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Rising Senior BBAs, class of 2016: Registration Information for Fall 2015

As you prepare for the upcoming registration process, we expect you to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Fall 2015, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. Be sure to review all of the information below carefully, and mark your calendar for the Ross Electives Panel and Course Bidding Workshop on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. in R2230!

Course Bidding: What, When, & How

Course Bidding is a benefit reserved for BBA Seniors using a process for point allocation (similar to interview bidding). Seniors/Rising Seniors participate in a pre-registration course bidding process in which they allocate points to prioritize business courses for their schedules.
Q. When is Course Bidding?
A. March 25 at 10 a.m. - March 31 at 10 a.m. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Place your bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on March 31 to ensure that you are able to access the system and enter your bids successfully. Bids cannot be processed after the system has closed.
Q. Do I have to participate in Course Bidding?
A. No, but you may miss the opportunity to enroll in a class if you do not participate since some classes will fill through course bidding. If you still need to complete BL 305 or 306 (formerly LHC 305 and 306 respectively), you will need to bid for this Ross requirement in Fall or Winter to ensure that you reserve a seat in the course and can graduate on time.
Q. Do I need to bid for STRATEGY 390?
A. No, Ross will enroll you in STRATEGY 390 with your section prior to bidding. While you MAY bid for courses that conflict with your assigned core section, be aware of the requirements for resolving course conflicts. If you are unable to swap the conflicting core section, you may be required to drop the conflicting course you bid for at a later date.
Q. What classes can I bid on?
A. Most Ross electives are included in bidding, but not all. Courses not included in bidding may require permission of the instructor or have other specific requirements. Non-Ross courses (e.g., LSA, Kines, etc.) will not be available in course bidding - you will register for those via the General Registration process. The following spreadsheet lists the specific courses that will be included in bidding:
Q. What steps do I need to take before bidding?
A. Students must first clear all financial holds to be eligible to place any bids and should therefore ensure that all holds are cleared before bidding starts on March 25. Students who clear their holds after this date are responsible for contacting Ross Academic Services (RossAcadServices@umich.edu) as soon as their holds are cleared in order to gain access to the bidding system. (This is NOT an automated process; students with holds will not be able to bid unless they promptly notify Ross Academic Services that their hold is cleared!) Ross Academic Services will accept confirmation of cleared holds until 8:00 a.m. on March 31 at the latest and will do their best to add students to bidding that morning so they can place their bids before the 10 a.m. close of bidding.
Q. How does bidding work?
A. Learn about course bidding using the links below:
  • Course Bidding Workshop
    • Wednesday, March 25, 7:15-7:45 p.m. in R2230

(You can also view a recording of last year's bidding workshop here.)

Q. What happened to the LHC course I was planning to bid on?
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. What happens after course bidding closes?
A. Academic Services will load all of the results into Wolverine Access (see Bidding Timetable for details). Don’t worry if you don’t see all of the classes you were awarded (or waitlisted for) right away since this process is manual. After your general registration appointment time starts, you can then drop/add classes directly on Wolverine Access. If you are interested in registering for any non-Ross courses, you will add them through general registration.
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. Also, be sure to attend the Ross Electives panel and Course Bidding Workshop on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. in R2230 to learn about electives from a panel of graduating seniors.  View a list of Fall 2015 electives here.

Degree Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

Ross will enroll BBAs into their required Fall 2015 BBA core (STRATEGY 390) prior to March 25. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you complete the appropriate courses and credits (e.g., distribution, business electives, non-business credits, BL 305 or 306, etc.) outside of this core. If you have not fulfilled your requirements by the end of Winter 2016, you will not graduate. Don’t get caught with a missing requirement halfway through your last term – make sure that you are aware of your remaining requirements and bid/register for them in advance. 
Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven’t completed?
A. Review the BBA core curriculum, 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: What Happens After Bidding

After the Course Bidding process, you may use the University's general registration process on Wolverine Access to add additional open courses to your schedule and make any desired adjustments.
Q. When is my appointment time?
A. The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between April 6 through April 21. 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 25.
Q. Do I need to use backpack before registration opens?
A. Maybe. You do not need to backpack the courses you were awarded through course bidding. If you were not awarded a class you wish to take or if you are interested in registering for classes not available in bidding (e.g., LSA classes) then you will want to backpack those classes using Wolverine Access beginning March 25. 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 section 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 Fall 2015.
Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
A. Starting March 2, 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.

Core Course Swap Info

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, 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, 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 2:00 p.m. on September 4. 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 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 2:30-4 p.m. in W3700) for quick advising questions or urgent issues.

Special Fall Registration Winter Garden Hours:

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.