New York, NY
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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 14 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 22% Jhumpa Lahiri - author, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 22% Zora Neale Hurston - author
  • 17% Anna Quindlen - journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 13% Twyla Tharp - choreographer, Tony and Emmy winner
  • 9% Martha Stewart - entrepreneur, convicted felon
  • 9% Margaret Mead - anthropologist
  • 9% Joan Rivers - entertainer
  • 0% Cynthia Nixon - actress
  • 0% Erica Jong - author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 13 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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