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Rising Junior BBAs, class of 2016: Registration Information for Fall 2014

As you get ready for the upcoming registration process, we expect you will schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Fall 2014, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. To learn more about the process for course registration for Fall 2014, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Registration Planning: Get Ready

General registration will open in early April for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 will be available starting March 3. 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. Junior BBA students will take 7.5 credits of core in Fall 2014 (see Core Requirements below). We recommend that most BBAs take an average of 12-15 credits per semester, so you'll be looking to add between 4.5 - 7.5 credits of Ross electives and/or non-Ross coursework.
Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?
A. Starting March 3, 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 Fall 2014 LSA Course Guide to be available in mid-March.
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 350 is now BCOM 350, 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 course selection and plans.
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 access course descriptions, syllabi archives, information published by the academic departments, and course evaluations. We also invite you to attend the BBA Course Electives Student Panel featuring information and advice from a panel of current BBA Seniors regarding electives they have taken:
  •  Tuesday, March 25: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in R1210
  • New - View BBA Course Electives Student Panel recording here.
Q.  What other academic opportunities can I explore?
Ross BBA students may study abroad through Ross Global Initiatives and CGIS, apply the theories and principles they have studied through Capstone and Action-Based Learning opportunities, attend 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, 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.
Q. Can I take courses during the Spring and/or Summer? Can I take them outside of UM - Ann Arbor?
Yes. BBA students can take courses at UM - Ann Arbor during the Spring and Summer terms; simply register for them on Wolverine Access during the general registration period in April.
BBA students can also take courses outside of UM - Ann Arbor, but need to be aware of the specific rules/policies for transfer credits. If you are considering taking Spring/Summer courses outside of UM - Ann Arbor, be sure to review our Transfer Credit information CAREFULLY and check with Academic Services if you have questions.

Core Requirements: Get Set 

Academic Services will load Rising Junior BBA students into the required Fall 2014 BBA core by March 26. 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. What are my core requirements?
A. Review the core curriculum for BBA students.
Q. What core will Academic Services enroll me into for Fall 2014?
A. Academic Services will register Rising Junior BBA students into the following 7.5 credits of core courses:
  • FIN 300: Financial Management (3.0 credits) 
  • BCOM 350 (formerly LHC 350): Business Communication (1.5 credits)  Note: Junior Convocation is connected to your BCOM 350 course.  You can now download the presentation slides here
  • MKT 300: Marketing Management (3.0 credits) 
Q. How do I know which core requirements I have or haven’t completed?
A. Access a degree audit of your record under Academic Requirements on Wolverine Access, review the core curriculum, track your progress using the Degree Requirements Checklist, and 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.

General Registration: Go!

You will register for your Fall 2014 non-core coursework on Wolverine Access using the University's general registration process. 
Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?
A. It is recommended that you do, but it is not required. Beginning March 26, 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 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 starting April 7. 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 March 26.
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 Fall 2014.
Q. What if I have questions about finalizing my schedule?
A.  You are encouraged to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor here.
For quicker questions, stop by:
  • Academic Advising Walk-In Hours, Monday -Friday, 1-3 p.m. in E2420
  • Winter Garden Hours:
    • Monday, March 31 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 9 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Core Course Swap Info

Q. My core class is the same time as the one elective I really want to take. What do 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. A CTools site is available to provide students with a discussion forum to identify classmates willing to swap. 
To join the CTools site (starting April 2), 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.
After finding a swap partner, you will need to do the following in order to complete a swap:
  • Both swap partners must complete and submit the BBA Junior Swap Survey.
  • Permissions are then issued, provided both swap partners have submitted a complete request. 
  • You will then drop your original section and add the new section you were issued the permission to swap.
NOTE: By completing the surveyboth of you commit 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. 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. Okay, 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 April 7), 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 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 monitoring and posting on 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 August 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 course selection 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 1-3 p.m. in E2420) for quick advising questions and urgent issues.
For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc., please stop by K3340 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.), or contact our main office at 734-647-4933 or rossacadservices@umich.edu