Barnard College is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the world and was created in response to the fact that Columbia University only admitted men. The school is located across the street from Columbia U in NYC and still maintains a relationship with the university, the Juilliard School, and The Jewish Theological Seminary, though Barnard remains a separate entity. Forbes ranks Barnard College #25 in Liberal Arts Universities and U.S. News & World Report rates their admissions program as “most selective.” Barnard is a member of the Seven Sisters and admits only women.
Simply put, I love Barnard and truly almost everyone I know does as well. I have never felt more independent, challenged, or excited as I do living in New York City and taking classes at Columbia. And because of Barnard, I also feel empowered as a woman.
Barnard college is one of the most unique college experiences that exist- partly because of it's location in NYC, partly because of the affiliation with Columbia, and partly because of its existence as a women's college. Being a part of Columbia is fantastic, but by also being part of a close knit liberal arts college, Barnard offers a much more supportive environment for it's students. Also, as a women's college, Barnard surrounds you with an amazing, driven group of extremely successful women- yet, because of the Columbia affiliation, you have the opportunity to have an entirely co-ed social life.