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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/ spending: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B+
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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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Barnard is a good school and I'm notSuper BrilliantHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
Barnard is a good school and I'm not sure what school would have really been a better fit. However, I would have enjoyed it more if I went in with a more open mind. A lot of social life here is through student groups and once cliques are formed, its hard to meet new people. I found it hard to meet new people without forcing myself to join organizations I wouldnt have joined otherwise. So come to Barnard, but (and this is true of cc as well) be prepared to work harder on the social front, since people have no real ties to the school (life is more nyc-based and campus can be pretty deserted on weekends). Sometimes I regret not going to a more enclosed, collegy school. But trust me, you will never be bored in nyc...
4th Year Female -- Class 2008
Surrounding City: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C
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