Barnard has a long and happy history of accepting extraordinary transfer students from colleges all over the United States and abroad. Barnard counts many transfers among its most renowned alumnae, including author Zora Neale Hurston, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and Barnard’s fifth president, Ellen Futter.
Students may apply at the time of matriculation as transfers to Barnard if they will have completed one full academic year at another institution at the time of matriculation and have at least 24 credits, either through Advanced Placement examinations, higher-level International Baccalaureate examinations or college coursework.
New fall transfer students are invited over the summer to attend one of two summer advising sessions, at which they learn more about the campus and meet individually with one of the five transfer advisers. Once they arrive on campus, transfer students participate in various Transfer Orientation programs, sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Barnard’s transfer advisers are members of the Dean of Studies Office, the Registrar’s Office and the Provost’s Office. Sophomore transfer students are advised in their first year by an assigned transfer adviser before they declare their major and choose a major adviser in the spring semester. Junior transfer students initially work with a transfer adviser before declaring their major early on in their first semester.