Celebrating 125 Years of Commitment to Women's Education

Barnard College celebrated its 125th anniversary over the 2014-15 academic year with special events, lectures and more.

For 125 years, Barnard College has been a place where extraordinary women have gathered the power and promise to take on the world, and we are here to celebrate.

In 1889, in a brownstone on Madison Avenue, Barnard was the first college in New York City—and one of the few in the world—where women could receive the same liberal arts education available to men. And today, in Morningside Heights, the College holds its place as the most sought-after liberal arts college for women in the United States.

Over the span of 125 years, Barnard has embraced and enhanced its original mission on behalf of young women—to thrive on high expectations, to set rigorous academic standards, to promote intellectual risk-taking and curiosity, to foster resilience, agility and creativity, to address issues of gender in all their complexity, to strive for diversity and inclusiveness in all its endeavors, and to prepare our graduates to flourish in the world.

We are proud to reflect on our founding and our history as we look ahead to a very bright future.

Please enjoy the photographs, videos and stories you will find here.