Barnard College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Barnard College from Broadway
Barnard College from Broadway ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Barnard College is highly selective for admissions. Only about one-fifth of those who apply will be admitted. Barnard requires test scores from the SAT or ACT as part of the application, and those students who are accepted generally have high scores. Barnard uses the Common Application, which students can fill out online. Supplemental materials include high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and art portfolios. An interview with an admissions counselor is not required, although it is recommended.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Barnard College Description

Barnard College is one of the original "seven sisters" colleges. The college is affiliated with adjacent Columbia University, but it maintains its own faculty, endowment, governance, and curriculum. However, Barnard and Columbia students can easily take classes at either school.

Barnard's four-acre urban campus stands in sharp contrast to the open green spaces of other top women's colleges such as Wellesley and Mount Holyoke. On the admissions front, Barnard is the most competitive of all the women's colleges.  Explore the campus with this Barnard College photo tour.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,510 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 0% Male / 100% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,394
  • Books: $1,150 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,598
  • Other Expenses: $1,370
  • Total Cost: $68,512

Barnard College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 56%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48%
    • Loans: 35%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $42,345
    • Loans: $5,165

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Economics, English, History, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 5%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 82%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

Women's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Fencing, Lacrosse, Golf Soccer, Rowing, Softball, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Barnard and the Common Application

Barnard College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: