing depends entirely on your roommate since everyone has to live in the quad. No one has the option of a single so you learn to live with the hand you've been dealt. On the one hand, going back for naps between every class makes the quad an A+ location if you're into that. But with having to subsist on an over priced meal plan (for pretty lousy food and rude cafeteria staff) and never being able to escape the fact that you bear the YOU ARE A STUDENT stamp on your forehead, a D at the most in my book. After the first year, all the other resident houses are a wonderful escape if you get lucky in the lottery.... make sure you make at least 5 friends you could see yourself living with. Believe me, you'll regret it otherwise.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is quite easy to handle, it's just signing up for labs that can be quite a nuisance.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It's harder to meet boys because it's all women but you can just go to Columbia parties. It's not really that difficult. Plenty of girls for gay students though!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Barnard is amazing. I couldn't have picked a better place to go to school.

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Megan Cloud
Hometown
Ft. Worth, Texas
Major
Psychology
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Barnard College provides a great experience for aspiring young women who want it all. There is a nice, small college feel from small discussion classes and one-on-one advising while being able to take part in a large Ivy League university. There are large libraries, well-equipped athletic facilities, and well-known faculty at a school where the president of the college might serve you breakfast at midnight before finals. Most students find that Barnard is a place to feel at home in one of the busiest cities in the world. On the flip side, many students also feel the pressure of tough academic work, as well. With so much to do in New York City and on campus, it can be very frustrating for students when they have to spend hours on homework and studying.

Barnard appears to work very diligently at making sure that it is both academically very rigorous, and that students have many opportunities to enrich their lives socially and financially. This is both a blessing and a curse because classwork takes up such a great deal of time. A few students wish that Barnard had more of a social scene, but most students love the school and continue to feel like they are a part of the community, even after they have graduated and moved on. Barnard is not the school for everyone, but the women that choose it are usually really glad they did. It provides a very unique college experience, much different than the pop culture idea of college that includes rowdy football games and empty kegs lying on the lawns of frat houses.

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