Registrar's Calendar, 2020-2021

Bowdoin's 2020-2021 Academic Calendar
SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN! Last updated:  April 1, 2021
Unless otherwise noted, all processes begin at 9am and end at 5pm. 
*All times listed are in the eastern standard timezone (EDT)

Spring 2021

January
1/11, Mon. College reopens at 8:30am
1/11, Mon. Fall grading period ends 3pm
1/13, Wed. Fall grades available to students in Polaris
1/14, Thur. Degree candidate certifications sent to faculty; due noon 2/1, Mon.
1/18, Mon. Spring course registration opens for students re-enrolled after Monday, December 14, 2020; ends 1/22, Fri.
1/21, Thur. Recording Committee meets to discuss students up for action
1/22, Fri. Spring course registration for re-enrolled students ends
1/26, Tue. Re-enrolled student spring course registration results in Polaris
February
2/1, Mon. Certifications for degree candidates due from depts/progs by noon
2/8, Mon. First day of spring classes
2/8, Mon. Spring Add/Drop II course registration begins; ends 2/22, Mon.
2/8, Mon. Spring option to elect 1 course Elective Credit/D/Fail begins; ends 5/3, Mon.
2/11, Wed. Eligible students receive link to submit Intended Major/Minor Declaration Form; due 2/23, Tue; approved major and minor declarations in Polaris 3/24, Wed; departments/programs have advisor assignments in Polaris 4/5, Mon.
2/12, Fri. Last day to submit spring enrollment form online without a fine
2/12, Fri. Last day to initially register for spring courses without a fine
2/15, Mon. Departmental honors candidates requested from faculty; due 2/19, Fri.
2/19, Fri. Departmental honors candidates due from faculty
2/22, Mon. Spring Add/Drop II course registration ends
2/22, Mon. Spring Extended Course Drop begins after 5pm; ends 3/24, Wed.
2/23, Tue. Last day for eligible students to submit Intended Major/Minor Declaration Form
2/24, Wed. Last day for faculty to submit fall course proposals and revisions
2/24, Wed. Fall course offering worksheets sent to faculty; due 3/22, Mon. by noon
2/25, Thur. Library releases honors project format and submission requirements
2/25, Thur. Departments/programs begin reviewing intended major/minor declarations for eligible students
March
3/1, Mon. Official spring census
3/1, Mon. Departmental honors thesis guidelines sent to students and departments
3/11, Thur. Departments/programs confirm final major/minor declarations for eligible students
3/12, Fri. Registrar begins entering major/minor declarations in Polaris, done 3/24, Wed.
3/17, Wed. Departments/programs receive Catalogue PDFs for pass 1 review, due 4/7, Wed.
3/19, Fri. Spring break begins after last class
3/19, Fri. Registrar systems outage begins for scheduled IT maintenance
3/22, Mon. Fall course offering worksheets due from faculty by noon
3/24, Wed. Spring break ends at 8:30 am
3/24, Wed. Registrar systems outage ends; requests processed in order received
3/24, Wed. Spring Extended Course Drop ends
3/24, Wed. All approved majors/minors in Polaris for newly declared students
3/25, Thur. Departments/programs begin assigning advisors for newly declared majors and minors; complete by 4/5, Mon.
3/31, Wed. Spring option to request permission to elect a 2nd course with Elective Credit/D/Fail grading mode begins, ends 5/3, Mon. Note: students may continue to elect 1 course Credit/D/Fail without special permission until 5/3, Mon. 
April
4/5, Mon. Advisors assignments due in Polaris for newly declared majors/minors, major and minor advisors always assigned by departments/programs directly
4/7, Wed. Pass 1 review of Catalogue materials due from departments/programs
4/15, Thur. Course adoptions for fall 2021 due from faculty to the library
4/19, Mon. Fall schedule of course offerings in Classfinder
4/20, Tue. Departments/programs who made pass 1 changes receive updated Catalogue PDFs for pass 2 review, due 5/11, Tue.
4/22, Thur. Round 1 fall course registration begins
4/29, Thur. Round 1 fall course registration ends
May
5/3, Mon. Spring option to request Elective Credit/D/Fail grade mode ends
5/3, Mon. Round 1 fall course registration results in Polaris
5/5, Wed. Round 2 fall course registration begins
5/7, Fri. Round 2 fall course registration ends
5/10, Mon. Round 2 fall course registration results in Polaris
5/11, Tue. Pass 2 review of Catalogue materials due from departments/programs
TBA Fall classroom request forms sent to faculty; due TBA
TBA Fall classroom request forms due
5/11, Tue. Fall Add/Drop I course registration begins
5/14, Fri. Honors Day
5/18, Tue. Fall Add/Drop I course registration ends
5/18, Tue. Last day of spring classes
5/18, Tue. Spring grading period begins noon; due noon 5/27, Thur. for degree candidates; all other grades due 6/1, Tue.
5/19-20, Wed.-Thur. Spring Reading Period
5/20, Thur. Departmental Honors projects uploaded and the "Thesis Access and Embargo form" completed through the Bowdoin Digital Commons by 5pm by the student
5/21, Fri. Departmental honors levels due from faculty noon
5/21, Fri. Departmental Honors project directors complete online review and approval of submitted project and levels through Bowdoin Digital Commons by 2pm
5/21-24, Fri.-Mon. Spring Final Exam period, ends noon EST on 5/24, Note: no spring academic work accepted after 5/24 at 12:00 pm EST without a formal incomplete agreement
5/27, Thur. Spring grading period ends noon for degree candidates
5/28, Fri. Baccalaureate
5/29, Sat. The 216th Commencement exercises
June
6/1, Tue. Spring grading period ends for all other students
6/3-6, Thur.-Sun. Reunion weekend
6/4, Fri. Spring grades available to all students in Polaris
6/16, Wed. Recording Committee meets to discuss students up for action
July
7/1, Thur. Official start of the 2021-2022 academic year
7/12, Mon. Publication of the 21-22 Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook
August
13-14, Fri.-Sat. Celebration for 2020 Graduates