Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Senior year FACT OR FICTION: Caps and gowns for Barnard graduating seniors are free?

Is it true that Barnard graduating seniors get caps and gowns for free?

YES; this is FACT. Cost for cap & gown is included in tuition and fees for Barnard graduating seniors. If you see your CC/SEAS/GS friends ordering and paying for regalia, don't worry about it -- just stay tuned for more information about how and when you can pick up your free cap and gown.

Heard a rumor and want to know if it's true?  Submit requests for this series to SeniorClassDean@barnard.edu

DEADLINE REMINDER: Graduating this winter or spring? Apply to graduate by December 10, 2021

If you are planning to complete your degree requirements at the end of the current fall semester – or at the end of the upcoming spring semester – it’s time for you to apply to graduate.

To have your degree awarded, you must apply to graduate (even if you do not plan to attend commencement ceremonies).

Go to:


--> Graduation tab

--> Apply for Graduation (You will need to log in again and select “Graduation Application” from the list of available options)

If you expect to finish requirements this semester, apply for Winter 2022 graduation.
The deadline to apply to graduate this semester is Friday, December 10.

If you expect to finish requirements next semester, apply for Spring 2022 graduation.

After submitting the form successfully, you will see an on-screen confirmation page.  You will not receive an email or other form of confirmation, so be sure to print or save a screenshot of this for your records.

Please note: If you are planning to graduate at the end of the fall term and have an incomplete grade, please ensure you have submitted the work by January 15, 2022 or an earlier deadline that was previously approved.

If you are not planning to graduate this year, please complete this form in Slate for Students so that we can update your record.

Thank you and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

If you have any questions, you can contact registrar@barnard.edu

Barnard Commencement date, time & location announced: Wednesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall

You should by now have received the following email from Dean Grinage:

Dear Barnard Class of 2022,

We are delighted to announce that Barnard College Commencement 2022 will be held in person on Wednesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. The Columbia University Commencement will be held the morning of Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. on Columbia’s campus.


Commencement marks your tremendous achievements, which are even more notable given this extraordinary time. We are working hard to plan a memorable event and are so glad to be able to be back at Radio City, a beautiful and iconic venue. Registration will be required along with health and safety protocols for all guests. We will announce our Commencement speaker, as well as the medalists being honored during the ceremony, in the spring semester.


Additional details will be made available on the Commencement 2022 webpage as they become available. If you have any additional questions in the months leading up to Commencement, you can email commencement@barnard.edu.


I look forward to celebrating this special day with you.




Leslie Grinage

Dean of the College

CEP Plan-a-Thon, Thursday 12/2, 1-3PM, Milstein 126


Come create your study schedule for final projects & exams! Explore and design planning tools that work best for you. Materials like paper and stickers as well as templates for daily, weekly, and monthly planning will be provided. 

You will also be entered into a raffle for a special planning-related prize if you attend! 

No RSVP needed–simply stop by Milstein 126 anytime between 1-3PM on Thursday 12/2 to participate!

Monday, November 29, 2021

UPDATED: Deadline & process reminder: how do I withdraw from a class with a W by the *new* Dec. 6 deadline?


The deadline to withdraw from a fall 2021 class is now December 6. 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. 

Note: You may not withdraw from a class if doing so would leave you with fewer than 12 credits.


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.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

UPDATE: *NEW* Dec 13 Deadline & Important Rules Reminder for P/D/F

If you are considering electing the p/d/f option for a fall 2021 course, the last day to elect the p/d/f option is now December 13, 2021 the last day of classes (note that this is not the same as the W deadline -- that is December 6).

**Special note for mid-year grads -- you cannot uncover grades of P from a course taken during  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

Friday, November 19, 2021

Need an extra credit or two this spring? Here are a few options

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. 

**Be sure to check course descriptions for special registration procedures or necessary permissions.

Know of something that's not on here? Email SeniorClassDean@barnard.edu, and we'll add it!

1-2 credit course options:

Thursday, November 18, 2021

REPOST: 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!

Having registration issues? The Registrar has you covered with drop-in help available via Zoom every day Nov 15-18

Got registration questions or experiencing technical difficulties when trying to register?

Email the Registrar

Or, check the Barnard portal (Academics tab) for the url to speak with a Registrar staff member by Zoom (Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. EST). 

The links can also be found here:

For students with last names: A-L

Join Zoom Meeting https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/93829966897
Meeting ID: 938 2996 6897

For students with last names: M-Z

Join Zoom Meeting https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/94925228215
Meeting ID: 949 2522 8215

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Senior FAQ: Can I take 2 classes that overlap?

Thanks to everyone who suggested we address this important question!

Short answer: NO
Even if both classes may be recorded, you my not take two classes that overlap, as the expectation is that students will attend classes in-person and synchronously, as there is no substitute for the learning experience of interacting with faculty and fellow students in person and in real time.

Longer answer: Very occasionally, in very specific circumstances, and by petition only

Okay; how do I petition?
Contact your class dean for information about how to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing to take overlapping classes. Petitions submitted by Tuesday will be considered at the following Thursday's CPAS meeting.

How likely is it that my petition will be approved?
Such petitions are only rarely approved. Petitions with a greater chance of success will include:
  • Both classes are required (major or general education req)
  • Both can only be taken this semester due to compelling reason like impending graduation
  • Both faculty members are aware of the conflict and support the petition
  • Course overlap is minimal, e.g. 10-15 minutes once a week.
What should I do while I'm waiting to know if my petition is approved?
  • Add a "Plan B" course to keep your options open
  • If you're currently registered for both conflicting classes, stay in them. If your petition is not approved, you will ultimately need to drop one. If you don't drop one, the registrar will drop whichever was most recently added.
  • If you're not registered for both classes, the system will not let you register for conflicting courses, though you may plan or waitlist for a course that conflicts with a registered course. We recommend that you strategically register for whichever course is more important and//or more likely to fill up if you wait.