Barnard Bound provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising high school seniors who self-identity as students of color and/or who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit.  Participants spend the first day touring parts of Manhattan and experiencing its rich diversity of culture, neighborhoods, and of course, food, returning to campus to get a feel for student life and discovering more about Barnard the next day during Open House. The program also introduces students to important details about our admissions and financial aid processes. It’s our goal to help your students learn as much as they can about our unique and vibrant community. We hope that your students will also see that Barnard is both affordable and attainable.

Students must complete the online Barnard Bound Student Application.  Please note that students will be unable to save and return to this application before submission, so they should be prepared to complete and submit their application in one sitting.

In addition to the application, students must be nominated by a guidance counselor or mentor at a college access organization using the Barnard Bound Adviser Recommendation. We hope you can help us find intellectually curious students who are independent thinkers and would benefit from the mentorship and support that Barnard provides. Finally, a transcript must be sent with the nomination form (this may be an unofficial transcript). Transcripts and forms may be scanned and emailed or faxed.

All applications, adviser forms and transcripts are due by TBA.  They may be sent by e-mail or by fax (to 212-854-6220).  Please do not send forms or transcripts via postal mail.

Program participation is limited, but travel scholarships are available for students outside of the New York City metro area who demonstrate financial need and meet Barnard Bound admission criteria.  Advisers and students will be asked for basic financial information at the time of application to determine qualifications. Travel scholarship recipients will be notified at the time of program admission.

Expenses for program-related events, subway passes, and meals will be covered by Barnard College for all attendees.