Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CLASS TIME CHANGE: BIOL BC1001 Revolutionary Concepts in Biology



Good news for late risers who want to start learning about Biology this fall!


Instead of MWF at 9:00 - 9:50 am, it is now being offered Tues/Thursday 10:10-11:25 am.

If you are planning to take this class in fall, please log into Student Planning and double-check that your selected FY Experience courses do not conflict with this new time.  You may add/drop FY Experience courses this week, so now would be a good time to switch things around if this schedule change creates a conflict with a FYE course for which you are currently registered.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Student Side: NSOP

NSOP - What is it? Why is it a thing? Do I have to go?

Oh my young Barnardians, NSOP is a time honored tradition we all experienced. It was your first week on campus, you moved into your dorm, met your roommate(s), and learned that you can’t eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch for every meal without feeling your arteries starting to clot.




So what is NSOP? NSOP stands for New Student Orientation Program and pronounced EN-sop. During NSOP you’ll meet fellow classmates, meet with your adviser, get more information about clubs and organizations on campus at the Student Activities Fair, and have a chance to find out more about the different services and offices on campus.


If you haven’t already, you should be getting an email from your Orientation Leader (OL) introducing themself and giving you some initial info about the week -- some of you lucky ducklings may have gotten one of us as your OL ;)


This person is responsible for making sure you all understand your schedules during NSOP, are going to the correct events on time, answering any questions you have, and being a friendly face for your first few semesters in the city, as they can be a bit daunting. You’ll get to know all the other people in our orientation group very well throughout NSOP and may even find your new best bud.

Here are some of the highlights of NSOP:
Activities Fair
Find out about ALL the available clubs on campus. Sign up for 50 email lists. Get some buttons, candy, and other swag. Probably get a sunburn.



Advising Meetings
FINALLY you’ll get to meet with an adviser about the next registration period and get to sign up for all of the non-FYE classes you’ve been dreaming about. Make sure to have back-ups!! You should receive an email from an adviser before NSOP about how they’d like you to schedule your meeting time.


Bear with Us
It’s a Barnard variety show with skits, performance, and cookies. What more could you want from an evening?


Barnard Reads
Get to have a conversation with the professor or administrator who chose your book(s) about why they chose it and what’s important about that particular piece of literature.


Chopped Judge
Alex Guarnaschelli, class of 1991, will be visiting campus to discuss her life at Barnard and beyond. Meet this “Chopped” judge in person and find out the secret to becoming a successful Barnard alum!




Community Forum
Come together with students from all four undergrad colleges to celebrate being a part of the Columbia community.


Neighborhood Tours
Find out more about different neighborhoods in NYC including some of the boroughs outside of Manhattan!


Outdoor Movie/CU Glow
Go to low library for a late-night outdoor movie followed by CU Glow, an outdoor dance party. Glow sticks will be provided which only ups the game that much more.



Reception/Welcome for marginalized identities
There are receptions for students across many identities throughout NSOP to meet and mingle with one another, ranging from students with disabilities, First Gen, LGBT, Jewish students, students of color, transfers, native and indigenous students, and more. If any of these apply to you, make sure to get out and meet other folks and find out what resources are available at BC/CU!


Showcase
Get a taste of the different performance-based groups on campus. Sit back and relax and maybe you’ll find a group that sparks your interest to audition for in the fall!


Also look out for a ~big NYC event with students from all 4 schools~ which will be announced early next week!!


Remember that adjusting to college can be a little overwhelming. It’s a lot of change all at once. So here’s a list of Paige and Rowan’s Pro-tips for NSOP...


-Find a meal buddy to go to meals with so the dining hall doesn’t feel as overwhelming and lonely.


-Reach out to people! Everyone is feeling just as lost and confused as you are. NSOP is one of the few places you can straight up ask someone to be your friend and they’ll be more relieved than creeped out.


-Don’t be afraid to ask your OL or RA for help or for someone to spend time with. They signed up for this job because they want to help you get acclimated. Don’t be embarrassed. We like feeling needed, tbh.


-Nightlife starts at NSOP. Be smart, take care of yourselves and those around you. Being a part of a community means being conscious of people around you. You can make a big difference in people’s lives, and protect yourself, by being aware of your surroundings.


-Bring a reusable water bottle. The days are long, it’s hot, the environment is our friend, climate-change is happening. You’re gonna be sad if you don’t have one. Slap some stickers on it for extra fun personality.





