Barnard College: Narrative Description

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3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-6598
Tel: (212)854-5262
Admissions: (212)854-2014
Fax: (212)854-6220
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, women only. Part of Columbia University. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 4-acre urban campus. Endowment: $142.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,363 per student. Total enrollment: 2,287. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 4,380 applied, 27% were admitted. 72% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 2,235 students. Part-time: 52 students. Students come from 50 states and territories, 40 other countries, 66% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 5% black, 17% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 90% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at Manhattan School of Music, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Juilliard School, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Spelman College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Placement: SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests recommended. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $39,140 includes full-time tuition ($27,064), mandatory fees ($1276), and college room and board ($10,800). College room only: $6566. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $902 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Most popular organizations: Community Impact, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, WBAR Radio, Asian-American Alliance. Major annual events: Winterfest and Springfest Celebration, Founder's Day, Take Back the Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, 4 permanent security posts. 2,112 college housing spaces available; 2,065 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Wollman Library with 204,906 books, 17,705 microform titles, 543 serials, 17,448 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 208 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Columbia University.

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