Barnard College Visit Report by rebeccar

Visit to Barnard College in June 2010 by rebeccar
(Student, HS Class of 2011)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I didn't visit when school was in session but everyone on the campus seemed polite and happy enough to be there.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We got a bit lost trying to find the visitors center, so a custodian went out of hr way to take us through an underground basement-like area to help us get to where we needed to be. Very nice!



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Absolutely gorgeous, the pictures don't do it justice. We couldn't believe that such a grassy, secluded school could be in the middle of the city.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
A little chipped paint in the dorms but nothing out of the ordinary.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We liked how all the freshman dorms were connected, and how each floor had its own laundry.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
IDs to get in dorms, blue lights, escort system, the usual. Particularly safe for being in such an urban area.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Totally enamored with Barnard. I strongly recommend a visit.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Morningside Heights is awesome, but directly outside that is Harlem, which I wasn't incredibly in love with.

Campus Visit Notes for Barnard College


Visit Description:

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.