Barnard College songs

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Barnard College songs include its own alma mater, "College on the Hilltop".[1]

College on the Hilltop

1. There's a college on a hilltop

That's very dear to me,

And a certain group of students

With ties of comrad'rie,

So we'll sing to dear old Barnard,

And loyal be and true,

As we show to coming classes

How we love the white and blue.

2. When the day has come for parting

And college days are o'er,

There will always be a fondness

For the good old days of yor,

And we'll sing to dear old Barnard

As in memory we see

The college on the hilltop

Where our classmates used to be.

The song is attributed to May Appleton Parker, BC class of 1904. Apparently in the days of yore, Barnard seniors would symbolically mark the end of their time at Barnard during the "Senior Steps" ceremony, during which the seniors would sing College on the Hilltop (apparently no other class was allowed to sing it) and other class songs from the steps of Milbank Hall and then yielding the steps to the rising senior class after an oration.[2][3]

Song Books


  1. Lyrics
  2. The American Education Review, Volume 30, Oct 1908 - Sept 1909, pgs. 537-538.
  3. Give Up Steps At Barnard., New York Times, 4 June 1913.