Friday, August 27, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: Convocation, Tuesday, September 14


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

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Hiring Computing Fellows

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:

Thursday, August 19, 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. Slate is 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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Welcome Home Welcome Back Program for Sophomores

After more than a year of virtual instruction, many of you are probably wondering what to expect in the college classroom. Come to this panel of Speaking Fellows, who work with students on building their skills in order to contribute effectively to class discussions and to do presentations with confidence. You will have the opportunity to sign up for small group workshops with the Speaking Fellows following the panel, so you may put these strategies into practice.

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:

Welcome to Sophomore Year!!

Congratulations on completing your first year at Barnard!  As your Class Dean for your Sophomore year, I hope that you are enjoying your summer break by catching up on some pleasure reading, spending time safely with family and friends, or just relaxing in your favorite quiet spot.

The Sophomore Class Blog is here to help you keep up with the latest information about opportunities, deadlines, updates, policies, and procedures.  The best way to stay informed of each new post on the Blog is to enter your email address under “Follow this Blog” (look to the right!). If you know a campus resource or event that should be on this Blog, don’t hesitate to email me! I'll be happy to post and share it with your peers.

​As your Class Dean, I am here to help you navigate through this exciting next year of college; so you should not hesitate to introduce yourself to me when you see me around campus or to make an appointment with me through my online Google calendar.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer.  I look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Christina Kuan Tsu
Sophomore Class Dean