Start-of-the-Semester Information for Students - Fall 2014

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, 1 September 2014, between 11:45 am and 2:30 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 after the Convening Dinner 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, 2 September 2014, 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 at 2:45 pm.

    
  1. ROUND TWO Course Registration for First-Year Students: On Tuesday, 2 September 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm, students will log in to Polaris from anywhere on campus to make additional course requests. All course requests submitted during Round Two will be processed together after the 5:00 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 Lancaster Lounge (Moulton Union) to assist students with Round Two registration. 

    First-year students will see Round Two results by 8:00 am on Wednesday morning.

  2. ROUND THREE Course Registration for First-Year Students: On Wednesday, 3 September 2014 from 9:30-11:00 am students not yet registered for four courses or those needing to make schedule adjustments may log into Polaris and add or drop courses. 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 Lancaster Lounge from 8:30-9:30 am.

TRANSFER STUDENT COURSE REGISTRATION

New transfer students will register for courses on Monday afternoon, 1 September 2014, in the Office of the Registrar, after they have participated in an advising meeting with a Dean.

INITIAL COURSE REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING STUDENTS

Any student who has not yet registered for courses should do so through Polaris immediately upon returning to campus. If a student's initial course registration is received after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 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, 2 September 2014. ALL students must submit their Enrollment Forms by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. 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 their course schedule and the meeting locations of classes in their My Classes portlet in Polaris. A student who stops attending a course but fails to drop the course through Polaris 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 adds the course through Polaris risks receiving no grade for the course.

Students should attend the first class meetings of all courses. (Classes begin on Thursday, 4 September 2014.) Instructors have the option of dropping students who do not attend the first class meeting in order to accommodate students from a waiting list.

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. 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

Add/Drop begins the first day of class, 4 September 2014.

All students may add classes to their schedules through the first two weeks of the semester—until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Returning students have until 17 September 2014 to drop a course; students new to Bowdoin have until 16 October 2014 to drop. (New students are students for whom the Fall 2014 semester is their first semester. Please contact your Advisor for instructions.) Students Add or Drop courses online through Polaris. Students adding an independent study or honors project must have signatures from the project director and advisor. 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 during registration Rounds One through Three (former Phase I and Phase II) when an instructor can only override course prerequisites on Polaris, an instructor can 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, 16 October 2014 online through Polaris. 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.