Summer Term: Living on Campus
Dates for Summer housing:
Summer A only (May 1 - June 18)
Summer B only (June 27 - August 16)
Both Summer A & B (May 1 - August 16)
- The deadline to apply for Summer on-campus housing was March 29.
- Students were able to apply to live on campus for Summer A only, Summer B only or both Summer A & B. Any Barnard student was eligible to apply for summer housing.
- Refer to the Bursar’s website for information on summer Billing and Financial Assistance Policies and Procedures
- Students are assigned to individual bedrooms in suites with other students. All buildings feature air-conditioning and access to a kitchen.
- There is no charge during the interim weeks between Summer A and B.
Summer Dining Information and Meal Plan
For summer of 2021, Barnard Dining Services will be limited to retail operations on the Barnard Campus. Meal plans will be available through Columbia University Dining Services. Details are as follows.
Barnard Retail Locations, Summer B
Liz’s Place in the Diana Center:
Monday through Friday, 8am - 2pm.
Has Kosher and halal meals
Peet’s Coffee in the Milstein Center:
Monday through Friday, 11am - 6pm.
Closed for intersession between Summer A and B, 6/19-27.
Both are closed on weekends.
Pay via cash, credit/debit, or Dining Dollars purchased through Columbia University.
Barnard dining halls will not operate during the summer. Students wishing to purchase a summer meal plan may obtain a Columbia University Dining meal plan through Barnard’s Bursar’s office (links below). CU dining halls will operate beginning Wednesday, April 28. Information and sign up for CU dining plans is available on their website. Important links are as follows. You must scan the pdf of your contract to firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be billed properly.
- Columbia Dining
- Descriptions of Summer Plans
- Sign-up for Summer Meal Plans (non-SRI)
- Sign-up for Summer Meal Plans (SRI)
*The deadline to change meal plan selections was May 7. Meal Plan Cancellation requests are not allowed. Other terms and conditions can be found on the Dining Contracts.
Quarantine and Isolation Meals During the Summer
Residential students in quarantine and isolation during the course of the summer will be responsible for arranging their own meals through meal delivery services such as GrubHub. Information will be provided to students about delivery logistics upon entering isolation or quarantine. Students who purchase CU meal plans may have those meals delivered during periods of quarantine or isolation as arranged through Barnard's Pandemic Response Team. Barnard will ensure that all such students are afforded meals regardless of financial circumstances. Students in quarantine should minimize the time spent in common areas, such as the kitchen, and therefore should order prepared meals rather than cook their meals.
Financial Assistance for Summer Meal Plans
Students on financial aid who are enrolled in classes:
Students on financial aid who are enrolled in classes will receive financial assistance toward Columbia’s Meal Plan 2 (14 meals per week). Financial assistance will be determined based on the student’s family contribution for Academic Year 2021 (detailed below). There is no assistance for the purchase of Dining Dollars or Flex or any other level of meal plans.
**Students on financial aid who will be participating in SRI and on a different move-in schedule than students taking classes in Summer A: Students will be offered a modified move-in plan based on their move-in dates. Details were shared the week of April 26.
Once a student signs up (students must sign up; it is not automatic), their account is billed for the full rate of $1,338 for summer A Block or $2676 for Blocks A and B and then credited on their Barnard account to reflect this financial assistance according to the following. Please note that there is no meal plan option for Block B only.
- Meal plan credits for students whose annual family contribution (as indicated on her award letter) for the 2020-2021 academic year is
- less than $5000: receives a full credit of $1,338 per block (does not pay anything)
- Between $5000-$20000: receives a credit of $1,204 per block (pays $134)
- Between $20001-$50000: receives a credit of $803 per block (pays $535)
- Above $50001: receives a credit of $535 per block (pays $803)
Summer Advising, Registration & Enrollment
Advising and Registration: Procedures and Policies
The summer presents an opportunity for all students who have earned fewer than 45 credits for the academic year to register for additional courses. For students who paid full-tuition charges for both Fall and Spring semesters(this includes students who received financial aid), these courses may be taken at no additional cost (except for any supplementary course fees). Students who do not meet this criteria will be responsible for paying for any additional credits at the $1,860 per credit rate. Students who wish to exceed the 45 credit maximum will be required to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing and provide compelling reasons for needing the extra credits this year. If approved, they will be billed at the rate of $1,860 per credit.
