Residency Requirement and Study Abroad
To receive the Bachelor of Arts degree at Barnard, a transfer student must attend Barnard for at least four regular academic terms at Barnard (Morningside Heights, Reid Hall, Kyoto, Beijing, or the Berlin Consortium) during which she must complete at least 60 points, including at least six courses in the major field (and three in the minor field, if a minor is declared). Typically, students who transfer in with sophomore (24-51 points) class status can consider studying abroad. In careful consultation with one's academic adviser, a student can explore the implications for studying abroad while keeping in mind the residency and point requirements at the College.
Transferable Course Credit
Courses completed at other accredited colleges and universities which are similar in content and depth to Barnard courses may be submitted for transfer credit. Credit for approved work at another institution is applied to Barnard's 121-point graduation requirement for transfers with a maximum of 16 points per term. Credit cannot be granted for courses with grades lower than C minus. Acceptable transfer work does not usually include applied or professional courses or more than the equivalent of two Barnard studio courses. The first term of an elementary language course is not normally credited unless or until the second term or a more advanced course has been satisfactorily completed, but a student may request a single exemption to this ruling.
Pre-evaluations of transfer credit are not conducted by the College. However, admitted transfer students will receive a transfer credit evaluation with their letter of admission indicating transferable credits and satisfied Foundations requirements. At this time, we do not grant transfer credit for distance learning courses. Students are advised to compare and contrast the course descriptions at their institution(s) against Barnard's online course catalogue to gain a sense of possible credit transfer outcomes. Generally, if courses taken at another institution are in alignment with courses offered at Barnard, credit is likely to be awarded but not guaranteed. Barnard College reserves the right to accept or decline transfer of credits based on its specific academic expectations.
AP or IB credits will not be considered as part of the minimum 24-credit requirement. Students may request credit for qualifying scores upon enrollment at the College.