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Barnard College and Columbia University?

fromnytoparisfromnytoparis 29 replies5 threads Junior Member
edited November 2013 in Barnard College
Hello all! I've been doing research on Barnard and it certainly seems to be a great school. I am sure that all its students rightly have pride in being Barnard students! I was wondering, though, can Barnard Students also say they are students of Columbia University? It seems like this is the case (since it is Barnard College OF Columbia University) but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!
edited November 2013
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  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom 3980 replies79 threads Senior Member
    Yes that is the case. However, there are (really intelligent, I am sure) plenty of people out there who will talk to they are blue in the face about how Barnard and Columbia are NOT the same. And, indeed, "they" are NOT the "same". "They" being Columbia UNIVERSITY --Barnard is an affiliate of Columbia University (and hence not the "same"). Sort of a sub-set, I guess you could say, of Columbia University. When you graduate from Barnard you get a diploma with the Columbia seal and signatures on it, and you attend the (REALLY LONG) Columbia University Commencement.

    The other "They" is Columbia College--and Barnard is also NOT the same as Columbia College. Columbia College has the Core, is co-ed, and has factors like many classes being taught by TAs, etc. HOWEVER, Barnard students and Columbia College students register for classes from the same list----it's even more seamless than what most would call "cross-registration". Some Columbia College majors are housed and administered by Barnard and some Barnard majors are housed and administered at Columbia.

    Any way, there have been countless discussions about this very topic on this board. I know they don't show all the old threads, but maybe you could do a search.....
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  • agentwoodagentwood 85 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Also, your diploma says Columbia University, although it is signed by both the president of the university and the president of the college. It is in Latin, however. All of it. So no one except for classics majors will be able to read it anyway. :-)
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  • fromnytoparisfromnytoparis 29 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Thanks, churchmusicmom and agentwood! Seems pretty simple to me, considering most large universities are comprised of smaller, distinct colleges. Thank you again!
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