Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City (Boston Public Library on Flickr)
Your SAT score is within the mid range for Barnard, so I suppose you made “the cut”! I must stress that Barnard looks at each application holistically so you shouldn’t worry too much about your standardized test scores!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Yay, international student! I called up Barnard’s admissions office during last year’s May to arrange for an interview in July. I had an interview with a senior admissions officer and I would like to think it went pretty okay! I was kind of nervous, though, because it’s the first college interview I’ve ever had! Hmm…advice…like what they all say, just be yourself! The purpose of an interview is for Barnard to get to know you better, so just act natural and show them who you really are through telling them your hobbies, favorite food, etc. Let your true character shine through! in terms of advice in general, you should pay more attention towards the supplements because they’re geared towards knowing your thoughts on specific matters (such as the unafraid supplement). A well written supplement that is able to reveal a part of your personality/personal life may be appealing to the admissions officers. I mean, ultimately, they’re looking at whether you’re a right fit for barnard, so focusing on “being yourself” through your writing would be very important. Hope this helped! Good luck :)
My fellow students, I agree with Mr. Lanbo Zhang: we’re kidding ourselves. For all of the defensiveness and attacks, for all of the controversy and contention— Columbia and Barnard are one school, and we should make that the case not just in theory, but also in practice.
I think it’s time…
Good question. I may be able to tell you my stats, extracurriculars, and essay contents, but please keep in mind that each individual is unique
and different, and that Barnard views each application holistically (I cannot stress this enough).
As cliche as it sounds, being myself got me accepted to Barnard. I pursued in activities that I had a genuine interest in, such as advocating LGBT rights and women’s rights, as well as classical singing. Also, I wrote about things that were important to my identity in my supplements. Stay true to yourself and be the best that you could be really helps you through this application process.
Here’s the full stats if you are interested:
- IB predicted: 43/45 HL Chemistry (6), HL Biology (7), HL Chinese B (7), HL Economics (7), SL English Langlit (6), SL Math (7)
- No class rank
- ACT: 34 (English: 33 critical reading: 30 Science: 36 math: 35 writing: 9)
- LGBT network (Core member), 24 hour hungerthon supporting World Vision (President), Human rights action club (Campaign organizer), Henna club (Founder), Interschool anti human trafficking network (Head of internal affairs), Model United Nations (External affairs, delegate), Student at Hong Kong academy of Performing Arts (Studying Voice and Piano)
- English tutor at Integrated Family Service Center (Basically, I am a volunteer for the Social Welfare department, owned by the Hong Kong government)
- Interned at The Prospect
- I wrote about my passion for learning for my commonapp essay (I can share if you private message me)
- I flew over to NYC all the way from Hong Kong for an interview (I was interviewed by a senior admissions officer. My interview was mediocre.)
Feel free to ask me anything else specific!
My pleasure :)
Hey! First off, happy new year!
Personally, I would not spend it on taking summer courses (even if it affects my class rank) because during summer, you have great opportunities to build up your resume by pursuing in volunteer programs, activities, and internships that interest you.
Besides, class rank is only a small part of your application. Yes, it presents you as a more competitive student but I honestly doubt that class rank is a heavy deciding factor when it comes to admissions. As long as you’re around top 10-15%, I suppose it would be safe?
For liberal arts schools such as Tufts and Barnard, these colleges will look at your application more holistically. According to bigfuture on collegeboard.org, BC and Tufts consider your academic GPA, personal qualities, and college essay > class rank and standardized test scores while NYU views class rank as very important, so there you go.
FYI, my school does not provide class ranks so I did not apply with one. Also, I am not an expert on this matter so I would recommend you to ask your counsellor, family, and friends on their opinions on this! After all, it IS a big decision to make.