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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, August 21, 2018 @ 9:30am (EST)

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


  • Columbia College Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 points to maintain full-time status, and may register for no more than 18 points. SEAS students may registered for a maximum of 21 credits. 
  • 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, September 14, 2018
  • After September 14, 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).
    • Columbia College:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    • Columbia Engineering:  Thursday, November 15, 2018


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


Every class in the Creative Writing Program is open to non-majors. You can register online, through SSOL, for all courses except those workshops that require an application.

Students seeking to enroll in Intermediate, Advanced, and Senior-level Creative Writing workshops should:

1)      Join the electronic wait-list through SSOL

2)      Review Registration Procedures and submit a Course Application Form  (and writing sample) to the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program (617 Kent Hall) before the deadline ((the fall 2018 Deadline is Tuesday, August 28th).

3)      Expect to receive an e-mail from the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program regarding their application status (approved, wait-listed, not accepted) prior to the first class meeting. 

4)      If accepted into a workshop, students must attend the first class session or risk losing a place on the roster.


Students interested in Beginning Workshops and Seminars should:

1)      Join the electronic wait-list through SSOL

2)      Attend the first class session or risk losing a place on the roster.



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 each 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.  Students auditioning for courses/productions that require singing (e.g. Acting the Song) should prepare a 2-minute monologue as well as a standard chorus, or approximately 16 bars, to be sung a cappella. Otherwise, students should prepare a 2-minute monologue only.

Please see for additional information.



Students interested in taking Dance classes at Barnard should note the prerequisites as specified in the course catalogue and then register online.  Students may 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 for additional information.



For information about music lessons, university orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, Collegium Musicum, Bluegrass ensemble, Arab Music ensemble, Klezmer ensemble, 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

Students are able to register for VA courses online through SSOL.  If classes are full, students should just show up to the first class to see if they can secure a seat.  Likewise, registered students must attend the first two days of class in order to retain a seat.  Photography courses have a wait-list if classes are full:

Visual Arts courses are open for on-line registration. If a Visual Arts class is full, visit:


James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.