Thursday, October 15, 2020

Wondering about Dropping or Adding a Fall B course?

Some of you have asked about dropping and/or adding a Fall B class which begins on October 26.  


1.Remember that you can drop a Fall B class until November 9 via the new online drop process (note that November 19 is the W and P/D/F deadline for both Fall B courses and Fall full-term courses).

2.September 18 was the course registration deadline, so if you want to add a Fall B class now, you need to petition for a late add. If a class has space available and the instructor gives you permission to join the class, such a petition has a high likelihood of success. If you are considering adding a Fall B class, please be in touch with me as your class dean as soon as possible to discuss. Once Fall B classes begin, petitions for late add will have a lower chance of being approved.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Barnard Honor Board is looking to add new members for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Joining the Honor Board is a great opportunity to work with peers, professors, and administrators to maintain academic integrity on the Barnard campus. To access the application, please visit For more information on the Honor Board and Honor Code, please visit 

 Applications are due by Saturday October 24 at 11:59 pm EST. First years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all eligible to apply.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Looking for Some Extra Help?

The Peer Learning Program is pleased to announce the availability of the following subject help rooms!

Computer Science 



Physics (please consult Canvas)


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Don't Forget ....

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 SGA invites you to run for office -- sign up now to attend required info session Sept 9-16th

A message from your Student Government Association:

The Student Government Association is holding elections for all positions on the representative council and class councils. We welcome all students from every background, experience level, and class year. 

If you are interested in running for office, please sign up for a mandatory elections information session here

We will also be at the activities fair on Friday, the 11th, at 1- 4 pm EST for all questions about SGA and/or elections. We hope to get to know you and welcome you to SGA!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Junior Class Walk In Hours!

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Have a quick question that just can't wait?  During the first two weeks of the fall semester, I'll be holding walk-in hours via Zoom.  See the schedule and link below!

Wednesday, September 9, 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 930 4310 5683 Passcode: 070009 One tap mobile +16468769923,,93043105683#,,,,,,0#,,070009# US (New York) +13126266799,,93043105683#,,,,,,0#,,070009# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 930 4310 5683 Passcode: 070009 Find your local number: Join by SIP Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) (China) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (Amsterdam Netherlands) (Germany) (Australia) (Hong Kong SAR) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan) Meeting ID: 930 4310 5683 Passcode: 070009
Wednesday, September 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm (EST)

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 930 4310 5683 Passcode: 070009 One tap mobile +16468769923,,93043105683#,,,,,,0#,,070009# US (New York) +13126266799,,93043105683#,,,,,,0#,,070009# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 930 4310 5683 Passcode: 070009 Find your local number: Join by SIP Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) (China) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (Amsterdam Netherlands) (Germany) (Australia) (Hong Kong SAR) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan) Meeting ID: 930 4310 5683 Passcode: 070009

Monday, August 17, 2020

Want to learn more about the Neuroscience and Behavior Department?

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The Department of Neuroscience and Behavior will hold a zoom meeting with NSB majors and students interested in neuroscience on Thursday, August 20 at 12-1pm (ET). The meeting will have the same Q & A format of the meetings held earlier in the summer and will be an opportunity for students to ask the NBS faculty questions about courses and learning opportunities related to neuroscience that will be in the upcoming semesters. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 921 7828 8703
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Find your local number:

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Question of the Week: Can I Take Two Classes that Overlap?

Thanks to everyone who suggested we address this important question!

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Short answerNO
Even if both classes are online and may be recorded, you my not take two classes that overlap, as the expectation is that students will attend classes synchronously as much as possible, as there is no substitute for the learning experience of interacting with faculty and fellow students in real time.

Longer answerVery occasionally, in very specific circumstances, and by petition only

Okay; how do I petition?
Contact your class dean for information about how to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing to take overlapping classes. Petitions are due by Sept 8 for consideration at the first CPAS meeting of the year on Sept 10.

How likely is it that my petition will be approved?
We cannot guarantee petitions will be approved. Petitions with a greater chance of success will include:
  • Both classes are required (major or general education req)
  • Both must be taken this semester due to compelling reason like impending graduation
  • Both faculty members are aware of the conflict and support the petition
  • Course overlap is minimal, e.g. 10-15 minutes once a week, only during A or B term, etc.
What should I do while I'm waiting to know if my petition is approved?
  • Add a "Plan B" course to keep your options open
  • If you're currently registered for both conflicting classes, stay in them. If your petition is not approved, you will ultimately need to drop one.
  • If you're not registered for both classes, the system will not let you register for conflicting courses, though you may plan or waitlist for a course that conflicts with a registered course. We recommend that you strategically register for whichever course is more important and//or more likely to fill up if you wait.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Need to fulfill your Science Requirement?

