Policies, Procedures, Academic Standing

Confirming Your Presence at Barnard (Enrollment Confirmation)

All returning students are expected to be present for the start of classes, as indicated on the Academic Calendar. All new students (first-years and transfer students, as well as visiting students) are expected to be present for the start of Orientation (Fall NSOP for first-years and fall transfers, Spring NSOP for spring transfers). Please check the dates on the Academic Calendar to see when those programs begin.

Once on campus, all students, new and returning, are required to confirm their enrollment by signing on to myBarnard (see http://barnard.edu/registrar). Students who do not meet the deadlines may incur fines. 

We understand that events might occur in the lives of students to disrupt their plans; if a returning student cannot be present for the first day of classes or Enrollment Confirmation, she must let the College know before the first day of Enrollment Confirmation. Returning students who cannot be present for the first day must agree to make every effort to be present by the last day of Enrollment Confirmation. Students who have not contacted the college before the end of Enrollment Confirmation and are not present by the last day  may be withdrawn, and will have to seek readmission for the following semester. New students (first-years or transfers) must be present on the first day of orientation, fall or spring. If they cannot be present, they need to notify the College in advance of the first day of the Orientation program. If they do not contact the College, and if they are not present for Fall Orientation, they may be asked to defer their enrollment until the following fall. If transfers are not present on the first day of Spring Orientation, and have not notified the College in advance, their enrollment may be deferred until the fall semester of that year.

Students on F-1 visas (international students, non-U.S. citizens) are expected to manage their visa processes in order to comply with the same deadlines as all new and returning students. 

Students with questions about enrollment, registration, and orientation should contact the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024; students with questions about billing should contact the Bursar's Office at 212-854-2026. 

Academic Standing

A student at Barnard is in good academic standing as long as she is matriculated, and is making satisfactory academic progress towards her degree. The academic standing of all students is reviewed at the end of each semester. The concept of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) mandates that students maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 each semester, and that the number of credits completed towards the degree shows quantitative progress, as indicated in Barnard College policy outlined in the course catalogue under Academic Policies and Procedures/Registration/Classification (online, see http://catalog.barnard.edu/barnard-college/academic-policies-procedures/...). 

Reduced Course Load

Barnard College policy, per federal guidelines, is that every student must be enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) credits each semester, and must successfully complete at least twelve (12) credits with a 2.0 GPA in order to remain in good academic standing each semester.

Students who are registered with the Office of Disability Services, and who have documentation supporting a potential need to pursue a reduced course of study, may do so with permission from the Office of Disability Services. In order to continue making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the federal government and Barnard College, students cannot take fewer than nine (9) credits per semester.  Students registered with ODS can apply for a reduced course load more than once, but cannot take a reduced course load on a frequent basis or they will not be making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the federal government and Barnard College.

Students eligible to take fewer than twelve (12) credits should apply for a reduced course load by filling out the appropriate form here: Reduced Course Load Form. Students should also provide supporting documentation to the Office of Disability Services by 4pm one week before the drop deadline each semester (check the Academic Calendar for dates).  Any requests submitted after the deadlines will not be considered. Students who withdraw from a course after the drop deadline will receive a “W” on their transcript.

Consequences of not being in Good Academic Standing

At the end of each semester, after student grades have been reviewed, a student who is found not to be in good academic standing might face the following consequences:

a) Academic Probation: Students whose semester or cumulative GPA's fall below a 2.0 may be considered to be not in good academic standing, and may be placed on probation. These students will be required to meet with their Class Dean on a regular basis to ensure that they are being connected to the appropriate resources to help support them and help them return to good academic standing.

b) Required Withdrawal: Students whose GPA's fall below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, or students who fail to complete 24 credits at the end of every academic year at minimum, may be asked to withdraw for one semester or one year. These students may be asked to complete credits of coursework outside of Barnard in order to provide evidence of the ability to maintain good academic standing, and to help them make progress towards their degree completion upon their return. Students who fail to make academic progress in one semester may also be asked to withdraw (consideration is given on a case-by-case basis).

c) SAP warning (Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning): Students who may have met the GPA requirement, but have not made satisfactory academic progress towards their degree, may be put on SAP WARNING status for one semester. If students on SAP Warning do not make satisfactory progress in the semester in which they are on SAP Warning, meaning they do not meet the minimum credit requirements for their class year, they may be required to withdraw the following semester. Students who are eligible for financial aid may lose funding, pursuant to determinations made in conjunction with the Financial Aid office. For more information, see online: barnard.edu/finaid/general-policies.

d) Extracurricular or co-curricular activities: Students who are not in good academic standing should note that eligibility for some co-curricular or extra-curricular programs may be impacted by this status.


Appeal requests are considered by the faculty Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, and by the Class Deans. Students wishing to appeal a required withdrawal can do so only in these cases:

a) They would like the faculty Committee on Programs and Academic Standing to consider reducing their sanction (for example, reducing required withdrawal for one year to one semester, or asking not to be required to take coursework elsewhere);

b) They have new information regarding their academic progress that they would like to share with the Committee (e.g., a grade change or unfinished work having been turned in).

Appeals should be made in writing to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing. Due to the short period between semesters, students who have been notified of their academic standing in January (after the fall semester) will have 48 hours after receiving the emailed letter from the Dean of Studies to submit an appeal; students who have been notified in June (after the spring semester) will have seven (7) days from the date on the emailed notification from the Dean of Studies office to submit an appeal.  This appeal should include not only the reasons for the appeal, but also the student's academic plan for moving forward, an explanation of why a sanction might need reconsideration, and plans for returning to good academic standing, and making satisfactory academic progress. Students may speak with their Class Dean for guidance before submitting the appeal. Appeals are written; no appeals are made in person.