Barnard College

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Barnard College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in New York, NY, a predominately urban area. Approximately 2,900 students are enrolled at Barnard College.

The majority of students accepted into this school got an SAT score in the range of 1340 - 1520, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 31 - 34. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Barnard College average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.82 - 3.96. The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 10 percent of students who applied are admitted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Barnard College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Barnard College was reported as 11.8% in Fall 2020 with over 9,320 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 31 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Barnard College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Barnard College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Barnard College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 16.7%
  • 2017-2018: 15.4%
  • 2018-2019: 13.9%
  • 2019-2020: 11.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 12.7%

How Does Barnard College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Barnard College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Manhattan School of Music35.5%
The Juilliard School6.9%
Marymount Manhattan College79.6%
New York School of Interior Design24.1%
American Musical and Dramatic Academy30.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Barnard College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading670 - 750
Math670 - 770
Total Score1340 - 1520
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math27 - 33
Composite Score31 - 34
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