Messages for Students and Families

Message to First-Year Students—August 5, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
You’ll find a list of important updates and reminders below. Please be sure to read through the entire message before clicking any of the links.

Message to First-Year Students—August 4, 2020 (Duncan)
We hope this finds you well. We are pleased to let you know that your course schedules for Fall 2020 have been posted to Polaris. We appreciate your diligence in participating in your advising appointment. 

Message to Selected Students—July 31, 2020 (Ranen)
Given recent nationwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, Bowdoin has decided to send self-administered COVID-19 tests to students currently in the continental United States who will be on campus this fall.

Message to First-Year Students—July 29, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
We are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING that you bring a chair to campus to use during Orientation events as well as at various outdoor events during the fall semester. We will, of course, have chairs available in the outdoor classroom spaces, but a small personal chair will assist with physical distancing, help create communal seating, and offer comfort no matter where you are on campus.

Message to First-Year Students—July 29, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
We are writing today to gather information from those of you who plan on traveling to Bowdoin by plane.

Message to All Students—July 29, 2020 (Hayes)
Because you may need medical services during the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, Bowdoin College requires all students to carry adequate health insurance coverage. To ensure adequate coverage, students are automatically enrolled in the Bowdoin College Student Health Insurance Plan.

Message to All Students—July 29, 2020 (Duncan)
Please remember that Add/Drop I closes at 5 pm EDT today.

Message to First-Year International Students—July 27, 2020 (Khuong)
First of all, I want to acknowledge that last week brought a roller-coaster of emotions for you and your families. I’m sorry for the uncertainty and anxiety caused by changes to US government regulations. After careful review of new fall guidance issued this past Friday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), I am writing to confirm that those of you who wish to begin your studies at Bowdoin on campus will be permitted do so, provided you are able to obtain an F-1 visa. 

Message to All Students—July 28, 2020 (Duncan)
Add/Drop I is now available, and will be open through tomorrow, 7/29 at 5 pm EDT.

Message to the Class of 2024—July 27, 2020 (Taylor)
Ensuring that mail and packages reach you in a timely manner is part of my department’s responsibility and this happens best when mail is correctly addressed. Every incoming First-year and transfer student has a unique address and will for their entire college career at Bowdoin.

Message to All Students—July 27, 2020 (Duncan)
Round 2 results are now posted on Polaris. Please log in and check the results in your "My Courses"  portal on your student page.

Message to All Students—July 24, 2020 (Duncan)
Round 2 registration ends in one hour. If you haven't already, please submit your course requests via Polaris before 5 p.m. (EDT). 

Message to Returning Students—July 24, 2020 (Duncan)
Round 2 registration for returning students ends at 5 p.m. (EDT).

Message to All Students—July 24, 2020 (Duncan)
Please remember to log into Polaris and request any additional courses that you would like during Round 2 as it closes at 5 pm EDT.

Message to All Students—July 24, 2020 (Scanlon)
As President Rose has emphasized in his messages to the community, the College is committed to providing an excellent online education this fall—one that is fully accessible for all students—and to making the necessary investments to ensure this goal.

Message to All Students—July 23, 2020 (Duncan)
Round 2 registration is now available to you. Please work with your advisor as you look at course selections.

Message to All Students—July 22, 2020 (Duncan)
Round 1 registration results are now available in Polaris. Please be aware that they are displayed on the “Next Term” tab in your “My Courses” portal on your student page.

Message to All Students—July 21, 2020 (Stern, Harris, Pazos, Reinke)
The Inclusion & Diversity in Student Affairs team invites you to join us to deepen our engagement with the Black Lives Matter movement and our efforts to work towards racial justice as part of the Bowdoin Dialogues program.

Message to All Students—July 21, 2020 (Duncan)
Please remember that Round 1 registration closes at 5 p.m. (EDT) today, July 21.

Message to All Students—July 20, 2020 (Duncan)
We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well. We wanted to remind you that Round 1 registration closes tomorrow, July 21, at 5 p.m. (EDT). Please log into Polaris and submit your top course choices in concert with your advisor.

Message to New Students—July 19, 2020 (Nichols)
Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the College has chosen to forego its first-year student vehicle prohibition and permit first-year students to have cars on campus during the Fall 2020 semester, specifically to facilitate timely departures from campus should a campus closure become necessary.

Message to All Students—July 13, 2020 (Duncan)
We are thrilled that your registration week is here! We understand that a lot of information has been coming your way, and that can be a bit overwhelming. We strongly recommend that you read this entire email before you begin opening any of the links.

Message to Class of 2024—July 13, 2020 (Quinby)
You should have received an email message about fall course registration from Martina Duncan, Registrar, shortly after 5 p.m. (EDT). Several of you immediately had questions about which advisor to sign-up for your course registration advising meeting with.

Message to Class of 2024—July 10, 2020 (Quinby)
I’m writing to you today to provide further details about Arrival Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 29. We will post all of this information to our Orientation webpage by early next week.

Message to Class of 2024—July 6, 2020 (Quinby)
As promised in my email message last Friday, Fall 2020 course registration information is now available in Blackboard under the link titled: Class Registration Info. I encourage you to log-in to Blackboard, review the registration information carefully, and watch the posted video.

Message to Class of 2024—July 3, 2020 (Quinby)
I’m writing this morning to provide some important details about your upcoming fall course registration process.

Message to Students—July 2, 2020 (Rose)
I hope that you and your families are well and safe in this difficult time. I know that the plan for the fall that I announced on June 22 is disappointing for many of you—you want to return to campus and we very much want you back.

