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Preferred Admit BBAs, class of 2017: 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!

PA Requirements for Admission to the BBA: On Your Mark

Q. What Academic Requirements do I need to complete to retain my Sophomore BBA Admission?
A. Preferred Admit BBAs must meet the following requirements during freshman year (Fall 2013-Winter 2014) at U-M in order to retain admission to the BBA Program:
  1. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.300 or higher by the end of Winter 2014 term. 
  • GPAs are not rounded up from 3.299. 
  • Preferred Admit students are expected to take classes on a graded basis (unless the class has a mandatory Credit/No Credit basis); if you elect courses on the optional pass/fail basis, we will recalculate your GPA to reflect the actual letter grades you earned.
  1. Earn at least 27 credits at U-M, each with a grade of C or better, during Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 terms combined. 
  • AP, IB, A-level, and transfer credits do not count toward the 27 required credits. 
  • Courses in the Officer Education Program do not count toward the 27 required credits unless they are cross-listed in another U-M department. 
  • Courses in the School of Kinesiology do not count toward the 27 required credits unless listed as an exception in item 3 under "Non-LSA Course Work" on LSA's Newnan Academic Advising Center website. 
  • Students who receive only 2 credits in Math 105 after taking Math 103 are considered to have earned 4 credits in Math 105 for the sake of meeting our admission requirements.
  1. Complete the following course requirements at U-M, each with a grade of C or better, by the end of Winter 2014:
  • First-Year Writing Requirement (FYWR) as approved through the LSA Sweetland Writing Center
    • ENGR 100 does NOT fulfill the FYWR
  • any course in Calculus I, II, or III
    • AP credit for Calculus I or II (Math 120 or 121) will substitute. 
    • IB or A-level credit for UM Calculus I, II, or III will substitute.
  • ECON 101 - Principles of Economics I
    • IB or A-level credit for ECON 101 will substitute.
Q. I have AP/IB/A-Level credit from high school. Can those credits fulfill any of the courses required for Ross admission?
A. Possibly. See below to understand how those credits can equate to Ross admission requirements.
  • First-Year Writing Requirement: AP/IB/A-Level credit will not fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement; this course must be taken at the University of Michigan.
  • Calculus Requirement: AP/IB/A-Level credit will substitute for the required course in Calculus.
  • Microeconomics requirement: IB or A-Level credit will substitute for Microeconomics, but AP credit will not.

Registration Planning: Get Ready

Q. What Fall 2014 business core will I take as a Sophomore BBA, and how will I register for them?
A. Effective Fall 2014, incoming Sophomore BBAs will be required to take the following three core courses in their first semester:
  • ACC 300 (3.0 credits)
  • BA 200 (3.0 credits)
  • TO 301 (4.0 credits)

You will register for ACC 300, BA 200 and TO 301 for Fall 2014.  Be sure to select the same course section number for both your ACC 300 and TO 301 core courses.  This means if you register for ACC 300.001, you will then also need to register for TO 301.001.  Selecting the same section for both courses will enable you to develop a network and community with the larger BBA program, which is a critical component of your Ross experience.  You may register for any open section of BA 200 as this course will include students across all BBA sections.

When your registration appointment opens, you will need to select an open seat in each of the following courses:

  • ACC 300 (3.0 credits): if not already completed.  Register for the SAME section  # as your TO 301 section election.
  • BA 200 (3.0 credits) :  Register for any open section.
  • TO 301 (4.0 credits): Register for the SAME section # as your ACC 300 section election.

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

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 to determine the best semester for you to enroll in the course.
Q. How many classes should I plan to add in addition to my core?
A. Sophomore BBA students will take 10 credits of core (ACC 300, BA 200, and TO 301) in Fall 2014, so you'll be looking to add between 2-5 credits of coursework in addition to the core. Most incoming BBAs will therefore add one additional class to their Fall schedule to complete the recommended average of 12-15 credits per semester.  Keep in mind that the first semester in the BBA program is an adjustment, so don't overdo it. 
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 LSA 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. Students who will have ACC 300 complete prior to Fall 2014 may consider registering for ACC 301 in the Fall semester.
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. As a BBA, you are required to take a minimum of 58 credits of Ross coursework, which includes all the business core classes. You will have the flexibility to select the electives that will best align with your interests and goals. Information on electives is available online, and you can meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss options you are considering 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.

Backpack and Registration: Get Set, Go!

You will register for your Fall 2014 courses on Wolverine Access using the University’s general registration process. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are completing the appropriate requirements to be eligible for the BBA program and are registering for the Fall BBA core (see above).

Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?
It is recommended that you do, but it is not required. Beginning March 26, you can start to 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?
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 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?
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 Ross Academic Advisor here.
For quick 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.

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 the days of August 28 and 29th.  Times TBA.
Q. Do I need to fill out any paperwork for Ross to "transfer" my classes from this year?
A. No, unless you will take coursework outside of UM - Ann Arbor this summer. In July/early August, we will work with the Registrar's Office to "move" your Fall 2014 registration from your current school (e.g., LSA, Engineering, Music.) to Ross. At this time, we will also transfer all of your UM - Ann Arbor coursework completed through Summer 2014 to your Ross record. If you are taking coursework outside of UM - Ann Arbor this summer, be sure to request that an official transcript be sent directly to Ross.
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 Spring or Summer? Can I take them outside of UM - Ann Arbor?
A. Yes. Keep in mind that Ross will transfer a maximum of 45 credits toward the BBA program, and any spring/summer coursework is included in that 45 cap. See below for specifics about coursework at UM - Ann Arbor or away.
  1. UM - Ann Arbor coursework: Incoming 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.
  1. Non-UM coursework: Incoming BBA students can also take non-business coursework outside of UM - Ann Arbor 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. Students should submit a Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation form to Ross for pre-approval and have an official transcript sent directly to Ross upon completion of the transfer coursework. 
  • Transfer credit evaluation: 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.) You should review the central campus course equivalency database BEFORE REGISTERING to ensure that the courses you are considering taking outside of U-M are accepted by U-M, and will transfer as an exact U-M ECON 102 equivalent (not 102X or Departmental Credit).  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. If you have questions regarding course selection, degree requirements, transfer credits, or any of the above timeline, please schedule an appointment with your Ross Academic Advisor through our Academic Counseling appointment system or stop by Academic Advising Walk-in hours, Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in E2420. During the summer, we're available to talk to you via phone or Skype if you aren't in Ann Arbor! 

For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, Add/Drop forms, Permissions, Standard Letter Requests, etc., please stop by K3340, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 p.m., or contact Ross Academic Services by phone (734-647-4933) or email (rossacadservices@umich.edu).