Online Grade Submission Guide

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Online Grade Submission Guide

Logging into Polaris
Accessing the Enter Grades Portal
Selecting the Course
Entering a Grade
Submitting a "Failure Form"
Submitting Grades
Printing Grades

Login to Polaris using your Bowdoin username and password. Polaris can be accessed from anywhere you have an internet connection. It is strongly recommended that you delete your internet cache and cookies (instructions vary depending on which web browser you use) before logging into Polaris. If you have already deleted your cache and cookies and are still having difficulties logging-in then please contact the Polaris help line via phone (207-721-1414) or email (


After logging into Polaris you will be brought to the main Faculty portal which is displayed as a tab at the top header section. Click on the "Enter Grades" portal tab in the top menu.


At the top of the "Enter Grades" portal is a course dropdown menu. All courses for which you are an instructor (or co-instructor) appear under the course dropdown menu. Independent Study courses, labs and discussion sections are included.


You can only submit grades for courses where students receive grades. (e.g., labs can be selected from the list but you cannot submit grades)


To begin entering grades for a course select the course from the course dropdown menu. Click on the "Choose" button.  


The list of students in the class you selected will appear in the lower half of the portal. 


If there are seniors in your course a label will appear next to their name. Please note that senior grades are always due in advance of other grades during the Spring semester.

Senior Grades Due Earlier than Other Students

For a course with more than 25 students, students appear on separate screens (or Record Sets). Move between the screens by clicking on the blue links at the bottom of the screen.


Tip: You can move the grade column closer to the name column by dragging the bottom right-hand corner of your browser screen to the left.


Select the "Grade" drop down menu next to a student to display the grading options. Select the grade for that student. 


The grading options depend on the nature of the course and whether a student chose to take a class as CR/D/F. The options displayed in a student’s grade drop down list include:

  • Standard letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F)
  • CR/D/F
  • S - The S grade (an option for a two-semester independent study or honors) is located between the C- and D in the drop down because an S denotes at least C- level work.

If you submit an "F" grade, a blue message icon will appear to the right of the "F" after you click 'submit' at the bottom of the page. Click on the icon to access the Failure Form. A completed "Failure Form" is required for all F grades. 


When you are finished click on the Submit button to submit the grades for your students (One at a time or all at once). Please note there is a 30 minute timeout limit for grades to be submitted. You will receive a notification to extend this timeout.

Printing Grades

If you would like a copy of the grades you have entered, you can print it from your browser. For instructions on how to do this go to