Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Your Fall Program: enrolling in Physical Education courses

Approximately half of the Class of 2018 has been given preference for the fall semester P.E. lottery. If you have received preference in the lottery, you are guaranteed a place in a P.E. course this fall. Note: Even if you have been given preference for the P.E. lottery, you are not yet officially enrolled in a P.E. course; you must follow the instructions below to secure a place and to enroll in a course. If you did not receive preference for the fall P.E. lottery, you may still participate in the lottery by following the instructions below.

To enroll in a P.E. course, you must do the following:
  • Register for the lottery on myBarnard. Register between 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 3rd and 12:00 noon on Friday, September 5th. You may register at any time during this open lottery period; your odds do not increase if you submit your form sooner than later. When you register, you will be asked to rank three class preferences. You can find the schedule for all P.E. courses here in the Physical Education department’s section of online Directory of Courses. Before submitting your list, make sure that your selections do not conflict with your academic courses. Note: While being given preference guarantees you a place in a P.E. course, it does not guarantee you your first choice.
  • Rosters for each P.E. course will be posted online in the P.E. lottery section of myBarnard after 5:00 pm on Friday, September 5th. Search for your name to find the course in which you have been placed.
  • Once you are assigned to a P.E. course, you must then add the course to your online academic program, using the 5-digit call number assigned to the course. The course must be listed as part of your final program on myBarnard as approved by your adviser, or you will not receive credit for the course. If you add the P.E. course to your program after your adviser has approved your program, you must ask your adviser to re-approve your program.
    • If the lottery does not assign you to a course, you should speak to the Physical Education department on Monday, September 8th and/or attend the first class meeting of P.E. courses to see if space is available.
    • If you change your academic program after September 6th and the change causes a conflict with your assigned P.E. course, you should speak to the Physical Education department on Monday, September 9th and/or attend the first meeting of other P.E. classes to see if space is available.
  • Begin attending the P.E. class during the second week of academic classes. P.E. classes will begin meeting on Monday, September 8th. If you miss the first class meeting, your place may be given away to another student.
Satisfactory completion of a Physical Education class this semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn you one point of degree credit. If you do not take a Physical Education course this fall, you must either take one in the spring or take a dance technique course in the fall or spring instead.

Note: The credit for a P.E. class will not appear on your myBarnard program until after the program filing deadline has passed (i.e., the week of September 15).

Your Fall Program: enrolling in Dance technique courses

If you indicated during the summer your plan to enroll in a Dance technique course, we have notified the Dance department of your interest in the particular class that you chose. While this notification will not necessarily guarantee you a place in the class, you may be given priority over students who did not indicate interest in advance. Note: Even if you indicated your interest in a particular Dance technique class over the summer, you are not yet officially enrolled in the course; you must follow the instructions below to secure a place and to enroll in the course. If, on your summer program form, you did not indicate a plan to enroll in a Dance course but would now like to do so, you may try to enroll in one by following the instructions below.

In order to enroll in a Dance technique course, you must do the following:
  • Attend the first class meeting. You can find the schedule for all Dance technique courses here in the Dance department’s section of online Directory of Courses. During the first class, the instructor may hold brief placement auditions to determine whether you are at the right level for the class.
  • After your placement has been confirmed, add the 5-digit call number for the course to your myBarnard program. The Dance course must be listed as part of your final program on myBarnard as approved by your adviser, or you will not receive credit for the course. If you add the Dance course after your adviser has approved your program, you must ask your adviser to re-approve your program.
  • Satisfactory completion of a Dance technique class this semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn you one point of degree credit. Barnard requires every student to complete at least one semester of Physical Education or Dance technique by the end of her first year.
If you indicated that you plan to take a Dance technique course, but you would like to take a fall-semester Physical Education class instead (or in addition to a Dance class), space permitting, you may do so either by signing up for the online lottery on myBarnard (see instructions on this FY Blog) or by attending the first meeting of the P.E. course.

