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Academics

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5 College Freshman

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

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5 College Freshman

Academics: You're part of Columbia and literally have some of the best resources available to you in the world. It's challenging and fulfilling, but being part of the Barnumbia world gives you an unparalleled education

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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are tough because everyone is smart but students are willing to help

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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
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
206
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
129
Total FT Faculty
206
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$101,477
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
58
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 19 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 53% This was my dream school.
  • 37% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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