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Rank: 54

Barnard College

New York, NYwww.barnard.edu
A top-notch women's liberal arts college under the umbrella of Columbia University, Barnard offers its small, elite population access to stellar faculty, lots of encouragement and attention, and everything New York City has to offer. Although its campus is small -- only four square city blocks -- the school's 2,500 students can take advantages of all of Columbia's resources, including classes, libraries, dining halls, sports teams, sororities, and publications, without the larger school's rigid core curriculum. This causes some mutual resentment between the two student bodies, but they share more than they squabble. Barnard has its own distribution requirements, called the "Nine Ways of Knowing," and undergrads from across the street are drawn to its strong academic departments, like the writing program that produced Edwidge Danticat, Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, Jhumpa Lahiri and Patricia Highsmith. Functionally, there's not much "No Boys Allowed" spirit about Barnard, and students can choose to live in Columbia's co-ed dorms. Campus life sometimes suffers from having to compete with that of a much larger and richer institution, not to mention the attractions of Manhattan. But overall, the students who choose Barnard tend to be deliberate about wanting the tight-knit community, smaller classes, access to professors and sense of history, pride and tradition their school provides. Barnard's high graduation rate of 91% is 6% more than expected for students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds, according to MONEY's calculations. Graduates can expect to earn an average of $53,500 in their early careers.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$73,000
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,500
Average price for low-income students
$7,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
17%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,668
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$0
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$17,800
Average salary within 3 years
$53,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
53%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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