Barnard College Visit Report by NYCGirl33

Visit to Barnard College in October 2020 by NYCGirl33
(Student)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - My interviewer asked what my favorite book was, what I would do if I had a whole day myself, why Barnard, what my favorite point in history was, what my fav/least fav class was. Was glad I did it!

Information Session: Yes - The staff was all very nice and sharp. Everyone had a lot of Barnard pride as well as Columbia University pride.

Campus Tour: Yes - Tour guide was beautiful, funny, smart, and inspiring. She made me want to go to Barnard more. Epitome of "Bold, Beautiful, Barnard" :)

Overnight Visit: Yes - Did 1 overnight with a friend from hs and 1 through Barnard's accepted students day. Went to 2 frat parties and bars with friend. Accepted students day hosts aren't allowed to take us out pa

Classroom Visit: Yes - The dance, architecture, education, and other departments for ALL of Columbia University are at Barnard. Sat in on history and dance class, was very interesting. A lot of CU boys in dance class.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very tight community at Barnard. Much tighter than other colleges at Columbia University it seemed. Barnard women seemed cooler and nicer than CC and SEAS women.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Staff tries hard to make you feel welcome and supported. It is a nice oasis in the bustling and intense NYC. Also a nice sanctuary from the more cut throat Columbia University.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
It is small but cute. They are rebuilding the library now though so a lot of campus is under construction. However, you have all of Columbia University campus/resources which is beautiful.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Cleaner than Columbia College/SEAS dorms and buildings. However, Barnard (like other elite schools) is very old so it is a bit run down in areas.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I have loved my dorm room every year. Very beautiful.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
SUPER SUPER SUPER safe. There are guards outside all of our dorms and doormen that make sure we go to Barnard to even get into the buildings. All other students must be signed in and out.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
My TOP choice after doing research on it. I was set on Brown, Georgetown, or Columbia before visiting/reading about Barnard. Barnard is best of small liberal arts with best of large, Ivy University.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very safe. All Columbia affiliated students (undergrad and grad). Tons of great restaurants and college bars. Close to a bunch of parks for jogging.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It's NYC -- the BEST city in the world (I've been to over 45 countries and lived on 4 continents, so I would know). Sooooo much to do in terms of internships, nightlife, museums, food. Never

Campus Visit Notes for Barnard College


Visit Description:

I live outside of NYC so I just came in for a day trip. I had read all about Barnard at home. Was blown away by how immersed it was with Columbia. I loved how kind, international, and confident all the Barnard women were. Curriculum was better than Columbia's. You get best of both worlds at Barnard. Campus is small, but you get CU campus too.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

I commuted from home for the day.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Restaurants: Community, Bettelona, Pisticci, Absolute Bagels, Merlot Bistrow, Nussbaum and Wu.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Subway stop right outside of Barnard/Columbia (both sides of street). Take 1 train, super easy to get around NYC.