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Barnard College


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Kristin
Describe the students at your school.

They are eager to learn.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents and students should choose the right college for themselves regardless of the college rank or reputation. Consider the school size, environment, population, classes offered, curriculum, location, student body, and extracurricular activities.

Tali
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Barnard is known for many things, not least among them their excellent dance program. Studying at Barnard, dancers are afford...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Barnard is known for many things, not least among them their excellent dance program. Studying at Barnard, dancers are afforded the opportunity to study dance under some of the best instructors while still getting an education and having the ability to major in chemistry or economics. Barnard also has a great Womens Studies program which incorporates classes from all different subjects. Additionally, students at Barnard have access to the classes and facilities of Columbia University, allowing for students to learn at a smaller college with all the advantages that come with being at a larger research institution.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college can be difficult but there are a lot of things that can help you narrow down the decision. However, until you actually go to the school, you can't know what it is really like. You may think you want a large school that will offer more courses and have an incredibly diverse student body, but when you get to campus end up feeling lost in the crowd. The best way to get a sense of what you are looking for is to visit various schools that are different from one another both in terms of location, student body size, etc. Talking to the students there is also a great way to get a sense of what students do or do not like about the school which can then help you decide what is most important for you to have in a college. To make the most of the college experience, it is important to push yourself a little bit out of your comfort zone and not be afraid to try new things. Try out for the dance team, join the paper or get a job on campus to meet different people and have fun!!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Barnard College clearly cares a lot about the student body and makes this apparent by constantly having study breaks and fun activities planned for the students throughout the year. Such activities include a midnight breakfast the night before finals begin, chocolates being given out around valentines and other things such as build-a-bear and make your own mug/snowglobe. I love being at a school that makes sure that all their students know that they belong to such a warm community.

Cyrena
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Having the best of both worlds.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Having the best of both worlds.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Liberal arts college within a large research Uni.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be fooled by the allure of a brand name, or glossy, high quality college look-books. Photos can capture a campus, but they can also be decieving. Take the intiative to visit the campus, walk around and talk to the current students. The moment I stepped onto the campus of my college, I immediately fell in love; and I just knew. No matter where a student ends up, an acceptance letter isn't the end goal; it's the beginning of a fresh start. College is what you make of it; the environment you're in can only nuture you as much as you let it. However, sometimes an environment can be completely wrong for you- and transfers are as common as switching majors. It's only 4 years, but it can be the best four years of your life, up until graduation.

Shaunte
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Figure out what you want to get out of your college experience. Through self-evaluation, conversations with friends and famil...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Figure out what you want to get out of your college experience. Through self-evaluation, conversations with friends and family, and school counselor appointments, learn as much as you can about your personal expectations. College can be the portal to a successful future. Your decision is important, and must be your priority while applying. Perhaps you are looking for an opportunity to advance your social growth; perhaps you want to stay near your family and friends while you earn your degree. Maybe college is a means to graduate school, and maybe it is the final step in your education. While you do not need definitive answers to these questions, merely thinking about them and exploring your options will enable you to make a better decision. You may decide to participate in various activities while in college, but that does not mean that your education should remain in the background. Put into your college experience what you expect to reap from it, and you will not be displeased with the results.

Margaret
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

We combine the tight-knit community of a small liberal-arts school with the resources that come with a big university like Co...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

We combine the tight-knit community of a small liberal-arts school with the resources that come with a big university like Columbia, which is very unique and special. Also, because Barnard is all girls, we each share a bond based on our experience at school with only one sex.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a high school senior, I applied to 14 different schools. I aimed for Ivy League schools and smaller schools, such as Swarthmore and Vassar. Unfortunately, I was only accepted to one of these schools, my "safety". Instead of taking a year off and reapplying, I took advantage of the financial aid they offered, but knew that I would apply to transfer after my freshman year. I applied to my top four schools again and based on my excellent grades at American, I was admitted and was offered a $38,000 scholarship to my number one choice, Barnard College. Though my experience was unique and my journey to Barnard was roundabout, I would advise students to not worry about getting into their top school the first time around; transfering turned out to be the best decision I ever made! Even if you need to take a year off and re-apply, don't settle for your "safety" school! Real-life experiences during a gap year make you unique and wise about the world. Don't waste years of college in a place where you are not happy! Reach for the stars and don't settle until you get there!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Our reputation as "stupid sluts who couldn't get into Columbia." People think we're less than them because we go to Columbia, but we're just as smart as they are!

Carling
Describe the students at your school.

Barnard women are, in general, smart, driven, independent, outgoing, hardworking, have a healthy social life, can talk about ...

Describe the students at your school.

Barnard women are, in general, smart, driven, independent, outgoing, hardworking, have a healthy social life, can talk about anything from Corinthian columns to the election to new movies knowledgeably, and are overall just really amazing women.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One of the most important things in finding the right college for you is how you feel when you walk on the campus. It could be the best college in the world, but if you feel trapped, out of place, or like you need more space when you walk across campus, your feelings probably won't change as time goes on. If you can't visit the school, try contacting someone who goes to the school. The way they respond will tell you a lot - people who love their school will always try to sell other people on it and be very enthusiastic in their responses, whereas someone who is lukewarm about their school may be apprehensive to respond to an inquiry. Finally, make sure the school has what you want academically. Not all schools have all majors, and while you might (well, probably) will change your mind between your college apps and graduating, you don't want to rule out something you're interested in before you even get there. As far as making the most of your college experience - get out of your dorm room! Go to lots of clubs and meetings. Friends will just happen.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

One of the few negative things I can think of about Barnard is that it can sometimes get a little fee-happy. For instance, late registration can cost $250. But I think this is common at most schools, and if you're on top of your stuff you can avoid all the fees.