Note: The credit for a Dance technique class will not appear on your myBarnard program until after the program filing deadline has passed (i.e., the week of September 15).

Your Fall Program: Varsity athletes

Satisfactory participation on a Varsity athletic team during this semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn one point of degree credit. If your place on a Varsity athletic team has been confirmed, then you should add the course connected to your Varsity team to your academic program, using the 5-digit call number assigned to the team's course.

You can find the call numbers for all Varsity athletic teams here on the Physical Education section’s page of the online Directory of Courses. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the section for “Intercollegiate Athletics,” PHED C1005, then look for your particular team to find the call number of the specific section that you should add to your program.

The course must be listed as part of your final program on myBarnard as approved by your adviser, or you will not receive credit for the course. If you add the P.E. course to your program after your adviser has approved your program, you must ask your adviser to re-approve your program.

Note: The credit for a P.E. class will not appear on your myBarnard program until after the program filing deadline has passed (i.e., during the week of September 15).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Adviser Group Meeting Locations for Wed 8/27 11 a.m.

Click here for a link to the list of locations for your Adviser Group Meeting on Wednesday, August 27 at 11 a.m.  Note: You will need to be logged into your gBear account to access this list. 

Some updates (all now reflected on the list linked above): Special note for advisees of Professors Pham, Neuhauser, and Larkin:  you will be joining Dean Kuan Tsu's advising  meeting (if you looked at the list between 1 and 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, you may have seen incorrect information -- it is now accurate) 

Special note for advisees of Professor Pat Denisonyou will be joining Lisa Hollibaugh's advising meeting.
Special note for advisees of Professor Larry Heuer:  you will be joining Dean Friedman's advising meeting.

Special note for advisees of Professor Charlotte Friedman:  you will be joining Dean Natalie Friedman's meeting.

Special note for advisees of Professor Steve Stroessner:  you will be joining Dean Natalie Friedman's meeting.

Look for your adviser's name, then note the building and room number to the right.  If, for any reason, your adviser is not available on Wednesday morning, you will be directed to join a specific other adviser's group meeting (that adviser will be expecting you).  You will still have an individual meeting with your own adviser -- you will receive additional information about scheduling that meeting.  
Be sure to map the location of your meeting on campus so that you can find the room and arrive at the meeting on time.

If you have any confusion on Wednesday morning, please go to the Deans Office in 105 Milbank or call us at 212-854-2024 to ask for help!

Advising: Open Houses for Possible Majors: Chemistry, Dance, Art History, English, Theatre

Deciding on your major can be a challenge...

(Okay, not that kind of challenge...)

Several Barnard departments are hosting Open Houses during NSOP and the first week of classes to help you learn more about some potential majors.  You do not need to be certain of your interests to attend an open house.  Come and learn more; attend as many as you like; and stay tuned for more Open Houses throughout the semester!

Art History
No need to wait for an official open house -- interested students should stop by any time!
Diana 500A

Thursday, August 28, 2014
11 a.m -12:30 p.m.
Altschul Hall, 8th floor

Friday, September 5
2:30-3:30 p.m.
306 Barnard Hall

Thursday, August 28
409 Barnard Hall

Wednesday, August 27
1:15 PM
Minor Latham Playhouse (Milbank Hall, Room 118)

Can't make it at these times?  Interested in another field?  Contact a department anytime and ask to make an appointment with a faculty member!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Advising: special advising hours for questions about Mathematics


The Mathematics Department will hold open advising hours on Thursday and Friday of NSOP:

Not sure which math class is right for you?  Got questions about courses offered by the department, about the type of material covered at different course levels, or about appropriate Math courses for certain majors?   Please drop by to talk with a member of the Mathematics faculty during these times:

Thursday, August 28, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Milbank 333

Friday, August 12-2 p.m., Milbank 333

NSOP: your academic adviser and your first advising meeting

By the morning of on Tuesday, August 26, you will be able to see the name of your assigned academic adviser on myBarnard. Log into myBarnard, click on the “Academics” tab at the top left, then look under the "My Courses" heading on the right-hand menus. Click on "Current Semester” (where you view your preliminary academic program), and look for a new entry underneath the list of courses, which will show the name and departmental affiliation of your new academic adviser. If you click on your adviser's name, you will get a pop-up window that lists the contact information for your adviser.

On Wednesday, August 27, at 11:00 a.m., you will have your first meeting with your new adviser, along with all of the other first-year students assigned to that adviser. At this group meeting, you will learn some initial information about your adviser and about your preliminary programs. Then you will each schedule a follow-up appointment with your adviser to discuss your fall program in further detail. This meeting is required.

A list of locations for all group meetings on Wednesday morning will be posted on the First-Year Blog by the afternoon of Tuesday, August 26th.

The Student Side: The "Nine Ways of Knowing" Blog

As you seek out new sources of information during your first days on campus, be sure to check out the voices of your fellow Barnard students who contribute to the "The Nine Ways of Knowing Blog":


This week, The Nine Ways of Knowing Blog will be offering their take on the NSOP experience, and throughout the year, they'll offer their reports and their editorials on campus happenings.

Barnard upperclass students would love to share their experiences and their ideas with you, so tune in to their blogs and tweets -- but more importantly, introduce yourself to them and talk to them when you get the chance!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome to campus, Barnard Class of 2018!!

It's almost time for Move-In Day! As you get settled throughout NSOP week and beyond, you may find these maps helpful (click on the descriptions to link to the maps):
  • A map of Barnard's campus, with a link to a .pdf version that can be downloaded and printed.
  • An interactive map of Columbia's campus, with a search function to highlight a specific building, as well as a link to a .pdf version that can be downloaded and printed.
  • A map of the MTA subway system, with a link to a .,pdf version that can be downloaded and printed. (Remember: You'll always need to take the local 1 train -- not the express lines -- to get to the subway stop next to campus!)
  • A list of parking garages that are in close proximity to the Barnard campus (this may be particularly helpful for Move-In Day).
Enjoy getting to know your new environment!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FAQ: purchasing books for your classes

Traditionally, students wait to buy books until they have attended the first class meeting of a course and received the course syllabus, which will list the required texts for the semester. Armed with a pile of syllabi (or syllabuses?), students then crowd into the bookstores around campus and stand in line to purchase their textbooks, then cart them back to their rooms. This is a longstanding rite of passage for college students, with the side benefit that it's one more place that students can meet one another as they wait in line together and compare books and courses.

Some professors have already posted online a list of required texts for their courses, and if you are absolutely certain that you will take a course, you have time to look up the list of texts and order some of your books online. To find the “textbook page” for a course, search for the course in the online Directory of Courses. (If it's not clear how you can search for the course, don't worry. You will learn how to navigate the Directory during Orientation.) Once you find the specific course and section in which you are enrolled, click on the link titled “Textbook Information,” to the right of the course title. That link will take you to the course's page in Courseworks (an online class management system -- you'll learn more about it during Orientation as well). If a professor has posted textbook information, it will be on this Courseworks page.

Note: Some professors will not have posted text information yet, and you will simply need to attend the first class meeting and receive the syllabus before you will know the required texts for the semester.

If a professor has posted textbook information, pay attention to the specific information provided -- not only a book's title and author but also the book's edition number, publisher and publication date. Professors choose specific editions for specific reasons, so it is best to purchase the precise edition in order to have access to the appropriate material.  Among other things, different editions may have different pagination, so if your syllabus instructs you to read pages 40-70, you want to be sure you're reading the same pages as everyone else in the class! If you would like to purchase another edition for some reason, it would be a good idea to ask the professor first to ensure that you will not be at a disadvantage by using a slightly different text.

Some books will be noted as "required," while others may be noted as "recommended." If it is not entirely clear to you whether you should buy a particular book for a class or not, please wait until you attend the first class meeting to clarify the question. The local bookstores will stock many copies of the required textbooks, so it should be easy for you to acquire your books during the first week of classes.

Your Fall Program: L-courses and myBarnard & Special Notes on Courseworks

If you have an L-course on your program -- i.e., a course that is capped online through the Registrar's office and therefore has a red "L" under the "Status" column on myBarnard -- you do not need to do anything further to confirm your enrollment in the course, except to attend the first class.

Similarly, if you're looking at your preliminary fall program in Courseworks, you may encounter a note telling you that you will need to participate in a lottery or sign up for a lab section separately. If you selected a course or a lab section during the summer program planning process and it appears on your myBarnard List of Courses (check on Friday), there is nothing else you need to do at this stage.

At the "understanding myBarnard" program during NSOP (Friday, August 29, either 9:15-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m. in 304 Barnard Hall), you will learn much more about the notations on myBarnard, so be sure to attend!

Your Fall Program: language placement exams during NSOP

Most departments that offer placement exams will offer them during NSOP week. You should have received a schedule of placement exams in commonly taught foreign languages along with your NSOP booklet.  You can also find that list online.  Either way: mark your calendars! Any student may take these placement exams; you do not need to have given advance notice of your intention to take an exam.

If you have questions about a particular exam, or need a placement exam that is not listed, please contact the relevant department:

Meet the Office: Your Personal Librarian

From the Barnard College Library: 

Each Barnard First-Year student is assigned to a Personal Librarian, based on their assigned Constellation. A Personal Librarian can be called upon for anything related to the fantastical, but potentially panic-inducing array of library and research services available to Barnard students. We can help you navigate our library catalog, select the best of 1500+ databases for your topic, teach you how to use a magical app to organize your citations and generate a bibliography instantly, and introduce you to the print culture rebellion that is zines, the video supergeniuses in IMATS, the data wizardry of the Empirical Reasoning Lab, and the addictive mysteries of the Archives.

We will dazzle you with library science tricks like truncation and Boolean logic, and if you come by our NSOP library fair on Friday, August 29 12-2, we will give you a bounty of adorable gifts featuring Millie the Bear in various library departments. You will also get to silkscreen a Millie image with your own strong & beautiful hands.

Much ♥ from your Personal Librarians:
Lois Coleman (Octans), Jenna Freedman (Microscopium), Vani Natarajan (Pyxis)
Lisa Norberg (Telescopium), Miriam Neptune (Fornax)
Megan Wacha (Lyra) & Heidi Winston (Pictor)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FAQ: your academic adviser

Now that you've been able to think a bit more specifically about your fall academic program, many of you are already eager to talk it over with your academic adviser. So here's a little information about when you'll be able to do so:
  • On Tuesday, August 26, you'll learn the name and department of your new academic adviser through myBarnard.
  • On Wednesday, August 27, you'll meet with your adviser in a group with the other first-year students who are assigned to that adviser. At that time, you'll talk generally about starting your classes at Barnard, and then you will sign up for an individual appointment with your adviser.
  • Sometime later, during Orientation week or at the beginning of the first week of classes, you will have a one-on-one meeting with your adviser, so that you can start to get to know each other and you can discuss the specifics of your fall academic program.
  • Before the end of the program filing period (i.e., before Friday, September 12), you'll meet again in a one-on-one meeting with your adviser, to confirm your schedule and to make sure that you have the appropriate approval from your adviser so that your enrollments are finalized.
Be sure to take note of any questions that occur to you between now and then, so that you'll have them handy during those first meetings.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Important Information: your preliminary fall program - READ CAREFULLY

An email containing this text was sent to all new first-year students today:

Dear first-years,

It's almost time for you to start your new year at Barnard! We’ve been very busy preparing for your arrival, and we’re excited that you will be here so soon.

By the end of this week, you will be able to view your preliminary course schedules on your myBarnard accounts: log into myBarnard, click on the “Academics” tab, then look under the "My Courses" heading on the right-hand menus, and click on "Current Semester.” In the interim, you may be able to see your preliminary course schedule on Courseworks or Student Services Online. The myBarnard portal will be the best place to access your schedule, as that will enable you to become familiar with the interface there, and it is also where you will go when/if you need to make changes to your preliminary program in consultation with your adviser once you arrive on campus.

The main thing to remember as you review your program is that it may or may not represent the actual schedule that you will have this fall. These placements are a starting point, and they are the result of a lot of specific factors involved in the summer placement process. But the program filing period – i.e., the first two weeks of classes – is a whole different process, when you will have the opportunity to explore your options more fully and to make certain changes if necessary, all with information and guidance from your adviser, the faculty, and your deans.

Please note that we will not be able to make any changes to placements before Orientation. If you already have a change in mind as you look over your initial program, that’s fine; you’ll be able to ask about it when you are here on campus and have access to all of your advisers in person.

When you look at your initial course placements, I trust that you will see some results that will please you, since the placements drew on the preferences that you submitted. But it’s possible that you will see some results that puzzle you. So in anticipation of some frequently asked questions, read through these next points very carefully:

(1) The one course on your program that cannot be changed is your First-Year Foundation course: First-Year English or First-Year Seminar. If you were placed into a First-Year Seminar, you will see the course listed under the Department “FYSB” and then see the title of the individual seminar. If you were placed into a First-Year English section, you will see the course listed under the Department “ENGL” and then see the title “First-Year English.” To confirm the topic of First-Year English that you will take, visit the FY Blog and look for the post about FY English sections (below this post).

(2) In some courses, space was very limited during summer placement – particularly in foreign language courses. If you requested a language course, it is very possible that you were placed into a section other than the one you preferred, or it is possible that we were not able to place you in any section at this time. However, in some of these courses, space will be added before the first week of classes, and enrollments may also shift, so you could still have a good chance of joining a particular language class or section. You’ll learn more about how to do so during Orientation.

(3) Things may have changed over the summere.g., a course or section was canceled or moved, a course that was originally listed as “open enrollment” was capped and filled, or departments changed their enrollment procedures or projections. So it is possible that you are not pre-enrolled in a course that you were counting on. Again, it may be possible for you to join that class during the first two weeks, or it may be necessary for you move forward with Plan B. You’ll be able to ask about the possibilities during Orientation and the first week of classes. It’s even possible that you were placed in three courses instead of four because of space restrictions or schedule conflicts among the preferences you submitted. Don’t worry! It should be a straightforward process to find a course that you can join as soon as classes begin.

(4) Remember, too, that there are classes at Barnard and Columbia which were not available for the summer placement process that will now be open to you during the program filing period and that may offer even better options for you. Again, you’ll be able to explore the various possibilities when you get to campus.

(5) You may have questions about the various notations, symbols, and messages that you’ll see on your myBarnard page along with your course schedule. During Orientation, we will train all of you on how to read and to use myBarnard, so the only thing you need to know right now is that, as of now, you are officially pre-enrolled in all of these courses—i.e., if there are notes reminding you of other procedures necessary for enrollment, you can consider those procedures done.

I’m sure you’ll have even more questions than I’ve been able to address here, but it will only be a few days until you can talk to your adviser, your professors, your deans, your RA, your Constellation Leader, and lots and lots of other people who will help you figure everything out. So just jot all of those questions down in the back of your Academic Guide to Your First Year at Barnard College, and be sure to bring it to campus with you (it can come in handy throughout the year).

