How to Apply

The application for 2017 Pre-College Programs is now closed


Application Check List:

A complete application includes:

  1. Online application and essay completed by you;

  2. One recommendation form completed by a teacher familiar with your work sent by the school via email, fax, or mail;

  3. One recommendation form completed by your counselor or principal sent by the school via email, fax, or mail;

  4. An official copy of your high school transcript in English sent by the school via email, fax, or mail. We must receive a complete record of your high school courses and grades completed thus far, as well as mid-year grades for the current year;

  5. Non-refundable application fee ($75) payable by credit card, check, or money order made out to "Barnard College." (Note: We are offering a reduced application fee of $25 for students who complete their online application prior to February 8th.)

The recommendation forms and the transcript must be sent directly from the school.

Admission is selective, and is based on strong high school records, recommendations, and a personal statement. Applications from students whose preparation may vary are welcome, especially if they reveal unusual talents and interests that can be developed further in this program. Applicants must have completed the tenth or eleventh grade of high school by June 2017.

We will begin reviewing completed applications in February of 2017. Students are admitted on a rolling admissions basis with a final deadline of May 26th. Early application is advised as classes and residential spaces are likely to fill before the absolute deadline of May 26th. All application materials must be received before an application is reviewed, and applicants are responsible for checking to confirm that our office has received their materials. Again, please note that individual classes/programs may fill up prior to the final deadline.

Material sent to our office via US mail or FedEx may take up to 3-5 days to process through the College’s mailroom.  Receipts signed by a member of our mailroom staff do not indicate that the material is actually in our office; confirmation via email to the PCP office is advised. 

Please note that an indication of 'pending' on your website registration does not necessarily mean that we have not received your materials. You may send us an email if you are concerned about receipt of your documentation. 

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Applying to Two Programs

Please note that applicants MAY NOT apply to both a 4-week and a 1-week program. If an applicant is closed out of the program for which she applied, the Office of Pre-College Programs will contact the student and offer a second choice, if available. 
If a student is interested in attending BOTH the 1-week Liberal Arts Intensive AND YWLI/ET, or YWLI/ET AND Dance in the City, please note the following:
  • The College cannot provide housing or storage of belongings for the one week gap between the end of one program and the start of another;
  • Two application fees will be required to process the applications for two programs; and
  • If a student decides not to attend the second program after starting the first, note our refund policy.

Pre-College Office Contact Information:

Mail: 3009 Broadway, 017 Milbank, New York, NY 10027

Fax: 212-280-8796