Diversity

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
2,466
Tuition
$43,502
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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 Junior

Diversity: Economic background, religious beliefs, and race are all extremely homogenous, but there is someone of every sexual orientation you can think of at Barnard.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People aren't afraid to call you out, publicly, on whatever aspects of your actions they feel are intolerant.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Going to a women's college, by definition, means there's no diversity gender-wise (on the typical gender binary). However, there are so many people with various races, economic backgrounds, belief systems, and sexual orientations. One big challenge, however, is that various people tend to stay within their in-group and not mix at all with others.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The Barnard/Columbia campus is EXTREMELY DIVERSE with people from all walks of life, creed, religions, sexual orientations, race, and anything and everything you could think of. For the most part, the campus is warm and welcoming and accepting of everyone and anyone.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Cloud
Hometown
Ft. Worth, Texas
Major
Psychology
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Everyone realizes that Barnard doesn't have a large student body, so ethnic diversity in small numbers counts for a lot. However, there's not much political or religious diversity to be seen on campus, and one might argue that this is just as important as ethnic diversity when it comes to the enrichment of students' lives on campus.

The key reason for diversity on campus is that it brings groups together for different causes, like Republicans and Democrats conversing because of their religious or ethnic commonalities. Just like many other schools, Barnard has many people of different races and cultures, but for the most part, these people tend to stick together. It's great that there's diversity on campus, but there's no point in having it if no one mingles. It's really not fair that the school is looked down upon for this, when ultimately it's the responsibility of the students to get involved with diverse groups on campus. Barnard does try to foster diversity on campus, especially ethnic diversity, with organizations such as the McIntosh Activities Council's Multicultural Committee, which puts on the One World show each year. Overall, Barnard does try to be very diverse. It's just the students who don't cooperate that give the college a sort of clique-ish feel.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
16%
Hispanic
6%
International
9%
Native American
0%
White
63%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
74%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 6%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
61%
Male Faculty
39%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Barnard is a very tolerant atmosphere for homosexuals, and the gay community tends to be relatively visible on campus. Their relationship with the straight community is one that indicates that sexual orientation is not divisive on campus.
Political Activity
Not everyone on campus is active politically, but those who are are very visible. Expect to have to defend your political stance if you voice it on campus. The campus always becomes more politically charged around presidential election years, but you can always find some ideological company in Republican, Democratic, or other clubs, no matter when you're looking to get involved.
Economic Status
Although there is a large economic range when it comes to Barnard students, the trend is overwhelmingly more affluent. There are a few girls that come from more of a modest upbringing, but most are either wealthy or pretend to be.
Most Common Religions
There is a large Jewish population at Barnard that is very visible and tends to stick together. Christianity is also popular in terms of numbers; however, their religious presence is not felt on campus as much as the Jewish presence is.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although many Barnard students complain about the lack of diversity, there are quite a few minority clubs. You really don't hear about them doing too much during the school year, except for a small event here and there. The clubs you hear about most often are Latina clubs, which tend to be quite active despite their relatively small proportion on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 31% Liberal
  • 25% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 12% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 75% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 81% Very accepting.

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