Barnard College Visit Report by Laina

Visit to Barnard College in July 2007 by Laina
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 26 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Horrible.

Campus Tour: Yes - Average. We mainly stayed inside because it was raining.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I managed to catch one student during the summer visit. She was very friendly and warm and stayed to answer all my questions. She loves her experience at Barnard, but felt that it lacked unity.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
1 - Poor
1 - Poor
From the moment I walked in, I felt very unwanted at Barnard. A staff member barely looked at me when I asked him a question, and the admissions counselor was mean.



Appearance of Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
I felt a bit claustrophic. It's only a 4 acre campus. Every building is connected by an underground tunnel. Pos: you can go to class in shorts during the winter. Neg: the tunnel is ugly and depre



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
A lot of construction going on. The bathroom by the entrance though was horrible.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good




Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I saw a lot of security guards walking around.



Overall Campus Impression:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Well...after my visit, I decided against applying there.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good




City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good


Campus Visit Notes for Barnard College


Visit Description:

Overall, I was very disappointed with my visit at Barnard. The rain might have had something to do with it, but I got a very cold and negative vibe from Barnard.

I'd like to elaborate on the information session, because that played a huge factor in my overall experience there. It was, frankly, the worst information session I have ever attended. It only lasted half an hour. The admissions counselor seemed very impatient to get the session over with and talked very fast. She didn't give an outline of what she was going to talk about and stopped at random sections for questions. The audience didn't know what to ask in case she was going to talk about it later. When I spoke with her privately, I felt such a strong air of condescension. She answered my questions very briefly and again, seemed very impatient. When I asked her what are some organizations students like to be involved in, she told me that I can't join the clubs everyone else does and need to find my interests. I was rather offended, since I asked a question to get a general sense of what students value, not because I can't think for myself.

The campus itself was another turn-off. Again, it may be the rain, but everything looked old and gray. The main entrance is far less grand than shown in the pictures. It was so small that we almost drove past without seeing it. The lawn where students get together is also tiny. While Barnard says that it gives students access to NYC and provides a warm refuge from the city, I feel that it does a worse job on the latter. There doesn't seem to be enough room on campus to find any sort of peace.