Given the unique circumstances of the Academic Year 2020-21 calendar, summer credits will be treated somewhat differently this year:
- Credits taken at Barnard or through eligible Columbia programs during summer 2021 are excluded from the maximum of 16 summer credits -- as well as from the overall maximum of 60 external credits – that Barnard students are allowed to count towards the Barnard degree.
- Credits taken at Barnard or through eligible Columbia programs in summer 2021 will count as institutional (not transfer) credit and will count towards a student’s Barnard GPA.
- Courses and grades taken at Barnard or through eligible Columbia programs will display on the Barnard transcript as they do during the fall and spring semesters.
- Because of the added third semester this academic year, it is expected that all summer 2021 coursework will be taken either at Barnard or through eligible Columbia Programs. Exceptions to this policy will be considered only for students who were enrolled full-time at Barnard in both fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Summer credit options outside of Barnard and eligible Columbia programs must be pre-approved by the Class Dean. More information can be found here.
Barnard summer courses will appear in the Directory of Classes beginning the week of February 22, 2021. Please note that courses will not be visible in Student Planning until March 1.
Although faculty advisors will be available to assist your planning as needed, your advisors will not be required to activate the "Grant Permission to Register" function in order for you to register for summer courses. Please reach out to your advisor or Class Dean as needed.
Barnard International Students on F-1 visas that are interested in taking in-person classes during the 2021 summer session must be in “active” status. Students not presently in “active” F-1 visa status, should email email@example.com to discuss eligibility.
Guidelines for summer registration can be found on the Registration website
Any questions regarding summer course registration should be directed to the Office of the Registrar and guidelines for summer registration can be found here.
Please note the Leave of Absence policies have been updated for the 2020-21 academic year.
Grading Policies for 2020-2021
Standard grading policies have been restored for the 2020-2021 academic year with one exception: the Pass/D/Fail option will follow normal procedures, except that P/D/F courses will not count towards the four-year total of 23 P/D/F credits [or 22 for transfer students] allowed. In addition to this policy change, the First Year Experience Program piloted a Pass/Fail policy for First Year Writing and First Year Seminar this academic year.
The procedures for electing a P/D/F are delineated on the Registrar's website.
Move-in Dates and General Information
Move-in dates for the Fall semester are August 29, 30, and 31.
- August 29: Incoming first-year and transfer students
- August 30: Returning sophomores
- August 31: All other students move in
Orientation: NSOP and Welcome Back Welcome Home
New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is a multi-day event for members of the Class of 2025 and new transfer students, designed to help the newest members of our community learn about campus resources and build relationships with each other. Students will receive more information about NSOP schedules and orientation groups later in the summer.
Welcome Back, Welcome Home is a new extended orientation program for new and returning students. Returning students will receive information later in the summer about events and activities specifically for the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024, many of whom have been away from campus for a year due to the pandemic.
Visit the Orientation website for any updates.
- All students will be asked to sign up for a check-in time slot on their designated move-in day.
- We encourage students to wait to make travel arrangements until they have selected their check-in time slot. If students must arrange travel now, please be flexible, as planned arrival in New York may not align with the time slots available.
- We will hold times specifically for those traveling from time zones other than EDT.
- Move-in time slots will be sent in late July and housing/roommate assignments will also be sent in late July (early August for first-years). Applicants without guaranteed housing will hear more from Residential Life in early August.
- Additional Information for new students
- Residential Life Calendar with Important Dates
- Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Health & Safety
As a residential community, we want to do all we can to help protect the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. Having a fully vaccinated student body also puts us in a better position to return to the many activities and experiences that existed on our campus prior to the pandemic.
- Students are required to provide proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
- We encourage students to get vaccinated as soon as possible; students should plan on having their final dose no later than August 1.
- Information will be posted soon about how to upload proof of vaccine to be in compliance with this requirement.
- Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated via an application process. Details will be posted here soon.
- The College will work closely with international students and others who may not have ready access to vaccines over the summer.
Send any questions you may have to email@example.com.
Move-in Guidelines & Arrival Testing
The Move-In, Testing, and Arrival Quarantine Outline provides an overview of what to expect during the move-in process.
- Please note that all students must take a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus.
- More details will be communicated in the coming weeks.
- We do accommodate student requests for move-in assistance for disability-related reasons through the Center for Accessibility Resources and Disability Services (CARDS) website.
We look forward to welcoming students, families, and other guests onto campus during move-in.
- Visitors won’t be required to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 to come onto campus, but only students will be allowed into the residence halls during move-in in order to manage density in our residence halls at a time when people are arriving to campus from all over the world.
