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I would just like to begin with theQuite BrightNeuroscience/Cognitive Science
I would just like to begin with the fact that I am pre-med. I don't know what it is like to be an average Barnard girl, but from what I can tell, those girls are having fun, exploring the city, and taking advantage of the many Barnard- Columbia clubs. To those who plan on being pre-med: DO NOT COME HERE. I know the pre-med classes are going to be incredibly difficult in any school, even a public/ state school, but the quality of teaching and the fairness of tests and grading here is beyond poor. My first- semester Biology professor wrote a question incorrectly and admitted to it when I called him out on it, yet he refused to return my points to me even though he admitted I deserved them. He has since dropped his course and is now a Dean (to further prove the quality of this school). The second semester Biology teacher was alright, but he also left. The chemistry teacher also left. Professors are dropping in and out, and their departments are constantly scrambling for anyone that will teach, regardless of quality. I am currently in General Chemistry 1, and my professor (new one) throws racquet balls around the room, hurting students, and doesn't teach. I taught myself using the textbook and knew my stuff cold when I went into the first exam. I came out with an awful grade. I took a test from last year's chemistry teacher and got an A+, just to show you how unfair my teacher is. I have not taken orgo yet, but that seems to be the only thing Barnard in which Barnard excels, assuming these professors stay. The only thing keeping me here is the Columbia diploma, but now I'm questioning if it's even worth it. If you are wondering if the school is worth the tuition of 55k per year, no, it most certainly is not.

Another helpful, general comment: many of our professors are famous for the books they have written and research they have done, not for their teaching skills. This, again, represents the quality of this school.As for the students, if you are a girly girl that enjoys saying and listening to the word "like" more times than any human can bear, this is the place for you! If most of your friends in high school were guys, well, good luck.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Surrounding City: A+, Education Quality: F
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Barnard College gave me a platform from whichPolitical Science
Barnard College gave me a platform from which almost everything in my life has flowed. It was the most rewarding, fulfilling and intriguing academic and social experience of my life. I subsequently graduated from a top 10 law school (NOT Columbia) that was substandard by comparison, in almost every category. I met my husband in a university sponsored extracurricular club, illustrating my belief that Barnard uniquely provides the benefits of single sex education without any of the isolation.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Barnard is a fantastic teaching school.Quite BrightEconomics
Barnard is a fantastic teaching school. The professors actually care about what you're learning, and will always be open to discussions on the material, the course, or the field in general. The only downside is the arrogance of our dear neighbor, Columbia. The school is fantastic, the people are total jerks. Some people just can't get over the name of their school, and some are so convinced of their own superiority that they'd be total snots wherever they went to school.My advice? Apply to Columbia AND Barnard, and then choose Barnard. But hang on to your acceptance letter to shut up people who call Barnard a "back door" to Columbia.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: C+
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