Thursday, November 11, 2021

Guide to Spring 2022 Early Registration

 Hi first-years, 

Below is a list of resources, important dates and deadlines, and more to help you through Spring 2022 Registration, which will occur for first-years on Thursday, November 18th. We have also included reminders about other upcoming dates -- Thanksgiving Break, reading week, winter break and the spring shopping period. Please enjoy the vaguely-relevant memes sprinkled throughout in an attempt to make this post that is mostly just dates more exciting. As always, contact first-year@barnard with any questions!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Furman Drop-In Hours

 Furman will be hosting a virtual drop-in anxiety and stress management group on Wednesdays at 12pm. Please see their site for details. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Info on the PE Requirement for Spring 2022

 Still need to complete your PE Requirement?  Pre-Register for Spring PE (or Dance).   In addition to Body Sculpt, Yoga, Core Strength (Pilates) and Tai Chi, we offer these specialty courses.  Note that Strength Training is back on the schedule!  Need more info?  Contact the individual instructor.  

Health Coaching PHED BC 1105:  Want to learn how to set and achieve your own fitness and health goals in a seminar setting?  Then you want this course in individualized health coaching. 

Advanced Running PHED BC 2512 and Advanced Fitness PHED BC 2518:  Do you RUN or WORKOUT regularly?  Can you do a 10-minute mile on a treadmill?    In these self paced, individualized classes, you complete your own workouts including cardio, weights and stretching.  Add it to your program . . .and PE will contact you about the pre-test which will be held in January.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

English Department Program Planning Meeting

Hi all, 

Please see below for information about the English Department Program Planning Meeting on 11/10:

Special Guests: Editors of Meliora

Wednesday, November 10, 2:15 pm
Via Zoom - email for link

This event is for prospective majors and current majors to come meet faculty and learn more about the English department! We'll update you on next semester's course offerings, plus the editors of Meliora, the English Department's new undergraduate-run academic journal for English theses, will answer any questions you might have.

We hope you can join us! Email from your Barnard email address for the Zoom link.  

Friday, October 29, 2021

First-Year Seminar Workshop, Spring 2022

To students taking First-Year Seminar in Spring, 2022:


This spring, the First-Year Seminar (FYS) Program is offering two sections of FYS "Workshop," a four-credit version of FYS designed for students who feel they would benefit from extra support with critical reading and academic writing skills. FYS Workshop fulfills the FYS requirement and is equally as rigorous as FYS. There are four main differences:

  • In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, FYS Workshop students participate in six "writing labs" connected to the major writing assignments in the course. The labs meet on six pre-scheduled Fridays, which are listed in each course description.

  • Every student in FYS Workshop is paired with their own Writing Fellow, giving you an opportunity to get feedback from and discuss your ideas with a trained peer throughout the semester.

  • Each section of FYS Workshop is worth 4 credits (instead of 3).

  • Each section of FYS Workshop is capped at 14 students (instead of 16).

If you think you would benefit from the extra support FYS Workshop offers, please fill out this required questionnaire by FRIDAY, 11/5 @ 5pm. After we review all questionnaires, you will receive an email (in your Barnard inbox) before the November registration period confirming whether or not we are able to offer you a spot in FYS Workshop. If you are offered a spot, you will sign up for one of the two sections of FYS Workshop during your registration time, just like you would any other FY Experience course (see course descriptions below).


If you have any questions about the FYS Workshop Program, feel free to email Professor Lie-Spahn (Director of FYS Workshop) at



Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Human Rights Program Planning Meeting

 Dear Students,

Please join us for the Human Rights Program Planning Meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd from 12:30 pm - 1:30pm; the Zoom information is below.  Come talk with faculty, meet other students, find out about spring courses, and ask all your questions!    

Time: Nov 3, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 935 0663 5571
Passcode: 334000

Monday, October 25, 2021

Communication Tips: Emails, Asking for Extensions, and Phone Calls

 So you have a question that you can’t Google an answer for. What to do? It’s time to contact a real human being and ask for help. But wait, you’re not on campus or you don’t want to leave your bed. Don’t worry! You can still ask via ~email~ or with a ~phone call~.

