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Barnard College provides a great experience for aspiring young women who want it all. There is a nice, small college feel from small discussion classes and one-on-one advising while being able to take part in a large Ivy League University. There are large libraries, well-equipped athletic facilities, and well-known faculty at a school where the president of the college might serve you breakfast at midnight before finals. Most students find that Barnard is a place to feel at home in one of the busiest cities in the world. On the flip-side, many students also feel the pressure of tough academic work, as well. With so much to do in New York City and on campus, it can be very frustrating for students when they have to spend hours on homework and studying.
Barnard appears to work very diligently at making sure that it is both academically very rigorous, and that students have many opportunities to enrich their lives socially and financially. This is both a blessing and a curse because classwork takes up such a great deal of time. A few students wish that Barnard had more of a social scene, but most students love the school and continue to feel like they are a part of the community, even after they have graduated and moved on. Barnard is not the school for everyone, but the women that choose it are usually really glad they did. It provides a very unique college experience, much different than the pop-culture idea of college that includes rowdy football games and empty kegs lying on the lawns of frat houses.
Very competitive- but there are intramural options for everyone !
There are several scholarship options but they aren't easy to receive
Barnard guarantees housing for 4 years. Affordable off campus housing is extremely difficult to find. Why leave?
I've had good experiences both at Primary Care and Furman. All of the staff there really seem like they're there because they want to be helping out students, and they will readily make themselves available to you. As for campus crime, you'll get the occasional email about a robbery or shady characters spotted on campus but that's about it. We also had a bomb scare once, and the CU emergency text system sent out lockdown texts AFTER the area had already been cleared by the NYPD bomb squad, so that was a bit of a fail.
It's NYC, so the mta will be your best friend. However, the Barnard College shuttle seems to be in for repair at least once every other week so I'm not quite sure how reliable that is.
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