Barnard College Visit Report by rebeccar
Information Session: No - Half an hour long, mostly went over the admissions process and what Barnard looks for in an applicant. Very casual and certainly helpful.
Campus Tour: Yes - Campus is only 4 acres, so we saw all we needed to. Our guide was charismatic and really seemed to have a love of the school. Went over both the buildings, and the benefits of an all girls school.
Campus Visit Notes for Barnard College
I was very on the fence about whether I wanted an urban, all women college, but this visit completely convinced me that I did. Barnard could not be prettier, that's for sure. The view of Milbank Hall is GORGEOUS. Everything is grassy with lots of trees surrounding the campus, so you can't even tell that you're in the middle of NYC. Columbia's campus is equally beautiful. The relationship between Barnard and Columbia is perfect, with students from both schools being able to take the classes, clubs, and library services of the other. In that way, you'd definitely get interaction with males, which I much prefer to a 100% female college experience.
I really can't get over how secluded the campus felt. It's small, but personal, and I can only imagine how it feels filled with students. You would never think that you were in such an urban area if you were standing on the campus. It does a fantastic job of making you feel like you're in the middle of a "real", sprawling campus.
My brother fell in love with it and said to me "it sucks that boys can't come here, but I can go to Columbia, right?". I don't have the heart to tell him that, y'know, it's Columbia.