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Barnard Admission Requirements

New York, New York

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Chances of getting into Barnard College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
14%
Admission Difficulty for Barnard College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Barnard and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Barnard is 14%.  It ranks #0 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Barnard is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,280 out of 9,411 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent (SAT 1350/1518 ACT 31/34). Barnard College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.85. Of those applicants who were admitted, 54% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Barnard College is a prized outcome for many students.

The Barnard application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Barnard College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Barnard SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1350-1518
Applicants Submitting SAT 
58%
SAT Scores for Barnard College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1350
SAT Scores for Barnard College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 748
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1518
Average SAT Score 1430

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Barnard College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 8 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1350 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 1270. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. Barnard ranks #0 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. 58 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Barnard College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1518 and Above Good >24%
1434 to 1518 Avg + 14%-24%
1350 to 1434 Avg - 8%-14%
1266 to 1350 Reach 4%-8%
Less than 1266 Low <4%
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Barnard ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
51%
ACT Scores for Barnard College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Barnard College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Barnard regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #0 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Barnard College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Barnard College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >28%
32 to 34 Avg + 14%-28%
31 to 32 Avg - 10%-14%
30 to 31 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 30 Low <6%
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Barnard GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.85*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Barnard College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Barnard. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Barnard College was 3.85 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #0 in New York for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Barnard is a very selective school.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.85 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

Barnard College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,411 0 9,411
Accepted 1,280 0 1,280
Acceptance Rate 14% ? 14%
Enrolled 690 0 690
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 54% ? 54%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
32

Applicants have 32 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Barnard College is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Barnard College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Barnard College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Neither required nor recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
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.

FAQs

Does Barnard College prefer SAT or ACT?

58% of students submit their SAT scores to Barnard. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Barnard College?

14% of those who apply are granted admission to Barnard. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Barnard College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1350 and 1518. 58% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Barnard College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.