Barnard College Photo Tour

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Barnard College Campus

Barnard College Campus
Barnard College Campus. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Barnard College is a highly selective liberal arts college for women located in the Morningside Heights neighboorhood of Upper Manhattan. Columbia University is directly across the street, and the two schools share many resources. Barnard and Columbia students can take classes at both schools, share the holdings of the 22 affiliated libraries, and compete in the joint athletic consortium. But unlike the now defunct Harvard / Radcliffe relationship, Columbia and Barnard have separate financial resources, admission offices, and staffing.

During the 2010 - 2011 admissions cycle, just 28% of applicants were accepted to Barnard, and they had GPAs and test scores well above average. The college's many strengths made it an easy pick for my lists of top women's colleges, top Middle Atlantic colleges, and top New York colleges. To see what it takes to get into Barnard, check out the Barnard College profile.

The campus is compact and sits between West 116th Street and West 120th Street on Broadway. The image above was taken from Lehman Lawn looking south towards Barnard Hall and Sulzberger Tower. During nice weather, you'll often find students studying and socializing on the lawn, and many professors hold class outside.

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Barnard Hall at Barnard College

Barnard Hall at Barnard College
Barnard Hall at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

When you first enter the main gates to Barnard College, you'll be confronted by the pillared front of Barnard Hall. This large building serves a wide range of functions at the college. Inside you'll find classrooms, offices, studios, and event space. The Barnard Center for Research on Women is located on the first floor.

The building is also home to Barnard's athletic facilities. On the lower level is a swimming pool, track, weight room and gym. Students also have access to Columbia's athletic facilities. Barnard students compete in the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium, and this relationship makes Barnard the only women's college in the country that competes in the NCAA Division I. Barnard women can choose from sixteen intercollegiate sports.

Connected to the northwest corner of Barnard Hall is the Barnard Hall Dance Annex. The college has a strong dance program and has graduated many students who now work as professional dancers. Dance is also a popular area of study for students who are completing the visual and performing arts component of Barnard's "Nine Ways of Knowing" interdisciplinary foundation courses.

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Lehman Hall at Barnard College

Lehman Hall at Barnard College
Lehman Hall at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you attend Barnard, you'll spend a lot of time in Lehman Hall. The first three floors of the building are home to Wollman Library, Barnard's primary research facility. Students have the added perk that they can use all of Columbia University's library facilities with its ten million volumes and 140,000 serials.

On the third floor of Lehman is the Sloate Media Center with eight Mac Pro workstations for creating a wide range of multimedia projects.

Lehman Hall is also home to three of Barnard College's most popular academic departments: Economics, Political Science, and History.

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The Diana Center at Barnard College

The Diana Center at Barnard College
The Diana Center at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Barnard College's newest building is The Diana Center, a 98,000 square foot structure first opened in 2010. The building serves a wide range of functions.

This new building is home to the Office of Student Life at Barnard College. Orientation, leadership programs, student government, student clubs and organizations, and the college's diversity initiatives are all centered in The Diana Center.

Other facilities in the building include a cafeteria, student store, art studios, art gallery, and the college's main computing center. On a lower level of The Diana Center is the state-of-the-art Glicker-Milstein Theatre, a versatile black box theater used by the Theatre Department and performance-related student organizations.

Not visible from Lehman Lawn, the roof of the Diana Center is part of the building's "green" design. The roof has a lawn and garden beds, and the space is used for lounging, outdoor classes, and ecological study. The green space on the roof also has environmental benefits as the soil insulates the building and keeps rainwater from the sewer system. The Diana Center earned LEED Gold certification for its energy-efficient and sustainable design.

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Milbank Hall at Barnard College

Milbank Hall at Barnard College
Milbank Hall at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

When visiting campus, you can't miss Milbank Hall -- it dominates the entire north end of campus. Looking up, you'll notice a greenhouse on the upper level that is used for botanical research.

Milbank Hall is Barnard's original and oldest building. First opened in 1896, this historic 121,000 square foot building stands at the heart of Barnard's academic life. Within Milbank you'll find the departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, Foreigh Languages, Math, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Socialogy, and Theatre. The Theatre Department uses the Minor Latham Playhouse on the first floor of Milbank for many of its productions.

The building is also home to many of the university's administrative offices. You'll find offices for the President, Provost, Registrar, Bursar, Dean of Studies, Dean for Study Abroad, Financial Aid and Admissions in Milbank.

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Altschul Hall at Barnard College

Altschul Hall at Barnard College
Altschul Hall at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Barnard is one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country for science, and you'll find the departments of biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and neuroscience all in Altschul Hall.

The 118,000 square foot tower as built in 1969 and contains numerous classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices. Even non-science majors will frequent Altschul -- the mailroom and student mailboxes are all located on the lower level.

