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Important Announcements

Important Update Concerning Spring 2018 Registration Process​(posted 11/17/17)

Dear Students,

First let me say how deeply sorry I am for the issues that have impacted registration for spring 2018 classes. However, I can assure you that this problem will have no bearing on your ability to register for your classes.

We have assembled a team of experts from our two major software vendors who are working with our team around the clock. We have now identified the source of the problem and are making strong progress in developing the solution to the issue.

As soon as the problem is solved to our satisfaction, we will contact you by both text and e-mail with a new registration schedule.

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or seniors who successfully registered, you do not need to take any further actions. For seniors who were unable to successfully register, you will still be able to register on a priority basis. I want to assure seniors that you will be able to register for the classes you need in order to graduate.  That is my promise.

At Bridgewater State University, our highest priority is the success and well-being of you, our students. No one is more upset about this issue than me. I want to thank you for your continued patience.

Sincerely,

Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq.,’83
President



Important Update Concerning Spring 2018 Registration Process​(posted 11/14/17)

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The university and the company that supports our online registration have been working diligently to solve the system issue that interfered with registration this morning.  At this time, the university is not confident that the problem impacting registration has been resolved by our software vendor to our satisfaction.

As a result, we have made the decision to delay registration. We will release a new registration schedule as soon as the system is repaired to the university’s satisfaction. We are deeply sorry for the anxiety and inconvenience this has caused you, but we want to avoid another failure of the system such as you experienced this morning.

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or seniors who believe they processed a registration this morning, please check your schedule to make sure your registration was successful. For seniors who were unable to successfully register, you will still be able to register on a priority basis. Please be assured that we will work with you to ensure you are able to register for the classes you need in order to graduate.

The university and its software vendor will be working day and night to fix the system problem over the next few days. We will communicate to you on Friday by 12:00 P.M. to provide an update on the situation.​ 

FERPA Directory Information (Posted 11/1/17)​

In adherence to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Bridgewater State University is required to identify the contents of students' records it defines as “directory information." This information is included in the Student Handbook, which is updated annually and available to students online. However, the university recently redefined directory information to exclude the BSU email address. This change was made to more fully protect students from unwanted and potentially harmful solicitation by third parties.

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords to students, who are currently or were previously enrolled at Bridgewater State University as registered students, the right of access to their educational records that contain information directly related to themselves. FERPA also restricts the persons to whom the university can release a student's educational records without the prior written consent.

However, FERPA allows the release without the student's consent those records specified as "directory information". That list now includes:

• a student's name and hometown
• college or school and major field of study
• participation in officially recognized activities and sports
• weight, height, and age of members of athletic teams
• dates of enrollment
• class level (i.e., freshman, sophomore, or first-year, second-year, etc.)
• enrollment status (i.e., full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate)
• certificates, degrees and awards received, including dean's list and graduation honors

For more information about FERPA, access to students' records, and the options students have for preventing disclosure, please see the Registrar's website and the Student Handbook.

Attention December 2017 Degree Candidates! (Posted 9/22/17)


If you will be completing your degree requirements by this  December, now is the time to apply for degree completion!

BSU requires all degree candidates to file a degree application with the appropriate office. The formal degree review process begins with this step.

All students who intend to complete their degree requirements by December 2017 must apply for degree completion, as outlined below:

Undergraduate students:
  Must complete a degree application with the Registrar's Office, Boyden Hall, Room 003. At the time you apply for degree completion your Degree Works Worksheet(s) should show that all requirements are “Complete” or In-progress.

Note: December 2017 degree application deadline was August 1,
 2017.  If you have not yet applied, please do so as soon as possible.

Please check Graduation Central, http://services.bridgew.edu/GraduationCentral , in late Fall of 2017 for information regarding participation in the May 2018 undergraduate ceremonies.

Graduate students:  You must submit an approved degree application with the College of Graduate Studies, Maxwell Library, Room 021. At the time you apply for degree completion your Degree Works Worksheet(s) should show that all requirements are "Complete" or “Complete except for classes in-progress.” Exit requirements, such as successful completion of a comprehensive examination, however, may be “Not Complete” at the time of application.

NOTE: The recommended deadline for December Master’s and CAGS degree completers is October 1 2017.

Please check Graduation Central, 
http://services.bridgew.edu/GraduationCentral , in late Fall of 2017 for information  regarding the May 2018 Commencement ceremony.

Holds Do Not Prevent Degree Award

A hold on a student’s record does NOT prevent a degree award where it has been earned. Students should still apply for their degree. A hold may prevent release of the diploma and/or official transcripts and participation in the Commencement Ceremony until the hold is cleared. Contact the number listed with the hold for information about resolution.

The student should notify the Registrar's Office at Registration@bridgew.edu or 508-531-1231 when the hold is cleared in order to have their diploma mailed to the address of record.

 ​August 2017 degree completers are now available!(Posted 9/15/17)

Diplomas for August 2017 graduates are available as outlined below:
Undergraduate Diplomas – Available for pickup with photo ID in the Registrar’s Office (Boyden Hall, Room 003) through Friday, September 29, 2017.
  Diplomas may only be given directly to the graduate, or to an authorized individual with a signed release from the graduate (and a photo ID).  Diplomas not picked up by September 29th will be mailed to the address on file with the University in early October.

Graduate Diplomas –diplomas were mailed to students in early September.
All financial obligations to the University must be resolved prior to diploma or transcript release.

Please be sure your most up-to-date address is in our database so your diploma will be mailed to the correct address, and for Alumni Office records.
  If this information is not correct, you can access an Address Change Form at the Registrar’s Office website by selecting Printable Forms.

If you have any questions about access or if you do not remember your PIN, please go to www.bridgew.edu/bannerid and log on using your BSU e-mail name and password.  Or, you may stop by the Registrar’s Office during business hours with a photo ID.

Official transcripts with semester grades and posted graduation information are also available.
 Click here for details on how to obtain an official transcript.
Congratulations!

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August Graduates, Degrees are posted and will appear on transcripts if ordered. (posted 8/25/17).

Summer Grades are now available to view online:
To access your grades go to www.bridgew.edu, enter the Student Portal via myBSU, and continue as outlined:
-      Click on the InfoBear icon
-    Click on Registration & Student Information
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      Log in with your Banner ID and PIN (see NOTE below*)
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      Click on Student
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      Click on Student Records
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      Click on Final Grades
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      Select the Summer Term

* NOTE:  If you know your Banner ID but have forgotten your PIN, enter your Banner ID, and then click on the Forgot PIN button.  Also, if you have forgotten either your Banner ID or PIN, you may access these numbers at 
https://services.bridgew.edu/bannerid and log in to that site with your BSU e-mail name and password.