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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly, I wouldn't know; it's fairly easy to drink at parties, I think, but other than that you have to go and look for yourself.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not encountered an issue with health and safety.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my professors. They're all passionate about what they teach and they are all very engaging in their lectures. I found the quality of courses to be everything that a top-level college should be. I know that there is major diversity in courses, however since I am a pre-pharmacy student, I am limited in my options.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I know that Barnard has a reputable status so a degree from this school is quite valuable. I also believe that Barnard/Columbia does a good job in providing career prospects for their students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently stay in Sulzberger Hall, and I love it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am honestly biased against greek-life because of the negative image that society paints. However, I do see the benefits of being in greek-life, I just strongly believe that those benefits are not worth it in the long run.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I think the athletic equipment is up-to-date and clean. I haven't utilized Barnard's fitness center, but I walk over to Columbia and their facility is fabulous!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I honestly believe that Barnard is the most amazing college there is. It receives the benefits of an Ivy League institution with the nurturing environment of a small liberal arts college. The proximity to downtown New York is just a bonus. Moreover, I identify strongly with the women-empowerment that Barnard fosters and I would definitely go through falling in love with Barnard again.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a great system in place. Barnard is especially focused on sexual assault prevention and awareness.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been great so far. I love the buildings and history of campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not only do get an amazing education but also you have a great alumni base to reach out to.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are old but there have clearly been modern renovations done for some parts. The community in the QUAD where all the freshmen live is so much fun.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is only relevant on the weekends when they are in charge of the parties. No one really discusses greek life and frankly I am not sure who is a part of it and who isn't.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: No one really cares about athletics here. All of our athletics are through Columbia University.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is an amazing community that fosters academic pursuits as well as acceptance of all individuals. Barnard students have a unique sense of being involved. They are involved in things because they are passionate in them, not because it would look good on a resume. Barnard is better than I could have ever imagined it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Over 50% of students are not white - which still leaves lots of room for improvement, but is ahead of many similar institutions. There is a lot of diversity at Barnard but also a lot of privilege. We're an incredibly accepting community - open and welcome to everyone.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's there if you want it, but no pressure at all if you don't. I think that being in a city provides you with lots of social/nightlife options - you don't have to go to a basement at a frat party drinking if you don't want to. Bars, clubs, plays, restaurants, etc are available!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety is a great resource taken really seriously. The neighborhood of Morningside Heights is extremely safe, and living in NYC you learn about where you are at what time makes all the difference - even if you're from a small town, you'll learn quickly!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academics at Barnard and Columbia couldn't be better. There are courses for everything, and you have the option of staying on Barnard or Columbia's campus for classes as much as your like. Barnard classes are generally smaller while Columbia classes are generally larger... but everything depends on the department and what you're studying. My suggestion: follow the best professors, regardless of which school they teach in.

Academics are challenging but in the best way possible.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I honestly don't think you can do much better than at Barnard. I'm able to do internships during the year that students from smaller schools can't do until the summer; even more exciting is how respected Barnard students are in New York City and in general!

The Barnard Career Center is usually ranked top 5 in the country, and the alumni network is SO strong. Barnard students love Barnard.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on the quad freshman year is fantastic - you're right on campus and have the opportunity to really bond with the people on your floor. It's great that you have such easy access to everyone in the quad and you don't have to walk 15 minutes to class. The dorms are small but not cramped, and it's New York City!! Get used to small square footage.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is there if you want it, but you're under no pressure to join - you can have a great social with or without!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All varsity athletics are run through Columbia University, but in almost all sports, we come in last of all the Ivy League schools. Most students don't really care much about sports or about going to games, but there is some school spirit and bonding in our mediocrity. My favorite line overheard: "Last homecoming, we weren't losing for the first five minutes!!!"

On the other hand, all of the athletes I've met are really articulate, good students who I respect. In addition, there are lots of club and intramural sports so that you can find a team to be part of!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel incredibly lucky to be a student at Barnard College. It's a school really like no other - a small liberal arts women's college nestled in Columbia University in New York City. The opportunities and communities this affords you are infinite. There is no "typical" Barnard student except that they every student is deeply passionate about something. I've met the most amazing friends here who support me - not compete with me. I know that between the academic, extracurricular, internship and city opportunities I'm on a path not to "succeed," but rather to decide what success means to me and how I want to go about accomplishing that.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Having both Barnard and Columbia courses available is amazing.

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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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