Barnard vs Fordham

<p>Hi, I am a rising senior and I've been looking around at colleges this spring and summer. I have found that I really like two schools - Fordham and Barnard, hence the title of this post :P. Anyway, I have been talking to alot of people about their opinions and someone suggested I make an account and ask it here. </p>

<p>So my question would be how do Fordham and Barnard compare? </p>

<p>I really like their New York City location and more flexible cores, but I am interested in how they compare in terms of type of social life, type of student body, academics and such. I am interested in creative writing, English and psychology and have a laid back personality. :) Thanks so much in advance!!</p>

<p>For one thing, Barnard student body is over 40% Jewish and Fordham, a Catholic-affiliated college, is what, 5% jewish maybe? That's a difference.</p>

<p>Barnard is an all-girls school.</p>

<p>Barnard students share classes with columbia students, individually and in combination their classes will be heavily populated with students who had noticably higher entrance stats on average than at Fordham. I would imagine this has some ramifications for the respective classroom experiences.</p>

<p>Fordham would be a safety for most students who are likely to be admitted to Barnard, but it is an excellent college - so definitely an excellent choice for a safety. (My daughter applied to Fordham that way -- and she would very gladly have attended). Fordham also offers good merit aid to many high stat applicants, so it might be a wonderful choice for a student whose EFC is higher than what their family is comfortable with. </p>

<p>I would strongly encourage you to apply to both -- and make your choice after you know which schools have accepted you and what, if any, aid is being offered -- as well as looking more closely into their programs.</p>

<p>I will be hopefully getting back here soon with some good info. I have a friend who is a Barnard graduate and now is taking graduate classes for her Master's at Fordham. She also has a brother who goes to Fordham, but she cannot reach him right now. So more info to come...</p>