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Incoming Sophomore BBAs, class of 2017: Registration Information for Fall 2014

Congratulations on your admission to Ross! Look for an email from your Ross Academic Advisor (pictured below) on July 9, with next steps to complete prior to scheduling your first advising appointment. Be sure to review all of the information on this webpage carefully and mark your calendars for the mandatory BBA Orientation on Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29! 

To learn more about the process for course registration for Fall 2014 as an incoming BBA, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Planning Your First Term as a BBA: Get Ready

Q. What Fall 2014 business core courses will I take as a Sophomore BBA?
A. Effective Fall 2014, incoming Sophomore BBAs will be required to take the following three core courses in their first semester:

Ross will enroll Regular Sophomore Admits into their BBA core courses by July 16. (However, please do NOT make any adjustments to your Fall schedule until July 28.) Attempts are made to accommodate some class selections you already made for the Fall term, with priority given to sequential language courses, but not all conflicts can be accommodated. The process for resolving conflicts is listed below under Core Course Swap Info.

Note: Students who will have ACC 300 complete prior to Fall 2014 may consider registering for ACC 301 in the Fall semester.

Q. What happens to the Fall classes for which I'm already registered?
A. Ross will work with the Registrar's Office to move all of your currently enrolled Fall courses from your prior school (e.g., LSA, Engineering, etc.) to Ross. Once this process is complete, you may adjust your schedule beginning July 28.
Q. How many credits should I plan to take each semester as a BBA student?
A. You must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. (Going below 12 credits makes you a part-time student, which affects financial aid, degree progress, and international students' immigration status and is not permitted for BBA students, with some exceptions for students in their final term.) We recommend that most BBAs average 12-15 credits per semester.
Q. How many classes should I plan to take in addition to my core for Fall 2014?
A. Sophomore BBA students will take 10 credits of core (ACC 300, BA 200, and TO 301) in Fall 2014, so you'll want to take between 2-5 credits of non-business coursework in addition to the core in order to complete the recommended average of 12-15 credits per semester. Most incoming BBAs will therefore have one non-business class in their Fall schedule. Keep in mind that the first semester in the BBA program is an adjustment, so don't overdo it. 
Q. When should I take Econ 102?
A. Effective Fall 2014, Econ 102 must be completed by the end of Junior winter term (Winter 2016) at the latest. If it was not completed prior to the first day of the first term in the BBA program (prior to Fall 2014), then it must be completed at UM-Ann Arbor. The timing of this course will vary from student to student, so you are encouraged to consult with your Ross Academic Advisor.
Q. Should I be adding business electives or floating core to my fall schedule?
A. No. During the Fall semester, incoming Sophomore BBAs will focus on adjusting to Ross and their required BBA core classes while completing distribution (be sure to use the LSA Course Guide to verify which classes meet the main distribution areas – FL, NS/MSA, SS, and HU) and/or other degree requirements (e.g., Econ 102). Sophomore BBAs will be eligible to enroll in floating core and select business electives starting in Winter 2015. 
Q. I want to have a "concentration." What electives do I need to take?
A. Remember that Ross does not have official concentrations or majors. You will have the flexibility to select the electives that will best align with your interests and goals, and you can meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss options as you plan ahead. We recommend that Sophomores focus on their required core classes and completing distribution and ECON 102 first; information about specific business electives open to Sophomore BBAs in the Winter 2015 semester will be available prior to Winter registration.

Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?
A. ​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.

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, become involved in research through the Center for Positive Organizations Summer Fellows Program, explore minors, develop leadership skills through Ross Leadership Initiative Immersions and communities, participate in case competitions, and become involved in clubs and organizations. 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.

Core Requirements: Get Set

Ross will enroll incoming Regular Sophomore Admits into the required Fall 2014 BBA core by July 16. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate requirements (ECON 102, distribution, etc.) outside of this core over the next three years.

Q. What are my core requirements?
Review the core curriculum for BBA students.

Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven’t completed?
A. Once your pre-BBA course credits have been transferred to Ross (by late August), you will be able to review your Academic Requirements on Wolverine Access and access a live degree audit of your record. You may also review the core curriculum, track your progress using a Degree Requirements Checklist, and schedule an advising appointment each semester with your Academic Advisor to discuss your academic plan and ensure you remain on track for graduation.

Adjusting Your Fall Schedule: Go!

Q. When can I begin making changes to my Fall 2014 schedule?
Starting July 28, you may begin to modify your previous class selections to accommodate your assigned sections of BBA core. You should see all of these courses under your Business Administration career in Wolverine Access no later than July 28 and should NOT make any changes prior to that time unless notified by the Office of the Registrar.

Q. I'm registered for too many credits.  What should I do?
Since you will be pre-enrolled into 10 credits of BBA core in addition to your previous Fall class selections, you may currently have a Fall course load exceeding 18 credits. Since BBA students are not permitted to take more than 18 credits in a semester (and most will average between 12-15 credits per semester), you will need to adjust your course load (starting July 28) by dropping unwanted non-BBA courses from your schedule. Students may NOT drop their core BBA classes.

