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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Barnard is great for student life. There are many clubs to join from archery to ELP..

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Since it's Barnard/Columbia, everything that Barnard has is practically doubled!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's a school for women, but it is affiliated with one of the best universities in the nation. Plus, it's in NYC.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Some class rooms and buildings are nice

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Barnard really cares about its students!

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As a student on campus at Barnard, you'll be able to take advantage of all the facilities that the Barnard and Columbia University systems have to offer. However, you'll find that as a Barnard student living on the west side of Broadway, Barnard's facilities are much more convenient to use. The one exception to this rule is the Dodge Fitness Center, which is Columbia's gym. If you want to work out, then you won't mind walking across the street to Dodge, which is a much better gym than LeFrak, the gym Barnard has to offer. No one really uses LeFrak, except for events such as Midnight Breakfast and for Barnard PE classes, while Dodge offers lots of exercise equipment both in kind and quantity.

Most of Barnard's facilities aren't great, and most go unused. Most students don't care too much, though, because, as part of Columbia University, they have access to everything on any campus. Whatever kind of facility you're looking to use, it's out there. It might just be a little farther away than you'd like. What really makes Barnard's facilities great, though, are the people that work in each one to make sure that the students are well taken care of, which is something you don't find at too many schools.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
4 acres
Student Centers
  • The Diana Center
  • Lerner (Columbia's Student Center)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Barnard Library in Lehman Hall
Popular Places to Chill
The lawn
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Liz's Place at the Diana Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but Lerner Hall on Columbia's campus has the Roone Arledge Cinema, where films are often shown.
"Green" Initiatives
There are many "green" initiatives on campus. Don't even think about buying bottled water on campus—Barnard is water-bottle-free and encourages the use of reusable mugs. Barnard also only uses "green" label cleaning products from Ecolab.
School Slang
  • CourseWorks: The network Columbia maintains where teachers post grades, homework, and class notes.
  • CULPA: - The Columbia Underground Listing of Professor Ability. Everyone checks here during program filing to check what other students thought about different classes and professors.
  • eBear: The network Barnard students use to sign up for classes and to check grades.
  • L Courses: These are courses with limited enrollment. When filing programs for the next semester, you are assigned a slot of time during which you are able to go online and add L courses to your schedule.
  • The Lawn: The Lawn is located in front of Lehman Library.
  • Points: Points are what Barnard calls their credit hours. They look and act like what credit hours are at other schools, but don't expect them to always add up to hours spent in class.
  • Programming: This is what Barnard calls registering for classes.
  • Registration: This is what you do when you arrive at school to let them know you will actually be attending classes, not when you actually sign up for classes.
  • Shopping for Classes: Barnard students have a two-week window in which they may attend as many classes as they want before they finalize their schedule with their advisor, called "shopping."
  • The Vag: The alumnae center named for Diana Vagelos
  • "I Love Barnard" Spirit Day : Once a year, Barnard holds a spirit day in which the school sells T-shirts, holds a barbecue out on the lawn for all students, and gives away all sorts of Barnard goodies. This event really brings students together as a college to appreciate Barnard and what it means to each student.
  • Big Sub: At Big Sub, which is sponsored by McIntosh Activities Council and held in the fall, students help build a huge, 705-foot-long sub sandwich that stretches all over campus. The sandwich is rumored to be totally gone in less than 10 minutes.
  • Greek Games : Each year, during the spring, Barnard holds the Greek Games, which bring together its students and each class for friendly competition in games, such as tug of war.
  • Lehman Lawn street vendors: Each fall and spring, New York City street vendors set up shop for a couple days on Lehman Lawn.
  • Midnight Breakfast : This event is held twice a year—at the end of reading week, right before finals start—and is sponsored by McIntosh Activities Council. Volunteers and administrators and even the College's President serve food like waffles and eggs to hungry students who are about to take their semester finals.
  • Urban New York: Once a semester, Barnard students start lining up early in the morning in hopes of getting their first choice of the opportunities offered through the Urban New York Program. These opportunities include tickets to Broadway shows, sports games, and concerts as well as free meals at upscale restaurants. Sometime mid-morning, the staff of the Activities Office bring in donuts and coffee.
Urban Legends
It is rumored that on Martha Stewart's notes to sell the Imclone stock that got her convicted of insider trading, there was also a note to send gift money to Barnard College, her alma mater.
Favorite Things To Do
Between classes, you can see a play in the Minor Latham Playhouse or watch a movie in upper-level Mac. Grab some coffee at Liz's Place, or read on the lawn.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Barnard Bulletin
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 11 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 12 responses

  • 58% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 42% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 0% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 45% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 9% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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