CHEM BC 1050, Jazz of Chemistry, will fulfill the Foundations science requirement. It will be offered remotely this fall. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Warm Up Your Voices!

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Mark Your Calendars!
Barnard Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers

Voice Auditions for Solo Studio Lessons and Voice Classes

This information, along with audition forms and sign-up for audition times, is posted on the Barnard Music homepage.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Summer Registration Support from the Registrar's Office

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Fall 2020 Registration Support 

To contact the Registrar for assistance:
Zoom waiting room: 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm, available first week of August

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 953 3005 8212
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Join by SIP Join by H.323 (US West) (US East) (China) (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad) (EMEA) (Australia) (Hong Kong SAR) (Brazil) (Canada) (Japan) Meeting ID: 953 3005 8212
Call (from 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm): 212-854-2011
Fall 2020 Registration Information
*Students can take a maximum of 19 credits, but you can register for up to 23 credits at this stage.*
  • CLASSES:  If you can’t find a class you plan to register for, be sure you typed the course number in the correct format in the Student Planning search box (e.g. ENGL-BC1204 or POLS-UN1201).  If you still can’t find it, verify in the Columbia Directory of Classes that it is being offered in the fall.  If it is, then you can check Student Planning again the next day (we’re adding new classes daily) or email us the course and section number at
  •  ADVISING:  For this semester only, your adviser will not need to grant you “permission to register” in the system.  However, you should still be in touch with your adviser prior to registering to discuss class selections and areas of academic interest.
  •  REGISTRATION TIMES:  Look up your registration appointment times in myBarnard (Academics tab, myAcademicRecord channel).  Your next available registration time is also visible in Student Planning
  • GEN ED:  Want to know if a course satisfies a Gen Ed requirement?  Here’s the list.
  • SPECIAL COURSES:  How do you register for a “special” course (e.g. voice lessons, P.E., graduate courses at Columbia, etc.)?  Info is here
  • WAITLISTS:  You can join a max of 3 waitlists at a time. 
  • HELP:  Email  Or, check the myBarnard portal (Academics tab) for the url to speak with a registrar staff member by Zoom.
More FAQs:

Q. I can’t find a course in the student planning search bar?
  1. Make sure you’re using google Chrome as your browser
  2. Use CU directory of classes to verify course is offered in the term you are trying to register for
  3. Make sure to select the right term on Student Planning.
Q. Two courses that I need have a time conflict. What should I do?

A:  Speak to your class dean for options. Also, be sure to check each class on your schedule for conflicts, as they will not always appear in red. The dates for the course will appear under the course meeting information.

Q. How can I find Fall block A/B classes?

A: You can search by “course type” in student planning under course catalog, or you can search by term in the Columbia Directory of classes.

Q. A Class I was previously registered for has disappeared. Why did that happen?

     A: This means the department is no longer offering it in the fall. The class may be offered in the spring or summer.   Students may check each department’s webpage for specific course information.

Q. What if the class my adviser told me to register for is not in student planning or the Directory of Classes?

A. The course may be not be loaded into the system yet. Wait 24 hours and check back.

Q. How can I register for courses that require special permission (such as SIPA, Journalism or graduate level courses)?
  1. Check CU directory to see if it’s open to Barnard students. If the course is not, you must receive special permission from the instructor and your advisor and forward those approvals to
Waitlists: Students are only allowed to be on 3 waitlists. If you want to add another class to your waitlist, you must drop one of the existing 3. 
  1. You’re only officially accepted in the class from the waitlist once you receive an email from Columbia’s Registrar account. You will be registered within 2 business days on Barnard Student Planning and the course should turn green. 
  2. Some courses are set up as “full block” waitlist: everyone must join the waitlist. 
  3. Some waitlists are self-managed by the instructor. If the instructor advised you that you are registered, you should still receive the official email from CU. If you don’t receive the email within 24 hours, you can contact the instructor and CC on the communication. You are only registered for a course if it is green in student planning.
  4. If you receive special permission to join the course after the course has reached its capacity, you will need to fill out the add form with the instructor's approval. 
PE courses are available, but first-years and students who need to fulfill the PE requirement have priority to register for these courses. If you still wish to register for one:
1.  If you already satisfied your PE requirement, you may join the waitlist and wait to hear from the department chair.
  1. If a waitlist is not available online, must go to the first class in person and secure permission from the instructor. 
Variable credits courses - When registering for a course, please remember to choose the credit amount you want to earn. The number of credits will default to the lowest number otherwise.