The Campus & the City

Enter Barnard’s gates at 117th and Broadway and the experience is unique.  Immediately obvious is how picturesque and green our four-acre campus is, and how intimate it feels in the midst of New York City. There is historic Milbank Hall at the north end, topped by the 2,500 square foot Arthur Ross Greenhouse, and Sulzberger Tower and the residential quadrangle at the south where more than 90 percent of our students reside.  There are over 300,000 volumes in the library in Lehman Hall, dance studios in Barnard Hall, state-of-the-art science labs in Altschul Hall, and architecture classrooms with a view in the Diana Center, with its terra-cotta glass façade.  At the heart of it all is the welcoming beauty of Barnard’s beloved Lehman Lawn.

Beyond the gates, our Upper West Side neighborhood of Morningside Heights is often referred to as New York City’s “Academic Acropolis” in honor of its many institutions of higher learning. Columbia University is steps away and an integral part of the Barnard experience. There is Teachers College, Manhattan School of Music, Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary. And historic Harlem, rich in culture and tradition, is just a few blocks north. Barnard is committed to being the best possible neighbor, and we regularly engage in community service and volunteer opportunities throughout Morningside Heights. The diversity and vibe of this corner of the City are at the core of who we are.

And then there is Manhattan and the outer boroughs. The campus and New York City make an incomparable pair—a small, intimate, academic setting in one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan places in the world. Hop on the subway at 116th Street and head to Chinatown, Greenwich Village, or Wall Street; MOMA, the Highline, or Carnegie Hall; Central Park, the Chelsea galleries, or any of the nearly 20,000 restaurants. More than that, our students and faculty use the City to extend the classroom in countless ways...for research, coursework, studio visits, field trips, internships and jobs. New York City is a living text, and Barnard College takes full advantage.