Monday, May 29, 2017

First-Year Dean's Office Closed Memorial Day (Monday, May 29)

Barnard's offices -- including the First-Year Dean's Office -- will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day.  We'll be back as usual on Tuesday and look forward to hearing from you with any questions at or (212) 854-2024.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Student Computing is aware of gBear login issue -- let them know if it's happening to you

Several of you are reporting that you have successfully set up your myBarnard accounts but are seeing the following error message when you try to log into gBear email:

Student Computing is aware of this issue and is working to fix it.  If this happens to you and you have not yet let anyone know, please email Student Computing to let them know exactly what kind of error you are seeing.

The Student Side: Introducing Paige Moskowitz

Hi Class of 2021!

My name is Paige Moskowitz and I’ll be working in the Dean of Studies office this summer to help y’all transition into your first year at Barnard. I’ll be answering your phone calls and emails as well as posting on the first-year blog about a wide variety of topics, along with Rowan, the other Dean of Studies summer assistant.

I’m from Houston, Texas and I’m in the Double Degree program between Barnard and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in the class of 2020. At Barnard I’m majoring in American History and a JTS I’m studying Talmud, or Jewish law. Outside of class, when I'm not sleeping or traveling around the city trying new food,  I’m involved in McAC, one of Barnard’s student activities councils, I work in the Office of Admissions as a Social Media Barnard Student Admissions Representative, and I am a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

I’m so excited to help welcome y’all onto campus! Preparing for college can be a little overwhelming at times, but I promise I’ll try my best to help you out. I look forwarding to hearing from y’all soon!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Important Information: New Barnard Email Accounts
By the end of this week, you should be receiving an email from Student Computing (also known as BCIT) with information on how to set up your new Barnard accounts.  If you don't recall the 7-digit Barnard College ID number you received from Admissions when completing your application, don't worry -- this number will be in your Student Computing welcome email.

If you already have your ID number, you can follow the account-setup directions at

You can find helpful info and answers to frequently asked questions on the Student Computing website. You'll also find contact info, in case you have additional questions about your new myBarnard account and/or your new Barnard email account.

Important Note: As with all of your email accounts, be wary of phishing emails that ask you for personal information. 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.

Welcome, Class of 2021!

This message was sent by email today to all new students in the Class of 2021:

Hello! This is the first of so many messages that you’ll be receiving from the First-Year Class Dean's office over the next year, which will explain procedures that you need to follow, inform you of policies that you need to know, and remind you of upcoming deadlines that you need to meet. So whenever you see "Barnard First-Year" or “First-Year Class Dean” pop up in your inbox, please be sure to read the emails carefully to make sure that you’re informed and ready for what’s coming up next.

In this email you’ll find information about the following:

1) The Academic Guide to Your First Year at Barnard College, mailed to you next week;

2) A questionnaire you'll be filling out to help us match you with your academic adviser

3) The First-Year Blog;

4) Our wonderful Summer Programming Assistants; and

5) Dates for Family Weekend in the fall semester.

Read on for more details (after the jump):

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coming soon...

Welcome to the First-Year Blog, a resource for the Class of 2021 about requirements, deadlines, curriculum, opportunities, advice, and more.

Beginning in early June, and continuing throughout the school year, Barnard first-year students should get in the habit of checking this blog once or twice a week to make sure you're aware of important information.