- 4 Year
- NEW YORK, NY
Barnard College Reviews
Rating 3.86 out of 5 449 reviews
When I think of Barnard college, I think of empowerment. At an all-women’s campus, every woman is like the star of her own show. Women of all colors come to this place to empower and educate one another in the greatest city in the world. About half of the students at Barnard are people of color, which is amazing to me as a young Latina. I am excited to find myself among people from all backgrounds. Coming from a bilingual household, I have learned to treat the people in my surroundings with compassion, open-mindedness, and kindness. Barnard provides an urban location, which would give me the opportunity to educate myself at the Opera, Carnegie Hall, Broadway, or at the city’s many art and history museums. Living and studying in the most vibrant city in the world would be a dream, because one of my many passions is theater and the performing arts.
Barnard has a beautiful campus, with grass and brick walls. It also gets to have Columbia as another campus. You get the best of both worlds. It is one of the best liberal arts schools in the country, since it is an ivy league school at Columbia.
Took all my classes online. Translated mostly horribly, though I did have one good lecture class. Discussion sections were cringe-worthy. Completely silent the whole time. Felt bad for the TA's, just grad students who clearly don't know how to motivate students virtually.
The online experience is amazing Barnard is a perfect place to do online learning with your roommate helping you.
Professors adapted really well to the online courses in the short amount of time they had. However, online classes will never replace being in person.
I have enjoyed every part of getting to know my college, Barnard College. It is welcoming and inviting.
I am an incoming freshman and have therefore not taken any online classes through Barnard College of Columbia Univeristy.
Barnard is a great place for your voice to be heard. The people are supportive, the environment is cozy, the school is right next to Columbia uni and students have access to every resources there. It is a jackpot really. You get the small liberal arts college with a big institution there to support you as well.
Barnard is an amazing community. I have taken a sample class online and the faculties already feel like feel like a family. Very considered and understanding.
I genuinely can’t think of a better combination for a school. The small liberal arts college community with the benefits of the large research university of Columbia is incredible.
I've had a lot of exposure to wonderful faculty and students across the greater Columbia University, and thoroughly enjoyed my classes and extracurriculars. There is a very empowering atmosphere and people want each other to succeed. However, Barnard does not have a huge endowment, so financial aid isn't as freely given and generous as I'd have wished.
I've had extremely supportive and understanding professors ever since we moved to online learning. Even though I'm in a very different time zone, my professors were all very accommodating and gave me all the support I needed.
Barnard and Columbia are terrible in dealing with anything related to student mental health. There is a 'stress culture' on both campuses that is very dangerous. During my freshman year at Barnard/Columbia there were multiple suicides and the administration do very little to support students. I also never felt the inspiring, positive energy on campus that all those pamphlets and videos talk so much about. I had one professor who mocked the way I spoke in my seminar class every single week. The financial aid department threatened to take away my financial aid as I never had a Social Security No (I'm an international student who did not require one). The Financial Aid office also denied my access to the Bare Essentials Fund, something offered to me in my financial aid award as they changed their mind and decided I "was not poor enough" even as a FGLI student. Academically, Barnard is a good institution but I URGE you to consider other options before deciding on this poorly run school.
It is an academic rigorous School. But the transition from high-school to college went well.There are a lot of programs to keep students busy and productive. In addition the dorming systems are highly secured and the cafeteria food is not bad. The campus is very beautiful and many of our classes are inside of Columbia University since we are their sister School. If you want to study psychology this would be the place because their Humanities programs are very strong. If you want to study music they also have an exchange program with Juilliard. We also have a Columbia dorming Exchange program as well.
Barnard College is an incredible school that builds strong women. The professors have a clear dedication to their students and form close relationships with them. I wish Barnard had had more of a community feel within NYC.
The teachers are supportive and there are tons of resources to take advantage of. You can take classes at Columbia and you can also eat at Columbia's dining halls, which is fun! But I prefer Barnard's food, there's also tons of good restaurants around Barnard and Columbia. The academics are definitely challenging.
Amazing empowering environment. Definitely more diversity than I expected, which is a good thing. The Foundations Curriculum definitely gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to the classes you want to take, so you have plenty of time to explore.