Celebrating 125 Years of Commitment to Women's Education

It's a fact.

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. And please join us for the many exciting events and programs that will take place over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Founders Day on October 26, 2014, will open the campus to celebrate Barnard and the great city of New York. All are welcome.

Giving Day will follow on October 29, 2014.

The Athena Film Festival will kick off on February 5, 2015.

BCRW will hold The Scholar & Feminist Conference on February 27 & 28, 2015.

Our annual Global Symposium will be held in New York City in March 2015.

Commencement 2015 will be a day to remember.

Reunion 2015 will be held from May 28-31, 2015.

And watch the calendar for special lectures, panel discussions and gatherings that will be scheduled throughout the year.