Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Deadline & new-process reminder: how do I withdraw from a class with a W by the Nov. 18 deadline?


The deadline to withdraw from a class is Nov. 18. Withdrawn classes will not affect your GPA and you will not earn credit for them, but they will remain on your transcript, and a W will be entered place of the final grade.


To withdraw from a class, use this online form, following these steps:

1. Consult with your adviser.

2. Get an email from your adviser confirming they approve you to withdraw from this specific class.

3. Download that email as a PDF or save a screenshot of it.

4. Complete and submit the online W form, uploading your adviser’s confirmation email when prompted to do so.

5. You will receive an email confirmation once your W request is processed, ordinarily within two business days. 

Note that the W will not appear on your record until the end of the semester when final grades are entered.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Apply to be a peer tutor!

Looking for a good campus job?

Want to help your peers?

Apply to Become a Tutor

The Barnard Dean of Studies Office  continually seeks current Barnard students to serve as tutors in our Peer Learning Program. Peer Tutors are paid $16.50/hour, for anywhere between one and two hours per week (depending on your availability and demand for tutors in your area), to meet in small groups of no more than three students or individually who have requested a tutor for support in a particular class. Tutors are also paid for approximately one hour per month of training/in-service.

Subjects where tutors are most in demand include: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Foreign Languages, and Physics.  Other subjects may also be needed depending on student requests, so you are encouraged to apply even if the subject you want to tutor does not appear on this list.


  • A grade of B+ or above in the Barnard course(s) (or equivalent) for which you wish to tutor
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Empathy, patience, clarity, and kindness
  • Commitment to academic integrity
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing in the College
  • Senior, Junior, Sophomore, or second-semester First-Year status
  • Experience as a peer tutor preferred but not required

To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Learning Tutor, please email

Senior FAQ: My expected graduation date is this May, but I'll be done with all my requirements and 122 credits this fall. Can I graduate early? Must I graduate early?


Q: According to my Slate Profile and my Degree Audit, my expected graduation date is 05/2022, but I will have completed all my major, minor, and General Education Requirements, and 122 credits (121 for transfer students) by the end of the fall semester.  Can I graduate early?  Must I graduate early?

A: If you have completed all of your requirements, you may graduate early if you wish, but you will not be compelled to do so before the degree date that we have on file for you. If your degree date is not the date you actually plan to graduate, please submit the form to update your expected degree date.

Bonus Reminder: If you plan to graduate this winter or spring, you will need to submit a Graduation Application, which will be available by November and due in December -- stay tuned for more information about this essential but extremely straightforward form.

Monday, October 4, 2021

How to drop a class by the October 12 deadline

Gone are they days when you needed a paper form and handwritten signature. Follow the easy online steps below to drop a class on or before the deadline. 

1. Contact your adviser to discuss and obtain their approval

Best practice is to have an advising conversation where you discuss options and any possible implications of this drop on your full-time status or your graduation progress, but depending on how much you and your adviser have already discussed things, they may accept an email request from you in place of a meeting. 

2. Your adviser will submit an online request via WebAdvisor to enable you to drop online via Student Planning.

You will only be able to drop online if your adviser has granted this permission. Be sure that you are not attempting to drop below 12 credits -- the system will not allow this.


3. As soon as your adviser grants permission, you will receive an email informing you that you have permission to drop the class(es) discussed.

While this adviser permission is for the specific class you request, functionally it reopens your ability to drop in general, so be sure to drop the right class and nothing else.


4. You will have two days to drop the class online via Student Planning.*

If you don't drop within the 2-day window, you will need to request permission again. 

*Note that you must drop on or before the drop deadline if you want the class removed from your transcript.


REPOST: Need an extra credit or two? Here are some ways you might find them

Doing that degree-audit arithmetic and need one or two more credits?

If you're having trouble getting up to the number of credits you need and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add for this spring, here are some options and tips. Know of something that's not on here? Email, and we'll add it!

Note that it may be too late to add some of these, but some may not have started yet

1-2 credit course options:

Upcoming Access Barnard Events


What is Access Barnard?

Access Barnard leverages the resources of the college and New York City as a whole to support students who identify as international, first-generation, or low-income as they navigate the American higher education system. A partnership between the offices of Dean of the College and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Access Barnard strengthens the robust programming and supportive functions of International Student Services, Opportunity Programs, and First-Generation, Low-Income Initiatives.