-Explore campus! Columbia’s campus is a little bigger than Barnard’s and some buildings have the same names which can be confusing. Go throughout Barnard and then cross the street to Columbia to get used to where everything is. If you’re like Rowan and have gotten to your senior year and still have to look up the Columbia map online to get places you're gonna feel a lil silly. Don’t be like me.


-Don’t feel like you have to make your best friends for the rest of your life during NSOP. Find people you’re compatible with and get to know each other. Don’t feel bad if after NSOP you still haven’t met your soulmates. Some people find their group right away and some people take a few semesters to really find their people. Be open to possibilities and keep meeting new people, even if you like the few you’ve already met.

- Don’t be too proud! If there are things you DON’T know how to do: laundry, eat a balanced meal, finish registering for classes, etc., find someone who does and bond over them teaching you a new skill if they’re willing. It can be a good way to connect to someone new and maybe you have a skill you can teach them in return! It’s better than being the kid who put too much laundry detergent in and flooded the laundry room.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

8/14-8/18 Registration Period: What to Expect

Next week, beginning on the morning of Monday 8/14, the second round of preregistration will begin.  For those of you who registered in July and are content with your First-Year Seminar/Writing and PE courses, you don't need to do anything during this registration period!

Anyone who did NOT register in July should sign up for FY Writing or FY Seminar (and Barnard PE if possible) next week, as courses are filling up quickly. For more information on how to register please consult the Registration Videos and Guide for assistance.

If you already registered for your FY Experience course(s) (FY Writing, FY Seminar, PE) but would like to add/drop or switch one of those courses, you may do that this week. After August 18, you will have one final opportunity to do this: during the Sept 1-2 FY Registration Period (which is also when you'll register for all your non-FYE courses).   Once the semester begins, your FY Writing and FY Seminar courses will be frozen and you will be unable to change them.

This is a good time to be looking at non-FYE courses that you may be interested in to ensure that your top picks do not conflict with the courses you have already signed up for as there will be no exceptions for students attempting to change their FYE courses once classes begin.

If you have any questions about next week's registration feel free to email first-year@barnard.edu or reach out to Rowan or Paige directly.

If you're having trouble finding a FYE section with space available during your registration time, we can consult -- the most efficient way to get help is to call us at 212-854-2024.

Happy scheduling!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Reminder: What's Next Wednesday Google Chat TODAY 12-1 p.m.



If you signed up for today's "What's-Next Wednesday" Google Chat with Nikki Youngblood-Giles, Dean for Pre-Professional Advising, we have sent you a Google Hangout invitation, and you should be able to join us by logging into gBear or Google Hangouts at noon Eastern Time today, 8/9/17.

If this doesn't work or if you want to join but didn't sign up, you may join us via this link:  https://hangouts.google.com/group/tsYsjrL0C7Ru2Io03


Monday, August 7, 2017

Important Information: your Barnard mailbox information



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 which can be accessed by walking through LL1 of the Diana 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 be viewable late next week on your myBarnard page: To find this info:

  1. Log into myBarnard and click on the Student Services tab at the top.  
  2. Then, in the right-hand column under "myMail & Print," click on MailBox Combination. 

NOTE: if Mailbox Combination tab is not appearing on the righthand side, it is because your mailbox has not been assigned yet. It should appear by the end of next week.

Mail Services will be able to accept packages for new students beginning 3 days before move-in. If you wish to ship packages to yourself for move-in, please be sure that the carrier (UPS, Fed Ex, etc.) will deliver the package to Barnard in a way that adheres to this schedule. The Student Mail Room will be open for First Year Check-In on Sunday, August 27, 2017, from 8am - 2:45pm. The Mail Room will also be open for Returning Student Move-In 10am-4pm on Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3 (and will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017).

For international students, Mail Services will begin accepting packages on August 21, 2017. The Mail Room will be open on International First Year Check-In on Friday, August 25, 2017 during their normal operating hours of 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM.

