- 4 Year
- NEW YORK, NY
Barnard College Reviews
Rating 3.86 out of 5 455 reviews
Horribly small endowment, poorly managed. Weird relationship w Columbia (like I never expected it, I DIDN'T WANT TO go to Columbia, I want to be in a Woman's College, but it is inevitable) but yes CC girls can get VERY MEAN. Overpriced food at dining hall (admin makes zero effort), teaching quality isn't even good.... Yes I do not know what to say just AVOID. Zero school community, the resources are very limited (just think of the budget). I'm now even considering going to CC as a transfer student bc I got no support here and I hate this place, at least the CORE is something that I will enjoy instead of the ridiculous foundations and have much more resources (not to mention for my major almost all the classes are in Columbia anyways).
The students are the heart of Barnard College. At times, it feels overwhelming going to an institution where you are surrounded by activists, authors, dancers, and scientists. However, the environment is what motivates students to be the best versions of themselves and reach their highest potential. The community is, in part, built by the city that surrounds it. Barnard is what I would describe as a place fueled by individualism. Being that the college isn't in a suburban or remote area, students don't need to stick together as a community to create fun. This leads to an environment that doesn't necessarily have a lot of school spirit seen in traditional colleges or compared to the other seven sister schools. Overall, it isn't a college that is for everyone, but for an independent person who wants to access Columbia University and opportunities in NYC it's a great place!
Barnard is very flexible with requirements and students can take classes in any department of Columbia. I would enjoy if there were more events organized for Barnard students, and especially the Latino community there. The food is often good, professors are super understanding, and the majority of people there are nice. I have learned so much there.
I’d say that Barnard is a good school. Great academics and opportunities, however, as expected with a PWI many of the white students make incredibly tone deaf/microaggressive comments. Along with this, because it’s an HWC and has a transphobic board of trustees, the environment isn’t the greatest for trans/NB students. You will likely be misgendered a lot despite the supposed inclusive environment. However, the classes are absolutely amazing and the on-campus opportunities for internships and connecting are excellent. (Make sure you eat at Columbia’s dining halls though cause Barnard has awful food).
I graduated from Barnard over 25 years ago. To this day, I am empowered and inspired by the education I received from Barnard and the friendships I made. The classes were excellent, my classmates were inspiring and diverse and I am continuously impressed with their accomplishments - Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy winners, authors, rock stars, business leaders, entrepreneurs, professors, doctors, lawyers - it was really special. I loved being able to take advantage of the classes, dorms and dining halls of Columbia, and developed close friendships amongst the entire community. Going to school in NYC was AWESOME! For those who think of it as simply a women’s college, I would say say that is way too narrow. It inspires and emboldens women in a way that is unique, and anyway you are among guys all the time - in class, in dorms, on campus, in the dining halls, socializing…you are not at all isolated. I can’t recommend Barnard highly enough!
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.
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.
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 am an incoming freshman and have therefore not taken any online classes through Barnard College of Columbia Univeristy.
I have enjoyed every part of getting to know my college, Barnard College. It is welcoming and inviting.
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.
Professors have done a great job at adjusting to online learning and it doesn’t feel that different from the real thing. The university’s decision to make pass/fail mandatory for everyone was very kind and helpful.
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.