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Overall Score: 70.82

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 student publications, without its rigid core curriculum. This causes some mutual resentment between the two student bodies, but they share more than they squabble. Academics are rigorous: Barnard has a 12% acceptance rate, and to graduate, students must complete specific 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. 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$80,000
% of students who get any grants
42%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,300
Average price for low-income students
$20,180

Admissions

Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT score
1430/27
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,620

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
92%
% 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
Median student debt
$18,500
Early career earnings
$71,680
% earning more than a high school grad
82%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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