Residential Life at Barnard
Safe Campus Living Protocol
Barnard Pre-College's summer programming for in-person programs focuses on protecting the health of the community while providing students with a unique opportunity to experience living and learning on Barnard's campus and in New York City at large. Barnard Pre-College is committed to offering summer programs that are safe and provide students with challenging, exciting, and impactful experiences that will help them prepare for their academic life beyond our gates.
For more information about in-person policies and protocols for students related to COVID-19, please visit Barnard's COVID-19 page. This page is updated frequently to reflect any changes in local and state protocols.
Yes. We allow commuting for all our summer programs.
Please note that we do not offer any off-campus housing options and students are responsible for getting themselves to and from their classes.
All residential students stay in the air-conditioned Sulzberger Hall.
Yes. Sulzberger Hall is air-conditioned.
Morningside Heights is the 5th safest precinct in New York City. For further information, please see information from Community Safety.
No. Students can leave campus for excursions, shopping or to explore sights but students will not be allowed to stay overnight away from campus with a friend or family member. When leaving campus, students will be required to stay within Manhattan within approved perimeters.
We do provide linens for an additional charge. The package includes:
- 1 Twin XL fitted sheet
- 1 Twin XL top sheet
- 1 Pillow
- 1 Blanket
- 1 Towel
- 1 Washcloth
There are also a variety of stores in the area where housing items can be purchased.
Yes. Students can go off-campus to explore, dine or shop but they can ONLY do so by utilizing the Buddy system and Sign-Out Log.
- Student can only leave campus during approved FREE TIME
- Student should find another PCP residential student to accompany them off-campus
- Students must carry their cell-phone with them (fully charged)
- Students must remain in Manhattan and within approved perimeter
- Students must return 15 minutes before curfew
The sign out log is necessary to ensure each student's safety, accountability and responsibility. The log will be located in a central location and required information will be: destination, mode of transportation, who they are travelling with etc. and upon return the student must sign-in.
At this time students are not allowed to have guests (family or friend) but a Pre-College student can visit another Pre-College student. Visiting guests who fall in the category of a family member are only allowed for emergency purposes with approval from the Pre-College office. Family members who visit can do so by visiting the student in the lobby of Sulzberger Hall and they must leave the building before curfew.
Yes. You may have one roommate or two roommates.
More information, including accessibility and disability accommodations will be shared during the enrollment process.
While we do not guarantee specific roommate requests, our Housing Application allows accepted students to request a specific roommate/s by mutual request.
Yes, there is a strictly enforced curfew. Students must be present and signed in the residence hall by 11:00 PM on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday), and by 12:00 AM on weekends (Friday and Saturday). There are no curfew extensions except for RA-led excursions.
Packing and Travel Information
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Students in all of our programs will be traveling throughout the city and meeting with prominent figures at networking events. For this reason, we request that all students pack one or two "business casual" outfits.
No. Students are responsible for arranging transportation to campus.
You may bring your own computer, but it is not required. Students have access to two Barnard computer labs with printers.
No. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any students in the residence hall before the program begins. Please plan to arrive on the day of your program’s opening.
Please look at our arrival/departure summary for more information.
No. The Pre-College Programs Office does not accept packages on behalf of its students before their arrival.
Dining services provides a wide range of food options, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, halal and kosher options.
Yes, we provide an optional kosher meal plan at no additional charge.
Kosher food is prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws under strict rabbinical supervision.
Evening and Weekend Activities
We provide a multitude of activities each evening. We strive to include every type of experience one could hope to have in New York City. Whether you’re from New York City or Nebraska or Turkey, we guarantee you’ll find something that interests you in the evenings and on weekends!
A calendar of events will be made available during check-in and orientation.
The suggested amount of spending money is about $75-$100 per week. This amount will vary depending on how often you dine off campus, travel throughout New York City, etc. While all meals are provided on campus, many students chose to eat out a few times a week. Discounted Broadway tickets will be available to students, and they are typically $50-$60 each. Other activities organized by the residential life staff will be at little to no cost.
Yes. There is a Citibank ATM located in Barnard Hall, the most central building on-campus. In addition, there is a Bank of America, a Chase Bank, and a Citibank all within walking distance of campus.
Each student will have access to Hewitt Dining Hall, the mail room in Altschul Hall, reading privileges at both the Milstein Center at Barnard and Butler Library at Columbia, as well as computer labs in the lower level of Sulzberger Hall. For an additional fee, students may also use the Dodge Center for Fitness at Columbia University.
Practice rooms will not be available for musicians and dancers. However, there is a piano in Lewis Parlor, which pianists may be free to use.
Yes. Students will have access to all printers across campus.
Absolutely! To obtain assistance with disability services, please fill out the Health form and Emergency form we send to accepted students so that we may determine how best to assist you.
- Provide information regarding administrative/academic advocacy and counseling
- Help facilitate check-in meetings with professors and students about disability-related classroom needs and test accommodations
- Assist in obtaining specialized aids and equipment, tape recorders, wheelchairs, large print/taped books, etc.
- Connect you with the appropriate person to arrange dietary or allergy-related accommodations
Fill out the Health and Emergency forms and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone in the Office of Pre-College Programs will contact you upon receipt of the form. Please note that we may require additional paperwork or supporting documents upon reviewing this form.
Information for International Students
No. International students in our non-credited programs are not required to hold a student visa in order to attend the Pre-College Program at Barnard. Since Pre-College students are only in class for up to 18 hours a week, and the program is less than 90 days, a student visa is not necessary.
Yes. A visitor visa is required of international students in order to enter the country. As published by the U.S. Department of State, a visitor visa (B-2) is required of any individual who takes a non-credit course in which classes are held for less than 18 hours per week.
Yes. If a student is traveling to the Pre-College Program from any of the following countries, he or she may be eligible to enroll in the Visa Waiver Program:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom