Monday, August 10, 2020

How to Tell if You're Enrolled in a Course

Some of y’all have been asking how you know if you’ve successfully registered for a course. If you’re registered for a course, waitlisted, for a course, or if the class is full, the course will change color in your schedule and on your sidebar. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Language Placement Exam Info

Hello beautiful brilliant bold class of 2024, 

Welcome to everything you need to know about this year's language placement courses! 

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Zoom Info Session Recordings: Pre-Health, Furman, and Cards

Hi hey 

If you were unable to attend any of the info sessions this past week for Pre-Health, Furman, or CARDS, we've attached the recordings of the sessions below:

If you have any questions please reach out to us at or contact the individual departments above with questions. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Courses Open for Summer Registration on August 11-14, 2020

The following is a list of all the courses that will be open for First-Year Summer Registration on August 11-14, 2020. If a course is not on this list, you cannot register for that class until September 4, 2020. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Register for Coffee Chats with Barnard Provost Linda Bell (7/21 and 7/23)

Student coffee chat with DVC President

Please use the link below to register for the 7/21 or 7/23 Coffee Chats with Provost Linda Bell. 

How to Prepare for Advisor Meetings

During the Summer Registration periods, you’ll register for a First-Year Writing or First-Year Seminar and maybe a P.E. class. Now it’s time to craft the rest of your schedule. You know how to find, add, and register for courses on your schedule, but now what? How the heck do you pick other classes? When do you meet with an adviser? What if you don’t know what you want to major in? How many classes do you pick?

Image of me picking classes as a first-year, colorized, 2016.

Info on the Language Requirement


Whether you want to continue studying a language you took in high school, gear up for a study abroad program, become fluent in a new language, or are just looking to fulfill the Foundations requirement: everyone has to take at least 2 semesters of a foreign language.

FAQ on Course Selection

Before you register for classes, you need to know which classes you want to take. And guess who decides what classes you take? YOU.

Let’s go over some of your most asked questions about selecting courses.

Student Planning Tutorials

Don’t know how to use Student Planning? That’s fine! Here are step-by-step tutorials on how to access Student Planning, find courses, add them to your schedule, and register for courses. 

you’re welcome.

FAQ on Summer Registration

Welcome to Jill’s and Paige’s Registration Guide! We’ve collected your questions, done the research, and are here to impart wisdom from our knowledge of our collective 15-time registration experiences. Let’s do it.

First-Year Experience Launch Week Zooms

Launch Week: First-Year Experience (First-Year Writing and First-Year Seminar) 

Come meet the directors of FY Writing and FY Seminar and hear about our program. 
We look forward to meeting you! 

Mon July 20 from 10-11 a.m.
Tues. July 21 from 3-4 p.m.
Wed. July 22 from 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Full information on Launch Week, including access to the Zoom meeting links at

Also visit the website of First-Year Experience for details about courses this fall. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Fall Planning Meeting Recordings

Missed the fall planning Zoom meetings with Dean Garay? Here are the recordings:

If you have any questions, email!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Important caveat about "method of instruction" field in CU Directory of Classes

Please note: The information on the method of instruction in the Columbia University Directory of Classes is being updated. Please disregard that information at this time.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Foundations, AP, IB, and Transfer Credits: How does it Work?

As the registration dates near and AP/IB scores are being released, let's go over Barnard's curriculum and how AP, IB, and transfer credits can impact your studies.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Got Registration? Some more info on fall course planning

Now that we know a bit more about what the fall semester will look like, let’s talk about course planning, registration, and how to craft a schedule for the fall with an FAQ.

First things first, do I have to be on-campus for the fall?
No, you do not have to be on campus for the fall. Incoming first-year students are invited to live on campus and attend some in-person classes in the fall semester if you want to. If you would like to stay off-campus or at home and attend classes remotely, you absolutely can. The choice is yours to live on campus in the fall or not. Students living off-campus can commute to campus to attend in-person classes if they so choose.

Please note that if you choose to not live on campus this academic year, you will not lose your guaranteed housing for future semesters when you return to campus.

Students interested in living on campus in the fall must complete this form by July 20th.

Regardless of if you’ll be on-campus or remote for the semester, all students will do the same online course registration process. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Biology Dept Program Planning Meeting

Tuesday's event will be geared toward prospective majors so we'll be focusing on our intro bio and genetics courses in addition to a general major q&a, and it will be hosted by our introductory course faculty. We'll be recording the event and providing a program planning packet on our Major Advising page for students who cannot make it. To RSVP and ask questions, please contact Melissa Flores

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Never miss a deadline!: *NEW* from the Registrar: Add the Barnard Academic Calendar to your gBear calendar with one click!

By now you have likely read the Provost's June 17 email announcing the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar and other preliminary details about the coming Fall 2020 semester.  If not, you can read it here:

While we know you naturally had the "normal" academic calendar entirely memorized, you may be wondering how you will keep track of this new schedule, and how you will know when registration dates, add/drop deadlines, p/d/f and W deadlines and the like are added.

The registrar has you covered with its *new* Google Calendar version of the Academic Calendar -- you can add this to your gBear or other Google Calendar with just one click!  Summer registration and add/drop dates are already posted here, so this will help you ASAP

I'm in!  How can I add the Barnard Academic Calendar to my gBear or other Google Calendar?

1.  Go to (or, honestly, just google-search "Barnard Academic Calendar" -- that's how I find it every time...)

2.  Click on View Barnard's academic calendar on Google Calendar.   This will open the google calendar

3.  In the google calendar that opens, go to the bottom right-hand corner and click on the blue square with the white plus sign (you'll know you're in the right place because when you hover your mouse there, text saying "Add to Google Calendar" will pop up).

4. Once you've added the calendar, set up notifications. Recommended settings:

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Student Side: Introducing Jill Pasewark

Hi class of 2024! 

My name is Jill Pasewark and I’m working in the Dean of Studies office this summer, so I’ll be helping with your transition to Barnard. Email us with any questions and check the blog as we post essential info for first-years. 

I’m from Mechanicsburg, PA, a small town outside of Harrisburg. I’m pre-me and majoring in Medicine, Literature and Society. I’ve worked at Beyond Barnard and am a Barnard bartender and babysitter as well. My friend and I host a talk show through WBAR, Barnard’s radio station, and I’m also a member of Barnard’s Zine Club. I was a first-year RA in Sulzberger this past year and will be an RA in 121 this upcoming school year. When I’m not at work or in class I love running in Riverside or Central Park, exploring the city with friends (constantly searching for new bakeries or going to The Whitney on pay-what-you-want Fridays), and reading (I just finished Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and I'm currently reading Motherhood by Sheila Heti).  

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I’m so excited to get to know you all— I know your first year will be different than expected, but the Dean of Studies office is here to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible. Reach out by emailing with any and all questions and keep an eye out for upcoming blogposts and Q&As!

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Friday, June 5, 2020

The Student Side: What's the Deal with First-Year Writing and First-Year Seminar?

As part of Barnard's Foundations Curriculum, there are 3 required courses Barnard first-years must take. Two of these courses are First-Year Writing (FYW) and First-Year Seminar (FYS) (the third is a physical education class, but we can talk more about that later). You’ll take an FYW class one semester and an FYS class the other semester during your first year at Barnard. These 2 FY required courses (FYW and FYS) are collectively called "First-Year Experience" (FYE).

Let’s break these courses down.

(more after the break)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Welcome Class of 2024!

Hi Class of 2024! I'm Paige (she/her), a member of the First-Year Team at Barnard. We're so excited to welcome you to Barnard!