Friday, September 24, 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.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Want to uncover a summer 2021 grade of P? You can do it Sept 24 - October 27.

If you elected the p/d/f option for a summer 2021 class, you may now uncover that grade if you like, as long as you do the following after Sept 24 and before the October 27 deadline.

Go to --> Academics --> Taking Classes --> Change P/D/F Status


You will be able to elect the p/d/f option for fall 2021 classes beginning Sept 27.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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:

Monday, September 20, 2021

How to view your position on waitlists

To view your position on a waitlist for a course, you’ll need to log into SSOL (Student Services Online) using your Columbia UNI and password.

Once you log into SSOL, click on the “Registration” link on the home screen under the Academic Records section of the Your Data tab.

From there, click the “Continue with Fall 2021Registration” button on the following screen.

You will be taken to a screen with both classes you are currently registered for and classes you are on the waitlist for. On SSOL, classes under the “Fall 2021 classes” refer to classes you are registered for and classes under the “Fall 2021 Wish List” refer to classes you’re on the waitlist for.

When you’re on the waitlist for a class, SSOL will tell you either your position on the waitlist or it will say “Pending Approval.”

If a class gives you your position on the waitlist, this indicates that the waitlist is automatic. This means that the waitlist for the class is managed by the online registration services. If a person drops the class, the student who is in position 1 on the waitlist will automatically be added to the class.

If a course says “Pending Approval” under the waitlist, this means that the professor for the course is self-managing the waiting list. Rather than students automatically getting into the class from the waitlist, the professor is individually reviewing students for admittance to the class.

DEADLINE REMINDER: Registration, Adviser Approval, Enrollment Confirmation deadline TUESDAY Sept 21

Don't forget:

1.  Your Fall 2021 Course Plan in Student Planning must show, in green (i.e. fully registered)all courses that you are taking this semester, including any PE, Dance technique, Varsity sport, or rehearsal/performance course for which you will earn credit this semester. 

2.  Your adviser must approve your course schedule by clicking "Review Complete" in Student Planning.  Ideally, they will do this during an advising meeting with you.  If there are extenuating circumstances making it impossible for you and your adviser to meet until next week, your adviser may click Review Complete upon confirming an appointment day/time with you for next week.  Need advice/approval and can't reach your adviser?  Visit us in the Dean of Studies office!

Don't forget to drop any classes or waitlists that you no longer need.

If you are unable to add a course that you know that you're in, or if you are unable to drop a course or leave a waitlist for something you're not taking, please visit or contact the Registrar's

It is possible that a credit for a P.E. course, Dance technique course, or Varsity sport may appear after the registration deadline (if the course is eligible for credit for the P.E. requirement). If this does not happen automatically, you may need to fill out a form.

Tuesday, Sept 21 is the last day you may officially add a course
to your schedule. If you need to add a course to your schedule after that date, you will need to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing for permission to do so (contact your class dean if you need info about this), and a late fee may be charged.

You may still drop courses until the Drop Deadline (see Academic Calendar for drop deadlines.  To drop a course after Sept 21, you will need to meet with your adviser for approval, so your adviser can submit their approval of your drop request no later that 4:30 p.m. on the drop deadline. Find this and all other deadlines on the Academic Calendar and consider adding the Academic Calendar to your gBear calendar.



Reminder that there is no separate Enrollment Confirmation process this year. You confirm your enrollment by (1) registering for classes and (2) paying your bill by the Sept 21deadline. See this blog post for how to tell what kind of hold you may have, and contact the Bursar if you need to discuss your bill.

**Note about Courseworks/Canvas**
Until the registration deadline, your CourseworksCanvas page may not look exactly like your Student Planning page because it takes some time for an added class on myBarnard to appear on Courseworks, and it takes some extra time for a dropped class to disappear. Courseworks will catch up eventually. The most important thing is to make sure that your enrollments are accurate on your Student Planning Fall 2021 page. 

*NEW reduced bureaucracy alert*: No more separate "enrollment confirmation" procedure

Remember how, in past semesters, in addition to registering for classes and getting adviser approval of your schedule, you also had to do a separate process through myBarnard where you confirmed your enrollment in the College?

Good news! You don't have to do that any more!

Beginning in Fall 2020, final enrollment confirmation for new and continuing students now entails both 

  1. A student’s successful registration for classes and 
  2. Payment of the term bill (for students on payment plans, be up to date on scheduled payments) 

by the semester registration/add deadline (end of the second week of classes).