I hope that you’ve been following all of the activity on the FY Blog recently, but pay particularly close attention to it over the next several weeks. I’ll be posting information for all of you regarding your advisers, textbooks, Orientation programs, PE and Dance technique courses, and much, much more. The FY Blog will also be a resource for more specific interests (e.g., auditions for courses/performances in the Dance, Music and Theatre departments) and reminders about upcoming programs and events. So keep an eye out:

I’ll see you very soon!

Your Fall Program: First-Year English topics

If you will be taking "ENGL BC1201 First-Year English" during the fall semester, you can confirm the topic of your class by finding your section number in the list below. On your List of Courses on myBarnard, the section number of the course appears directly to the right of the course number, under the "Sec" column.
  • The Americas = Section 9
  • Legacy of the Mediterranean = Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 and 16
  • Women & Culture = Sections 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15, and 17
Every class will cover fantastic works of literature and provide a solid introduction to the intellectual community of the College.

FAQ: course listing of BIOL BC1500/BC1501

If you have been pre-enrolled in BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, you will have three related listings on your preliminary program:
  1. BIOL BC1500 (the course lecture), 
  2. BIOL BC1501 Section 2 or 3 (the course recitation), and 
  3. BIOL BC1501 Section 4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12 (the course lab).
Although these course components are listed separately, they are considered part of a unified course of study and are considered one of your four academic courses.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Game to Play While You Wait for Your Preliminary Fall Program

While you're thinking about your fall schedule and beyond, are you having trouble keeping your General Education Requirements (also called GERs, also called the Nine Ways of Knowing) straight in your mind? You can look them up in the First-Year Guide (pp 12-13).  You can check the Provost's website, where you'll also find a Comprehensive List of Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements.

And now introducing this game:  2048: 9WaysOfKnowing Edition!

Curious what the acronyms stand for?
First-Year Foundations: First-Year English (FYE) & First-Year Seminar (SEM)
Cultures in Comparison (CUL)
Ethics and Values (EAV)
Historical Studies (HIS)
Laboratory Science (LAB)
Language (LAN)
Literature (LIT)
Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)
Social Analysis (SOC)
The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)

The Student Side: Manhattan

This is the last post from our wonderful Summer Program Assistant, Jess, who is now off on her own adventure as she begins graduate school in Amsterdam. We will miss her and wish her well!

Manhattan most definitely serves as an extension of Barnard’s campus. This takes some getting used to, but don’t worry: there will be lots of chances to explore the city during the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP Week). Whether you are headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at a Monet, the Natural History Museum to check out some ancient fossils or simply downtown to try some Ethiopian food, you will use the city all the time.

Many of Barnard’s academic classes actually require you to explore the city. For me, this happened in several Art History, Environmental Science and Theater classes.

Barnard is located on the 1 train (the red line) at 116th Street. Have a look at the following link and familiarize yourself with the city: For the most part, getting around Manhattan is very quick – usually from campus it only takes 20-25 minutes to get to Times Square! While at the moment the subway map may appear just a tangle of colored lines, you will gradually learn set routes and then, over time, become more adventurous. If you have a smart phone, it might be handy to download a free NYC Subway map. Even those of us who have lived in the city for 4 years (or more!) still occasionally need to check where certain lines go. A subway fare is $2.50, regardless of where you go. Whether you take the train only to 96th street, or all the way to Coney Island, it will always cost the same. You can buy and top up a Metro card in any subway station, but we will explain all of that to you when you get to campus!

Many people ask me on my tours what a typical Barnard student is. I often answer that it is a student excited by the complex partnership between Barnard and Columbia, as well as one who also wants to take advantage of the city. For that reason, my advice to you is to explore the greatest city on earth. Sign up for all the orientation activities you can and don’t be afraid to get lost – within reason! Some of my happiest memories are being confused in subway stations with my soon-to-be best friends during our first semester on campus!

If you have any questions, you can still find helpful advice by emailing

Happy exploring! Have a wonderful first year at Barnard!!

