Barnard College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Barnard College campus
Barnard College.

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Barnard College is a private women's college with an acceptance rate of 14%. Founded in 1889, and located on a four-acre urban campus in Manhattan, New York, Barnard College is one of the original Seven Sisters colleges. Barnard is affiliated with the adjacent Columbia University, but maintains its own faculty, endowment, governance, and curriculum. However, Barnard and Columbia students can easily take classes at either school.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Barnard admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Barnard College had an acceptance rate of 14%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 14 students were admitted, making Barnard's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 7,897
Percent Admitted 14%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 55%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Barnard College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 670 740
Math 660 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Barnard's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Barnard scored between 670 and 740, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 740. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 660 and 760, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 760. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1500 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Barnard.

Requirements

Barnard does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that while Barnard requires applicants to submit all scores and does not participate in the scorechoice program, the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Barnard requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 32 35
Math 27 32
Composite 30 33

This admissions data tells us that most of Barnard's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Barnard received a composite ACT score between 30 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 30.

Requirements

Note that Barnard does not superscore ACT results; your highest ACT score will be considered. Barnard College does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Barnard College does not provide data about admitted students' high school
GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Barnard College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Barnard College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Barnard College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Barnard College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Barnard has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay, short answer essay, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Barnard's range. While not required, applicants can participate in an optional interview either on or off-campus.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You'll notice that most admitted students had "A" averages, combined SAT scores over 1300 (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. Many applicants had 4.0 GPAs.

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