Student Handbook

Important Contacts

Enrollment Services541-278-5759StudentRecords@bluecc.eduStudent Records directory
Welcome Student Success directory
Office of Student Learning & Success
(aka Office of Instruction)
541-278-5930instruction@bluecc.eduOffice of Student Learning & Success directory

Registration Dates & Deadlines

Dates listed below are for full term courses. Courses less than a full term in length will have different refund, drop and withdraw dates.

More Registration Information

Registering for a Course

Students may add a course online through the WolfWeb up through the fifth day of the term.

Athletes please meet with the athletic department prior to changing your schedule as it may effect your eligibility.

Unregistering from a Course

Students may unregister from a course online through the fifth day of the term.  Courses that you unregister from on or prior to the 100% refund date will not be noted on your transcript. You must unregister within the first 5 days of the term. Do this through the Academics, then Registration page of your Student WolfWeb. At the bottom of the course listing on the registration page is your current schedule. You will find a Drop option there.

Withdrawing from a Course

Action taken after the 5th day of the term. The student must withdraw via the Request to Drop a Course DocuSign form within the stated withdraw deadline date for the term.  Please see the academic calendar for these deadline dates.  Students withdrawing from courses will still be responsible for tuition and fees and a “W” will show on the transcript.

Waitlisted Courses

Students that have been placed on a waitlist, will be notified by email (sent to your assigned BMCC email account) from the Office of Learning & Student Success if a space becomes available and they are moved from the waitlist into the class. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their status in any waitlisted courses. Students may attend/participate in the course until their waitlist status has been established and confirmed or until they are officially registered in the course. To check the status of a waitlisted course the student should check their term schedule on the Wolfweb. Students should also check their BMCC student email.

Changing Personal Information

To change your last name or Social Security Number, or to correct your date of birth, you will need to complete a Student Information Correction Form. Valid proof of personal identification is required to initiate a name, date of birth, or Social Security Number change/correction.  All other personal information may be changed by accessing your student WolfWeb

Tips for college

Time and Schedule Management

College classes require more time than many new students expect. Plan to spend 1 ½ to 2 hours outside of class doing homework for every hour you are in class. This means a 4-credit class which requires 4 hours in class each week, will likely demand up to 8 additional hours of time each week. If you are enrolled in 12 credits homework could demand 24 hours – 36 hours/week. It’s a full-time job!

If you are working, even part-time, consider starting off with only one or two courses per term. This will give you time to adjust to the demands of college classes and have greater chance for success from the start.

Create a weekly and hourly schedule for your term. This will show you when you have class or labs to attend. Block out hours for homework also. Block off time for travel and other non-flexible commitments.

Workplace flexibility can make class choices easier, give you more time to study, and possibly bring you to graduation sooner! Communicate with your employer about what you are doing.

Review your daily life. Eliminate any unnecessary distractions, extraneous activities, and additional pressures before you start your college career.

Include your family/roommates in your college success plan and schedule. If you have had a lead role in household chores, this is an opportunity to allow others to assume tasks. Some daily/weekly household chores may need to be managed differently. 

Education and Career Planning

Take the time to investigate and identify career interests. Even if you are somewhat undecided, your ideas can help guide you and those who will help you continue your research.

Talk to a Success Coach/Navigator and/or your Faculty Advisor for more information on career resources. Utilize online resources as well.

Become familiar with degree and certificate options that will prepare you for the career you desire.

Take advantage of opportunities to explore careers and get to know people who enjoy their work.

Work closely with your Faculty Advisor and/or Success Coach to create a career and educational plan that will lead you to your goal.

Study Strategies and Resources

Set up a study place—one that’s off limits to others. This can be your primary study location but make sure you have multiple places to study including at the college, the library and other locations. You need to have options so you can take full advantage of your study time.

College work requires access to computers and the internet. There are computers available at all college centers and on campus but students need to have a computer at home and ideally at all study locations.

College instructors have office hours when you can connect for individual help or talk to them before or after class. Instructors are expecting you to come for help during these office hours.

Take advantage of tutors, the library, learning centers, classmates and advisors.

Examine and expand your study techniques. Note taking can be done many ways. Find out what methods work best for you.Know that difference courses and different instructors sometimes demand using different methods.

Get together with other students in your classes. You can share study techniques and get new ideas from others. Reviewing notes and test preparation is good use of study group time.

Improving your reading skills can make a big difference. There are many resources to help us learn to read more quickly, to read more effectively for information, understanding and recall.

Stay up-to-date on assignments. Learn the material and review as you continue through the course.

Test-Taking Skills

Start preparing for your exams the first day of class. This can be done by reading your syllabus carefully to find out when your exams will be given, how many exams will be administered, and how much each exam weighs towards your final grade.

Plan reviews as part of your regular weekly study schedule rather than just before the exam.

Reviews are much more than reading and re-reading all assignments. You need to review your lecture notes and question yourself on the material you don’t accurately recall. You may want to create a study group to reinforce your learning.

Review for several short periods rather than one long period. You will better retain information and become less fatigued.

Turn the main points of each topic or heading into questions. Check to see if the answers come to you quickly and correctly. Try to predict examination questions, and outline your answers.

Flashcards are a helpful way to review courses that have many unfamiliar terms. Review the cards in random order using the terms that you have difficulty remembering.

Ask the instructor about the test. Find out what information will be stressed and the kinds of questions that will be asked. Review the text and lecture notes to develop a study strategy.