Upcoming Academic Department Meetings for Prospective Majors


Hi first-years, 

We're just reaching out to announce the upcoming academic department meetings; these meetings are just to allow you to meet the departments, and are intended for prospective majors as well as anyone just interested in learning more about a particular department. Please see this Google Sheet for a comprehensive schedule of all department meetings, along with the Zoom link for each meeting. You may reach out to the individual department with any questions specific to their session. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Fall 2021 History Department Prospective Majors Meeting

 Hi first-years, 

The History Department is hosting a prospective majors meeting on Wednesday, November 10th, at 6PM ET on Zoom. Please see the details on the flyer below! 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Psychology Program Planning Meeting

 The Fall Psychology Program Planning Meeting will be held on Friday, November, 5, 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 929 3995 9541
Passcode: 474656
One tap mobile
+16468769923,,92939959541#,,,,*474656# US (New York)
+13126266799,,92939959541#,,,,*474656# US (Chicago)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Education Program Open House on 10/5

Hi everyone, 

The Education Program will be holding a virtual Open House next Tuesday, October 5th, from 5:30-6:30pm

They will be providing more information on our tracks that include the Urban Teaching minor/special concentration, the Educational Studies minor/special concentration, and the new Educational Studies Major

All minors/special concentrations are open to Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. Please note that, at this time, the Major in Educational Studies is only open to Barnard students.

The flyer lists the event's Zoom meeting information. We hope to see you there! 

Help Room Guide for the Fall 2021 Semester

 Hi all, 

Need extra help this semester in one of your classes? See all help rooms for the semester below; please reach out to the individual departments with any questions, and we hope you find them useful!

Tuesdays: 12pm - 2pm, 3pm - 7pm
Wednesdays: 2pm - 4pm, 5pm - 7pm
Thursdays: 3pm - 5pm
Tutoring sessions are held in Milstein 502.

Students in introductory and intermediate courses in computer science can receive one-on-one tutoring through Barnard’s Computer Science Help Room.

Tutoring sessions are held in Milstein 502. The room can get very busy, so please look for the bright yellow sign designating a Barnard CS Help Room tutor. If you have any questions, please email

Organic Chemistry II
Sundays: 7pm - 9pm 
Tutoring sessions are held in Altschul 806.

Physics Help Room
Mondays and Wednesdays
7pm - 9pm, 514 Altschul

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

One Book, Two Books, Red Book, Green Book: What are Course Readings and How to Find Them


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Let’s talk class readings and course books. In college, it’s a given that there is a ton of reading to do. We’ll break down what your readings are and how to find them.

2021 New Student Jargon List


Welcome to a comprehensive list of terms you may hear in relation to all things Barnard-- social, academic, financial, you name it! This post will be updated as more information about how these groups and resources will function in the fall 2021 semester is released. Email us at with any questions!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Meet Lift Up Barnard!

 Join student organization Lift Up Barnard on Thursday, August 12th, at 3 PM EST to discuss expectations you have about college. Attend this virtual event to meet other incoming students, reflect on any nerves you may have about starting school, and talk with upperclassman who have already done college and can offer advice and support.  RSVP here to receive the Zoom link: 

Lift Up Barnard is a student organization that helps incoming students transition to Barnard through supportive discussions, inter-class relationships, fun bonding events, and trips around New York City. If you would like to join the mailing list and participate in this organization in the fall, sign up here:

Hope to see you at our August 12th workshop!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Language Placement Exam Extravaganza

Hello beautiful brilliant bold class of 2025, 

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

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Registration Reminders for 7/19 Registration

 Hi First-Years,

Happy Friday! Today's blog post is about the topic I'm sure is at the top of all of your minds...registration! It includes some important information and an update about FYE so please read all the way through. As a reminder, registration for FYW, PE, and select STEM courses only will begin on Monday, July 19th. That's this coming Monday! As in, 3 days away! We are so excited for you to begin finalizing some aspects of your fall schedules. 
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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Summer Registration Survival Guide: Course Selection

 Today we’re tackling all your questions about 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.

Remember: this Monday, July 19th, you'll only register for FYE, P.E., and select science courses; this post reviews that, but also explains how you'll build the rest of your schedule and select other classes. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Access Barnard Mentoring Program

Introducing the Access Barnard Mentoring Program; please see the Access Barnard site for more information, or look for an email going out to first-years this afternoon from Access Barnard regarding the program. 

Please contact with any questions. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Summer Registration Survival Guide: July Registration

 Welcome to Meg and Jill's Declassified Summer Registration Guide! We’ve collected your questions, done the research, and are here to impart wisdom from our knowledge of our collective 10-time registration experiences.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Apply to the KCST E-Board!