It is essential that you do both of these things to avoid very negative consequences: 

Students who have not completed both of these steps by the semester registration/add deadline will be deregistered for courses and, therefore, considered not enrolled for the semester. Students will then automatically be placed on a personal leave of absence.

If you have a hold that in past semesters would have blocked enrollment confirmation (e.g. a hold placed by the bursar, dean’s office, health services), you will need to clear that hold before you can add/drop courses during the registration period at the start of the semester.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

DEADLINE ALERT: Uncover spring 2021 grades of P by Sept 21 if desired

If you elected the p/d/f option for a spring 2021 class, you may now uncover that grade if you like, as long as you do the following by the Sept 21 deadline.

Go to --> Academics --> Taking Classes --> Change P/D/F Status


This will take you to a page where you can see the grade you would have earned and decide if you want to leave it p/d/f for "uncover" it so the grade will appear on your transcript and participate in your GPA.

You will be able to uncover summer 2021 grades of P from Sept 24 - Oct 27

You will be able to elect the p/d/f option for fall 2021 classes beginning Sept 27.

Monday, September 13, 2021

New class with space available: Ecologies of Transmedia Performance

Supported by Mellon Foundation, Ecologies of Transmedia Performance is developed in collaboration with the NYPL for the Performing Arts for Barnard Teaches, Real Place + Digital Access.


The intersection of theatre and new media technology has produced new forms of transmedia — intermedial, multisite, networked, and immersive performances. These performances may rely on traditional and emerging platforms, haptic and virtual reality technology, video and music mapping, and/or bodily and sensory augmentations. Exploring transmedia performance as both a medial interaction in the physical space of theatre and a multiplatform environment expanding and extending beyond it, this course engages the NYPL for the Performing Arts archive to create an environmentally and socially self-aware (digital) transmedia performance/experience.


To strengthen both academic and digital competencies, the course has two interrelated components. In the theoretical part, we will study the 1935 production of Jumbo and the notions of transmediality it brings forth, and the ways these transmedialities enlist our interaction, (interspecies) attachments, and thoughts. In the practical part, we will learn how to use specific digital tools, such as Google Sites/Scripts, Inform 7, VRChat, and Blender, required by the transmedia performance that, as the final product of this course, we co-create.


The course is open to all Barnard and Columbia students across academic disciplines. For Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors, it fulfills one of the two required courses in dramatic literature/theatre studies/performance studies. 


Course enrollment is limited to 12; permission of instructor given after first class meeting.

Questions? Contact Professor Hana Worthen at


REminder: Convocation 2021 - Tues 9/14/2021, 4:30pm


President Sian Leah Beilock,

the Barnard College Board of Trustees,

and the Faculty of Barnard College

Invite you to



Barnard’s academic tradition celebrating the start of the academic year.


Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

4:30 p.m.


This year we are especially eager to celebrate the start of the academic year with the annual Convocation ceremony, and we are balancing our plans for Convocation with the necessary health and safety measures to keep our community safe in light of the pandemic. To that end, the Convocation ceremony will be held at Riverside Church with limited in-person attendance, and the ceremony will also be live-streamed as a virtual event. First-year and sophomore students will be invited to attend the ceremony in-person at Riverside Church, while juniors and seniors will be invited to join the ceremony virtually at one of our outdoor locations on campus. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the ceremony in-person or to view the livestream. Faculty are invited to don regalia and form the traditional line outside Riverside Church to greet the students as they exit the ceremony. All members of the Barnard community are invited to an outdoor celebration after the ceremony.


Please RSVP


Please visit Barnard College Convocation 2021 for updates.


Questions? Email

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Reminder: Barnard Columbia Chorus, Chamber Singers, studio lessons, and voice classes are BACK -- auditions on Zoom in early September

Students are advised there is a $500 fee for voice lessons unless you sing in the choir, or you are a music major or a music minor.

Barnard Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers

  • Tuesday, September 14th, 2021. 6-9pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. 6-9pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • You may sing a song in any style or language.

Voice Auditions for Solo Studio Lessons and Voice Classes

  • Thursday, September 9th, 2021  6-10pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • Monday, September 13th 6-10pm, in-person in 405 Milbank.

  • You may sing a song in any style or language.