See the Res Life move-in page for more info: http://barnard.edu/reslife/move-in#mail

Guest Blog Post: Thoughts on the Research Apprenticeship Seminar from Jenna Bergmann, '18


Whenever prospective students ask me about research opportunities for first-years, I am so excited for a chance to talk about the Research Apprenticeship Seminar (RAS). While it's not unheard of for first-years to begin working in labs, RAS is a great chance to get their feet wet in what it means to do research in college and beyond.
Personally, I had already done research in high school when I applied for RAS and was excited for the chance to talk about careers in research and working in Barnard labs. I was sure that I wanted to do research in college, but as a pre-med student, I didn't know whether I wanted research to be a part of my career beyond that. I loved the class days when we discussed different careers in science, talked about how to read scientific papers, and learning about the different paths you can take to get there, as well as receiving advice on how to reach out to potential research mentors. Shadowing in Barnard labs was perhaps the most influential experience of the course for me, as I ended up doing research in both of the labs that I shadowed in. It was through working with those mentors that I came to my decision to pursue an MD/PhD and continue with research as a part of my career. Other members of my class, however, really enjoyed the class even if they didn't go on to pursue science as a career or even as a major. Interest in scientific research does not have to mean a career in research, and my RAS class was enriched by Barnard first-years who went on to pursue arts and humanities but still benefited from the class. Discussing science in the news and having debates on topics ranging from vaccination to genome editing allows first-years enrolled in intro science classes to put what their learning in a more relatable context and to understand how scientific research plays a role in society. We also did presentations on scientists of our choosing and on science in the news, allowing me to work on my presentation skills in college in a low-pressure environment. The Research Apprenticeship Seminar gave me a network of fellow Barnard students who were interested in learning about science on several different levels. It broadened my interest in the field of research and the role of science in society, it gave me practical skills for research and other classes, and it gave me the confidence I needed to continue my pursuit of research at Barnard and beyond.

-Jenna Bergmann, '18

If you're interested in applying for the Research Apprenticeship Seminar:
1.  Log into myBarnard/gBear
2.  Click this link for the Google Form:  https://goo.gl/forms/zH03TJGIWIhuFr7n2
3.  Fill out the form, which will ask you for your name and a brief statement of interest (250 words maximum), explaining why you want to take this class and why you think you would be a good candidate for it. The deadline to submit this form is Friday, August 11, 2017.

Pre-Medical Monday Google Chat Today - Canceled

Due to a medical family emergency, the Pre-Medical Monday Google Chat with Dean Cohen that was scheduled for today is canceled.

If you have questions regarding pre-health advising or course selection please check out Pre-Health FAQs on Barnard's website or the recap from the last Pre-Medical Monday Google Chat.

You can also email your questions to both prehealthadvising@barnard.edu and first-year@barnard.edu.

Dean Cohen will also be hosting two identical pre-health information sessions during NSOP. The first will be on Monday, August 28th, from 9:30 - 10:30 AM in Krueger Lecture Hall, 405 Milbank. The second session will be on Friday, September 1st, from 9:00 - 10:00 AM in Krueger Lecture Hall, 405 Milbank.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jobs, Budgeting, and Student Discounts - The Student Side

Because we live under capitalism, money/finances is an important thing to consider throughout college, especially when living in NYC, the greatest and one of the most expensive cities in the world.


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So what are the jobs available on and off campus? Is it reasonable to get an internship during the semester? How do I budget my time and money to make sure I’m not working too much and shirking my academic responsibilities? Are there student discounts for things? What about textbooks are they all $5,000???



First things first. Your priority at Barnard should be academics as much as possible. If you feel like your schoolwork is slipping through the cracks because of the hours you’re putting in to to pay for food, laundry, etc. get in contact with your adviser, class dean, and maybe even FLIP, Columbia’s First-Generation/Low Income Partnership, if appropriate.

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On-Campus Jobs
Working a job on campus is a great option if you’re considering working through the school year. There’s jobs available across many departments and offices including doing research for an adviser or professor, working as a light/sound operator in the theatre, working in the Barnard Store, or in the LeFrak Center (working with some of the coolest people, the Barnard librarians, on campus imo).
You can also work as a BSAR (Barnard Student Admissions Representative), Speaking Fellow, Writing Fellow, Barnard babysitter, Barnard bartender, or even just work at a desk on campus such as the information desk in the Diana, the gym, or the Barnard store. Student Employment is a great place to start if you're looking for an on-campus job.



If a Barnard College Job Award was included in your financial aid package, those funds can only be used for an on-campus job. (To learn more about Barnard College Jobs and Federal Work Study, check out our previous blog post.) If you are not working for a Barnard College Job you can also look for job options at Columbia, doing research or working at an information desk in a library or student center.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Next opportunity for group advising and to register or change your fall schedule


Did you miss the July registration period?  Have you changed your mind about First-Year Experience classes you picked then?  Then you will soon have a chance to address this!

