Start-of-the-Semester Information for Students - Fall 2013

FIRST-YEAR STUDENT COURSE REGISTRATION
TRANSFER STUDENT COURSE REGISTRATION
COURSE REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
ENROLLMENT FORM DEADLINE
COURSE SCHEDULE, CLASS LOCATIONS & COURSE INFORMATION
ADD/DROP COURSE REGISTRATION
CREDIT/D/FAIL GRADING OPTION


FIRST-YEAR STUDENT COURSE REGISTRATION

First-year students will register for courses in four steps:

  1. First-Year Seminar Registration: Students will meet individually with their advisors on Monday, 2 September 2013, between noon and 2:45 pm to submit their requests for a first-year seminar using an online form. Students must pay attention to when other courses are scheduled when choosing first-year seminars, and not choose seminars that meet at the same time as other courses for which they will try to register on Tuesday. Once a student is in a seminar, the seminar cannot be dropped until Wednesday during Round Three registration.

    Students may view the results of their first-year seminar requests on Monday evening in their My Classes portlet in Polaris. Students who do not get into a seminar will be notified through email. Registration numbers will be updated in the Class Finder in Polaris, so students may search to see if any seminars have spaces available.

  2. ROUND ONE Course Registration for First-Year Students: On Tuesday, 3 September 2013, first-year students will meet individually with their advisors between 8:00 am and noon to complete their top-choice course registration requests. (First years should bring their laptops to these meetings, if they have one.) Students already registered for a seminar on Monday may request three more full-credit courses; students who did not get into a seminar may request four full-credit courses. A student who was not registered for a first-year seminar on Monday may request a seminar on Tuesday, provided there are seminars with spaces available. Students must submit their registration requests in Polaris by the 12:45 pm deadline. During this round of registration, students may register for no more than four full-credit courses and no more than 5.0 credits total. First-year students must also have submitted the online Enrollment Form before 12:45 pm on Tuesday.

    First-year students may view the results of Round One registration in Polaris on Tuesday by 6:00 pm.

  3. ROUND TWO Course Registration for First-Year Students: On Tuesday, 3 September 2013, students will log in to Polaris from anywhere on campus to make additional course requests. Students in Hyde, Moore, Osher, and West dorms will log in 6:30-7:30 pm and students in Appleton, Coleman, Maine, and Winthrop dorms will log in 7:00-8:00 pm. All course requests submitted during Round Two will be processed together after the 8:00 pm deadline (not on a first-come, first-served basis). Courses received during seminar registration and Round One may not be dropped at this time. Faculty and deans will be available in Kanbar 101 to assist students with Round Two registration. 

    First-year students will see Round Two results by 10:30 am on Wednesday morning.

  4. ROUND THREE Course Registration for First-Year Students: On Wednesday, 4 September 2013, students not yet registered for four courses or those needing to make schedule adjustments, may log into Polaris and add or drop courses from 12:30-2:00 pm. Round Three operates on a first-come, first-served basis; changes to course registrations are processed as they are submitted. Faculty and deans will be available for consultations in Kanbar 101 and in the Hawthorne-Longfellow electronic classroom. 

TRANSFER STUDENT COURSE REGISTRATION

New transfer students will register for courses on Monday afternoon, 2 September 2013, in the Office of the Registrar, after they have participated in an advising meeting with a Dean.

COURSE REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING STUDENTS

Any student who has not yet registered for courses should do so immediately upon returning to campus by using an add/drop card (available in the lobby outside the Office of the Registrar in Moulton Union). The Office of the Registrar will begin processing add/drop cards on the first day of classes. If a student's initial course registration is received after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 11 September 2013, a late fee of $20 will be billed to his/her account.

All students may adjust their course schedules by participating in the add/drop registration process.

ENROLLMENT FORM DEADLINE

First-year students must submit their enrollment forms by 12:45 pm on Tuesday, 3 September 2013. ALL students must submit their Enrollment Forms by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Directions and the form are online; the form may only be submitted from a computer on campus. This form allows students to update important address and parent information. It also verifies who is on campus. Any student who does not submit the Enrollment Form by the deadline will be dropped from all classes because we will assume s/he is not on campus. 

COURSE SCHEDULE, CLASS LOCATIONS & COURSE INFORMATION

A student may view his/her course schedule and the meeting locations of classes in their My Classes portlet in Polaris. Added classes will not appear (and dropped courses will not disappear) in a schedule in Polaris until the add/drop card has been submitted to the Office of the Registrar and processed. A student who stops attending a course but fails to submit an add/drop card to the Office of the Registrar to drop the course will still be officially registerd for the course and risks receiving an F grade for the course. A student who attends a course all semester but never submitted an add/drop card to add the course to his/her schedule risks receiving no grade for the course.

Students should attend the first class meetings of all courses. (Classes begin on Thursday, 5 September 2013.) When a class was officially completely full before the first day of class or was "Closed until add/drop" after Phase I registration last spring, instructors have the option of dropping students who do not attend the first class meeting in order to accommodate students from a waiting list. Students who choose not to attend class while observing Rosh Hashanah should email their instructors to let them know.

The Bowdoin College Catalogue is available online. The Office of the Registrar no longer distributes paper copies of the Catalogue. 

A complete Schedule of Course Offerings is available online. There is also a separate Schedule of Course Offerings for First-Year Students. Keep in mind that paper copies of these schedules may be out of date since schedule information frequently changes. The schedules are updated overnight when changes have been made.

Courses may be searched in the Class Finder in Polaris. You may search for classes based on subject, day, time and other criteria such as divisions and distributions. Additional, useful registration reports are available on the Course Information page.

There is a Schedule Planning Sheet and a weekly calendar worksheet available (in PDF and Word formats) to help with schedule planning.

ADD/DROP COURSE REGISTRATION

The Office of the Registrar will begin processing cherry-colored (NOT gray) add/drop cards on the first day of classes.

All students may add classes to their schedules through the first two weeks of the semester—until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 18 September 2013. Returning students have until 18 September 2013 to drop a course; students new to Bowdoin have until 17 October 2013 to drop. (New students are students for whom the Fall 2013 semester is their first semester.) Add/drop cards are available in the lobby outside the Office of the Registrar on the first floor of the Moulton Union. To add a course, students must acquire the signatures of the instructor and the advisor; drops require only the signature of the advisor. Students adding an independent study or honors project must have signatures from the project director and advisor. Students who are switching labs need only the lab instructor's signature—not an advisor's nor the course instructor's signature. Students who wish to register for more than 5.0 credits also need the permission of their dean. Students wishing to drop below 3.0 credits must petition the Recording Committee.

See complete add/drop instructions online.

Unlike registration Rounds One through Three (former Phase I and Phase II) during which an instructor's signature will only override course prerequisites, an instructor's signature during add/drop registration will override course prerequisites, course restrictions, registration limits, and time conflicts. 

CREDIT/D/FAIL GRADING OPTION

Students may change the grading option for a course from graded to Credit/D/Fail (or vice versa) until Thursday, 17 October 2013, by using an add/drop card. Signatures are not needed to make this change. It is important that students read the entire Credit/D/Fail policy to ensure full understanding of the circumstances under which the Credit/D/Fail grading option may be elected for a course. Classes that students elect to take with the Credit/D/Fail grading option will not satisfy the requirement for a first-year seminar or division and distribution requirements.