Monday, March 12, 2018


Dear Seniors! I hope you are enjoying your spring break, whether you are working on your capstone project, your post-Barnard life, or your beach volleyball skills (if you are somewhere faraway and warm). I'm here in the (somewhat cold -- and did I mention another nor'easter is coming?) office at 105 Milbank Hall, and I am writing to let you know that you can now...


A few things to keep in mind:

a) You need to be eligible to graduate to participate in Commencement (if you are uncertain about your eligibility -- for example, you aren't sure if you completed 122 credits or finished all of your GER's or forgot to send us that one remaining AP score or transfer credit -- please reach out to me ASAP).

b) You cannot have participated in a prior Commencement (if you for some reason had the occasion to participate in an earlier ceremony, you cannot participate again).

c) Signing up for participation in Barnard's Commencement is a separate process from signing up for tickets to the University-wide Commencement (more info will be sent to you about that; you can also visit the Commencement website at:

TO INDICATE THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE AND WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN the Wednesday, May 16th Commencement at Radio City Hall, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM on the student portal. The form can be found under the WebAdvisor tab:

YOU MUST FILL OUT THE COMMENCEMENT INTAKE FORM by MARCH 30, or you will not be able to participate in Commencement or receive your diploma.

Questions? Email me, Dean Friedman at, or

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Walking with the Deans, tomorrow (2/14) at 12!

Scientists have been praising the benefits of walking for years -- it gets you outside, gets your heart pumping, and can be a social event, too! Please join your Class Deans and the Dean of the College (as well as a possible cameo walk-on by President Beilock!) tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14th, for our first WALK WITH THE DEANS! (Students with mobility issues are welcome -- we welcome you to join us and we can meet your needs and level of ability!)

Meet us at 12:00 outside the main gate (right outside Barnard Hall). If the weather is fair, we'll circle the campus, and if it's foul, we'll move inside Barnard Hall. Come for the exercise, come for the company, come for the chance to catch your Dean outside the office!

Wednesday, February 14th, 12:00, Main Gate, Barnard Hall -- see you then!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beyond Barnard!

We're all excited about the launch of Beyond Barnard, announced last week by President Beilock.

Now, if you are in search of support -- on careers, student employment opportunities, competitive fellowships, internships, or applying to graduate programs (including master's or doctoral programs along with medical school, law school, and more) -- you can find it in one place.

To celebrate the integration of student resources, we're holding an open house here at our offices on the second floor of Elliott Hall. Please join us:
  • Tuesday, February 13, 1-3PM
  • Friday February 16, 1-3PM
We'll have snacks!

Come meet our staff, introduce yourself, and share your perspectives and recommendations. We want to hear from you and learn about how we can support you, no matter where you're interested in heading beyond the Barnard gates.

In the meantime, please feel free to send your questions to See you soon!

The Beyond Barnard Team

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Hello Seniors! If you still need 1 or 2 credits (see last week's post below), please contact ANYONE (literally anyone) in the Dean of Studies Office, and they can send you the link to the late-add petition (call our office at 212-854-2024 and ask for the link to the petition, as well as the password).

As to the Rumor You Heard about credits:

The RUMOR MILL at Barnard has been whispering that seniors don't necessarily need 12 credits. THE COLLEGE POLICY is that all students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for 8 semesters. (After 8 semesters -- that means if this is your 9th semester -- a student can take below 12). I know that most of you are actually in your 7th or 8th semester, and thus you all need to take 12 credits. It's okay to graduate with more credits that the usual 122, so even if you "only need x" to graduate, you still need to take 12. No exceptions.

Another Rumor Says that it's hard to make an appointment with the Senior Class Dean (Dean Friedman). Her calendar does fill up quickly, but don't be deterred -- call the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024 to schedule an appointment. Also, if Dean Friedman can't see you in a timely fashion, any Class Dean in the office can probably help you, even with Degree Audits, etc. Everyone in the DoS office is ready to help!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Seniors! Need an extra credit or two?

NNEED an extra credit or two? Here are some ways you might find one.

Reminder: we recommend that you enroll in an average of 15 credits each semester

  1. To be on track for on-time graduation having completed 122 credits in 8 semesters (15.25 x 8 = 122).
  2. To keep some flexibility in case something goes badly awry during the semester.  All students must complete a minimum of 12 credits every semester, so if you're in 15 credits, you can drop something if you have to without falling below the minimum.


If you're having trouble getting up to 15 and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add during the next add/drop window or later, here are some options and tips.  Know of something that's not on here?  Email, and we'll add it!

1-2 credit course options:

1.  Fulfill your PE requirement if you haven't yet -- register (or waitlist if need be) online and be sure to attend the first class meeting.  You may earn one additional PE credit beyond the requirement if there is room in a PE class and you want to take a second one.  PE courses will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final registration deadline.  

