Login to Polaris using your Bowdoin username and password. Polaris can be accessed anywhere you have an Internet connection.
When you login, you will be in the Dept portal tab where you see QuickLinks to common Bowdoin websites and a Class List portlet which enables you to select any course from your department or program with the pull down menu and obtain the class list.
You will see a search box in which you can type a student’s ID or his/her first or last name. Note: You can type in all or part of the first or last name but not both, e.g., "John" or "Smith" but not "John Smith." Press return after typing in the search box, and the system will find students that match your criteria. From the results list, click on the student to view his/her details.
Alternately, you can select from the pull-down menu to the right of “Search” to see a list of your department’s majors or minors. From that list you can click on a student’s name to view their information. If you need to look up a student who has already graduated or resigned from the college, choose “All Students” from the menu.
Once you’ve selected a particular student, a new page for that student will display.
For a student’s full academic record, click on the “Degree Progress” link at the bottom of the "Academic Profile" portlet. A guide for Degree Progress will provide more information.
If you select a student who is not a major or minor in your department, information such as courses, status and grades will display as confidential. Below shows what the status portlet will look like for students who are not affiliated with your department.
Email lists for all active students (on and off campus) with a particular major or minor are available here (login is required). The lists are updated daily, so as students make changes to their majors or minors, they are added or dropped from the lists as appropriate. When emailing a list, please use the abbreviation given in the major or minor column (for example, afrs_maj or afrs_min) and add "@bowdoin.edu".
To search for Bowdoin courses, click the "Class Finder" portal tab under the word "Polaris" on the top of the page. The Class Finder Guide provides more information.
To log out, select the chevron to the right of your name in the header and choose “Sign Out.”