Message to All Students—June 29, 2020 (Lohmann)
I know students are weighing a number of decisions and I am writing to share updated information and deadlines for the Fall 2020 semester.

Message to Seniors—June 26, 2020 (McCormack)
As described in Clayton’s announcement about the fall, most of you will complete independent studies/honors projects from off campus. A limited, select number of seniors who cannot pursue their pre-approved projects remotely because they require access to physical spaces and resources on campus, and who can do so under health and safety protocols, may be allowed to live on campus, in accordance with the social contract for those on campus this fall.

Message to All Students—June 24, 2020 (Lohmann)
To those who participated in the Zoom “town hall” last night, thank you for watching or listening in and for submitting questions for us to answer. We received more than 2,000 questions during the ninety-minute “town hall” and of course, we could not get to all that students and their families were hoping to have answered.

Message to First-Year Students and Families—June 23, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We are delighted that you will be joining us in the fall as a member of the Bowdoin Class of 2024 or as a new transfer student. The purpose of this letter is to share information with you about student and parent financing options including loans and monthly payment plan options.

Message to Returning Aided Students and Families—June 21, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We have completed the process of evaluating aid applications, and in accordance with President Rose’s recent announcement regarding the coming academic year, have posted your Fall 2020 aid notification to the MyAid portal.

Message to Returning Aided Students and Families—June 21, 2020 (Student Aid)

Earlier this evening you received a notice from our office regarding your aid decision. Part of that information included our estimated cost for your Fall 2020 semester.

Message to Aided Students With CARES Act Funding Eligibility—June 2, 2020 (Student Aid)

Department of Education guidance has directed that higher educational institutions allocate federal CARES Act funding to students who meet federal Title IV aid requirements and have experienced financial emergencies due to the College’s transition to remote learning during COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. The money is intended to offset unexpected financial crises, such as housing, food, transportation, course materials, technology, health care, child care, or other expenses necessary to participate in remote learning.

Message to Students Without CARES Act Funding Eligibility—June 2, 2020 (Student Aid)

Department of Education guidance has directed that higher educational institutions allocate federal CARES Act funding to students who meet federal Title IV aid requirements and have experienced financial emergencies due to the College’s transition to remote learning during COVID-19 in the spring of 2020.  The money is intended to offset unexpected financial crises, such as housing, food, transportation, course materials, technology, health care, child care, or other expenses necessary to participate in remote learning.

Message to Class of 2024—June 1, 2020 (Quinby)
Please complete this mandatory Pre-Major Academic Advising Survey by Monday, June 15. Your responses will be shared with your new pre-major academic advisor at Bowdoin so that they can get to know you both as a scholar and as an individual.

Message to All Students—May 5, 2020 (Lohmann)
I hope this note finds you safe and well. The email below went out earlier this morning to all faculty and staff responsible for hiring summer students. If you have been offered an on-campus summer job or fellowship prior to COVID-19, you should reach out to your direct supervisor to see whether that opportunity is still available.

Message to Returning Aided Students—April 21, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy, and that the last few weeks of classes are going smoothly. We recognize that every family is experiencing its own unique combination of stresses related to COVID-19, including current or potential financial limitations. To that end, we have an announcement about your Summer Work Expectation for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Message to Incoming Aided Students—April 15, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We recognize that every family is experiencing its own unique combination of stresses related to COVID-19, including current or potential financial limitations. In an effort to relieve some of the pressure, we are eliminating—for the 2020-2021 academic year only—the student summer work expectation that is part of your student aid package.

Message to All Students—March 27, 2020 (Lohmann)
You haven’t heard from me since March 18, but a lot has been happening here at Bowdoin. As you know faculty have been hard at work readying for remote teaching and you should be getting familiar with this new approach to your learning. I hope you have found a routine, wherever you are, to engage with your new academic landscape and that you are also taking the time to tend to your health, wellness, and safety.

Message to Work Study Students—March 21, 2020
 (Student Aid)
The transition to online learning and students having been required to leave campus presents clear challenges to meeting the work expectation outlined in your financial aid package. Now that the campus is restricted to essential staff only, there will be significantly limited work opportunities, available only to those living on campus. While there are some opportunities to continue working in student jobs remotely, these will be limited as well, and not available to all aided students.

Message to All Students—March 20, 2020 (McCormack, Lohmann)
The last two weeks have been extraordinary, a time in which we have all had to dramatically change the way we think about our communities, our connections to one another, and how best to continue the academic program for the remainder of the semester. We write here to update you on our grading policy for Spring 2020.

Message to All Students—March 18, 2020 (Lohmann)
Today is the last day students are permitted to be on campus without permission. All students, except those who have received approval to stay, must be off campus by 5:00 pm. OneCards will be deactivated at that time. Students who are on campus without permission after 5:00 pm will be subject to disciplinary action.

COVID-19 Updates—March 7, 2020 (Orlando, Lohmann)
We learned yesterday that a student who had been studying in Italy, and who returned home following the outbreak of COVID-19 in that country, visited campus from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, when we became aware of their presence and they were asked to leave campus and return home.

Message to All Students—January 27, 2020 (Lohmann, Spoerri)
The College is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness linked to a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There is currently no known threat to the Bowdoin community, and health officials in the United States still consider the risk of contracting the coronavirus here to be quite low (as of this morning, there are five known cases of the virus in this country).