Fact Sheet


Barnard College | Columbia University


Founded in 1889 as one of the original Seven Sister schools to the Ivy League, Barnard College, the women’s college affiliate of Columbia University, 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. 


Barnard’s endowment value is $327.2 million as of June 30, 2017.

Barnard College-Columbia University Partnership

Barnard College is an affiliated institution of Columbia University, a university community that is academic home to more than 45,000 students from around the world.  Through Barnard’s unique and historic partnership with Columbia University, students can register for more than 1,500 courses, use a system of 22 libraries, get involved with more than 500 organizations, participate in NCAA Division I athletics, and attend high-profile events. Graduates’ degrees are conferred by Columbia University.


Barnard College is the most selective women’s college in the United States.

  • Acceptance rate: 15 percent (as of Fall 2017)
  • Unweighted average GPA: 4.12/4.00 or 96.13/100 
  • SAT/ACT Middle 50 percent:
    • SAT R RW (640-740)
    • SAT R M (640-730)
    • ACT Comp (30–33)
  • 47 percent of first-year students attended public schools

Tuition and Financial Aid

Barnard is a need-blind institution and meets full demonstrated need for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who apply as first-year students.  

  • 2017-18 Tuition and Fees
  • 38 percent of students receive need-based financial aid
  • 37 percent of students receive Barnard College Grants; the average grant is $40,238
  • 16 percent of students receive Pell Grants


More than 90 percent of students live in on-campus housing, and students entering as first years are guaranteed housing for all four years.  


  • 2,600 degree-seeking undergraduate students 
  • 39 percent of students identify as American Indian, Asian, Black/African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and multiracial
  • Students hail from 39 states, and Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin and Northern Mariana Islands
  • Nine percent international students, coming from 55 countries
  • 13 percent are first-generation college students

Academic Degree Program and Centers

Barnard offers Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree with more than 50 major areas of study. Students can also minor, double major, design their own majors, or pursue special degree programs in cooperation with Columbia University, The Juilliard School, List College of The Jewish Theological Seminary or the Manhattan School of Music. All students must participate in capstone projects or the writing of a final thesis, synthesizing theories and ideas while exploring their own original arguments. The top five majors are:  

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • English
  • Art History

In addition to the more than 50 fields of study, Barnard is also home to the academic centers, which include the Athena Center for Leadership, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Barnard Center for Toddler Development and the Center for Translation Studies.

New Curriculum
Barnard proudly builds on its more than 125-year history with a new curriculum, titled Foundations, which launched with the matriculation of the entering class of 2016 (the Class of 2020). Honoring the College’s commitment to the liberal arts and its strong mission and strategic plan, Foundations is modern, ambitious and flexible—all to meet the rapidly evolving needs of students in today’s world. With Foundations, Barnard will be the first liberal arts college among its peers with a pure technology requirement. 

Global Programs
Barnard’s global footprint reaches more than 65 countries through study, research, work and volunteer experiences, as well as programs, partners, research collaborations and alumnae around the world.

  • More than 150 study abroad programs on six continents
  • Annual collaboration with women leaders in other countries during the Global Symposium; 2017 programming will be structured as a series of Global Salons in Stockholm, Delhi, and Hong Kong. The 2018 Symposium will take place in Delhi, India and will be dedicated to addressing the global challenge of climate change. 


In addition to being leading scholars, researchers and innovators in their fields, Barnard faculty members are first and foremost teachers and mentors. Faculty members—not graduate students—teach all Barnard courses.

  • 226 full-time faculty and 137 part-time faculty   
  • 61 percent of Barnard’s full-time faculty is female
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1
  • 73 percent of Barnard’s classes have 19 or fewer students

Graduation Rates

  • 6-Year Graduation Rate (cohort entering in 2011):  93 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate for Pell Grant Recipients (cohort entering in 2011):  95 percent