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Student Guide


Logging into Polaris
Student Portal
My Personal Profile
My Academic Profile
My Courses
My Grades
My Status
My Academic Contacts
QuickLinks
Class Finder
Change Grade Mode
Registration
Logging out of Polaris

Logging into Polaris

Login to Polaris using your Bowdoin username and password. Polaris can be accessed anywhere you have an Internet connection.

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Student Portal

After logging into Polaris, you will be brought to the main Student portal, which is displayed as a tab in the top header section underneath the word “Polaris.”

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My Personal Profile

The top left section of the Student Portal shows “My Personal Profile”. The Summary, Contact Info, Emergency Contacts, and Parent/Guardian tabs include various personal, address, and contact information. To update or correct address or contact information, please use the Enrollment Verification Form the first week of the semester or, later in the semester, submit an Address/Contact Change Form online.

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My Academic Profile

Directly below the “My Personal Profile” section is “My Academic Profile” where a variety of academic information is displayed. “Class Standing” reflects a student’s progress toward graduation more accurately than Class Year. It is based on the number of semesters at Bowdoin and the credits earned. “Degree Requirements” shows which catalog year you matriculated, and thus, which requirements you must meet.

For your full academic record, click on the “Degree Progress” link at the bottom of this portlet. See the Degree Progress Guide for instructions. Links to the Registrar’s Enrollment Verification Rorm and the Transcript Request Form are also conveniently located in this portlet.

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You can view your placement recommendations under the “Placements” tab of the “My Academic Profile” portlet.

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You can find your SAT, AP, QR, IL and Plag scores in the “My Academic Profile” portlet in the “Test Scores” tab.

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The Holds tab in the “My Academic Profile” portlet will display any holds that might have been placed. Contact the department that has placed the hold to resolve the issue and remove the hold.

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My Courses

A summary of your current courses can be found in the top right section of the page, in the “My Courses” portlet. The instructor names are links to email them directly from Polaris. The Grade Mode column shows whether you have taken the course for a standard letter grade or Credit/D/F. If you elected to take the course Credit/D/F, you will see "Elective Credit/D/F"; if the course is only offered as Credit/D/F, you will see "Credit/D/F Only." The division and distribution requirements that the course meets are noted on the column on the far right. Note that Thursday is denoted as “R” rather than “Th” in Polaris.

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When you click on the “Final Exams” tab within the “My Courses” portlet, you will see when and where the final exam will be for your current semester’s courses.

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My Grades

View your grades from the most recent semester in the “My Grades” portlet. Next to the right column heading "Grade", the link will toggle between showing or hiding grades to protect your privacy in a public space. Click on the “Show” link on the upper right to display the grades for the most recent semester. Students requested this privacy option for increased security when using public machines. The Registrar's site has information about grade symbols.

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My Status

The “My Status” portlet will display your enrollment status and academic standing. Click on "Show All" on the upper right to display your status. Like grades, this information can be hidden for privacy in public spaces. If you are studying abroad, this portlet will show the program in which you are enrolled.

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My Academic Contacts

View the “My Academic Contacts” portlet for current instructor, advisor and dean contact information. The “Instructors” tab displays the contact information of the faculty who are teaching your courses in the current semester. In the future, Polaris will have the option for faculty to include their office hours in this portlet.

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The “Advisor(s)” tab in the “My Academic Contacts” portlet displays the name and contact information for your pre-major, major or minor advisor(s). If you would like to request a change of advisor, please contact the Dean of Students office for pre-major advisor change requests or your major/minor Department for major/minor advisor change requests.

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Your student dean and his/her contact information can be found in the “My Academic Contacts” portlet in the “Student Dean” tab.

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QuickLinks

On the bottom left of the Student Portal are a list of links to relevant Bowdoin websites for your convenience.

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Class Finder

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.

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Change Grade Mode

If a course can be taken as either a standard letter grade or Credit/D/F, students can change the grading option using the "Change Grade Mode" tab in the "Registration" portal tab. Credit/D/F grade mode will not satisfy Distribution, Division, or First Year Seminar requirements, nor will it satisfy most major or minor requirements. Before changing the grade mode, students should review the complete college Credit/D/F policies and consult with their advisor. Students have several weeks into the semester to decide. The Registrar's calendar shows the deadline.

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In the example above, "Chamber Choir" shows that it is a "Credit/D/F Only" course. The other courses can be taken for the "Standard Letter" grade or "Elective Credit/D/F." Once the grade mode change has been selected from the pull down menu, the student scrolls to the bottom of the page and clicks on "Submit Changes."

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The new grade mode will now display in the "My Courses" portlet in the "Student" portal tab.


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Registration

During registration, you will see a third portal tab to the right of Class Finder, reading "Registration." Click on that to register for classes. More information can be found on the Registration Guide.
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Logging out of Polaris

To log out, select the chevron to the right of your name in the header and choose “Sign Out.”

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