Lottery Information
Lottery Eligibility
Self-Paced Courses
Columbia Courses Open to Barnard Students
Barnard Classes Open to Columbia and SEAS Undergraduates
Why a Lottery for Physical Education?

Lottery Information

Barnard students may enter the Physical Education Lottery during these times only:
Tuesday, January 19 at 9AM to Friday, January 22 at 12 Noon.
Results will be posted on by Friday, January 22nd, 5:00 PM.

When you are ready to enter the lottery, please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to myBarnard ACADEMICS page
  2. Select ‘PE Lottery’
  3. Select a minimum of 3 courses that fit your time schedule
  4. Submit your request
  5. To change your choices, you may re-submit your request until the lottery ends
  6. Check 'PE Lottery Results' on myBarnard during these times: Friday, January 22nd, 5PM through Sunday, Sunday, January 25th.
  7. Add the course to your on-line program filing
  8. Attend the first class meeting to retain your spot in the course. All classes meet in the assigned classroom on Monday or Tuesday. You must be dressed for activity on the first day.

For more information:
Students with questions may drop-in to the Physical Education Office, 2nd Floor of the Barnard Annex during normal business hours or call 854-2085. Course descriptions and syllabi are available on our website:

Lottery Eligibility

  • If you have NOT completed the one semester Physical Education requirement, you are eligible for the lottery.
  • If you have completed the Physical Education requirement, you are not eligible for the lottery. You should attend the first class meeting of the course to see if there is space available. Classes begin on Monday and Tuesday after the lottery ends and all classes meet in the assigned classroom on the first day. You must be dressed for activity on the first day.

Self-Paced Courses

Self Paced Courses are individualized workout programs designed for the intermediate exerciser. Students must agree to workout 2x per week on non-consecutive days.

  •  Students must pass pre-tests for admittance.
  •  Interested students should attend one test time dressed for the activity.
  •  Each pre-test takes about 30-60 minutes including warm-up and cool-down.
  •  These courses are not in the online lottery. Barnard Students Only.

Self-Paced Fitness:

Instructor: George Padilla (

Course Description: Combination workouts including cardio machines and weight training.

Pre-Requisite: Functional experience of all weight room equipment.   

Pre-Test Times - Meet in the Barnard Fitness Center  (in the basement of Barnard Hall) at ONE of the following times dressed for workout:

  • Tuesday, January 19th:   1 PM,  2 PM
  • Wednesday, January 20th:   10 AM,  12 noon,  1 PM
  • Thursday, January 21st:   11 AM,   12 noon
  • Friday, January 22nd:   10 AM,  11 AM                                                                 

Columbia Courses open to Barnard Students SPRING 2016:

Interested Barnard students should go to Columbia Physical Education Office, Room 336, Dodge Fitness Center. Please see Abbey Lade or Belgica Ramirez on Thursday/Friday, January 21/22, 9am-4pm.

Course Name Course Time
Beginner Swimming MW 9:00-9:50 AM
Volleyball MW 10:00-10:50 AM
Racquetball MW 11:00-11:50 AM
Rec Games MW 1:10-2:00 PM
Basketball MW 2:10-3:00 PM
Squash TR 9:00-9:50 AM
Floor Hockey TR 12:00-12:50 PM
Rowing TR 12:00-12:50 PM
Soccer TR 1:10-2:00 PM
Tennis F 11:00-1:00 PM

Barnard Classes open to Columbia and SEAS Undergraduates SPRING 2016:

Interested CC or SEAS students should enter the online lottery here: to submit their choices.  Students may submit anytime between 9am, Tuesday, January 19th  and 5pm, Thursday, January 21st.  Results will be sent via emaIl by 5pm on Friday, January 22nd.

Columbia Graduate and General Studies students are not eligible to take Barnard Physical Education courses.

Course Name Course Time
Beginning Yoga MW 9:00-9:50 AM
Beginning Yoga MW 10:00-10:50 AM
Women's Strength MW 10:00-10:50 AM
Beginning Self Defense MW 11:00-11:50 AM
Body Sculpting MW 3:10-4:00 PM
Cardio/Body Sculpt MW 4:10-5:00 PM
Body Sculpting TR 9:00-9:50 AM
Personal Fitness TR 10:00-10:50 AM
Beginning Yoga TR 11:00-11:50 AM
Group Fitness Sampler TR 12:00-12:50 PM

Why a Lottery for Physical Education?

The number of students seeking admission to Physical Education courses exceeds available spaces. Therefore, the Department has designed a computerized lottery to ensure the fairest placement possible for all eligible students. Assignment in a course is randomly determined by the computer based on your choices; this process is not 'first-come, first-served.' Once lottery results are given, students must add the course to their on-line program.