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College Sophomore

Administration: Haven't had any specific experience

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Transfer admission is not need blind so I didn't apply for aid

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great healthy options. Fresh and quick

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its great to be so close to classes.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The upperclassmen dorms are generally suite-style in apartment buildings. Apartments in this area are more expensive, so it's not worth leaving the campus housing system. Lots of campus housing is actually pretty far away from campus, though I don't think it would be easier and/or cheaper to get an apartment.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of restaurants around, super easy to order delivery online, however the cost adds up quickly! You can't eat out often if you're on a budget.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There were no particular hassles with the financial aid office but I didn't get as much money as I wanted/needed so will definitely have a lot of loans. They didn't guide me in applying to any outside scholarships which isn't necessary but would have been nice if they know I wanted more money. I get the feeling it is easier for minority and first generation students to get money based solely on those factors and not socioeconomic ones because alumni grant money specifically to those groups. I wish there were more opportunities.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: I have been to several dorm parties, all have been very small and awkward. I've only ever been to one frat party here and was not impressed. It seems the only way to party is to go out to bars, which in this area one must be 21+. Most weekends my friends and I just end up hanging out in one of our rooms. Also, Thursday is a huge party night because it is common to not have classes Friday, but my schedule has never worked out like that so that may be why I don't have a great party experience.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is generally bad, especially for the price first years are required to pay. The Diana is the only place with good food, but it is quite expensive. Barnard students do not have flex dollars at all like Columbia students do, and are not even allowed into one of Columbia's cafes. Personally I don't mind that but I'm just so confused about why our meal plan costs more at Barnard if it's so much worse.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's cheaper than an apartment in the city and very close to all classes. However, rules are strictly enforced and it can be somewhat difficult to sign guests in. The shared kitchen and bathroom spaces are not bad but not always clean or convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Many internships are student friendly and cater to the needs of the student.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not too diverse on campus. Large Jewish population. Most students come from Upper-Middle Class families.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Curriculum is rigorous but not impossible. Lots of job/internship opportunities.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Academics is one of the best especially because of the Affiliation with Columbia.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Living in New York City you can never get bored there is always something to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life tends to be very clique-y.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most Football games and Men's Basketball games at Columbia are fun (only if they are winning). School spirit is not relatively high.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's New York City, small and expensive apartments are expected.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants at your finger tips.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Administration tends to focus on it's view to the public than on the needs of students.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Did not cover 100% but got as close as possible.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Being a vegetarian, there is no food variety. It's either eat a salad or have pizza everyday. At Hewitt, once in a while at the "Home" station they will have an interesting option. But there is always 1 vegan option, 1 vegetarian option - which could be rice and potatoes. Very repetitive.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in Plimpton is nice - mostly singles, one double per suite, but noise travels through the walls! Small Kitchen unless you live on the 7th or 8th floors. Doubles are very small. Singles are adequate for NYC. Rooms have weird dimensions. Higher floors have nice views.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's what you make of it

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life at Barnard is shared with Columbia; basically Barnard Greek Life isn't Barnard Greek Life it's Columbia Greek Life

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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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