IMPORTANT TUITION NOTE: If your schedule exceeds 18 credits during this period, it may temporarily affect your tuition until you drop courses from your schedule to bring your total to 18 credits or less. 

Core Course Swap Info

We encourage students to reflect on the decision to alter their assigned core schedule since it may impact their section cohort experience and transition to Ross. Your options for resolving BBA core course conflicts are outlined below:

Q. My core class is the same time as the one elective I really want to take. What can I do?
A. Our BBA Core Conflicts CTools site provides BBA students with a discussion forum to identify classmates willing to "swap" sections. To join the CTools site (starting mid-July), 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.” Post in the "Discussion" forum, and search posts for other students looking to swap sections.

Q. I found a swap partner. What are my next steps?
A. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER must each complete the survey (available starting July 16), 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
Once both swap partners have submitted a complete request, permissions will be issued. You may then drop your original section and add the new section you were issued the permission to swap.
NOTE: By completing the survey, both of you are committing to making those changes to your schedules. 

Q. Is it okay for me to "sweeten the deal" to try to find a swap partner for my 8:30 a.m. section?
No. It is unacceptable 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. How long do I have to find a swap partner?
You have until August 29, so we encourage you to be patient with the process. If you don't find a partner initially, hang in there and keep checking the discussion forum. The survey site will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 29. Swap requests will not be accepted after the survey has closed.

Q. My core conflicts with my athletic practice. Do I need to find a swap partner?
A. No. Ross Academic Services will attempt to accommodate documented Athletic, Health, or Religious conflicts. Students who require schedule changes to accommodate athletic, medical, or religious obligations should submit official documentation to Academic Services as soon as possible in order to increase the likelihood that Academic Services will be able to accommodate the conflict. Letters should be submitted directly to Academic Services (rossacadservices@umich.edu) from authorized medical personnel, religious leaders or organizations, or official coaches if your status as an official student-athlete requires such accommodation.
Q. My core conflicts with a course required for my dual degree or minor. Do I need to find a swap partner?
A. Yes. Using the BBA Core Conflicts site will be the best way for you to arrive at your preferred schedule. If finding a partner through the CTools site becomes challenging, please update your Ross Academic Advisor in late August if: 
  • the specific course is required for your dual degree program or minor (please note: elective courses that may be one of several possible options typically do not meet this criteria), 
  • the specific course must be taken this term in order to stay on schedule to graduate on time, and
  • there are no alternative sections available. 

Next Steps: Summer

Q. Do I need to do anything over the summer?
A. YES. You will need to officially "accept" your admission, so that the appropriate systems recognize that you are a BBA student.
Q. Am I required to attend BBA Orientation? When is it?
A. Yes. BBA Orientation in August is MANDATORY for all incoming Sophomore BBAs, including Preferred Admits, so be sure to make your travel plans accordingly!  BBA Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29. Download the presentation slides from BBA Orientation here.
Q. Do I need to fill out any paperwork for Ross to "transfer" my prior coursework?
A. No, unless you are taking coursework outside of UM - Ann Arbor this summer. In that case, be sure to submit a Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation form to Ross and request that an official transcript be sent directly to Ross once the grade has posted.
Q. I have over 45 credits completed, but I know that Ross will only accept a maximum of 45 transfer credits. Do I have to tell Ross which of my credits I want to be part of this 45?
A. No, Ross will process ALL classes that meet our transfer credit requirements but will cap the total credits toward program (CTP) count at 45. This means that as long as the courses are accepted by Ross, we will use all classes on your record that fulfill requirements such as distribution.
Q. Can I take courses during the Summer? Can I take them outside of UM - Ann Arbor?
A. Yes. Incoming BBA students can take non-business coursework at UM - Ann Arbor or at an accredited community college or 4-year institution in Spring or Summer 2014, but need to be aware of the specific rules/policies for transfer credits. Keep in mind that Ross will transfer a maximum of 45 credits toward the BBA program, and any spring/summer coursework taken prior to starting the BBA program this Fall is included in that 45 cap.
  • Ross generally follows LSA guidelines for which courses/schools will transfer to U-M, with the exception that they cannot be Business courses. ECON 102, while required for our curriculum, is an LSA course, so it may be taken outside of UM - Ann Arbor as long as it is completed prior to the start of Fall 2014; the transfer course must be listed as an exact U-M ECON 102 equivalent (not 102X or Departmental Credit) in the Course Equivalency database.  Note: Macroeconomics courses completed online are not transferable to the Ross School of Business or the University of Michigan.

Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know

It is each student's responsibility to review the course registration rules and policies carefully.

Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
A. Please schedule an appointment with your Ross Academic Advisor through our Academic Counseling appointment system. During the summer, your advisor is available to talk to you via phone or Skype if you aren't in Ann Arbor! 

For assistance with forms and letter requests, permissions, registration troubleshooting, and other processes, please contact Ross Academic Services by phone (734-647-4933) or email (rossacadservices@umich.edu), or stop by the third floor of Wyly Hall (Suite 3700) Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., for assistance with these types of issues.