Please reserve a 15min audition time slot here using your name and uni (access the google sheet via your Barnard email). After you have signed up for a time, you will be sent an email requesting a sample video and a form to fill out. Please complete an audition form and email it to Professor Gail Archer and copy all of the voice instructors (emails can be found on the faculty page) a day prior to your audition. All auditions will take place in person in 405 Milbank.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Senior FAQ: I had fulfilled a Foundations req with a past class; why is it now showing in my Degree Audit as "pending completion" with a Fall 2021 class?

First and foremost, if this is happening to you, don't worry!

Second, FYI the Degree Audit is programmed to pull the most recent course that fulfills a requirement.  In addition, in response to student requests, the Audit is now also configured to show registered-but-not-started courses in the degree audit so students can more efficiently plan and review course selections.

OK great, but what if I drop a class that the Degree Audit thinks I'm going to use to fulfill a Foundations requirement?

If a previous course was approved for this requirement, the past course will go back to where it was and the requirement will be fulfilled once more.  It's a good idea to check after dropping a class to make sure this happens.  If it doesn't, use this form to request an update to your audit: Not sure if a past course was approved: check the approved "Snowbird" lists from previous semesters.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Job Opportunity: Apply to be a Computing Fellow!


The Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) at Barnard seeks a new cohort of Computing Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year.

Barnard Computing Fellows are undergraduate peer academic leaders who assist in the development and execution of CSC workshops and other projects. Fellows are “attached” to specific courses where they support the instructor and students in the course. Fellows can meet with students for one-on-one conferences as they embark on a computational project, hold general office hours, or lead interactive computing workshops for the students in or outside of class. Fellows participate in training and workshops, including activities to further develop their computational skills, pedagogy workshops, and topics around the interactions of computing and society.

Applicants should have an interest in peer teaching, some experience coding, and (equally important) a strong willingness to learn. Must be a currently enrolled student in good standing.

We particularly encourage applications from juniors and experienced sophomores, so that they might continue as a Computing Fellow in future years. To apply, please submit a single combined file containing a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your resume through Barnard Works by searching for Job ID 13545.

For more information:

Monday, August 23, 2021

Graduating this year and plagued by the nagging feeling that you must be forgeting something? SENIOR CHECKLIST to the rescue!


Keep track of deadlines and tasks to make sure you're graduating on schedule, using this Senior Checklist.  Link requires gBear login, and spring dates will be further specified when more information is available.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wait; there's a new portal? What's there and how do I find the stuff I need?

If you've been reading your email, or if you recently tried to log into myBarnard and got an error message, then you know that the College has transitioned to a new portal: this is a landing page that links to most of the systems that you need to register for classes, submit forms to the registrar, check your degree progress and more.  It also aggregates some essential updates, news, and resources.

Where do you find the things you need?

Course Registration
As in past semesters, you will register, add, and drop classes at your designated registration times on Student Planning, which you can get to from the link under "Tools & Apps" on the lower left-hand side of the portal, or by going directly to
Registration Times & Holds
To see all your upcoming times and (bonus!) any holds preventing your registration, log into the portal, hover your mouse over Academics, then hover over Planning Your Courses, then click Registration Appointment & Holds. Also, when you log into Student Planning, you'll see just your next registration time when you log into Student Planning (unless you log in during that reg time, in which case you will see no time listed). 
Degree Audit
You can track your progress in completing graduation requirements via the Degree Audit found in WebAdvisor.  Just click on WebAdvisor in the Tools & Apps menu. You'll need to log in again and will then be able to click on Degree Audit.
Pro Tip: don't use Safari! It won't work!

Declare your major, change your degree audit, drop a class after the registration deadline, etc:
The many student forms that used to be on paper or in a variety of different electronic locations and platforms are now almost all aggregated in Slate.   You can get to Slate from the portal by hovering your mouse over Academics in the upper left corner and then clicking on Academic Forms.  You can also get to it directly via the URL you'll see once you do that. Slateis also where you can log in to track the progress of any forms you have submitted (received, approved, processed, etc.).
Don't worry too much about which site you're on
Once you log into the portal, clicking on various links will take you seamlessly (ideally...) from one site to another to do all the things that can be done online with respect to your student record. As long as you're logged in and can find what you need, it doesn't matter if you're in the portal, WebAdvisor, Slate, or Student Planning.

