Congratulations to the Early Decision Class of 2028!

As of 7:30 pm tonight, Barnard has released its early decision admissions results for the incoming Class of 2028. 

A Barnard spokesperson told Bwog that the College received a total of 1,694 Early Decision applications, breaking its previous record of 1,671. Further, 17% will be first-generation college students. The accepted students come from 41 states and territories and 29 countries. Of those who reported their class rank, 90% were in the top 10% of their graduating class. This was Barnard’s third admissions cycle as a test-optional institution, meaning applicants were not mandated to submit their standardized test scores. 

Unlike in previous years, Barnard did not share racial demographic information about the students admitted via Early Decision. This change comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2023 decision to effectively strike down affirmative action programs after ruling on two companion cases filed by the group Students for Fair Admission against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. 

At an event held by Barnard’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion earlier this year, Jennifer Fondiller, Barnard’s Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, told students that in the wake of the Supreme Court decision, “[Barnard] remains staunchly committed to access and equity, with the understanding that excellence is distributed broadly, but opportunity is not.” In September, Barnard revealed its admissions team had added a new supplemental question to the application, which reads, “In what ways have you challenged ideas, practices, and spaces, and what did you learn from these experiences?” (While the Supreme Court ruling banned race-based affirmative action programs at colleges and universities, many admissions programs have chosen to create supplemental essay provide platforms for students to discuss their identities in personal essays.)

Congratulations to all newly-admitted students! Bwog is so excited to see you all on campus next semester.

Barnard campus via Bwog Archives