August 14-18, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), entering first-year students will be able to log into Student Planning via myBarnard to add and drop classes from your preliminary fall 2017 schedule.  Just like during the July preregistration period, you will only be able to actually register, add, and drop required First-Year Experience courses (First-Year Writing, First-Year Seminar, and PE, excluding Dance).  You are able to add and remove courses from your "plan" at any time.

See previous blog posts (such as http://barnardfirstyear.blogspot.com/2017/07/reminder-preregister-for-fy-experience.html and http://barnardfirstyear.blogspot.com/2017/07/registration-videos-and-written-guide.html) if you need to learn or refresh your memory about how to do this.

Want advice about anything?
We will host some more group-advising gBear Hangout Q & A sessions next week:

Pre-Med Monday - August 7, 12-1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
With Melinda Cohen, Dean for Health Professions Advising
- for etnering first-year students with questions about pre-health course selection

What's-Next Wednesday - August 9, 12-1 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time
With Nikki Youngblood Giles, Dean for Preprofessional Advising
- for entering first-year students with questions about the the Combined Plan Program with Columbia's Fu School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), pre-law, or preparing for another non-health-related program

Foundations Friday - August 11, 12-1 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time
With Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean
- for entering first-year students with general questions about requirements, course selection, scheduling, etc.

RSVP HERE if you would like to participate in a gBear Hangout.

Foundations Friday Recap


Did you miss the Foundations Friday chat with Dean Grabiner and Dean Kuan Tsu? Here's a recap of the questions that were asked.

External Credit
I received a 5 on an AP exam but don’t feel ready to take the higher level course in that subject. If I choose to take the introductory level course in the subject I received AP credit for, what will happen?
Barnard’s policy is that you can only get credit for EITHER the AP score OR the equivalent class. If you choose to take a class that is understood as equivalent to an AP score you've sent it, you'll receive credit for the course, and the AP credit will be removed.  And we do encourage that you not become so attached to the idea of coming in with AP credit that you avoid taking an equivalent class when it makes educational sense.

I was wondering if you could clarify some of the rules for AP credit with psychology?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Financial Fluency Workshop on August 30th




Financial Fluency for First Years



Start college on the right foot with this interactive workshop on how to manage your money while at Barnard.  In this session you will learn the ins and outs of managing your loans, getting a campus job, and using a budget to stay in control of your finances so that they don't control you.  This workshop is open to all and will provide valuable insight from the offices of Financial Aid, Student Employment Services, Career Development, and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, August 30th, at 3:00 PM in Held Lecture Hall (304 Barnard Hall).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

More Information on Barnard's Foreign Language Requirement

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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.

But what qualifies as a semester of a foreign language? For a class to count as a semester of a foreign language, it needs to be at least a 3-credit course. So a 3 credit course taken for at least 2 semesters results in at least 6 foreign language credits. The 2-semester foreign language requirement can also be thought of as a 6-credit foreign language requirement. Additionally, when we say “2 semesters of a foreign language”, we mean 2 semesters of the same language. So it can be 2 semesters of Spanish, French, Chinese, Zulu, or Arabic, but it can’t be 1 semester of Spanish and 1 semester of Arabic.


There are a couple different ways you can end up fulfilling the language requirement.
(Note: Options 2 and 3 are only applicable to students who are starting a new language)

Option 1: Take 2 Courses That Are At Least 3 Credits Each
Let’s say you take SPAN-UN1101 - Elementary Spanish I your fall semester and take SPAN-UN1102 - Elementary Spanish II your spring semester. Each of these courses is 4 credits. By completing both courses, you’ll have completed 8 credits of foreign language and would have fulfilled the requirement. This is true, regardless of level: if you're advanced, your two courses could be SPAN-UN3300 Advanced Language Through Content and SPAN-BC3481 Contemporary Latin American Short Fiction 

Option 2: Take an Accelerated Language Course, if it is 6 or more credits
A few languages offer accelerated language courses that fit two semesters of a language into a one-semester course. These are designed for students with some background in the language and/or a lot of background in a related language. For example, UN1105 - Accelerated Elementary French teaches both Elementary French I and Elementary French II in one semester. This is an intensive course, meeting 4 times a week for two hours each time. Because you meet so often and complete 2 semesters of French, this class is an 8-credit course. By taking this course, or similar ones, you’ll gain 8 credits of a foreign language and fulfill the requirement. Not all languages offer courses like this.
Word of warning: be sure to check the number of credits! Some intensive classes, like SPAN-UN1120 Comprehensive Beginning Spanish, are only 4 credits, so they count as only one semester of the language requirement even though they cover the Elementary I and II material. You can still take these courses if they're right for you, but you'll just need one more semester to complete the requirement.

