Congratulations and welcome to the 635 outstanding members of the Barnard Class of 2023!

This year, Barnard remained one of the most selective colleges in the United States. The College received a record-breaking 9,320 applications and selected 11.7% of those who applied — the lowest admission rate in the College’s history. Of the 1,099 students admitted this year, 58% — 636 students — chose to enroll.

“We are so very excited to welcome a new class of talented, intelligent, and capable young women to Barnard,” said Dean of the College Leslie Grinage. “Each student in the class of 2023 has already accomplished wonderful things, and we look forward to being a part of their journey, celebrating their great achievements while at Barnard and beyond.”

Barnard’s incoming class hails from across the country and world, with 12% of students calling 35 different countries home — Brazil, China, France, India, and South Korea, among them — and 44 U.S. states, as well as Washington, D.C. On record as the most diverse class ever, with 48% of our U.S. students self-identifying as students of color, the Class of 2023 will complement our diverse campus community and the larger eclectic and vibrant one that makes up New York City. 

Among their ranks are scholar-athletes, such as Michaela Davis-Pedlar, who is a two-time NCA (National Cheerleaders Association) All-American with a passion for science and math. Incoming students also include many first-generation students who just became the first in their family to attend college; they are inspired by activism and bring a wide array of interests and talents, from playing the cello to being members of feminist clubs and medical societies. The seeds of leadership skills are already growing throughout the Class of 2023, as some have won women-in-science awards, founded a coding exchange, and interned in an endocrinology clinic. Here are more fun facts about the Class of 2023:

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