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 11.8%. 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 2018-19 admissions cycle, Barnard College had an acceptance rate of 11.8%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 11 students were admitted, making Barnard's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 9,320
Percent Admitted 11.8%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 58%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Barnard College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 63% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 670 750
Math 670 770
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 750, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 750. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 670 and 770, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1520 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Barnard.

Requirements

Barnard does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates to create a new SAT superscore.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Barnard requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 48% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 33 35
Math 27 33
Composite 31 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Barnard's admitted students fall within the top 5% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Barnard received a composite ACT score between 31 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 31.

Requirements

Note that Barnard will consider your highest individual ACT subscores to create a new ACT superscore. Barnard College does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

Barnard College does not provide data about admitted students' high school
GPAs. In 2019, for those who reported class rank, 84% of admitted students ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

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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All admissions data has been source from the National Center for Education Statistics and Barnard College Undergraduate Admissions Office.