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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 2,500 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. Barnard's graduation rate is an impressive 93%, and recent grads tell PayScale their early-career salaries hover around $56,800.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$74,500
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,300
Average price for low-income students
$6,230
admissions
Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,540
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$18,000
Average salary within 3 years
$56,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
53%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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