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Barnard is a wonderful school with a veryQuite BrightUndecided
Barnard is a wonderful school with a very open-minded, liberal, and intellectual student body. The coursework can be challenging, but professors are more than willing to help and establish a close relationship with students. The only drawback is that if you're straight, there aren't a lot of options (although Columbia is across the street, boys are either taken, not attractive, or socially awkward). It is also hard to meet members of the opposite sex being holed up in the library on weekends doing schoolwork. Despite this point, there is always something to do in the city every weekend and sometimes I have a hard time choosing where to go out and which party or concert to attend. If you are conservative or right winged, you will not fit in and most likely will experience some hostility. I've heard girls gossip about another being a "republican." The small environment also creates a tight-knit community amidst a large University and city with tons of resources.
1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Individual Value: A+, Social Life: B-
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A great liberal arts school, with the added bonus of having all of Columbia University's resourses at your fingertips.
1st Year Female -- Class 2010
University Resource Use: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B+
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I'm working on transferring to another college asQuite BrightUndecided
I'm working on transferring to another college as we speak. Barnard is the biggest waste of time and money--especially money--that I've ever had the misfortune to experience. I came to Barnard because I loved what the college advertised it being--"a liberal arts college for women associated with Columbia University in New York City." What could be better, right? Wrong. I came to college excited to move past the mostly apathetic classmates I knew in high school, and I only found more of the same. Not everyone is like that at Barnard, but many of the students don't care about anything other than going to the same clubs as the Olsen twins or getting student rush tickets. A lot of my professors knew what they were talking about but unlikely to teach outside of their doctoral thesis, which means that you get a lot of classes that will feature really arcane facts loosely grouped together in a syllabus. And no context. Professors (and TAs) are impressed when students speak at all, even if it is to release some pseudo-intelligent BS, and are generally willing to go over stuff in office hours or even just to have a great conversation. The administration is misguided and has the wrong priorities in mind. They care more about sucking up to alumnae to get more money (which they don't use on financial aid, believe me) than about their students. Just take a look at the website and see--all of the news and highlights are about what alumnae are accomplishing. Also: 30% of the students are fun and friendly, but the rest are either a) rich or b) a hipster or c) both. It's not as diverse as you think. One of the best choices I've made in the past few years is sending my letter of withdrawal to the dean's office.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2010
Surrounding City: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
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