Academic Benefits


Transcript requests must be made to the Registrar's Office in writing and must include your signature. If you are submitting your request in person at the Registrar's Office, please complete the three-part transcript request form. If you are submitting your request via mail or fax, you may print out and use our form or you may make your request via letter. There is a fee of $3 per transcript.


Barnard Classes

Barnard alumnae are able to audit most Barnard classes at no cost. Auditing a course provides a wonderful chance to continue your Barnard education, but does not provide academic credit. Approval of the instructor is required, and some classes are restricted. Alumnae are encouraged to obtain the instructor's permission during registration week or during the first week of classes; however, there is no formal deadline for registration.

For more information on auditing, visit Audit a Barnard Class under LEARN.

Columbia Classes

Just like when you were a student, you can still take classes across the street since courses at Columbia University are open for auditing through the School of Professional Studies. Tuition for the auditing program is $2400 per course, and alumnae who are 65 or older may audit through the Lifelong Learners Program for $750 per course. For permission to audit courses, to view the courses open to auditors, for fee information, and for enrollment information and procedures, visit the School of Professional Studies Auditing Programs site.

Tuition Benefit for Columbia Business School Executive Education

As an alumna of Barnard College, you are always a valuable asset to your employer. One of those ways is that as a Barnard alumna, you - and up to four colleagues in your organization - are eligible for a 15 percent tuition benefit on any Columbia Business School Executive Education program of six days or less, within one calendar year.

Alumnae Association Fellowship for Graduate Study

Barnard emphasizes academic excellence and achievement. Barnard alumnae lead all women's college graduates in the percentage of individuals who go on to pursue graduate degrees in all fields. In keeping with this tradition, the Alumnae Association offers fellowships each year for graduate study. Many past recipients have gone on to achieve distinction in their chosen fields.


Barnard Library

Free reading and borrowing privileges for alumnae with the Barnard Alumnae ID card. Please note that alumnae cannot renew books online, but must renew books in person at the library from which they took the books. Access to electronic databases is available at library computer terminals.

Columbia University libraries

Access to Columbia University Libraries require an additional ID card. Cards provide Barnard Alumnae with free visiting privileges. For those interested, there is a further opportunity to purchase borrowing privileges for Columbia University libraries for $30/month. To obtain a Columbia Library ID card please go to Room 201, Butler Library. For anything that's password protected, alumnae may purchase access through Columbia's Library Information Office. However, free access is available at the public terminals in Butler. Library Information Office:

201 Butler Library
Phone: 212-854-7309


Graduates of Columbia University, Barnard College, Teacher's College, and Union Theological Seminary have off-campus access to the e-resources listed here. To use these resources alumni may need to activate their UNI or change their password using this web page.

Resumed Education and Post-Baccalaureate Study

Post-Baccalaureate Study: Alumnae interested in exploring new interests, preparing for admission to graduate or professional schools, or who might be interested in changing careers, may take Barnard courses for credit as a post-baccalaureate student. Students can enroll in any number of courses at Barnard, as long as they have instructor permission and permission from the Dean. Post-baccalaureate students may not take courses in the Columbia schools of Business or Journalism. Students interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate study in Engineering need special permission from the Dean of Studies and the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students pay only for the number of points taken.

Resumed Education: Barnard students who withdrew five years ago or more, or who did not complete degree requirements five years ago or more, and are now interested in completing their A.B. degree, may apply for readmission under the Resumed Education Program. Students can take any number of courses, and pay for only the number of points taken, plus a readmission fee of $100.

For further information about either of these options, please contact Dean Natalie Friedman, Dean of Studies, 212-854-2024, or