Looks rate very low on the priority list for girls at Barnard. Some people will come to class in an outfit very similar to the one they wore to bed the night before. When sleep is precious, and you're not trying to impress anyone, then what you wear to class doesn't matter. Other people, however, might show up in a dress and heels to class. This usually isn't because they want to look good, but usually because they have a fantastic interview downtown that they need to look the part for. The main theme for Barnard girls is that they don't try to look a certain way for look's sake, but rather for the weather, for a job, or because they're tired and they're going right back to sleep after class.
As far as strict looks go, there are some truly beautiful women that attend Barnard. The dancers in particular are usually quite gorgeous. However, there are quite a few more that aren't so aesthetically blessed. Barnard is a college to be yourself; so even the ugliest of ducklings wouldn't feel left out because they don't have flawless skin or straight, gleaming teeth. People might come to Barnard for a lot of things, but they don't come to run with a crowd of supermodels. It's not that Barnard women aren't attractive; it's that they realize how many things are more important than their appearance. They're in college to expand their minds, not spend every minute fixing their hair and looking in the mirror. There's a casually tossed around catchphrase that each student is a "strong, beautiful, Barnard woman." This statement actually makes looks less of an issue by serving as a confidence-booster. In fact, confidence is one of the most important things Barnard students gain during their time here.