2.  Take a dance class
Dance classes will will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.  

3.  Depending on your background and interests, below are some popular ways to enrich your academic experience while also adding a credit or two.  Some may be full, but you may be able to join a waiting list.  Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites or special registration procedures!

4.  Search the Barnard catalogue by number of credits -- try searching for courses between 0 and 2 credits.  You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, or supervised senior research if you're a first-year, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing -- make sure anything you're interested in is offered in the current semester:

5. You can also search the Columbia directory for current-semester courses that contain the keyword "Points: 1" or "Points: 2" (single space between the colon and the number; same caveats as above, plus be sure the course you're looking for is appropriate for undergrads and allows Barnard students):

Monday, January 29, 2018

Barnard Commencement Details

The 2018 Barnard College Commencement Ceremony
will take place on 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Radio City Music Hall
4:00 pm

Transportation is provided for students between campus and Radio City Music Hall.  
Timing and Pick Up locations will be announced later in the spring.  

Please note, this is the same day as the University Commencement, which will take place on the Great Lawn at 10:30 am.

Please find additional details and updates on:

Please check the Senior Class Blog for updates in the next few weeks regarding:  
confirming May, 2018 Graduation
Desired Diploma Name
Ceremony Tickets/RSVP

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Audit Check!


Please Review your Degree Progress Audits for Discrepancies

If you need to make adjustments, please work with 
the Registrar's Office.

Please be mindful that the Registrar's Office is currently managing  registration.  
They will update requests as soon as possible.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

End of Semester Procedures


Contemplating an Incomplete? Got sick the morning of the exam? WHAT TO DO? Read below for important info. (This was sent as an email to all students today)

As the end of semester draws near, the Office of the Dean of Studies would like to go over several  important pieces of information that will help you make it through the coming exam period.

We want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress, you will know what to do.

One of the most important things to remember: if you are experiencing any kind of difficulty, whether it be academic or health-related, don't hesitate to contact our office at 212-854-2024, and we will direct you to the help you need.


All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule. If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours, your first step should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where you will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

Students may defer an exam ONLY in cases of acute illness or personal emergency on the day of the exam. If you need to request a deferral, you must:

a) Contact your instructor FIRST
b) THEN Contact  the Dean of Studies Office (212-854-2024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. (There will be staff in the Dean of Studies Office as early as 8am during exam period).
c) You may be asked to provide documentation of your illness; the staff in the Dean of Studies Office can talk with you about how to share documentation.
d) If the instructor approves your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the fall term will be administered in January, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website the previous week for the time and location of your deferred exam. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DEFERRED EXAMS CANNOT BE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE OF EXAM WEEK. If you need to make arrangements to take an exam at another time due to circumstances NOT HAVING TO DO WITH ILLNESS, then you must SPEAK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY.

ILLNESS DURING EXAM: If you become ill during an examination:

a) inform the proctor
b)  hand in the exam, and
c) go directly to Health Services.

 If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis ofthe work you've completed to that point.

 Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site (, and proceed from there. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For information about deferring exams, see above.)

Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of  additional or revised work.

As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code ( in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is NEVER, EVER the way to respond to a  difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice( PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT ANY MISREPRESENTATION OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES IN ORDER TO OBTAIN AN EXAM DEFERRAL OR AN INCOMPLETE IS A VIOLATION OF THE HONOR CODE.

Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. For more information, see the Dean of Studies webpage:

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024. Any of the Deans can help you, even if that person is not your Class Dean.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Are you READY to Graduate???


Wednesday, December 4, 2017
6:00 pm

222 Milbank Computer Lab

Let's Review Your Coursework to ensure you are 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Free Coding Courses!

FREE Web Development Courses

Athena Digital Design Agency (ADDA): Our mission is to champion and inspire Barnard women on their journey into coding literacy through web development. Participants will begin by learning the fundamentals of web design so they can be competitive in the new economy.

Athena Digital Design Agency will be offering the following courses in Spring 2018:

1. HTML/CSS Course:
This class is perfect for students who would like to learn the basics of web development! Students will successfully complete several websites by the completion of this course. NO CODING EXPERIENCE or computer science background will be required for participation and applications will be open to only Barnard students.
2. JavaScript Course:
This class is for students to learn to develop their own interactive games and web applications. This class is recommended for students who have already taken the ADDA HTML/CSS course, or have equivalent coding experience. Python and other functional programming languages are not required, and will not be taught.
Key Deadlines:
Application Opens: 12/1/2017
Early-bird deadline: 12/8/2017 (first 10 applicants will receive guaranteed admission)
Regular deadline: 12/23/2017