New York, NY
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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.

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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I don't have a major yet (and neither does anyone else until the end of their sophomore year), but finding information on majors and minors has been easy. Professors are generally very approachable and helpful. Barnard's Career Development office is very helpful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 158th
    Smartest Professors
  • 226th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 269th
    Best Course Variety
  • 313rd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 401st
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Cloud
Ft. Worth, Texas
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The teachers at Barnard are really some of the college's best assets. You will find that in contrast to other schools, the teaching assistants (TAs) only grade papers, proctor exams, and offer additional help on homework. This is not only true for introductory lectures, but for labs and recitations, as well. For the most part, teachers at Barnard are very accessible and will accommodate students who need extra help. Professors have been known to even give out their home phone number, if the need arises. Of course, this isn't to say that there is no variation among the teaching staff, only that the odds of getting a professor who will make time to learn your name and answer specific questions are very good. One of the major things that a prospective student should be aware of when looking into Barnard is that classes are open for cross-registration throughout Columbia University's undergraduate colleges, which means that courses may be taken at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia College, and Barnard College.

This means Barnard professors are tenured by both Barnard College and Columbia University. However, it also means you might, and almost certainly will, take a class at Columbia. The only bad thing about Barnard's affiliation with Columbia is that graduate student TAs teach all lab sections and popular courses, like "Calculus IA." But TAs aren't all bad. They are just less concerned with student welfare in their course than a full professor might be.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 70%
  • 20 to 49 students: 22%
  • 50 or more students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 6%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 7%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • BA/BS in engineering and applied science
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent scholars program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Butler Library (Columbia's main library)
  • The lawn
Tips to Succeed
  • Get a meal plan with fewer meals and more points. You can use points to buy a meal in the dining hall and to buy coffee and snacks at Java City, but you can only use an actual "meal" in the dining hall.
  • Take advantage of what New York has to offer. But try to do it in moderation.
  • Try to avoid taking more than one course with a lab in a semester. Lab courses tend to demand much more time and effort than other classes.
Did You Know?
  • Barnard's number of female professors is twice the national average.
  • At Barnard you'll want to check out how many points each class you take is worth. Points are similar to "hours" at other colleges, but they don't always exactly equal the amount of time you spend in class per week.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 22% Jhumpa Lahiri - author, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 22% Zora Neale Hurston - author
  • 17% Anna Quindlen - journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 11% Twyla Tharp - choreographer, Tony and Emmy winner
  • 11% Martha Stewart - entrepreneur, convicted felon
  • 11% Joan Rivers - entertainer
  • 6% Margaret Mead - anthropologist
  • 0% Cynthia Nixon - actress
  • 0% Erica Jong - author

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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