Fall 2005 Applicants

<p>Hi girls,
I am applying for Bernard this fall. Would you give me some advice/ information about the application process. What do they value most?</p>

<p>Ideally, they'd like it if you knew the name of the school. </p>

<p>But generally, standard stuff. Good (or at least decent) SAT, GPA, developed interests, a dedication to the school, etc. No special secrets. Definitely write a good, interesting essay (don't just repeat what's on your application; let them get to know something about you). They're read and they're important.</p>

<p>Hello there.. are you girls applying to Barnard ED or RD?</p>

<p>Is Barnard your first choice..
and what do you think about women's colleges and esp. Barnard being so closely affiliated with Columbia</p>

<p>Actually, I'm currently a senior at Barnard. I applied as a transfer, with no clearcut first choice, but finally decided on Barnard.</p>

<p>I think women's colleges have their ups and downs. Barnard really isn't much of a women's college (given the close affiliation with Columbia), but there's still the benefit of health services and school programs that are designed to cater to women. I didn't consider applying to the seriously single-sex schools (not for lack of boys, but for their small sizes and mostly rural locations).</p>

<p>Barnard's affiliation with Columbia is also a double-edged sword. It gives us access to a lot more classes and events than a liberal arts college would typically have, and more of a social life. But it also leads to a lot of complexes on both sides of the street.</p>

<p>What are these complexes that you describe primefactor?</p>

<p>So Barnard girls socialize a lot with Columbia students?? Is it true that there is some animosity between the 2 schools? (especially the Columbia girls towards the Barnard ones?)</p>

<p>My first choice is Columbia.. but I'm applying to Barnard as well..</p>

<p>Complexes on the part of Barnard girls who got rejected from Columbia and Columbia students who think that's the case for all students at Barnard.</p>

<p>If you want to go to Columbia, I wouldn't apply to Barnard. You won't be happy, you'll feel like you're missing out on what you really want, and insults about rejection will actually apply to you. It's easy to say now that it's the next best thing, but with what you wanted staring you in the face and taunting you for not having it... you'd be better off going somewhere else you like. (judging this from your thread on CU's board)</p>

<p>Barnard's a fantastic school, but I've found (and this is just a GENERAL trend, not true for all people, of course) that the Columbia wanna-bes don't appreciate it. They see it as "not-Columbia" and reject all of its very real benefits, instead pining over the fancy name and the "Core camaraderie," eating at blech John Jay because that's what real Columbia students do. And there is some animosity between the girls. Single Columbia girls blame Barnard girls for "stealing all the men." I haven't had that problem personally, but I'm not the type to crash Carmen parties or whatever.</p>

<p>So that said, like any school Barnard's great if you want to be here. And I'm more than willing to present Barnard's fantastic strong points if you're curious. ;)</p>

<p>Alright, you do have a fair point.
I don't think I'd be very happy at Barnard....</p>

<p>Thanks for your comments! :)</p>

<p>Sorry if that came off as harsh, but I transferred and know what it's like to pick the wrong school. Good luck with your applications!</p>

<p>where did you transfer from?</p>

<p>University of South Florida (I'm from the area).</p>

<p>Oh right i see... that's a totally diff. school from Barnard isn't it? Beginning with the sizee..</p>