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Barnard College Columbia University

Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Founded in 1889, Barnard was the only college in New York City, and one of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. The College was named after educator, mathematician, and tenth president of Columbia College, Frederick A.P. Barnard, who argued unsuccessfully for the admission of women to Columbia University.


Barnard College aims to provide the highest-quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university. With a dedicated faculty of scholars distinguished in their respective fields, Barnard is a community of accessible teachers and engaged students who participate together in intellectual risk-taking and discovery.

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Library services

Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS) offer an extensive range of services and resources to support an outstanding liberal arts education. We provide unparalleled access to world class collections and deliver individual research assistance designed to give Barnard students a foundation for intellectual inquiry, ethical scholarship and lifelong learning.

Medical services

The safety and well being of students, faculty, staff, and guests have always been of paramount importance at Barnard. Located on Morningside Heights in Manhattan, we are a community within our neighboring communities: Columbia University and New York City. Separate from them in some ways, but very much a part of them, we have many mutual interests, including that of crime prevention.

Student Life

Campus life

Barnard College is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan between 116th and 120th Streets along the west side of Broadway. It is easily accessible by car, bus, or subway from anywhere in New York City, including the local airports.

Student clubs

You’ll have more than 80 clubs to pick from at Barnard, ranging from pre-professional organizations and drama clubs to literary meetups and climate action organizations. You’ll find representatives from each club at the annual Activities Fair.

Student Reviews

Challenged and Supported in an Endeavor to Know the World's Cities
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My professors in the Urban Studies Department placed equal emphasis on subject mastery, independent research, and global inquiry. I felt challenged and supported at every step of the way. As a senior, I was required to write a 70-page thesis, and I am glad to have had the critical research experience. My only complaint is that the overall program was a bit East Coast and...

The perfect college for an ambitious woman
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Barnard is the ideal college for any woman who is looking for a liberal arts degree in New York City. With access to Columbia's facilities and classes - and all of New York - every resource you need is available to you. Although Columbia is a large university, Barnard has the feeling of a small college where staff and faculty genuinely get to know, care about, and support...

New York City, New York, United States


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