Frequently Asked Questions


What are the hours of the Admissions Office?
Our regular hours are 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  During the regular school year, we’re also open on select Saturdays from 9 a.m.- noon.  Please call 1-800-345-4973 or click here to schedule an appointment.

When may I visit the campus?
The best time to get a firsthand look at Barton is during one of our Open Houses, which we hold throughout the school year.  Private tours are also available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday.  To schedule a private visit, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-345-4973 or submit your request online.

How are academics at Barton?
Personal.  With an average class size of 13 and a student/faculty ratio of 11:1, students are foremost in Barton’s mission.  Offering nearly 30 different majors and over 25 minors with six different baccalaureate degrees, Barton offers something for everyone.

Does Barton accept Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate Diploma courses?
Yes! Both AP and IB classes are accepted for credit at Barton.  To be exempt from any class, you must score a 3 or better on the AP exam.  If you’re enrolled in IB classes, you may also be granted advanced credit according to the score received.  (Please refer to our catalog for specific information concerning AP and IB testing and placement.)

What is the student-teacher ratio at Barton?
It all depends on the level of the course.  General college classes typically have a student-teacher ratio of about 22:1.  But once you begin taking classes in your major, the level of personal attention increases to about 11:1.

What about health care at Barton?
If you become ill or need medical assistance, a campus nurse is available in the Lee Student Health Center.  The Health Center is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Fridays.  Twice a week, the Health Center is also staffed by a nurse practitioner from a local medical practice.

What are the Residence Halls like?
The campus houses five residence halls: four co-ed facilities and one all-female residence hall.  The amenities are generally the same for all residence halls and include air conditioning, Internet access, basic cable, washer and dryer facilities, and balconies.

Do I have to live on campus?
All freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus, unless you’re commuting from your parent’s home.  (Freshman and sophomore commuters must be approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs.)  As a junior or senior, you’re welcome to move off campus if you choose.  However, East Campus Suites provides apartment-style living with the convenience of being on campus.

What is there to do on campus?
Students have more than 50 student clubs and organizations to choose from.  Everything from academic and religious life organizations to Greek life and service groups.  Let’s not forget the Campus Activities Board (CAB), which brings over 40 different events to campus each semester such as on-campus movies, musicians, entertainers, and road trips to nearby theme parks.

Can freshman have cars?
Yes.  All students may have cars.  Each vehicle must be registered with the Campus Police.

Do I have to buy a meal plan?
Yes.  As a resident student, you must purchase a meal plan, but there are several plans to choose from.  We also offer plans that work in conjunction with Bully’s, our campus grill.

What type of computer should I bring with me?
You can bring either a PC or a Mac.  Both will work in the residence halls.


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