Jess Whitlum-Cooper
Summer Programming Assistant
First-Year Dean’s Office

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Opportunity: New Introductory Course on Coding in the Sciences

Are you interested in how computer programming can be used in scientific research but not sure where to get started? A new course -- Coding in the Sciences -- is designed to give an accessible introduction to this field to students with little or no background in coding. In this course, you'll learn the basics of computer programming and app development by generating code to solve simple problems that can arise during research projects. It will give you the basis for developing full programming skills but in a lower key environment than a comprehensive computer science class. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FAQ: preliminary course schedules / adviser assignments

It's getting close to move-in day, and we can already feel your anticipation!

As eager as you are to get started, you'll need to be patient for just a bit longer. Most information for new students is provided during the week of Orientation, when we can talk with you all face-to-face and answer questions more fully. That is why you will receive your adviser assignment after you move onto campus and have had a couple of days to settle in.

In the meantime, preliminary course schedules for new first-year students will be ready to view late next week, only a few days before you move onto campus. Next week, the First-Year Class Dean will send an email that will provide some important information about viewing and understanding the initial placements. Then, before you know it, it will be time for you to discuss your initial schedule with your adviser, and then to visit classes and consider your options. So stay tuned!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Important Information: be careful with your email accounts

To reiterate an important point that was posted earlier in the summer:

Be wary of phishing emails that ask you to send personal information over email. Remember that neither Barnard nor Columbia (nor, for that matter, any reputable business or organization) will ever ask you to provide your login, password or Social Security Number in an email. DO NOT REPLY to any mail that does ask for such personal information.

If you have questions about any email that you receive which asks for such information, please email Student Computing.

Important Information: NSOP!

The schedule for the New Student Orientation Program -- i.e., your first week of college -- will be available to view online this week! Visit Barnard's NSOP page and scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more and to link to the Schedule Book.

You'll receive a hard copy of this Schedule Book when you arrive for your move-in day and check in. If you have a smartphone, you can also use the Guidebook app to access most of the information in the Schedule Book as well (see p. 5 of the Schedule Book for instructions).

All new students are part of an OL group, and your Orientation Leader will be getting in touch with you very soon, if they have not already done so. NSOP is carefully planned to provide helpful information about life at Barnard and plenty of social time to build relationships with your new classmates. It is a busy time, and your OL will be with you to provide support and guidance. Rest up and we'll see you very soon.

Important Information: your Barnard mailbox information

It's almost time to fill up these moving carts with your stuff!
If you are thinking about shipping some of your belongings to Barnard--or if you're already dreaming of future care packages--you'll need to know your campus mailing address. Your mailing address will not be the same as your room assignment in the residence halls; the student mail services have a central location in the middle of campus in the lower level of Altschul Hall (across from the student center).

To learn more about using the student mail services and receiving mail and packages at Barnard, visit the student page of the Mail Services website here. Your mailbox assignment and combination will soon be viewable on your myBarnard page: To find this info, log into myBarnard, click on the Student Services tab at the top.  Then, in the right-hand column under "myMail & Print," click on MailBox Combination. (If you follow these steps and get a blank page or an error message, the information has not yet been posted -- check back soon for updates.)

Mail Services will be able to accept packages for new students beginning on Wednesday, August 20. If you wish to ship packages to yourself for move-in, please be sure that the carrier (by UPS, Fed Ex, etc.) will deliver the package to Barnard on August 20 or later. The Mail Services office will be open on move-in day (Sunday, August 24) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., so that you can pick up any packages that you have sent to Barnard and move them into your room.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Student Side: Books

More great advice from your Summer Programming Asssistant, Jess:

When you have received your course selections for the fall, you will begin to start thinking about the books that are required. There are several ways to find books over the course of your time at Barnard, so I will list them below. Before I start, please note that you will not be required to complete any readings or coursework before you come to campus, other than the fiction book the college will assign you for optional summer reading. I know many of you will be keen to start your academic challenges but, believe me, take the opportunity to rest before the incredibly hectic semester begins.