Option 3: Take an Introductory Language A and B Course and Elementary II
Some languages, like Japanese and Korean, offer introductory A and B courses that spread Elementary I over 2 semesters. For example, Introductory Japanese A and Introductory Japanese B are each 2.5 credits and together result in 5 language credits. After you take Japanese A and B, you can take Japanese Elementary II for 4 credits and fulfill the language requirement. Please note that most Introductory Language A courses are only offered in the Spring Semester.


In the end, everyone at Barnard will have completed at least 6 credits of a foreign language. If you’re interested in studying abroad, there may be additional foreign language requirements depending on the program. During NSOP and throughout the academic year, the Office of International & Intercultural Student Programs will hold info sessions about study abroad where they will explain the foreign language requirement. If you are interested in study abroad it is recommended you start your foreign language your first semester, if possible. Check out the Study Abroad website for my info.

The Student Side: Life in the Dorms



Hey everyone! We’re going to dedicate this post to helping y’all anticipate living in the Barnard residential halls. Pretty soon you will all be moving into your room assignments in the Quad. The Quad is a complex of four interconnected residential halls (Sulzberger, Brooks, Reid, and Hewitt) on campus where all of the first-year students live. A variety of student services are also housed in the Quad, so even though all first-year students live there, other years are also in or near the Quad throughout their time at Barnard. The spatial setup of the Quad really does make for a great first-year residential community given that everyone is accessible to one another and it’s a living experience that everyone in your class shares together. It truly is a convenience that you don’t need to put on shoes to meet up with people!

(Read more after the break)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Updated Deadline August 11: Apply to join Research Apprenticeship Seminar (enrichment course)


Are you interested in science research? Then consider applying for The Research Apprenticeship Seminar. This year-long seminar is offered under the auspices of the Hughes Science Pipeline Project (HSPP), a science curriculum and undergraduate research program funded by grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The seminar is open to 16 first-year students who are also enrolled in an introductory lab science sequence. The course will meet in a seminar format on Tuesdays from 4:10-6:00 p.m., and will discuss how research problems are defined, how scientists immerse themselves in the existing literature on a topic, how researchers craft experimental protocols and collect data, and how data can be used to test hypotheses. Students will also consider science stories in the New York Times and conduct formal debates about ethical and social issues, such as the use of animal subjects in research. Occasionally, the seminar period will be devoted to tours of faculty science labs to learn about the research that Barnard professors conduct and the research opportunities available on campus. Students will also attend several events, including Barnard’s annual Distinguished Women in Science Lecture and the HSPP Student Research Symposium.

Additionally, students will participate in a month-long laboratory rotation each semester. During the rotation period, each student will spend 3 hours per week shadowing a Barnard junior or senior Research Intern who is conducting a year-long research project sponsored by the HSPP. In addition to this exposure to research at Barnard, students will discuss how to obtain summer science internships in laboratories off campus.Seminar assignments will include readings about the research process, as well as short library-based research projects about scientific claims in textbooks. In the fall semester, students will develop their presentation skills in a session with Barnard’s Speaking Fellows. In the spring semester, each student will deliver an oral presentation about the research career of a scientist of her choosing. Students will also maintain a weekly "blog" that describes their reactions to readings, the results of their library research projects, and their reflections on laboratory rotations and events attended. The seminar will require no formal written assignments, and there will be no exams.

The Research Apprenticeship Seminar is a yearlong course that carries a total of 3.0 points of academic credit (1.5 points each semester). A catalogue description follows:
HSPP BC1001x-1002y. Research Apprenticeship Seminar. Introduction to research in the natural sciences. Students will participate in seminar discussions about the research process, tour laboratories, and complete two rotations in the labs of Barnard faculty mentors, shadowing undergraduate Research Interns who are conducting research. Instructor: Jon Snow (Department of Biological Sciences)

To apply to participate in the seminar:
1.  Log into myBarnard/gBear

2.  Click this link for the Google Form:  https://goo.gl/forms/zH03TJGIWIhuFr7n2
3.  Fill out the form, which will ask you for your name and a brief statement of interest (250 words maximum), explaining why you want to take this class and why you think you would be a good candidate for it. The deadline to submit this form is Friday, August 11, 2017.

