Academic Advising and Registration

Barnard College students are assigned an academic adviser and are expected to meet with them at least four times a year. Students can count on their advisers for information about policies and procedures, and for guidance on how to plan their programs in order to satisfy the College's degree requirements.


Major Advising

During the sophomore year, students declare a major and select an adviser who will work with them for the next two years. Students who choose to double major will have two major advisers. Students who know which major they would like to pursue but are unsure how to select an adviser, should consult with the chair of the department. Students may also contact particular faculty members in order to decide if they would be a good match. Each semester, most departments hold meetings or open houses to help students make informed decisions about majors. These meetings provide an opportunity to meet faculty members within a department.

Special and Combined Major 

Students wishing to apply for a special or combined major should discuss requirements and procedures with their Class Dean. Once they are at the point of making application, they should follow the instructions on the Special Major Form or the Combined Major Form, and obtain the necessary approvals, conveying support for their proposed major.

Petition for Changes to a Combined or Special Major

This petition is only for requests for changes to special or combined majors that have already been approved. Students should return the completed Petition for Changes to a Combined or Special Major Form (with all required approvals) to the Registrar's Office, 107 Milbank.

Transfer Student Advising

Barnard has a long and happy tradition of welcoming transfer students. Christina Kuan Tsu is the Class Dean for Transfer students. Students should schedule an appointment or email her at  The Registrar's office also assists new transfer students, helping them negotiate the particulars of the Barnard curriculum course selection process.

Students who transfer after two full years of study at another institution typically move directly to major declaration. Those who are classified as first-year or sophomore students will continue with their initial advisers until the appropriate time (see above section about the major). Visiting students are assigned advisers to assist with procedures and to act as a general resources during the student's stay at Barnard. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Studies for more information.