The Test Itself

Listen attentively to last minute instructions given by the professor. Instructors often make last minute changes. Missing instructions can cause extreme anxiety and/or a mistake on the test or paper.

If you are taking a computer-based test, be sure to ask the proctor any questions you have before you start.

Scan the entire test.

How long is it? Are there questions on the back of the paper?

Notice the type of questions– objective true/false, multiple choice, fill in, etc. and/or short or long answer essay.

Estimate how long you can spend on each section of the test

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat this to keep yourself relaxed and focused. Keep your thoughts positive.

Plan to finish early and have time for review. Return to difficult questions you marked for review.

Proofread your essays; check grammar and spelling.

Make sure you answer all questions. Don’t change answers at this point. Most often your first answer is correct.

After the Test

When you receive your graded test paper, review it to determine strengths and weaknesses in your test-taking skills. Always analyze your test to determine how you can improve future test results.

Attend exam reviews. This is an opportunity to hear what the instructor was expecting to see in the answers. These reviews can assist you on the next exam. 

Academic Calendar: Start and end dates of the academic year and of each quarter. The calendar reflects deadlines and other information related to payment schedules, add/drop options, graduation applications, and related policies.

Academic Records: The official listing of courses attempted and completed by a student at BMCC, including the credits accepted as a result of the BMCC registrar’s evaluation of official transcripts from other institutions. This information is listed in the student management module of the integrated administrative system, accessible to the student through WolfWeb.

Course/Class: An organized unit of instruction within an academic discipline or subject of study, or one of the instructional subdivisions of a discipline or subject area

Credit: A measurement of course work and time spent in an academic endeavor. One credit generally equates to fifty minutes (a clock hour) of instruction and two hours of preparatory work outside the instructional classroom each week, or the equivalent thereof. Credits and clock hours may vary depending upon the type of course.

Credit Load: The total number of credits taken in a given term

CWE: Cooperative work experience. CWE is a program of study in a work environment for which students, instructors, and participating businesses develop written training and evaluation plans to guide student development within specific programs. Students receive course credit for their work experience, whether or not they are paid a wage.

Distance Education: The delivery of instruction to students located throughout the district, state, nation, and the world using a variety of technologies and telecommunications networks. Delivery systems include interactive television (ITV), video recorded instruction, online instruction, guided instruction, and hybrid courses with ZOOM technology.

Drop: The process of removing one’s name from the class roster within the 100-percent refund period for a course or courses. This procedure results in a full refund. After dropping, there is no record of the student’s having ever registered for the class and no grade is reflected on the transcript.

Enrollment: The placement of a student within a credit or non credit course. Enrollment and registration are interchangeable terms from a student standpoint. From an institutional standpoint, registration is the process of enrollment and enrollment is a status.

FAFSA: The federal form entitled “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” A completed FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal financial aid.

Financial Aid Package: A combination of financial student-support mechanisms (such as a scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study) determined by the BMCC Student Financial Aid office.

First-Generation College Student: Defined at BMCC as a student whose parents have not earned an associate’s degree or higher. Defined by the federally funded TRiO-Student Support Services program as a student whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Full-Time Student: A student enrolled in 12 or more credits during any one term as of the FTE (full-time equivalent) reporting date established by the Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (OCCURS). Definitions for financial aid and veterans’ services programs may vary.

Honors: An official recognition of students with exceptional academic qualifications; such students may graduate with honors or high honors. For honors designation, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84 in all courses that meet degree requirements. The high honors designation requires a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher in all courses that meet degree requirements. The cumulative GPA calculation will include all courses taken at BMCC and other institutions as long as they apply to the degree requirements.

New Student: A student that has not attended BMCC, has attended BMCC but has not attended within the most recent two academic years or has earned credits at BMCC prior to completing high school.

Non-Traditional Student: A student in credit classes or developmental education classes not fitting the traditional student definition.

New Student Orientation: An activity for students that is intended to acquaint them with campus resources and thereby better prepare them for successful learning and navigation within the educational system.

Out-of-State Resident: A term used to assess tuition for a student who is a U.S. citizen or national whose primary residence lies outside Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Montana, or California.

Part-Time Student: For most purposes at BMCC, and consistent with national definitions, a degree-seeking student who is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours in a term as of the FTE (full-time equivalent) reporting date established by the Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (OCCURS). Definitions for the financial aid and veterans’ services programs may vary.

Peer Tutor: A trained student who works with fellow students to provide, at no additional cost to the recipients, additional instruction in course work that he or she has completed with a grade of B or better.

Prerequisite: A course or instructional program that students are expected to complete successfully as a necessary requirement before they are permitted to enroll in another course or instructional program that is more advanced.

Registration: The placement of a student within a credit or non credit course. Enrollment and registration are interchangeable from a student standpoint. From an institutional standpoint, registration is the process of enrollment and enrollment is a status.

Resident: For tuition purposes, a student whose primary residence is in Oregon; residents are charged in-state tuition. At BMCC, students who reside in Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Montana, and California are also considered residents.

Returning student: Student that has graduated from high school or is over 18 and has attended BMCC within the most recent two academic years.

Withdraw: The process of filing the required paperwork when a student abandons an attempt to earn the credits associated with a given course. Both the course and a grade of W appear on the student’s transcript. The grade of W is not calculated for GPA; however, a W may affect a student’s financial aid. Students dropping classes do not receive a refund of tuition or fees.

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