Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

On our leafy four-acre campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, our world-class faculty of teacher-scholars educates nearly 2,400 inspired and intrepid undergraduate women—women who, as a matter of course, have gone on to achieve great things. Throughout our history, Barnard graduates have made their mark as leaders in the arts, business, government, and science, and as activists for causes too numerous to name.

Over one hundred and twenty years ago, Barnard was the first college in New York City—and one of the few in the world—where women could receive the same liberal arts education available to men. Today, we are the most sought-after liberal arts college for women in the United States. With our cosmopolitan setting and the strength of our academic programs, the broadening of our global perspective, and our ongoing commitment to diversity, we continue to do what we have done from the beginning with a keen eye to the future.

Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it.

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Barnard Announces New Director of Athena Center for Leadership Studies

AlumnaeAthena Center Umbreen Bhatti ’00NEW YORK, April 24, 2019 – Barnard College today announced its appointment of alumna Umbreen Bhatti as the Constance Hess Williams ’66 Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, effective immediately. Bhatti graduated cum laude from Barnard in 2000 with a degree in political science […]

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Three Barnard Alumnae to Receive 2019 Columbia Alumni Medals

AlumnaeColumbia Three Barnard alumnae — Brenda Aiken ’77 ’81PS, Maryam Banikarim ’89 ’93SIPA ’93BUS, and Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald ’81 — are among the 10 alumni to be honored with a 2019 Columbia Alumni Medal at the University Commencement on May 22, 2019. The medal is the highest honor given by the […]

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