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Rising Senior BBAs, class of 2015: Registration Information for Fall 2014

As you get ready 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 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!

Course Bidding: What, When, & How

Course Bidding is a system for point allocation (similar to interview bidding) to determine course registration for the final year of the BBA program.
Q. When is it?
A. March 26 at 10 a.m. - April 1 at 10 a.m. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Place your bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on April 1 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. What steps do I need to take before bidding?
A. Students must clear all financial holds to be eligible to place any bids. Students should therefore ensure that all holds are cleared before bidding starts on March 26. Students who clear their holds after this date will be 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 notify Ross Academic Services that their hold is cleared!) Ross Academic Services will accept confirmation of cleared holds until 8:00 am on April 1 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, attend a Course Bidding Workshop, or stop by our Winter Garden Hours:
  • Winter Garden Hours:
    • Monday, March 31 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Q. What classes can I bid on?
A. Most Ross electives are included in bidding, but not all. Courses not included may require permission of the instructor or have other specific requirements. Non-Ross (e.g., LSA, Kines, etc.) courses will not be available in course bidding - you will register for those via the General Registration process. View a spreadsheet of the specific courses that will be included in bidding here:
Q. Do I have to participate in course bidding?
A. No, however you should be aware that some classes will fill through course bidding; if you opt not to bid, you may miss the opportunity to enroll in a class.  If you need to complete BL 305 or 306 (formerly LHC 305 and 306 respectively), you will need to bid for this Ross requirement in either Fall or Winter to ensure that you reserve a seat in the course and can graduate on time.
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. 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. There are opportunities to apply the theories and principles you have studied through Action-Based Learning electives. 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

Core Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

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. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate courses and credits (e.g., distribution, business electives, non-business credits, BL 305 or 306, etc.). If you have not fulfilled your requirements by the end of Winter 2015, you will not graduate. 
Q. Don't I have to take STRATEGY 390 in Fall 2014?
A. Yes. Academic Services will enroll you into STRATEGY 390 (3.0 credits) for Fall 2014. This course will appear on your schedule in Wolverine Access BEFORE Course Bidding begins. While you MAY bid for elective 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 elective course you bid for at a later date. Note: Core courses must be taken in the assigned term. Students cannot drop required core courses.
Note: Senior Convocation is connected to your Strategy 390 core.  You can now download the presentation slides here.
Q. Other than STRATEGY 390, what other core requirements are there?
A. Review the core curriculum for BBA students.
Q. How do I know which requirements I have or haven’t completed?
A. Access a degree audit of your record under Academic Requirements on Wolverine Access, review the BBA 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: What Happens After Bidding

Most students will want to make some schedule adjustments after the course bidding process. You will do this on Wolverine Access using the University's general registration process. 
Q. What happens after course bidding?
A. After the course bidding process, Academic Services will load all of the results into Wolverine Access (see Bidding Timetable for details), at which point you will be able to see the classes you were awarded and waitlisted.  It can take us some time to sort through the results, so don’t worry if you don’t see all of your classes right away. 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, this is the method you will use to add those classes.
Q. Do I need to use backpack before registration opens?
A. Maybe. You do not need to backpack the courses you were awarded through our course bidding process. 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 26. 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 choose to waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open section at that time.
Q. When is my 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. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
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 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 Swapping: What Happens After Bidding and Registration

Q. My core class is at 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), students will log in to https://CTools.umich.edu.  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 Senior 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 survey, both 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 okay 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. 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 enrolled 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 Fall 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 or urgent issues.
For quick, general questions relating to registration, core course swaps, and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc., please stop by K3340 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), or contact our main office at 734-647-4933 or rossacadservices@umich.edu.