Daniella
Devin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

barnard prides itself in being small and intimate. there is a nice prof to student ratio making the lecture and learning expe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

barnard prides itself in being small and intimate. there is a nice prof to student ratio making the lecture and learning experience highly gratifying. the profs are really good and efficient. the barnard setup is traditional with a campus, midterms and finals (multiple choice), hardly any papers, major general education requirements and little room for flexibility in terms of academic planning. barnard has a plan and will force you to go by that plan. the lectures are typical lectures but the profs try to be as engaging as possible. this is especially doable due to the smaller class sizes (50 students max). obviously being in nyc is wonderful and makes the entire experience a hundred times better. it is a good feeling to go to a great school made for women that gives every student what they need for their future careers and lives in general.

Describe the students at your school.

the student body is not very diverse. there are a LOT of jews. as a German jew this is really nice for me but i can imagine that being anything else at barnard might almost feel a little uncomfortable. there are a lot of asians and indians also. in general, people tend to be a little more on the conservative side. but when you do find people from the LGBT community, these tend to be very liberal and liberated! there is a sizable amount of rich white girls at barnard which gets on my nerves, personally. wearing a name means a lot here. most barnard girls are politically active and/or at least highly aware and almost a little opinionated. the girls that go to this school are very intelligent young women which makes it a pleasure to interact with most any barnard girl. as mentioned before i have found the most wonderful friends here and i have had the most interesting conversations with very intelligent women here at barnard.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

i love it here. i am still getting used to some of the conservative and traditional aspects of it but all in all it is a good place for an intelligent young women with high goals set for herself to go to.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

since there are no men there do seem to be many lesbians around, or at least a lot of women who are bi-curious. there are more traditional women than feminists and the women considered to be slutty aren't that slutty. women are very competitive at this school and will fight and do anything to get what they want. it's a tough school and women take pride in being a student at this school. there are very many intelligent beautiful strong women here at barnard regardless of what is said about the student body. i have found some amazing friends here.

What are the academics like at your school?

i loved all my classes. actually the only class i hated was the columbia class i took for my general education requirement. i avoid columbia classes. they are too big and too full of themselves. barnard has all the qualities of an ivy league minus the snootiness. i am very excited to take all the wonderful classes barnard has to offer to neuroscience majors. there all some top profs with excellent research work that will be teaching these classes and i am eager to learn from and with them. i am working with one of my profs now, over the summer, and it is such a nice experience. i am truly fortunate to go to such a good school.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

dorms are nice here. that's a fact. i met my closest friends through dorm life and through the orientation group but also in classes. sororities are pretty prevalent but i avoid those so i don't know much about them. people party plenty but get enough studying done at the same time. there are a lot of jazz clubs around which is a nice thing to do when you don't want to get wasted. the steps and the grassy spots on columbia campus are beautiful hang out spots in the summer time.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

lesbians, feminists, yuppies, sluts, and very traditional women who want to marry rich columbia men in order to live a sex in the city life minus the hard work

Emma
What is your overall opinion of this school?

You really have to go out of your way to form a bond with teachers. Often times, people don't know what/where Barnard is--in...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

You really have to go out of your way to form a bond with teachers. Often times, people don't know what/where Barnard is--in the circles where it matters most, your peers will understand (and be impressed with the fact) that you are a "Barnard Woman". Lots of "red tape", crazy course selection processes, millions of mazes and forms and meetings with Deans and Advisers are necessary to get anything done. Recent controversy: Columbia and Barnard students going on a [completely unnecessary] hunger strike in an attempt to demonstrate the need for an "Ethnic Studies" department...even though we already have one... Other recent controversy: Having Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak on campus Other recent controversy: Columbia expansion into a section of Harlem and the effects of relocating housing for thousands of Harlem residents

Describe the students at your school.

Most students (at least for freshman year) get very dressed up for class--it is New York City after all. Lots of very religious Jews, who tend to group together. Many, many different socioeconomic classes are present. Most students are fairly "left".

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Writing all this down reminded me what I actually LIKE about Barnard...I am debating transferring...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

We are not all lesbians Many of us are more attractive than Columbia girls Unsure if we are more studious, on average, than Columbia girls We are not just "wannabe" Ivy-Leaguers--we chose Barnard for a reason

What are the academics like at your school?

Probably like most other colleges: freshman-year English professors (usually a class of 14-16) definitely knew our names/strengths/weaknesses...freshman-year Bio professors (usually a class of 200) definitely didn't know anyone's names. We definitely have intellectual discussions outside of class--especially regarding the Presidential primaries, going "Green" on campus, and quality of life/gentrification of Manhattan and Brooklyn (not just Morningside Heights).

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

People always, always lock their dorm doors. Athletic events get hardly no recognition. Theater is rather popular. I am not awake at 2 AM on a Tuesday. Before mid-terms there is a "midnight breakfast" served by all of the Deans. Before finals there is a sub sandwich that spans the entire length of the campus (seriously). Barnard girls are not really into partying (at least not on Barnard's campus)--hardly anyone has alchohol or drugs in their dorm. If you want to do that kind of thing, everyone heads to Columbia on a Friday night, etc. Throughout the whole year, only one person got sick in the bathrooms on my floor. Off campus: visit different neighborhoods, Central Park, head down to NYU area/Greenwich Village, Columbus Circle, we get free admission to about 20 different museums (including the Met, MoMA, Guggenheim). Times Square gets very commonplace very quickly!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We are all lesbians More attractive than Columbia girls More studious than Columbia girls All Barnard students are just girls who couldn't get into Columbia

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