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Reviews 390 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nothing to do if you don't want to go to bars.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It's any Ivy. People care about academics.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most drug/alcohol use is off campus. Everyone has a fake ID.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is very pretentious and competitive. It is an Ivy League. People are insecure and try very hard to seem smart. It is a very isolating situation.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Lots of pride in school.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lots of security around at all times.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The old dorms are very dirty and there is no AC which is rough for the first month.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The student body is strangely competitive and obsessed with the idea of the "Ivy League." There is also a weird dynamic between Barnard and Columbia. People are very aware of their own intelligence and like to show it off. The facilities are in bad shape. Save your money, it will go a lot further elsewhere.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had some professors I didn't like, but for the most part my academic experience at Barnard has been incredible and rewarding. I tend to like my Barnard professors more than my Columbia ones, usually because class sizes tend to be smaller and more student focused a Barnard. I've had great experiences on both sides of the street though!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Networking at Barnard/Columbia is never ending. Plus, being in New York, students have access to so many opportunities that others do not. Barnard is well known by many Manhattan institutions, especially banks and investment firms like Goldman Sachs and HSBC and publications like the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen Magazine. Barnard has a very tight alumni network and alums are constantly supporting younger women.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is everywhere on Barnard/Columbia's campus. Signing visitors in to dorms can be a major hassle because dorm security is very strict in New York. Morningside Heights is generally a very safe neighborhood, but don't be surprised when you get a mugging alert every once and a while. Also, be careful crossing Broadway.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In New York, space is tight. It's a mixed bag at Barnard, you can get amazing housing or horrible housing but the lottery decides. The housing lottery is akin to the Hunger Games and causes a lot of stress for everyone. That said, I'm not sure there is any better way to do it.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As part of Greek life, I am biased. Nevertheless, I have found that social life at Columbia revolves around Greek Life more than some people might admit, but still not to a large extent. Personally, Greek Life has given me a home and a structure that I was missing my first semester of college. The camaraderie is so nice to have, and the internships and connections passed between members are invaluable.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are usually the butt of jokes at Columbia. Barnard students who participate in Varsity Athletics play for Columbia. Columbia does have some great athletes and teams, surely, but students do not attend Barnard and Columbia for the sports.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Barnard is not your typical college. Given its location in Manhattan and its close relationship with Columbia University, the College does not fit the script of the 'small liberal arts school.' While Barnard could be considered small (c. 2500 students), it actually feels as large as the entire Columbia community; that is to say, huge. The academics are rigorous and the social life is sink or swim. Once you get used to it all, however, the possibilities are limitless. Once at Barnard, most students couldn't imagine going to college anywhere other than NYC, and appreciate with a new perspective how inspiring a group of ambitious women can be.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Barnard is the best, v bold, v beautiful <3

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Barnard Degree is also a Columbia Degree

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school really cares about you

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's New York City, nothing more, nothing less

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very feminist, very low key, the best I've seen

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There isn't a lot of pressure or focus on them

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I may have just started here, but I LOVE IT HERE

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students are always informed of ways to speak up. Public safety is always right around the corner to effectively assist with any requests. The safety and respect of students is taken very seriously at Barnard.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's a difficult process to join Greek Life.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most of the sports activity happens across the street. But the school spirit for homecoming week is way up, almost every students goes to the games.

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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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