(Get the details from Jess after the jump:)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Meet the Office: ASAP

From the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program, a.k.a. ASAP:

By receiving the emailed invitation to participate in the Alcohol-wise online learning course, you have already been introduced to the work of the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program (ASAP). Sarah Harte, LCSW, is the coordinator of the program.

The Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program serves the Barnard community by providing drug and alcohol education, prevention, and intervention efforts on campus. Our mission is to promote the healthy development of students, enabling them to reach their full potential. We encourage students to become as informed as possible about their options and ultimately to make choices that are positive for them as individuals.

Since students have varied needs, we provide a variety of services. For example, we work with
  • students who are in recovery,
  • students who are currently using alcohol and/or drugs and questioning their use,
  • students who are in a relationship with someone (e.g., parent, partner, or sibling) who is using alcohol or drugs,
  • students who are concerned about a friend's use of alcohol or drugs, and
  • students who are seeking general information.
Counseling is offered at no charge. All services are confidential.

To learn more about the program, or to ask questions about the Alcohol-wise online course, visit the program's website or email the program Coordinator.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Deadline approaching: Upload your photo online for your Barnard ID

Your Barnard ID Card is your passport to Barnard, Columbia, and beyond.  It grants you access to libraries and secure campus locations, allows you to purchase services at campus cafes and bookstores, and enables you to take advantage of cultural discount programs in New York City.  

Be sure to submit your ID photo via the Columbia ID Office website by this Friday, August 8 so that your ID will be ready for you to pick up during Orientation.  Instructions for formatting (jpeg format, must be passport-style: face forward, head and shoulders clearly visible. No photos with sunglasses/hats) and uploading photos are on the ID Office website.  Please note that you will need your UNI ( to complete this process.


Columbia University ID Office

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Student Side: Internships

More helpful information from your Summer Programming Assistant, Jess:

Did you know that Barnard has 2,400 students, but that we advertise at least 2,500 internships a semester? That’s enough for every student to have an internship, and 100 of those students to actually have two! (This is one of my favorite statistics to give on a tour, along with the fact that we offer 3,000 courses a semester, have 25 libraries and over 8 million volumes of books...)

(Keep following Jess after the jump:)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Meet the Office: Student Employment Program

Welcome to Barnard! I hope you are prepared for the whirlwind of information and fun during NSOP (New Student Orientation Program). Before you move onto campus, I would like to share with you a couple of important things about the Student Employment Program.

1.  If you plan to work on campus, you must bring a U.S. Passport or Social Security Card. Even if you have not decided to work on campus, you should bring the documents so you do not find yourself in need of them later. We need to see your original documents and cannot accept photocopies or expired documents.

2.  There will be JOBS (Job Orientation for Barnard Students) Sessions during NSOP week. Sometime shortly before Orientation week, you'll receive an email from our Career Development Office, introducing you to NACElink (the database used by our office to post employment opportunities for students) and giving you instructions for logging in. At that time, please register via NACElink to attend a JOBS Session when you arrive on campus, so that you can find out everything you need to know about working on-campus and using your work awards.  The sessions are required for students who are receiving a work award (BCJ or FWS) through Financial Aid.

3.  The Student Employment Fair will be held in mid-September. The Fair is a great way to find an on-campus job.

4.  Only students who receive a Federal Work Study or Barnard College Job award can work before Monday, September 15th. Students without these awards can apply for work after that date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alicia Morrissey, Student Employment Assistant at or 212-854-7774 or Won Kang, Senior Associate Director at or 212-854-2033. Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Won Kang
Senior Associate Director, Career Development

Monday, July 28, 2014

FAQ: what to bring to campus

Move-in is only a few weeks away! As you're thinking about what to bring to campus, check out this list of suggestions for new students on the Residential Life website.

There is also similar information in the material you've received from the First-Year Focus Director of Residential Life, so be sure to look for the newsletter attached to one of her emails.