The Barnard College community offers numerous co-curricular opportunities to an active student body. More than 80 Barnard student-run organizations are available to Barnard students. Barnard and Columbia students take part in organizations and activities on both campuses; and Barnard women take leadership roles in many of nearly 500 additional Columbia-sponsored clubs. Women's intercollegiate, intramural. and club sports are also popular. Barnard's varsity athletes compete at the NCAA Division I level alongside their Columbia peers as part of the Ivy League conference through the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium. The 16 intercollegiate teams include archery, basketball, crew, cross-country, diving, fencing, field hockey, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, , tennis, and volleyball. Intramural and club sports include cycling, equestrian, ice hockey, rock climbing, water polo, martial arts, rugby, and sailing.
Barnard is located in New York City and offers students endless cultural, academic, and professional opportunities. New York is an extension of Barnard's classrooms and students make use of its resources for both study and exploration. Barnard’s Office of Career Development lists over 2,500 internships throughout New York City each year and classes often incorporate visits to museums, tours of historic neighborhoods, or participation in civic engagement projects. Barnard's location in Morningside Heights offers a retreat from the fast pace of Mid-town Manhattan and is often referred to as an educational Mecca with students, staff and faculty from a number of institutions of higher education all calling the Heights "home." Institutions neighboring the campus, in addition to Columbia, include the Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College, Bank Street College of Education, Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. New York City is the ultimate college town, drawing more than 500,000 college students each year.