Pro Tip: A lot of what you want will be found by hovering your mouse over Academics on the upper left and then hovering and/or clicking on the sub-menus that appear.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Senior Life Hack: How to check your remaining credits and see if you're on track for graduation

Your Unofficial Transcript is the best place to check how many credits you have left before graduation.
It is easier to find and understand the credit math on the Transcript than on the Degree Audit, particularly if you have repeated classes that allow you to earn credit more than once (e.g. Dance Technique, Advanced Language Through Content, Supervised Research, etc.) or are registered for a yearlong thesis that only gives you grades in spring.

    How to check how many credits you still need to complete your degree:

    Wednesday, August 11, 2021

    Summertime is a good time.... to check your Degree Audit

    Planning to graduate in Spring of this year?  Now's a good time to double-check that you're on track to complete all of your requirements on time.  Planning to graduate in Winter?  Definitely the time to confirm!

    Step 1: Open up both your Degree Audit on myBarnard and your Unofficial Transcript via Student Planning

    Check the Student Planning/myBarnard/Registration printable guide (requires myBarnard/gBear login to view) for instructions if you don't remember how to view your Degree Audit online.

    See previous blog post for how to check remaining credits on your Transcript.

    Step 2: Check for some important stuff

      On your Unofficial Transcript

      1. Are all the classes you took listed, and are all the grades on your transcript?
      2. Are all external credits you expect -- previous college credit, summer credit, AP/IB credit, study abroad credit, etc. -- listed? 
      3. If you're planning to graduate this May 2022:
        1. Have you completed at least 86 credits, thereby attaining senior status? 
        2. Are you registered -- or will you soon register -- for a fall schedule that puts you on track to finish everything that remains by the end of the spring?
      On your Degree Audit
      1. Is your expected graduation date correct?
      2. Are all courses showing up as counting for the requirements you expect them to count for? Or are things listed in "Other" that you expected to see under General Education Requirements (GERs) or in your major?  
      3. If you're planning to graduate this February, everything should be completed or in progress.

      Step 3: Address any issues you identified in Step 2

      Tuesday, August 3, 2021

      Senior Class Dean / College Case Manager Walk-In Hours

      Got a quick question?

      Need to talk to a dean ASAP?

      If you have something complicated or want to be sure you can talk at length, please make an appointment via Dean Grabiner's online scheduler.

      Otherwise, feel free to (virtually) walk in any Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon during (stay tuned for additional IRL times)

      Tuesdays 10-11 AM Eastern Time 

      (except 9/7/2021)

      Thursdays 3-4 PM Eastern Time 

      (except 9/16/2021)

      Monday, August 2, 2021

      Never miss a deadline!: Add the Barnard Academic Calendar to your gBear calendar with one click!

      Worrying about keeping track registration dates, add/drop deadlines, p/d/f and W deadlines, and the like?

      The Registrar has you covered with its Google Calendar version of the Academic Calendar -- you can add this to your gBear or other Google Calendar with just one click!  Registration and add/drop periods for fall are already added in, so this will help you ASAP

      I'm in!  How can I add the Barnard Academic Calendar to my gBear or other Google Calendar?

      1.  Go to (or, honestly, just google-search "Barnard Academic Calendar" -- that's how I find it every time...)

      2.  Click on View Barnard's academic calendar on Google Calendar.   This will open the google calendar

      3.  In the google calendar that opens, go to the bottom right-hand corner and click on the blue square with the white plus sign (you'll know you're in the right place because when you hover your mouse there, text saying "Add to Google Calendar" will pop up).

      4. Once you've added the calendar, set up notifications. Some recommended settings:

      Follow us! 2021-2022 Senior Class Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and add Academic Calendar to your gBear

      Aaaaaah the summer before your senior year....  That carefree time when you're constantly refreshing your email to find out what the fall semester may be like at Barnard, in NYC, in the world...

      We know you have a lot on your mind in general, and particularly these days.  The Senior Class Blog is here to help you keep up with the latest information, deadlines, updates, policies, and procedures, so you know what to do, when to do it, how to stay connected, and how to stay on track. 

      TL;DR: Senior Blog wants YOU to graduate.


      So watch this space, bookmark this blog, and/or follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and add the Barnard Academic Calendar to your gBear (not ours but a great resource) to stay up to date on deadlines, advice, and news you can use to make the most of your senior year.  (You can also follow us on Instagram but tbh that is mostly pictures of cats referred to as "assistant deans" with occasional announcements about walk-in hours and virtual programming)

      Know a campus resource or event that should be on this blog?* Email us!

      *Note: We will only post on-campus events or opportunities sponsored by recognized student organizations or campus offices or professionals.