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Barnard College

A notable women's liberal arts college under the umbrella of Columbia University, Barnard offers its small, elite population access to stellar faculty, lots of encouragement and attention, plus everything New York City has to offer. Although its campus is small -- only four square city blocks on Manhattan's Upper West Side -- the school's over 2,600 students can take advantage of all of Columbia's resources, including classes, libraries, dining halls, sports teams, sororities, and publications, without its rigid core curriculum. This causes some mutual resentment between the two student bodies, but they share more than they squabble. Students must complete first-year courses, general education requirements, electives, and a major. Undergrads are drawn to the school's strong academic departments, like the writing program that produced Edwidge Danticat, Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Patricia Highsmith. Functionally, there's not much "no boys allowed" spirit about Barnard, as students can choose to live in Columbia's co-ed dorms. Campus life sometimes suffers from having to compete with that of a much larger and richer institution, not to mention the attractions of Manhattan. But overall, the students who choose Barnard tend to be deliberate about wanting the tight-knit community, smaller classes, access to professors, and sense of history, pride, and tradition their school provides.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: All undergraduate classes are online this fall. Barnard is not offering residential housing.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$76,500
% of students who get any grants
44%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,900
Average price for low-income students
$12,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,560
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$17,500
Average salary within 5 years
$53,900
% earning more than $28,000
81%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: All undergraduate classes are online this fall. Barnard is not offering residential housing.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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