To learn more about the process for course registration for Winter 2014, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!
General registration will open in late November for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Winter 2014 will be available starting October 14. Be sure to review the schedule and the information below before registration opens.
Q. How many classes should I plan to take in addition to my core?
A. Sophomore BBA students will take 7.5 credits of core in Winter 2014 (see core info below). We recommend that most BBA2s take an average of 12-15 credits per semester, so you'll be looking to add between 4.5-7.5 credits to your schedule.
Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?
A. Starting October 14, you can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar. The LSA Course Guide is another great resource if you are looking for courses to fulfill distribution; look for the Winter 2014 LSA course guide to be available in late-October.
Q. Should I be adding business electives to my Winter schedule?
A. Sophomore BBAs may choose to register for select elective classes within the Ross School of Business, however most BBAs will wait until their Junior and Senior year to complete business elective coursework. The Ross electives listed below are the ONLY elective business courses open for Sophomore BBAs; all other Ross electives are restricted to Junior/Senior BBAs. In the Winter 2014 term, Sophomore BBAs may consider registering for:
- BA 200 Business and Leaders: The Positive Difference (3.0 cr)
- MO 315 Introduction to Managing Human Capital (3.0 cr)
- TO 311 Decision Support with Excel (3.0 cr)
Q. What other academic opportunities can I explore as a sophomore?
A. Sophomores may study abroad through Ross Global Initiatives and CGIS in the spring and/or summer terms, explore minors, and take electives outside of Ross. You can watch Ross BBA seniors discuss their experiences with minors, dual degrees, study abroad, Carson Scholars, institutes, and electives on our Exploring BBA Opportunities Panel.
BBA Sophomores are encouraged to apply for any of the study abroad programs offered through Ross Global Initiatives. You can learn more about the programs and apply here. It's not too late to apply for the following opportunities:
STRATEGY 320: Doing Business in India (Deadline extended to December 13, 2013!)
- Program Dates: August 15, 2014 - August 30, 2014
- International Study and Internship Programs: Hong Kong, China and Sydney, Australia (Apply by December 6)
Q. Who can I meet with if I have quick questions about selecting classes and Winter registration?
A. We have different options and availability depending on your needs:
- For in-depth, individualized conversations regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
For quicker academic advising questions:
- Academic Advising Walk-in hours (Monday-Friday from 1-3 p.m. in E2420) to meet with an Academic Advisor on duty.
Winter Garden Hours: Meet with an Academic Advisor on duty on the following dates and times:
- December 9 (11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.)
For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc.:
- Stop by the Academic Services Office in K3340 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Services will load Sophomore BBA students into the required Winter 2014 BBA core by November 6. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate requirements (distribution, non-business credits, etc.) outside of this core.
Q. What are my core requirements?
A. Review the core curriculum for BBA students.
Q. What core will Academic Services register me into for Winter 2014?
A. By November 6, Academic Services will register Sophomore BBA students into the following 7.5 credits of core courses (unless already completed):
- ACC 301: Principles of Accounting II (3.0 credits)
- LHC 250: Intro to Business Communication (1.5 credits)
- TO 301: Business Statistics & Management Science (3.0 credits)
***If you have not completed ECON 102, Macroeconomics, you must complete this course in Winter 2014 at U-M Ann Arbor. Academic Services will NOT pre-register you for this course.
Q. I completed a course that was similar in content to TO 301. Can I waive this course?
A. Possibly. A waiver exam for TO 301 will be offered on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in R1240 for those students who believe they have sufficient academic background to possibly waive this Winter term core course. To help assess this, you can view the 2011 OMS 301 syllabus as a guideline to the course requirements. Please review the course waiver information for more details. Academic Services will register you for TO 301 prior to the waiver exam; do not remove this core course from your registration unless you have received passing waiver exam results.
Q. How do I know which core requirements I have or haven’t completed?
A: Review your Academic Requirements on Wolverine Access to see a live degree audit of your record, or schedule an advising appointment with your Academic Advisor.
