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Registration Policies and Instructions

CC/SEAS Visiting and Exchange Students


Registration Availability

Registration is available through Student Services Online (SSOL) during assigned registration times. Registration appointments for Visiting and Exchange students will begin on:

Tuesday, January 5,  2016 @ 9:30am

After this time, you will have multiple registration appointments available  through the "change of program" period or the first two weeks of the semester. To find out what time your registration appointments begin and end on each day, log on to SSOL and select the Registration Appointments tab. 


Registration Instructions


  1. During your registration appointment time, log into Student Services Online (SSOL) and select the Registration  link.
  2. During your appointment time, you may add courses from your "wish list" by selecting the "submit" button. This action will register you for all of the open courses you have selected. Courses that are blocked, full, or in conflict with other courses on your schedule will be left on your "wish list".
  3. To add additional courses to your schedule, enter the 5-digit call number for your course of choice  then select the Add tab. You may also use the search feature to search for courses by title or department.
  4. You may make changes to your schedule (including add/dropping, changing the grading option, or point value) via SSOL during assigned appointment times.
  5. If you find that a course is full, you may have the option of adding your name to an electronic wait list through SSOL.  Students who add their names to a Wait List will either be handled first-come, first-served, or will be asked to provide evidence they meet an instructor’s custom criteria. Once a student is admitted to the course, he or she is notified via email that course registration is successful and removed from the Wait List.  For more information about the wait list CLICK HERE.
  6. In addition to the undergraduate divisions, there are 16 graduate/professional divisions within (or affiliated with) Columbia University (full list here). CC/SEAS Visiting & Exchange Students may have the opportunity to enroll in some of these courses. Interested students should contact their Advising Dean for specific enrollment procedures. Read more about taking courses in other divisions of the University.





Registration Policies & Important Deadlines


  • Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 points to maintain full-time status, and may register for no more than 22 points.
  • Generally all courses must be taken for a letter grade (for Columbia College grading policies, click here; for SEAS grading policies, click here).
  • However, students enrolled in Columbia College programs may select 1 course for a grade of Pass/D/Fail per semester. For information about this policy and restrictions, click HERE.
  • Students in the Engineering program may choose to take a course for Pass/Fail.
  • The  last day to add a course to your schedule without special approval is the second Friday of the semester (change of program period): Friday, January 29, 2016
  • After January 29th, during the Post-Change of Program Add/Drop Period, students may add or drop certain courses in SSOL, with faculty or departmental approval, until the drop deadline.  Once faculty or departmental approval is granted, students will be sent an email to that effect and then must complete the registration action in SSOL by officially adding the course to their schedule. Read the Post-Change of Program Period Student Quick Guide (PDF) for more information.
  • The last day to drop a course from your schedule depends on your program (see academic calendar HERE)


Courses that Require Special Registration Procedures

You may find that some courses are restricted and not available for registration through SSOL.  Some departments reserve the right to restrict course availability to a specific student population, excluding visiting students.   However, in some cases, restricted courses may just require special registration procedures. In these cases, students should attend the class on the first day, obtain the appropriate approvals/signatures, and submit an  Registration Adjustment Form to their advising dean in the Center for Student Advising (403 Lerner Hall). For more information regarding courses that require special registration procedures, read below.


Special Permission/Instructor Approval

If special permission is required from the department (or if prior knowledge/coursework in the field is a prerequisite) you must see the department for approval to register for that course. 


Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Courses

Students interested in registering for courses in the IEOR Department must complete a cross-registration form/request. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Advanced Seminars and Workshops

If you wish to register for an advanced class for which permission or application is required, you must contact the relevant department directly and secure permission from the faculty member teaching the class or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Find their location and contact information in the Columbia College Bulletin. 


Creative Writing 

Creative Writing workshops at the Intermediate, Advanced, and Senior level require an application and professor approval.  Students should submit applications and writing samples directly to the Undergraduate Creative Writing Department by the established deadline prior to the start of the semester. Please click here for more information about this process.


Language Add and Attendance Policy

All language courses must be added by the first week of classes.  Attendance in language classes is mandatory; if you miss class in the first week you may be dropped from the roster.  Language courses may not be taken Pass/D/Fail.

If you are interested in taking a Barnard language course, you may register for the course online.  Please also contact the appropriate department to determine if there are additional registration procedures to ensure your space.



Auditions are required for the semester's acting classes and productions.  Sign-up sheets for audition sessions are posted in the lobby of the Minor Latham Playhouse on the first floor of Milbank Hall at Barnard College.  First-year auditions will take place during the first week of classes. You may prepare a 2-minute monologue or use material provided on your arrival.  Auditions are held in the Minor Latham Playhouse; students should plan to stay for the entire audition session.  Please see for additional information.



Students interested in taking Dance classes at Barnard should note the pre-requisites as specified in the course catalog and then register online.  Students should seek the advice of a dance faculty member as well as self-evaluate their own technical proficiency.  Students must attend the first class or risk losing their place in the course.  The first class of the semester serves as an audition/ placement class.  As a guide for Ballet and Modern, level I is beginning and level VI is pre-professional.  For styles courses (African, Flamenco, Tap, Jazz) a student must be an intermediate level III dancer.  For additional registration and placement information, please visit the Dance Department website at



For information about music lessons, university orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, Collegium Musicum, Bach Society, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Klezmer Band, and more, please contact the Music Performance Program directly.  You can visit the website at or  stop by the office in 618 Dodge Hall.


Visual Arts

Visual Arts courses will be available for on line registration for early registration.

Students unable to Register Online:  If the class you are interested in is full on-line or if for any reason you cannot register on-line, please come to the first day of class. We encourage students who are interested in any of our Visual Arts Undergrad Courses to attend the first day of class as there are often places available. The Photography Courses offer a wait list for courses are full.  Students may sign up HERE

*Registered Students: If you are registered for a Visual Arts class, please note you must attend the first day of class to retain your position. Due to the limited size of our classes and often high demand, you will lose your place in the class and be replaced if you are not present and on time on the first day.  



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