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30 Facts About Barnard College
Barnard College was one of more than 120 women's colleges founded in the 19th century, and one of fewer than 40 in existence today solely dedicated to the academic empowerment of women.
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Barnard College offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs in about 50 areas of study.
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Barnard College is one of the original Seven Sisters, seven highly selective liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern United States that were historically women's colleges.
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Barnard College alumnae include many prominent leaders in science, religion, politics, the Peace Corps, medicine, law, education, communications, theater, and business.
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Barnard College was founded in 1889 as a response to Columbia's refusal to admit women into its institution.
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Barnard College advocated for equal educational privileges for men and women, preferably in a coeducational setting, and began proposing in 1879 that Columbia admit women.
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Barnard College's original 1889 home was a rented brownstone at 343 Madison Avenue, where a faculty of six offered instruction to 14 students in the School of Arts, as well as to 22 "specials", who lacked the entrance requirements in Greek and so enrolled in science.
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Brinckerhoff had offered $100, 000 in 1892, on the condition that Barnard College acquire land within 1, 000 feet of the Columbia campus within the next four years.
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The Barnard College trustees purchased land between 119th-120th Streets after receiving funds for that purpose in 1895.
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Students' Hall, now known as Barnard College Hall, was built in 1916 to a design by Arnold Brunner.
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Barnard College students are able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in about 50 areas of study.
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In 2015, Barnard College announced that it would admit transgender women who "consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth" and would continue to support and enroll those students who transitioned to male after they had already been admitted.
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The Barnard College Library encompasses the Archives and Special Collections, a repository of official and student publications, photographs, zines, letters, alumnae scrapbooks and other material that documents Barnard College's history from its founding in 1889 to the present day.
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Every Barnard College student is part of the Student Government Association, which elects a representative student government.
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Barnard College students participate in Columbia's six National Panhellenic Conference sororities—Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Sigma Delta Tau—and the National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities- Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta (Rho chapter) as well as other sororities in the Multicultural Greek Council.
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Barnard College is an independent institution with its own policies, endowment, and trustees.
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Columbia describes Barnard College as an affiliated institution that is a faculty of the university or is "in partnership with" it.
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That year Barnard College formalized an affiliation with the university which made available to its students the instruction and facilities of Columbia.
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In 1973 Columbia and Barnard College signed a three-year agreement to increase sharing classrooms, facilities, and housing, and cooperation in faculty appointments, which they described as "integration without assimilation"; by the mid-1970s most Columbia dormitories were coed.
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The university's financial difficulties during the decade increased its desire to merge to end what Columbia described as the "anachronism" of single-sex education, but Barnard College resisted doing so because of Columbia's large debt, rejecting in 1975 Columbia dean Peter Pouncey's proposal to merge Barnard College and the three Columbia undergraduate schools.
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In January 1982, the two schools instead announced that Columbia College would begin admitting women in 1983, and Barnard's control over tenure for its faculty would increase; previously, a committee on which Columbia faculty outnumbered Barnard's three to two controlled the latter's tenure.
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Nonetheless, Barnard College students participate in the academic, social, athletic and extracurricular life of the broader University community on a reciprocal basis.
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The affiliation permits the two schools to share some academic resources; for example, only Barnard College has an urban studies department, and only Columbia has a computer science department.
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Barnard College's was called before Barnard's student-faculty administration judicial committee, where she faced the possibility of expulsion.
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Barnard College has graduated many prominent leaders in science, religion, politics, the Peace Corps, medicine, law, education, communications, theater, and business; and acclaimed actors, architects, artists, astronauts, engineers, human rights activists, inventors, musicians, philanthropists, and writers.
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