New York, NY
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Reviews 440 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York is expensive so no one lives off campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not important to campus life, but people like it.

5 College Junior

Transportation: New York City public transportation is great.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Barnard has access to Columbia facilities very nice

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really like the dining halls. We can eat at any of Columbia's halls, with the exception of JJ's Place (sometimes). The Diana Center cafe is the best, and Liz's Place in the Diana makes awesome Starbucks drinks.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not only are the restaurants great, but also the delivery options.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: I've broken my laptop before and been able to use lab computers without a problem. Most students have computers and are given anti-virus software to protect them. Lab computers are generally reliable though. Printers are not as reliable, they are almost constantly broken, but I've never gone over my print quota.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I haven't really gotten in trouble at all so I don't know for sure. We do have a strict honor code and somewhat strict visitation policies. The visitation policy is more preventative than anything though--if a roommate had an issue with visitation, she would have the rule to go by, but it isn't generally enforced unless there's an issue.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's New York. You can literally find anything you're interested in within an hour's commute. I went to a Doctor Who themed bar the other night--only in NYC.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: New York has some of the best public transit in the country. Barnard won't provide money for it, but it costs $2.50 a ride. Taxis are super expensive, they're pretty rarely taken by students. There is also a shuttle that goes between residence halls and runs after 9, it's super useful but it would be nice to have one that ran 24 hours.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a double major and love both of my majors. People are really encouraged to do what they love, and from what I've seen, manage to find work after graduation. If you're interested in finance, I know Goldman Sachs hired the most Barnard grads of any school last year.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics definitely take priority here. I have learned a ton, but the amount of work does create a huge stress culture throughout the student body. It's tough, but I know I'm getting one of the best educations out there. Also, professors are generally accommodating, and will give you extensions/help you out if you need it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Honestly, I'm not expecting to ever have a New York apartment as nice as the dorms (although that's not saying much). Generally, they're pretty close to campus, and while there are some rooms that can be awful, there are plenty of beautiful, spacious rooms. As a sophomore, I am supposed to have some of the worst housing, but my single room is larger than any of my friends' at other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Honestly, drugs and alcohol can be pretty limited at Barnard, primarily because students are studying and can't afford the recovery time drinking takes. If you want it, it's easy to find, but not necessary at all.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: This year has been terrible, but that's true of the whole country. Generally weather is not too bad, bring rainboots because it gets slippery when it rains. There are parks all over that are super nice in spring, and when it's warm campus really comes to life.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I love financial aid here! It seems to be one of Barnard's biggest values--though we're renowned for being low on money (in comparison to similarly-tiered schools), Barnard manages to give its students great aid. Also, the office of financial aid is generally willing to work with students in cases of emergency. Super accommodating, helpful, and generally lovely.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Barnard is the greatest place on Earth & I wouldn't choose another school if I did the college application process all over again. Their resources and relationship with Columbia University add to the rigor of the school and its location in NYC makes being a student at Barnard endlessly exciting.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Barnard has a VERY strict honor code regarding students' work.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs & alcohol are definitely available if you want some, but if you don't drink or do drugs no one treats you differently.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's New York City! It can't get any better.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty non-existent at Barnard/Columbia.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You decide what meal plan you'd like to participate in once you choose to live off campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Barnard is located in Morningside Heights, so there are tons of old and renovated apartments that they utilize for off-campus housing.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't think of any other school that would have suited me better. It would be nice if Barnard were co-ed, but if it were, it would no longer be Barnard.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As far as drinking goes, you could easily get away with pregaming in the freshman dorms, but probably not having a full on party, if only due to room size.

Attendance strictness depends on class size and type, as well as professor. Generally, you can attend lecture-size classes as much or little as you'd like without any consequence other than your grades inevitably slipping if you abuse the privilege. In smaller classes, it's quite obvious when you are absent or late, and may affect your grade.


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Megan Cloud
Ft. Worth, Texas
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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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