Monday, January 17, 2022



Barnard College

Dear Students,

Please read the important information below about the Spring Semester and Shopping Period.


Registering for Spring Classes


Registration is currently open in Student Planning from now through Friday, January 28 (weekdays only).  


The final spring registration deadline is Friday, January 28. By that date, be sure that you have:


Registered for all classes you intend to take this spring (including any zero-credit discussion section or lab classes). Note that you will not be able to register for two classes that overlap in time.
Requested adviser approval of your final schedule
Received special permission from your adviser if you are planning to take more than 19 credits this spring.


Course Meeting Information


All Barnard and Columbia classes will begin the semester fully remote. Visit the Canvas/CourseWorks course site and click on “Zoom Class Sessions” on the left-hand navigation bar to access your classes remotely.


Starting on Monday, January 31, most classes will move to in-person instruction. Classroom information can be found in the Directory of Classes.  


Shopping Period


As always, you have an opportunity at the beginning of each semester to visit classes for which you are not registered so that you can learn more about the class content and format, to help you decide if you would like to enroll in the class. For Spring 2022, the shopping period will be online via Zoom for most classes. Some courses may not be available for shopping, or shopping may be limited to only students on the waitlist.


Starting Tuesday, January 18, you can access the Zoom links for any course you would like to visit by following these steps:


Find the class in the Directory of Classes
Click on the “View in Vergil” link - this will take you to the class’ page in Vergil
Scroll down and click on the “View in CourseWorks” button - this will take you to the class’ CourseWorks site
Click on “Zoom Class Sessions” on the left-hand navigation bar


During the “shopping period,” CourseWorks sites will be set to show most posted course material, including the syllabus, assignments, and the course zoom link.


At the end of the registration period (Friday, January 28), the CourseWorks site of a class will be automatically closed to all students not officially registered.


Enrollment Confirmation Process


As in the fall, final enrollment confirmation for new and continuing students will entail both a student’s successful registration for classes and payment of the term bill (students on payment plans must be up-to-date on scheduled payments). Both steps must be completed by the semester registration/add deadline (end of the second week of classes, January 28).


Students who have not completed both of these steps by the 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.


Holds Will Prevent Add/Drop


If you have a hold (e.g. a hold placed by the bursar, dean’s office, health services), you will need to clear the hold before you can add/drop courses during the registration period at the start of the semester (January 18 - 28).


Don’t Forget to Sign the Community Pledge


If you have not already done so, please sign the required Community Pledge, and complete both the Barnard student COVID-19 training and Columbia student COVID-19 training. These are important as a member of the Barnard community and help ensure continued access to campus buildings on both campuses.


Applying to Graduate


If this is your final semester at Barnard and you are planning to graduate in May, the deadline to apply for graduation is Friday, January 21. If you have not already done so, please be sure to submit your application by that date. You can find the application at, in the Graduation tab.


Deferred Exams


If you had an extenuating circumstance requiring you to defer any of your final exams in December, the instructor will be in touch regarding the date and format of the exam. Deferred exams may be given remotely or in-person, at the discretion of the instructor. If the exam will be given remotely, the instructor will communicate with you about the day/time.  If the exam will be given in-person, it will happen on either Monday, January 31 or Friday, February 4. Please check the Registrar’s Office website for further details during the week of January 24. All deferred exams must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, February 4. If you are eligible to take exams with CARDS, please be in touch with regarding plans for your deferred exam.


Looking Forward


Please be sure to reference the academic calendar to remain aware of the different academic deadlines, such as dropping, withdrawing and electing P/D/F for your classes.  

Best wishes for a good start to the semester, and a happy and healthy new year.


Jennifer Simmons



Holly Tedder

Dean for Academic Planning & Class Advising