Fall 2013 Off-Campus Registration

You may register online for Fall 2013 courses IF YOU ARE NOT TAKING CLASSES AT BOWDOIN THIS SEMESTER (SPRING 2013). (Students currently on campus must use the paper form to register because an advisor's signature is required. Phase I course registration for on-campus students starts on Thursday, 18 April 2013.)

Important Dates
Phase I Registration
        Online Resources
        Preventing Registration Problems
Viewing Your Schedule
Phase II Registration

Important Dates:

Phase I Registration: Begins for off-campus students on Monday, 8 April 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, 25 April 2013.
Course Schedules posted in Bearings: After noon on Tuesday, 30 April 2013.
Phase II Registration: Begins at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, 1 May 2013. Ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, 3 May 2013.

Phase I Registration Directions:

You may request courses for next semester in one of these ways: The best and recommended way is to submit your requests through our online course registration form. Another way is to print the form, fill it out, and fax it to us at 207-725-3338. You may also email your course choices to registrar@bowdoin.edu; be sure to indicate those courses that are your top-choice picks and those that are your alternates. If you have any trouble with these methods, call the Office of the Registrar at 207-725-3521.

The first row of the registration form is for your top four full-credit courses. Enter alternate courses (1A and 1B are alternates for 1, 2A and 2B are alternates for 2, etc.) in case you do not receive a top-choice course. Enter half-credit courses at the bottom of the form in the spaces labeled "Additional Course." Students are limited to four full-credit courses (and as many half-credit courses as you wish) prior to the start of the semester. Additional full-credit courses may be added during the add/drop period only.

Course registration requests received after the deadline of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 25 April 2013 will be processed during Phase II registration. Course registration requests received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 3 May 2013 will not be processed. In this event, you would have to register for classes at the start of the fall semester.

Online Resources:

Online Registration Form
Course Information (includes the Schedule of Course Offerings and the College Catalogue)
Weekly Planning Calednar

Tips for preventing problems with registration:

  • Course Meeting Times: Check the Schedule of Course Offerings or the Course Finder side of Bearings to be sure the meeting times of your preferred courses do not conflict with one another. Remember to include the meeting times of labs, film viewings, etc. in your plans. Every semester we receive course requests from students who list two or more top-choice courses that meet at the same time! Use a weekly calendar worksheet to help you plan.
  • Course Prerequisites: Check the Course Finder side of Bearings for course prerequisites. (Click on the symbol next to "Rules" in the course listing.) If you do not have the Bowdoin prerequisite for a course in your academic record, you will not be allowed to register for the course that requires it. You may see if the instructor will waive the prerequisite by emailing the instructor with your reason for your request and, if you are allowed to take the course, asking the instructor to notify us by email. If you believe you meet a prerequisite with a course that you took during off-campus study or through International Baccalaureate study, you will need to get the instructor's permission to override the prerequisite. The registration system has no way of determining that a course you took elsewhere is equivalent to a Bowdoin course. (This will continue to be true in future semesters as well because any faculty permission you receive is good for only one course and one semester. Any time you want a course you took off campus to count for a prerequisite, you will need the instructor's permission to register for the course that requires it.)
  • Enrollment Restrictions: If a course has enrollment restrictions (such as first years only, declared majors/minors only, etc.) they are listed in the course comments in the Course Finder side of Bearings and in the far-right column of the Schedule of Course Offerings.
  • Exclusions restrict a student from taking a course if s/he has previously taken a specific course. Exclusions appear in the Course Finder side of Bearings. Click on the symbol next to "Rules" in the course listing.
  • Independent Study or Honors Project: If you wish to register for an independent study or honors project, you must have the permission of a project director. Ask your project director to email his/her approval to registrar@bowdoin.edu.
  • Permission-Only Course: Ask the instructor to email his/her approval to registrar@bowdoin.edu.
  • If a course you've chosen has labs, include your first-choice, second-choice, and third-choice lab numbers on the registration form. You will only be registered for a lab course if you can be registered for one of its labs as well. Therefore, we recommend that you list multiple choices for labs on the registration form. Note: Lab assignments cannot be guaranteed; instructors may need to adjust lab assignments at the start of the semester.
  • It is recommended that you complete your division and distribution requirements by the end of your sophomore year. Remember that you may not meet these requirements with transfer credit from another institution.
  • If you wish to take a course with the Credit/D/Fail grading option, click the yes bullet for that course on the form. Ensure that you are eligible to take a course Credit/D/Fail; view the Credit/D/Fail policy online. You have six weeks into the semester to choose this grading option for a course.
  • An instructor's permission will grant enrollment permission for permission-only courses and in cases where the instructor is willing to waive a course prerequisite. An instructor's permission to waive a course prerequisite will not guarantee course enrollment nor grant preferential treatment; it simply makes the system view a student as equally qualified to enroll as other students who have the prerequisite in their academic records. Instructor permission will not override enrollment limits or enrollment restrictions during Phase I and Phase II registration.
  • Be sure to include your name, Bowdoin student ID number, and email address on all faxes and emails.

Viewing Your Schedule:

Check your course schedule by logging into the Student Information side of Bearings after 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, 30 April 2013. If you do not get into four full-credit courses or wish to adjust your schedule, you may participate in Phase II of the registration process.

Phase II Registration Directions:

Email us your requested schedule changes during Phase II registration, 1 May - 3 May 2013. Schedule change requests received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 3 May 2013 will not be processed. You may make further changes to your schedule during the add/drop period at the beginning of the fall semester.