- 1889: First admitted students
- 1889: College chartered
"The Barnard girl... lives in the midst of the best advantages of the largest city on the continent. The atmosphere around her is surcharged with vitality. Hundreds of thousands are each day toiling with hand and brain, eager, restless, ambitious." (Hemment 5).
"Off to the side on its own axis, Barnard assumed a dignified form that asserted its separate, yet related, relationship to Columbia University. Barnard never considered regulating its day students, who rode the streetcar to the college's urban, cosmopolitan campus." (Horowitz 6)