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Barnard College Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

16.7%
Admission Difficulty for Barnard College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into Barnard College? The school has a 17% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,184 out of 7,071 applicants were admitted making Barnard College a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. Barnard College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 51% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Barnard College is a prized outcome for many students.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1330-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
62%
SAT Scores for Barnard College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Barnard College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1510
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Barnard College?

Barnard College typically requires applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1240. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Barnard College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >100%
1420 to 1510 Avg + 100%-100%
1330 to 1420 Avg - 100%-100%
1240 to 1330 Reach 100%-100%
Less than 1240 Low <100%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for Barnard College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Barnard College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Barnard College?

Admission data indicates that Barnard College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Barnard College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Barnard College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >100%
31 to 33 Avg + 100%-100%
29 to 31 Avg - 100%-100%
27 to 29 Reach 100%-100%
Less than 27 Low <100%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.84
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Barnard College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Barnard College was 3.84 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Barnard College is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Barnard College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 68% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 9% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

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Admission Statistics

Barnard College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,067 4 7,071
Accepted 1,184 0 1,184
Acceptance Rate 17% 0% 17%
Enrolled 0 0 605
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 0% ? 51%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Barnard College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Barnard College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Barnard College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=189097 IPEDS survey data for Barnard College.