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Degree Progress

Logging into Degree Progress
Student View Worksheet
Degree Block
Requirements Blocks
Additional Courses Block
Insufficient Courses Block
In Progress Courses Block
View Full Academic Record by Semester
View Full Academic Record by Subject
Print an Unofficial Transcript 
GPA Calculator
Advisors: Locating a Student's Academic Record
Degree Progress FAQs 

Logging into Degree Progress

Login to Polaris with your username and password.  In the the "My Academic Profile" portlet click on the "Degree Progress" link on the bottom.

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Student View Worksheet

In the Degree Progress student view worksheet you will find summary information including Class Year (e.g. 2015), Class Standing (e.g. Junior, First Semester), Major and Minor information, Anticipated Commencement and GPA.

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Degree Block

Scrolling down to the first block entitled "Degree in Bachelor of Arts", an overiew of Bowdoin's degree requirements is displayed. Note: Degree Progress currently does not include any requirements for majors or minors.

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The legend below shows the symbols used in Degree Progress. A green box and check mark indicates the requirement has been met. A blue box with a single tilde indicates the requirement is pending and will be met if the student successfully completes a course in which s/he is enrolled. An empty box indicates the requirement is not complete.

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Requirement Blocks

Each of the requirements (e.g., first-year seminar, distribution, and division requirements) has its own block. 

  • Courses that met requirements and were completed in Fall 2013 or more recently will display here in the "Requirements" block.
  • Courses that met requirements and were completed prior to Fall 2013 will display in the "Additional Courses" block.


In the example below, the student has met all of the degree requirements with two exceptions, the INS distribution requirement and the Natural Science and Mathematics division requirement. Of the completed requirements, only the MCSR distribution requirement was met in Fall 2013 so ECON 1101 displays here and not in Additional Courses; the courses that met the other completed requirements display in "Additional Courses".

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Additional Courses Block

The "Additional Courses" block lists all of the courses that met the first-year seminar requirement or any of the distribution or division requirements. Courses taken in Fall 2013 or more recently are not displayed here and can be found in their respective "Requirements" block. 

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In Progress Courses Block

Scrolling further down the page, the courses in which the student is enrolled this semester are listed in the "In Progress" block.

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Insufficient Courses Block

Courses worth zero credits (some transfer courses, repeated courses and all failed courses) will appear in this block. These courses do not meet degree requirements.

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View Full Academic Record by Semester

To view a student's full academic history sorted by semester click on the "Unofficial Academic History by Term" link shown below. Courses will display chronologically by semester. Any cross-listed courses will be sorted by the orginating department with all cross-listings displayed underneath. The grade for any course that is in progess will display "REG" until the end of the semester.

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View Full Academic Record by Subject

To view a student's full academic history sorted by subject click on the "Unofficial Academic History by Subject" link shown below. Courses will display alphabetically by subject (department). Any cross-listed courses will be sorted by the orginating department with all cross-listings displayed underneath. The grade for any course that is in progess will display "REG" until the end of the semester. The Registrar's site has information about grade symbols.

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Print an Unofficial Academic Transcript

Bowdoin does not provide unofficial transcripts.  You may print an unofficial academic history by clicking on the “Unofficial Academic History by Term” (see above) and use the web browser's file menu or toolbar. If you need an official transcript, you may request one from the Registrar's Office

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GPA Calculator

Degree Progress provides a GPA Calculator tool to help you estimate future GPA potential. Click on "GPA Calc" under your name to go to the tool. Please note that not all credits are counted in your GPA. For example, credits earned in Credit/D/Fail courses and credits earned in the first semester of a two-semester course (before the second semester grade has been posted) will not count in your GPA.

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Advisors: Locating a Student's Academic Record

For advisors, Degree Progress displays the list of students who are majors or minors within a faculty member's academic program. In the name field, use the drop down menu to select a student.

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