- We hope to allow residence hall visits from students' family members and friends later in the semester.
It is our collective responsibility to be mindful of one another and to act with the utmost respect and consideration of the community around us. Therefore, all members of the Barnard community will be expected to acknowledge and adhere to a Community Pledge, including that all community members comply with our health and safety guidelines.
A Community Pledge for the 2021-2022 academic year will be made available in the coming weeks.
Review our current Community Conduct information.
- All Fall semester classes will be taught in person, and students should plan to attend classes on campus in New York City.
- We are closely monitoring information regarding international students’ ability to obtain a visa. As needed, International Student Services (ISS) will contact students as information about their home countries becomes available. Questions or concerns should be directed to ISS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Visit the Registrar’s website for information on class registration updates.
Save the Date!! September 14 at Riverside Church! Convocation, a tradition in which the entire Barnard community gathers together to officially open the academic year. Community-wide reception will follow. Class color t-shirts will be distributed to all classes.
The Ivy League expects a return to regular competition for Fall 2021.
On Campus Fitness
Barnard Fitness Center remains closed but we continue to offer Virtual Fitness Programs in collaboration with Columbia through Fitbear Programming over the summer. Check back regarding Fall hours.
Dodge Fitness Center at Columbia has limited and phased reopening for the use of enrolled undergraduate Columbia and Barnard undergraduate students. The number of available slots for undergraduates will be no more than 320 per day. They will continue to monitor and re-evaluate use based on several health and safety factors as they work toward inviting more of the campus community to utilize their athletics facilities.
Barnard will provide access to Dodge Gym through August 6 at no additional charge, for all students enrolled in summer classes or participating in SRI. This is a special arrangement for this summer only. We will provide reimbursement to any eligible Barnard students who have already paid for summer access. If you have already paid the Dodge fee directly to Columbia, please contact the Bursar at email@example.com and then a credit will be placed on your account.
Columbia has taken significant steps to ensure the safety and well-being of patrons and staff, and developed a list of required protocols. Below is additional information, including a link to the fitness reservation website and Frequently Asked Questions.
Dodge Fitness Center Spring term rules and regulations
Time-specific reservations are being accepted for “exercise pods” within specific fitness areas. Students must make a reservation here prior to visiting the fitness center and must retain your reservation receipt in order to enter the DFC on the date of your reservation.
Before arriving to the Dodge Fitness Center
- Read and sign the University Health Compact. (This is different from Barnard’s pledge. You will find Columbia’s on the ReopenCU app)
- Take the COVID-19 Safety Training (Also located on the ReopenCU app. Different from Barnard’s training)
- Complete your required COVID-19 tests. Barnard students must be in Barnard’s testing program and in compliance with Barnard’s twice weekly testing expectation for students.
- Complete the daily symptom attestation on the ReopenCU app
- Reserve an exercise pod for up to a 60 minute workout. Pods are reserved up to 72 hours in advance for a specific day and time.
- Columbia University UNI and Password are required for pod reservations.
- Locker rooms will not be available for storage or change of clothing; Locker rooms will only be available for bathroom use.
- We encourage you to fill and bring a personal water bottle although bottle fill stations will be available for use.
While at the Dodge Fitness Center
- At the front desk, you must present their CUID, approved ReopenCU status, and exercise pod reservation receipt.
- For the safety of staff and your fellow patrons, wear an approved face covering/fabric mask at ALL TIMES; unapproved face coverings include bandanas, gaiters, buffs and plastic face shields.
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Utilize hand sanitizer stations located through the facility before and after touching surfaces.
- Abide by all posted regulations and directional signage; Stairwells will be reserved to travel in only one direction.
- Remain in your assigned pod throughout the duration of your reservation.
- Disinfect equipment before and after use.
- At the end of your reservation, deposit your used cleaning towel in the bin near the area monitor station, check out with the monitor, and proceed to the exit. You should not be staying in the building after your workout.
All student services are open over the summer, including Access Barnard, Student, Life, CARDS. Furman Counseling Center and Primary Care Health Services(PCHS) are also open. You will want to check with these offices about their hour.
All seniors are welcome to continue their coursework in Summer A and Summer B, as long as they remain below 45 credits for the year, and all seniors taking courses in Summer A or B were allowed to participate in the April Commencement ceremonies.
Degrees will not officially be conferred until all Barnard and Columbia coursework is complete. June 2021 will be the official degree conferral date for seniors who complete their coursework in Summer A. October 2021 will be the official degree conferral date for seniors who complete their coursework in Summer B.