Spring 2015 Start of the Semester Information for Students

INITIAL COURSE REGISTRATION
ENROLLMENT FORM DEADLINE
COURSE SCHEDULE, CLASS LOCATIONS, and COURSE INFORMATION
ADD/DROP COURSE REGISTRATION PERIOD
CREDIT/D/FAIL GRADING OPTION


INITIAL COURSE REGISTRATION

Any student who has not yet registered for any courses should do so immediately upon returning to campus during Add/Drop II through Polaris. If a student's initial course registration is received after 5pm on Friday, 23 January 2015, 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

All students must submit an Enrollment Form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 23 January 2015. Directions and the form are online. 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, and COURSE INFORMATION

A student may view his/her course schedule and the meeting locations of classes by logging into Polaris. A student who stops attending a course but fails to participate in add/drop will still be officially enrolled in the course and risks receiving an F grade for the course. A student who attends a course all semester but never successfully added the course to his/her schedule risks receiving no grade for the course.

Students must attend the first class meeting of all courses AND labs. (Classes begin on Monday, 19 January 2015.) If a course or lab is full before the first day of classes, instructors have the option to drop students who do not attend the first class/lab meeting to accommodate students on a waiting list. *Please note: If you do not attend a lab that was full before the first day of classes  and an instructor chooses to drop you, you will also be dropped from your course. To re-enroll in the course, you will need BOTH the instructor and lab instructor to give you permission in Polaris.

All classes and class registration numbers are viewable in the Class Finder in Polaris.

There is also a report online that lists courses by the times they meet.

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

ADD/DROP I and II

Beginning this semester, and in response to faculty suggestions, Add/Drop I replaces Round 3, during which students can add courses with instructor permission and drop ones without. Faculty can add students from their wait lists and students will have a chance to finalize their schedules before leaving for the break. Add/Drop I will last from Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 9:00 am to the last day of classes, Thursday, 11 December 2014 at 5:00 pm; it will be suspended for Reading Period, Final Exams, and the Holiday Break. Add/Drop II will begin on Monday, 19 January 2015 when students will resume being able to add courses with instructor permission and drop ones without.

Returning students have until 5pm on 30 January 2015 to drop a course and do not need instructor permission to drop a course; students new to Bowdoin have until 5pm on 27 February 2015. (New students are students for whom the Spring 2015 semester is their first semester at Bowdoin. They should contact their pre-major Advisor if they are interested in dropping a course.) To add a course, students must acquire permission from the instructor in Polaris; drops do not require permission. After the instructor has applied their permission in Polaris, the student must log on and add the course in their own Polaris account before the registration is final. Students who are switching labs need only the lab instructor's permission in Polaris. Adding an independent study or honors project requires a the completion of a paper form with signatures from the project director and advisor on the Registration Request for an Honors Project or Independent Study form

Students who want to register for more than 5.0 credits also need the permission of their dean. First-Year students who wish to register for less than 4.0 credits need the permission of their dean and their pre-major advisor. Any student who wants to drop below 3.0 credits must petition the Recording Committee.

Unlike registration Rounds 1 and 2 (during which an instructor may provide an override for course prerequisites), an instructor may override course prerequisites, course restrictions, registration limits, and time conflicts during Add/Drop I and Add/Drop II.

CREDIT/D/FAIL GRADING OPTION

Students may change the grading option for a course from graded to Credit/D/Fail (or vice versa) until Friday, 27 February 2015, on Polaris. Permission is 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. Note that students with class year 2012 or greater may not elect to take their first-year seminars and courses taken to satisfy division or distribution requirements with the Credit/D/Fail grading option.