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 January 29, 2016, 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.
All students must submit an Enrollment Form by 5:00 p.m. on January 29, 2016. 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.
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, 25 January 2016.) 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.
During Add/Drop I 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 summer. Add/Drop I will last from December 1st, 2015 at 9:00 am to the last day of classes, December 11th, 2015 at 5:00 pm; it will be suspended for Reading Period, Final Exams, and the Summer Break. Add/Drop II will begin on January 25th, 2016 when students will resume being able to add courses with instructor permission and drop ones without.
Returning students have until 5pm February 5th, 2016 to add or drop a course and do not need instructor permission to drop a course; students new to Bowdoin have until March 4th, 2016. (New students are students for whom the Spring 2016 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. Following Add/Drop II students looking to drop courses may also take advantage of the Extended Drop process.
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 or permission), an instructor may give permission (required for any student to add any course), override course prerequisites, major/minor exclusions, class standing exclusions, and enrollment limits.
Students may change the grading option for a course from graded to Credit/D/Fail (or vice versa) until March 4th, 2016, 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.