You will register for your Winter 2014 non-core coursework on Wolverine Access using the University's general registration process.
Q. Do I need to use backpack before registration opens?
A. It is recommended that you do, but it is not required. Starting November 13, you can start to add classes to your "Backpack" in Wolverine Access. Backpacking courses allows you to quickly add those classes all at once when your registration appointment time opens. However, be aware that backpacking does not reserve a seat for you in the class - it is simply a way to put the course in your "shopping cart" so that you can "check-out" quickly. If a class in your backpack does not have room available when your registration time opens, you may have to waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open class at that time.
Q: When is my registration appointment time?
A: The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between November 25 and December 12. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 13.
Q: Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
A: You do not need to register exactly at your appointment time, but some classes will fill quickly, or seats may be opened to non-Ross students after registration has been open for a week or more, so it is to your advantage to register when your appointment time opens. Once your appointment time opens, you can continue to make changes until the drop/add deadlines for Winter 2014.
Q. My core class is the same time as the one elective I really want to take. What can I do?
A. Students who wish to change core sections to accommodate an elective class will need to identify a classmate in another section of the core who is willing to "swap" sections with them.
To assist in identifying classmates willing to swap, a CTools site is available to provide students with a discussion forum. Students will be able to join this site starting Wednesday, November 13. In order to complete a swap:
- Go to CTools and find a partner
- Both swap partners must complete and submit the BBA Sophomore Swap Survey (available starting Wednesday, November 20)
NOTE: By completing the survey, both of you are committing to making those changes to your schedules. We recommend that you arrange a swap only when you are sure you have a seat in the elective class of your choice.
Q. How do I join the CTools site?
A. To join the CTools site (starting November 13), visit https://CTools.umich.edu and log in. Click on "Membership" on the left side navigation, and then click on "Joinable Sites." Use the search box on the right to search for "BBA Core Conflicts." When you find it, click “Join.” Use the "Discussion" forum to search for other students looking to swap sections.
Q. Is it OK for me to "sweeten the deal" to try to find a swap partner for my 8:30 a.m. section?
A. No. It is inappropriate to do either of the following:
- Use iMpact or other University of Michigan systems to email large groups of students with a swap request
- Offer money, property, or services as compensation for a core course swap.
Taking either of these actions is considered a violation of the Ross Community Values and appropriate action will be taken. (For more information on the Ross Community Values, visit: http://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/student-resources/ross-community-values.)
Q. OK - I found a classmate willing to swap with me. Now what?
A. Once you have identified a swap partner, YOU AND YOUR PARTNER must each complete the survey (available starting November 20), that will include the following information:
- Your name, ID #, & UMICH email address
- Class/section you are currently in
- Full name of your swap partner
- Specific class/section you would like to swap into
Q. How long do I have to find a swap partner?
A. You have until the Friday before the start of the Winter term, so we encourage you to be patient with the process. If you don't find a partner initially, hang in there; many students will make changes to their schedules just before they return in January and may find that they need to swap at that time. The survey site will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7. We will not accept swap requests after the surveys have closed.
Q. My core conflicts with my athletic practice or a required course for my dual degree. Do I need to find a swap partner?
A. No. Academic Services will make schedule accommodations for documented Academic, Athletic, Health, or Religious conflicts. Students who require schedule changes to accommodate dual degree/minor, athletic, medical, or religious obligations should submit documentation from authorized medical personnel, religious leader or organization, official coaches if your status as an official student-athlete requires such accommodation, or an Academic Advisor indicating that a particular course is required in a certain term in order to complete the student's dual degree or minor. Letters should be submitted to Academic Services (email@example.com) and we will make the necessary core schedule changes.
It is each student's responsibility to review the rules and policies carefully. Please read the course registration rules and policies.
Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
A. For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc., please stop by Academic Services at K3340 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. You may also call them at 734-647-4933 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please contact your Academic Advisor or schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor through our Academic Counseling appointment system. You can also meet with an advisor during Academic Advising Walk-in hours (Monday-Friday from 1-3 p.m. in E2420) for quick advising questions.