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Junior BBAs, class of 2016: Registration Information for Winter 2015

As you prepare for registration, we expect you will schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Winter 2015, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. Also, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Registration Planning: Get Ready

General registration will open in late November for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Winter 2015 will be available starting October 15. 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. We recommend that most BBAs take an average of 12-15 credits per semester, so for Winter 2015 you'll be looking to add between 4.5 - 7.5 credits of Ross and/or non-Ross coursework in addition to your 7.5 credits of core (see Core Requirements below).
Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?
A. Starting October 15, you can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar. Also refer to the LSA Course Guide if you are looking for courses to fulfill distribution.
Q.  What happened to the LHC Department?
 The Department of Law, History, and Communication (LHC) is now two departments: Business Law (BL) and Business Communication (BCOM). ​For example, LHC 305 is now BL 305, and LHC 306 is now BL 306.
Q. I want to have a "concentration." Which business electives do I need to take?
A. Remember that Ross does not have official concentrations or majors. As a BBA, you are required to take a minimum of 45 credits of Ross coursework (including core) and have the flexibility to select the electives that will best fit your interests and goals. Information on electives is available online, and you should meet with your Academic Advisor prior to registration to discuss your interests and plan for Winter 2015.
Q. How can I learn more about elective options?
A. The Elective Options page is a valuable resource for learning more about courses you are considering, and includes links to course descriptions, syllabi archives, information published by the academic departments, and course evaluations. 
Q.  What other academic opportunities can I explore?
Ross BBA students may study abroad through Ross Global Initiatives and CGIS, participate in the Carson Scholars Washington Campus Program, become involved in research through the Center for Positive Organizations Summer Fellows Program, develop leadership skills through Ross Leadership Initiative immersions and communities, compete 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 Junior BBA students into the required Winter 2015 BBA core prior to November 12. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate requirements (e.g., distribution, business electives, non-business credits, BL 305 or 306, etc.) outside of this core.
Q. Which core courses will Ross enroll me into for Fall 2014?
A. Academic Services will register Rising Junior BBA students into the following 7.5 credits of core courses:
  • BE 300: Applied Economics (3.0 credits)
  • TO 300: Business Information Systems (1.5 credits)
  • TO 313: Operations Management (3.0 credits)
Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven't completed?
A. Review the core curriculum. You can track your progress using the Degree Requirements Checklist and access a degree audit of your record under Academic Requirements in your Student Center on Wolverine Access. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor periodically to discuss your academic plan and ensure you are on track for graduation. Dual Degree students will need to schedule a "BBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues" appointment with their advisor.

General Registration: Go!

After Ross enrolls you in your 7.5 credits of core with your Section, you will use the general registration process on Wolverine Access to register for the remainder of your Winter 2015 schedule. 
Q. When is my registration appointment time?
A. The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between November 24 through December 10. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. (You can read more about how registration times are assigned here.) You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 12.
Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?
A. We recommend using it, but it is not required. Beginning November 12, you can 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 is full when your registration time opens, you may waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open class at that time.
Q. Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
A. 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 2015.

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. 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 November 12), 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 November 19), 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 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/ross-community-values.) 
Q. How long do I have to find a swap partner?
A. The survey site will close at 2 p.m. on January 9. If you don't find a partner initially, hang in there and keep monitoring and posting on the discussion forum. 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 Academic Advisor near the start of the semester 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. 

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. If you have questions regarding academic planning or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor through our Academic Counseling appointment system. You can also meet with an Academic Advisor during Academic Advising Walk-in hours (Monday-Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. in W3700) for quick advising questions or urgent issues.
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). You may also stop by the third floor of Wyly Hall (Suite 3700) Monday - Friday, 9:30 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 - 3 p.m., for assistance with these types of issues.