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email with further instructions about how to sign up for it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Student Side: Preregistration Recap

We did it! We’re halfway through preregistration!


This gif is in honor of Rowan because they're at Harry Potter Camp this week. We miss you, Rowan!


“Halfway through preregistration? But didn’t we all register for FYW/FYS and (maybe) P.E. on Monday?” you may ask.

Preregistration actually continues on until this Friday, July 28th. That’s why you continue to see that you have appointment times every day this week in Student Planning. Every day until the end of the day on the 24th, preregistration will be open from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. During these windows, you can continue to add and drop different FYW, FYS, and P.E. courses if space is available. You should make your final decisions about FYW and FYS before the end of the day on Friday, and you should only be registered for ONE FYW or FYS by the end of the day Friday (preferably earlier).

“Okay, cool. So I can continue to register for FYW, FYS, and P.E. the rest of this week. When can I register for my other courses like Biology 1500, Intro to Economic Reasoning, and Art History I?”

You’ll be able to register for all other courses on September 1st and 2nd, after you meet with an adviser during NSOP. Until September 1st, those courses are just planned in your schedule. You are not registered or waitlisted for those courses until then.

“Wait, what do you mean I’m not waitlisted for those courses? In my schedule on Student Planning, those courses are yellow and they say “This section has a waitlist”. What does this mean?”



This is a PLANNED Course.
If you’re seeing something like this on the left-hand side of your schedule for a course, the course is planned in your schedule. You are not registered or waitlisted for it. Student Planning can be a little confusing because waitlisted and planned courses both show up as yellow. This yellow course represents a planned course in your schedule. Do you notice how it says “Planned” under the course title?



This is a waitlisted course.
Do you notice how it says “Waitlisted” under the course title and has a blue button that says “Drop Waitlist”? This is what a course you are on the waitlist for will look like in Student Planning. You cannot add yourself to a waitlist until registration on September 1st.









“Got it. What about a course that is green that says “This section is full”? Am I registered for that course? Or do I have to drop it?”


Green is good! Let me repeat that, green is good, it means you are registered and enrolled in the course. 

If a course on your schedule looks like this, you are registered for the course. The little alert that says “This section is full” just means that no one else can register for the course. If your FYW or FYS looks like this, you do not have to drop the course.








“Phew, good, I was worried about that. Speaking of full sections, what’s going on with P.E. classes for this fall semester at Barnard? Can I drop P.E. after preregistration?”

As of right now, it looks like all the Barnard P.E. classes are full this semester. So there are a few options you can do about P.E.:

1. Check Student Planning to see if anyone has dropped P.E. courses during this week and if space has opened up in a class.


2. On the first day of P.E. classes, go and add yourself to the physical waitlist for the class. P.E. does not do an online waitlist, only an in-person one. You can sign up for a waitlist, but there is no guarantee that you’ll be added to the class.


3. Take a dance class this fall for your P.E. credit


4. Take P.E. in the spring semester


5. If you really want to, you can try and register for a Columbia P.E. course. To do this, you’ll have to go in person to the Columbia P.E. Department and request special permission to enroll in a Columbia P.E. course. Columbia will fill the courses with Columbia students first and will allow Barnard students to enroll if there’s space left in the class.


You can drop P.E. courses after preregistration. FYW and FYS are the only courses you can’t drop after preregistration.

“I’m a little confused about credits for P.E. and dance courses. Some say they can be taken for 0-1 credit and some are just 0 credits. What’s up with that?

When you add a P.E. course to your schedule, it will usually ask you if you’re taking the course for 0 or 1 credit. If you’re taking the course to fulfill your P.E. requirement (aka all of you right now), pick 1 credit.

Some dance courses, especially higher level courses, are automatically set to be taken for 0 credits. If you’re taking dance to fulfill the P.E. requirement, the Office of the Registrar should automatically change the dance course to count for one credit after the Sept. 15th registration deadline. If for whatever reason it doesn’t change to one credit after the deadline, you can stop by the Office of the Registrar and fill out a quick form to get the credit.