Barnard College

Barnard is a private women’s liberal arts college located in New York City directly across the street from the Columbia University Campus. Barnard is affiliated with Columbia University, a unique partnership that allows students to take classes at both schools. It’s the best of both worlds; Barnard students experience the advantages of attending a small college, yet have the resources and opportunities of one of the world’s best research universities at their fingertips.

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Visitor Information: Tour Barnard

Stay: A short walk from Columbia, check in to Aloft Harlem, the neighborhood’s first boutique hotel. All of Manhattan’s many hotels are just a short cab or subway ride away, but the Upper West side is definitely most convenient to Barnard.  Good options include: The Hotel Beacon, Hudson New York, Courtyard by Marriott Central Park, 1 Hotel Central Park or the boutique Nylo. If you feel like splurging, the Mandarin Oriental located at the top of the Time Warner Center offers incredible views of Central Park.

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Coffee: You’ll find students getting their morning fix at Nussbaum’s, Oren’s Daily Roast or Joe’s Coffee. Liz’s Place, the cafe in Barnard’s Diana Center, also serves good coffee.

Breakfast: One student raves about the yogurt parfait at Le Monde while others state that hands down the best brunch/breakfast place is Community Food and Juice. (Community is a popular all day spot—great at lunch and dinner as well!)

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Lunch: There’s always a long line at uber popular Sweetgreen, a healthy mini chain that has been expanding across NYC. Choose one of their excellent signature salads or design your own--we suggest the spring chicken with pesto vinaigrette. Friedman’s is popular for American comfort food—think burgers, sandwiches and excellent veggie bowls. More than one student told us we must try the burritos and tacos at tiny, no frills Taqueria y Fonda la Mexicana where everything is made fresh daily. Weather permitting, pick up one of the killer sandwiches at Milano Market and picnic on the Barnard quad.

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Dinner

 
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Casual: In the mood for Asian? Try trendy Thai Market or more bare bones Wondee Siam, both on Amsterdam. Right by campus, Le Monde is a low-key bistro serving French fare from the Loire Valley region. In Harlem, try Lolo’s Seafood Shack’s flavorful Caribbean food or head to Harlem Shake for their classic burger and an addictive red velvet milkshake. (Trust us, it’s that good!) One Barnard student, a life long New Yorker, raves about the Italian food at Celeste, lower down on Amsterdam at 84th St.

 
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A Step Up: They don’t take reservations at Pisticci’s, an extremely popular Barnard and Columbia favorite offering solid Italian fare, so expect to wait or go early. New York has some of the world’s best restaurants; to help you decide where to go we recommend the latest restaurant news on Eater or Infatuation.

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Late Night SnackToast, a popular Barnard and Columbia hangout is open till 11 PM weeknights and midnight on the weekends serving elevated diner food in a bare bones, lofty setting. Students take a well-deserved study break at cozy Kitchenette indulging in cupcakes, peach pancakes or a slice of homemade pie. Hungarian Pastry Shop is a classic old world bakery, a neighborhood institution. City Diner, at Broadway and 90th is open 24 hours for those embracing the lifestyle of the city that never sleeps.

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Local Attractions: One student tell us: “If it’s springtime make sure to see the magnolia trees in Central Park and venture to as many museums as you can throughout the city, especially MoMA--that’s my favorite.” Close to campus visit Grant’s Tomb, the resting place for President Ulysses grant and his wife Julia. For more detailed guides for NYC by neighborhood click here to see Daytripper365’s Homegrown NY itineraries.

— QUOTES FROM CAMPUS —

What I love most about my school is the intellectual and creative atmosphere and inspiring and bright young women that surround me. I also love how my teachers teach me to think and inspire me to want to learn, and how the students encourage that same admiration for knowledge. I am also so grateful that I can connect so much of what I learn in one class to another class even if they are totally dissimilar – somehow there’s this interdisciplinary aspect throughout the curriculum that always invites curiosity and exploration.
— Jessie
Barnard is a liberal arts school that offers the intimacy and attention that a smaller school provides while also offering the option to enjoy the benefits of going to a large university.
— Joanna
I find that Barnard doesn’t make its affiliation with Columbia as clear as it maybe should throughout the application process. The two schools are very much intertwined. Also, Barnard students are invited to take practically any course at Columbia (with the exception of their core classes, which are pretty boring anyway), so it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have a good selection of choices for courses each semester.
— Alyson
 

BARNARD FAST FACTS

Established

1889

Mascot

Millie the Dancing Barnard Bear

School Colors

White & Blue

Acceptance Rate

16% (2016)

Common Application

Yes

Supplement Essays

Yes

Early Action/Decision

Early Decision

Type

Private

Size

Small, All Girls

Website

barnard.edu

Region

Mid-Atlantic
Mid-atlantic

Admissions Office

3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

(p) (212)854-2014
admissions@barnard.edu

Jennifer Fondiller,Dean of Enrollment Management

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I
Ivy League

Greek Life

Not Very Strong

Noteworthy Alumni

Martha Stewart
Joan Rivers
Anna Quindlen
Cynthia Nixon
Margaret Mead

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