Spring 2014 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 by using an add/drop card (available in the lobby outside the Office of the Registrar in Moulton Union). The Office of the Registrar will begin processing add/drop cards on the first day of classes. If a student's initial course registration is received after 5pm on Friday, 25 January 2013, 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, 25 January 2013. 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, 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 participaste 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, 20 January 2014.) If a course or lab is listed as "Closed until add/drop" or 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 signatures on your add/drop card.*

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 COURSE REGISTRATION PERIOD

The Office of the Registrar will begin processing add/drop cards on the first day of classes.

All students may add classes to their schedules through the first two weeks of the semester--until 5pm on Friday, 31 January 2014. Returning students have until 5pm on 31 January 2014 to drop a course; students new to Bowdoin have until 5pm on 28 February 2014. (New students are students for whom the Spring 2014 semester is their first semester at Bowdoin.) Add/drop cards are available in the lobby outside the Office of the Registrar on the first floor of the Moulton Union. To add a course, students must acquire the signatures of the instructor and advisor; drops require only the signature of the advisor. Students adding an independent study or honors project must have signatures from the project director and advisor. Students who are switching labs need only the lab instructor's signature--not an advisor's nor the course instructor's signature.

See complete add/drop instructions online.

Unlike registration Rounds 1, 2 and 3 (during which an instructor may provide an override for course prerequisites), an instructor's may override course prerequisites, course restrictions, registration limits, and time conflicts in add/drop.

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, 28 February 2014, by using an add/drop card. Signatures are 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.