Wednesday, October 6

Name: Building and Sustaining Relationships with Faculty
Led by: Alex Pittman and Jalisha Jenifer
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm EST
Zoom Meeting ID: 941 0444 1435
Passcode: 857085

This workshop will provide tips on how to build strong relationships with faculty members.
Join Building and Sustaining Relationships with Faculty Workshop Here

Thursday, October 7

Name: Drop In & Meditate 
Hosted by: Access Barnard and the Furman Counseling Center
Time: 4:00pm-4:30pm EST
Location: Milstein LL017
Zoom Meeting ID: 966 4556 1134
Passcode: 188585

Join Access Barnard and the Furman Counseling Center for 15 minutes of meditation to relax and release day to day stress! 
Join Drop-In & Mediate Workshop Here

Tuesday, October 12

Name: How To Develop A Sound Thesis
Hosted By: Science Fellows
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
Location: Diana Center LL104

In this workshop, Science Writing Fellows provide support on starting a research based thesis for the STEM disciplines. The workshop outlines the basic sections of the thesis and what topics might be covered in each section. We also compare ways in which these sections are similar or different to past lab reports written for other lab classes. 
RSVP Here for Science Fellows Workshop

Thursday, October 14

Name: Imposter Syndrome Part 1 
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
Location: Milstein Center LL001

Impostor syndrome impacts everyone at different points in their lived experience.  This workshop will define what imposter syndrome is and how it manifests itself during college and best ways to combat it.  
Join the Imposter Syndrome Workshop Here

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

P/D/F now available for Fall 2021 classes & reminder of rules and limitations

If you are considering electing the p/d/f option for a fall 2021 course, you may now do so via the Barnard Portal.  The last day to elect the p/d/f option is November 18, 2021 (also the W deadline).

**Special note for mid-year grads -- you cannot uncover grades of P elected in your last semester. 

Also, reminder that last year's special p/d/f rules are no longer in effect - courses taken p/d/f this year are subject to the usual rules.  Read all about p/d/f on the Registrar's website:


Current students may elect P/D/F grading in a maximum of 23 points (22 points for students entering as transfers).  Courses that are only available with P/F grading are not counted. Courses where p/d/f grading is chosen but the grade is later uncovered will still count towards the credit limit.

The instructor is not informed when a student elects the Pass/D/Fail option. The instructor will assign a letter grade, which will be converted to P/D/F.  Because of this, students may see a letter grade in SSOL and should reference their Barnard transcript to see the P/D/F grade.

  • A letter grade of A+ through C- will appear on the transcript as a P, and will not count in the gpa

  • A letter grade of D will appear on the transcript as a D, and will count in the gpa

  • A letter grade of F will appear on the transcript as an F, and will count in the gpa

Classes taken for p/d/f grades can be applied to general education requirements but not to major or minor requirements.  

How to elect or revoke the p/d/f option

After the registration deadline for a term, students can elect p/d/f grading for any registered course.   The deadline to make this election (or to undo it - also called “revoking”) is posted in the academic calendar.  Students may not request P/D/F retroactively.

To elect the pd/f/ option:

-Go to  (Use a browser other than Safari).

- Under the Academics tab, click on "Planning your courses", and then "Request P/D/F for a course".

- Log in

-Click on Pass/D/Fail.  

-Click “P/D/F” in the Select column for each course you want to take p/d/f.  Be sure to submit a request for each part of a course (e.g. lecture and lab). 

-Click submit.


After 3 business days, you can return to the same portal page to check the status of your request.

-If your request is still pending, you will see your request but no action.

-If your request has been approved, you will see “Approved” in the PDF Status column 

-You will also see “Grading: Pass/Fail” on the course section in Student Planning.


If you requested P/D/F for a course in your major department

-you will see "Dept Chair approval reqd" in the PDF Status column.

-you will also receive email instructing you to obtain department chair approval by a certain deadline

-If the request is approved by the Chair, you will see a status of “Approved.”  If not, it will say “Denied.”


To undo/ revoke your p/d/f election (must be done prior to the p/d/f deadline):

-click on “Revoke” in the Select column.

-Within 3 business days, the “Grading: Pass/Fail” note will have returned to “Graded” in Student Planning.

-If you revoke the p/d/f election, it will not count towards your p/d/f credit limit.

-If you drop or officially withdraw from a class that you had previously p/d/f'd, you should also revoke the p/d/f so that it won't count towards your p/d/f limit.

Senior FAQ: I submitted a form -- how do I know if it was received, reviewed, or approved?

Did you submit one of the online forms that are available via the Slate for Students website? 

Wondering if/when it was received, approved, processed, etc.?

Here's how to check.

1. Log into Slate directly or find it on the Barnard Portal under the Academics tab

 2. In the Home tab of Slate, scroll down to the bottom of the page, to Forms Submitted. There you'll see any forms you have submitted and can track them along their route from submitted to approved and processed. The legend below explains any symbols

3. That's it!

Help Rooms open for drop-in support in Computer Science, Economics, Math, Organic Chemistry II, Physics, and Spanish!

Looking for some peer support?  Drop in to one of these help rooms!

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

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

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

Spanish Help Room

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

RESOURCE: Barnard Computer Sciene Help Room now open!


The Computer Science Help Room is open for the Fall semester.


Fall 2021 Schedule

Tuesdays: 12 pm - 2 pm, 3 pm - 7pm

Wednesdays: 2pm - 4pm, 5 pm - 7pm

Thursdays: 3 pm - 5 pm

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