Applications for KCST's 2021-20222 E-Board are now open! KCST, or King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, is a student theater group with a focus on Shakespearean, pre-modern, and early modern works. The application can be found at here, and is due on July 18th at 11:59 pm EST.


The time commitment of an E-Board member varies based on position, but each member is required to attend a weekly board meeting and spearhead various tasks outside of those meetings.


We are currently looking for the following positions:*

  • Social Chair
  • Diversity and Outreach Chair
  • Technical Director
  • Office Hours TA


*We are always open to new board positions! If interested, you can propose a brand new board position in your application.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Introducing: Volume 1 of the First-Year Guide

 Hi all,

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Welcome to Volume 1 of the First-Year Guide! The First-Year Guide will be sent out about every 2 weeks throughout the summer and will explore different topics and deadlines as they become relevant to you. We'll inform you of things as you need to know them, so don't worry if you're unsure about something yet -- we'll get there eventually, I promise. Volume 1 explains getting ready for your first year at Barnard: Setting up your Barnard accounts, keeping an eye on the blog, joining the Facebook Group, FYE, and more.

Reach out to with any questions!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Student Side: Introducing Meg

 Hi Class of 2025! 

My name is Meg Brewer (she/her/hers) and I'm a student worker with the First Year Dean's Office. Over the coming months I'll be working with Jill and all the other wonderful people on the team to answer your questions, provide you with the information you need, and make your transition to Barnard as easy and exciting as possible! 

My puppy, Nova, and me from a couple months ago. He's much bigger now -- see below!

A little more info so you can get to know me:

FYE, Explained

 Hello and welcome to the much anticipated "FYE, Explained" blog post! Prepare for all of your First-Year Experience questions to be answered. 

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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.

Friday, June 11, 2021

First-Year Experience Info Session on 6/15

Hi all, 

We're hosting an FYE info session on Tuesday, June 15th from 10am-11am ET. Join us on Zoom to hear about all things First-Year Experience related: What is First-Year Writing Workshop, First-Year Writing: Critical Conversations, and First-Year Seminar, and which one should you take in the fall? Come find out Tuesday! A recording of the session will be available to any students who can’t attend the session live. See the flyer below for more information, and we hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

***NEW DEADLINE*** and Different Procedure Alert: Online form needed to drop a Summer Class -- deadline = June 8 for full-term summer classes


***NEW Process and deadline***

If you're trying to drop a class via Student Planning and can't, that's because the procedure to drop a summer class is the same as the one used for withdrawals during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

If you liked Ice Cream Friday, wait'll you try ICE CREAM THURSDAY: 5/27, 12-2pm, in the Quad


Join us this Thursday for some ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's will scoop treats from 12 pm - 2pm in the Quad.  Hope to see you all there!

Dean of the College's Ice Cream Thursday
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Student Side: Introducing Jill

Hi class of 2025! 

My name is Jill Pasewark (she/hers) and I’m a student worker in the First-Year Dean's Office. This summer I’ll be helping you get ready for your first year at Barnard -- I'm looking forward to getting to know you all. I've worked in the First-Year Dean's Office since last summer and was also a first-year RA, so if you have a question about anything first-year related at Barnard, I can probably answer it. 

My friend Nithya (on the left) and me (on the right) on the beloved 1 train this past semester. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Blog Posts Coming Soon!

 Hi first-years,

Welcome to the first-year blog! We're excited to have you here and even more excited for you to start at Barnard. This blog will be updated with posts to help guide you throughout this summer and your first-year at Barnard, starting next week. Stay tuned, and keep up with us on Instagram at Barnardfirstyear and join the Barnard Class of 2025 Facebook group if you'd like, and remember that you can reach us at with any questions.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Dean of the College invites you to ICE CREAM FRIDAY 5/21 12-2pm in The Quad

 Summer students and other still in the testing program:

Join us this Friday for some ice cream.

Harlem's Sugar Hill Creamery will scoop both dairy and non-dairy treats from 12 pm - 2pm in the Quad.  Hope to see you all there!

Dean of the College's Ice Cream Friday
Friday, May 21, 2021
Time:  12:00 PM - 2:00PM
Location:  The Quad
Non-Dairy Options will be available