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Brooks Hall at Barnard College

Brooks Hall at Barnard College
Brooks Hall at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Built in 1907, Brooks Hall was the first residence hall at Barnard. The building is home to 125 first-year students and a few transfer students. The majority of rooms are doubles, triples, and quads, and students share bathrooms on each floor. You can check out the floor-plan here. Barnard residence halls all have internet connectivity, laundry facilities, common rooms, and options for cable and small refrigerators.

Brooks Hall is located on the south end of Barnard's campus and is part of the residential quad with Hewitt Hall, Reid Hall, and Sulzberger Hall. The dining hall is in the basement of Hewitt, and all first-year students are required to participate in Barnard's unlimited meal plan.

Room and board at Barnard is not cheap, but it is a bargain when compared to the typical cost of living and dining off campus in New York City.

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Hewitt Hall at Barnard College

Hewitt Hall at Barnard College
Hewitt Hall at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Built in 1925, Hewitt Hall is home to 215 sophomores, juniors and seniors at Barnard College. Most rooms are singles, and students share a bathroom on each floor. You can see a floor-plan here. Kitchens and lounge areas are in adjoining Sulzberger Hall. The college's main dining hall is in the basement of Hewitt.

Hewitt, like all of Barnard's residence halls, has a desk attendant 24 hours a day to make sure students' living environment is safe and secure.

The first floor of Hewitt is home to several college services: the Counseling Center, Disability Services, and the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program.

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Sulzberger Hall and Tower at Barnard College

Sulzberger Tower at Barnard College
Sulzberger Tower at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Sulzberger is the largest residence hall at Barnard College. The lower floors are home to 304 first-year students, and the tower houses 124 upperclass women.

Sulzberger Hall is made up of double and triple occupancy rooms, and each floor has a lounge, kitchenette, and shared bathroom. You can check out the floor-plan here. Sulzberger Tower has mostly single occupancy rooms, and each hall has two lounge/kitchen areas and a shared bathroom. You can see the tower floor-plan here.

For the 2011 - 2012 academic year, single occupancy rooms cost $1,200 more than shared rooms.

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The Courtyard in the Barnard College Quad

The Courtyard in the Barnard College Quad
The Courtyard in the Barnard College Quad. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Barnard College's four main residence halls -- Hewitt, Brooks, Reid, and Sulzberger -- surround a quaint landscaped courtyard. The benches and cafe tables of the Arthur Ross Courtyard make a perfect spot for reading or studying on a warm afternoon.

While all first-year students live in the Quad, the college owns several other properties for upperclass students. These buildings have suite-style rooms with bathrooms and kitchens shared by suite occupants. A few upperclass Barnard students live in Columbia residence halls and sororities. Overall, 98% of first-year students and 90% of all students live in some form of campus housing.

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The View of Barnard College from Broadway

Barnard College from Broadway
Barnard College from Broadway. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Prospective Barnard students should keep in mind that the college is in a bustling urban environment. The photo above was taken from the Columbia University side of Broadway. In the center of the photo is Reid Hall, one of the residence halls for first-year students. To the left is Brooks Hall on West 116th Street, and to the right of Reid is Sulzberger Hall and Sulzberger Tower.

Barnard's location in Upper Manhattan places it within an easy walk to Harlem, City College of New York, Morningside Park, Riverside Park, and the northern end of Central Park. Columbia University is just a few steps away. The subway stops just outside Barnard's main gates, so students have ready access to all the attractions of New York City.

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Vagelos Alumnae Center at Barnard College

Vagelos Alumnae Center at Barnard College
Vagelos Alumnae Center at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

The benefits of attending a prestigious college like Barnard continue long after graduation. Barnard has a strong alumnae network of over 30,000 women, and the college has many programs designed to connect and support graduates on both the professional and personal fronts. The college also works to connect current students to alumnae for mentoring and networking.

At the heart of Barnard's Alumnae Association is the Vagelos Alumnae Center. The center is located in the "Deanery," an apartment in Hewitt Hall that was once home to a Barnard Dean. The center has a living room and dining room that alumnae can use for meetings and social events.

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Visitor Center at Barnard College

Visitor Center at Barnard College
Visitor Center at Barnard College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you want to tour Barnard College, walk through the main gates on Broadway, turn left, and you'll be at the Visitor Center in the Sulzberger Annex (above you will be Sulzberger Hall and Tower, two of Barnard's residence halls). Tours leave the Visitor Center at 10:30 and 2:30 Monday through Friday and take about an hour. After the tour, you can attend an informational session by one of Barnard's admissions counselors and learn about the college and student life.

You don't need an appointment to take a tour, but you should check Barnard's Admissions homepage before showing up to make sure tours are operating on the usual schedule.

To learn more about Barnard College, be sure to check out the Barnard College profile and visit the official Barnard website.