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Barnard College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 55 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 10 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

100% Women


Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association

Ivy Group

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 70 Yes -
Archery - 14 Yes -
Basketball - 18 - Yes
Fencing - 19 - -
Field Hockey - 17 - -
Golf - 8 - -
Lacrosse - 28 - -
Rowing - 42 - -
Soccer - 26 - Yes
Softball - 15 - -
Squash - 15 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - 32 - -
Tennis - 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 17 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes Yes
Dance - - Yes Yes
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Kayaking - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes Yes
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Other Sports - - Yes Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes Yes
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes Yes
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Weight Lifting - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.8%
Hispanic 11.6%
Non-resident alien 8.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 0.2%
Two or more races 5.8%
White/non-Hispanic 53.2%
Percent of students with disability 7%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 4

Notable Alumni

  • Anna Quindlen
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Erica Jong
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Margaret Mead
  • Jeanne Kirkpatrick
  • Martha Stewart
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Lauren Graham
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Cassie
  • 5
  • During your first year, you are required to live in the Quad with the other freshmen. After that, you can live off campus, but because of how expensive that…

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  • barnardian
  • 4
  • All freshman live in the Quad on campus with a roommate. I've been extremely happy with my housing so far. Dedicated residential life community and RAs that plan awesome events--…

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  • Chandler
  • 5
  • Freshman dorms are in the Quad, so it's a close-knit community and very bonding. Upperclassman have the option to live in a various Barnard housing that is off-campus within a…

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  • Max
  • 3
  • The quads for freshman are very nice...if you get Sulzberger Hall. While it is not stellar, the dorms are a great place to make friends and if you make your…

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  • Anonymous
  • 3
  • The dorms are very old, but that is expected in an institution with such a rich history.…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Chandler
  • I am a current student here

    Barnard has two solid options: Hewitt for breakfast, lunch & dinner and the Diana Cafe for breakfast & lunch. Hewitt is regular dining food, Diana is delicious but accepts points not meal swipes. However, Barnard students have access to all of Columbia's dining halls - so they have between approx. 5 available to them at all times! This is wonderful, because even the best dining hall food becomes terrible if you don't have options. Also, if you're sick of eating on campus, there are so many inexpensive food options in the city!

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  • 4
  • Max
  • I am a current student here

    The dining hall is awesome. The staff is so friendly and if you are a vegetarian (like me) there are great options. They also have an entirely kosher section (which I hear is much better than anywhere else).

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    I enjoy both the Barnard dining halls and the Columbia dining halls.

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  • 2
  • barnardian
  • I am a current student here

    It's okay. One cafeteria on Barnard's campus, two on Columbia's. Cafes dispersed throughout campus, lots of places to eat on Brodway, right outside campus. But really, learn to cook.

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  • 3
  • Rachel from Port Jefferson, NY
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The cafeteria isn't great, but it has a wide range of options. And there are literally thousands of restaurants in the surrounding area.

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  • 4
  • Cassie
  • I am a current student here

    The food is decent at Barnard. Dorm food can get kind of monotonous, but although there is only one dining hall at Barnard (Hewitt), there are also two at Columbia that Barnard students can eat at, so you can find some variety. All first year students are required to be on the Unlimited meal plan, but after that you can choose. There are a lot of vegetarian and vegan options available, and a decent amount of Kosher options. Overall, I would say the food is pretty good.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Chandler
  • I am a current student here

    Barnard students can join sororities, but definitely easy to have an active social life without Greek life.

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  • 0
  • Max
  • I am a current student here

    There are so many sororities and fraternities at Columbia. If you are interested in rushing, you are almost guaranteed to be accepted into one. There are sometimes problems with hazing in which some frats have lost their charter, however as a whole, the greek life at Columbia is well controlled.

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  • 0
  • Cassie
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life isn't big. Actually, it doesn't even technically exist at Barnard, but you can rush for a Columbia sorority if you wish. Being or not being in a sorority isn't considered a big deal, either way. The frat houses are actually brownstones, just to give you an idea of how small they are.

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