Facts & Stats

The Barnard Community

Founded in 1889, Barnard College is devoted to empowering young women to pursue their passions.  The College's singular combination of excellence across the arts and sciences, world-class faculty, the vast academic resources of Columbia University, and access to New York City’s infinite opportunities prepares our students for long-term success.

Location New York, NY USA
4-acres on Morningside Heights
98% of students living on campus

Admissions (Class of 2023)
9,320 Applicants
1,097 Admits
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Enrollment (Fall 2018)
605 first-year students
2,635 students
  38% students of color
  10% international students
  13% first in their families to attend college
  16% recipients of Pell grants
In 2018, students came from 49 states, the District of Columbia, three territories, and 50 foreign countries.

96% returning as sophomores after first-year (cohort entering Fall 2017)


Barnard's faculty (scholars dedicated to teaching) are tenured at Barnard College and Columbia University.
239 Full-Time Faculty
   62% women
   98% with highest degree in their field
   9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
   75% of classes have 19 or fewer students

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Barnard is home to innovative academic centers, which include the Athena Center for Leadership, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, a unique center for research on early childhood development and parenting, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, the Empirical Reasoning Center, the Digital Humanities Center, the Design Center, the Elsie K. Sloate Media Center, the Movement Lab, and the Vagelos Computational Science Center.

Barnard-Columbia Partnership

Barnard is an independent institution with its own policies, endowment, and trustees. Our singular agreement with Columbia University means: Barnard is considered one of Columbia University’s four undergraduate colleges and students have access to libraries, facilities and activities on both campuses; Barnard students compete in NCAA Division 1 athletics through the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium; Barnard and Columbia undergraduate students cross-register in courses at both institutions; and students receive a diploma from both Barnard College and Columbia University.



Class of 2019
681 Degrees conferred
       34% in STEM
       92% first-years graduate within six years (cohort entering Fall 2013)
       Top majors by department:
       Economics, English, Political Science, History, Psychology, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Urban Studies, and Art History
       93% employed or attending graduate/professional school six-months after graduation (Class of 2018)

Barnard is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and graduates join a network of nearly 35,000 living alumnae

Explore Barnard's graduates First Destinations
Learn about honors and awards
Meet Barnard alumnae

View more Barnard's Facts 2019 (pdf)