BBA Grade Requirements

Students admitted between Fall 2014 and Fall 2017 (Sophomore start)

Students admitted as Freshmen in Fall 2017 and students admitted as Sophomores in Fall 2018 and beyond 

Students admitted between Fall 2014 and Fall 2017 (Sophomore start)

GPA Requirement for Graduation 

Two grade averages are computed for BBA students by dividing grade points earned by credit hours attempted while enrolled at Ross.

  • The first GPA average includes all courses (those offered by both the Ross School and other University of Michigan units), which have been elected for grades. This is the student’s official Ross GPA shown on the official UM transcript for each term, and cumulatively.
  • The second GPA average includes only business coursework offered by Ross and attempted while enrolled at Ross.

If either of the averages described above falls below 2.000 cumulatively, or if the GPA for all UM classes falls below 2.000 in any one term, a student will be placed on Academic Probation or will be dismissed from the program, depending on the circumstances of each individual case.

Academic Probation & Good Academic Standing

BBA Students will be placed on Academic Probation if any of the following conditions are met (full descriptions of probation conditions below):

  • Failure to complete core (fixed and floating) business courses, or ECON 102 by required term
  • Failure of a core (fixed and floating) business course or ECON 102
  • Failure to complete the IDO graduation milestone degree requirement by required year
  • Failure to meet required minimum 2.000 GPA in all UM classes in any one term, or cumulative
  • Failure to meet required minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA in business classes
  • Failure to meet minimum required enrollment

Failure of core (fixed or floating) business courses, or ECON 102 by required term: Students who do not elect or successfully complete a core (fixed or floating) business course, or ECON 102 by the required term will be placed on Academic Probation.

Failure of a core (fixed and floating) business course or ECON 102: Students who fail any core business course or ECON 102 will automatically be placed on Academic Probation. When a core business course or ECON 102 is failed, students must repeat that specific failed course in the next available term to meet degree requirements. Students have one chance to repeat the course and receive a passing grade. If the course is failed a second time, the student will be dismissed from the BBA program. Both the original failing grade and the grade received when the course is retaken are used to determine the student’s academic standing and honors.

If a business elective or capstone course is failed, students may elect to complete another course in that area to meet the degree requirement. If a different class is elected, the grade received for the new course is weighted with full points and credits in the student’s GPA. If the same failed class is repeated, both the original failing grade and the grade received when repeating the course will be used when calculating the student’s GPA.

Failure to complete IDO milestone segment during the required academic year: Students who do not complete the “I” milestone in their Sophomore year, “D” milestone in their Junior year, and/or “O” milestone in their Senior year will be placed on Academic Probation. Students must successfully complete the missing milestone segment in order to be removed from Academic Probation.

Failure to meet required 2.000 GPA in either:

  • Cumulative GPA: determined by all UM classes
  • Term GPA: determined by all UM classes in a single term
  • Business GPA: determined by all Ross business classes

Grade averages are computed for BBA students by dividing grade points earned by credit hours attempted while enrolled at Ross.  If any of the averages described above falls below 2.000, a student will be placed on Academic Probation.

Failure to meet minimum required enrollment: Students who do not enroll in the minimum required enrollment (i.e., full-time during Fall and Winter terms), and have not received permission from the Academic Standards Committee for an alternate course plan or reduced course load, will be placed on Academic Probation. Students who fail to follow required enrollment limits and procedures will not be able to register for future terms at the Ross School of Business. Return to good academic standing, including registration privileges, will require a petition to and approval by the Academic Standards Committee.

Academic Standing

  • Probation: Students on Academic Probation are not in good academic standing until the conditions of their probation are met.  Probation status may impact any scholarship support.  Students on Academic Probation will be reviewed at the end of each term by the Ross Academic Standards Committee (ASC) to determine whether the student should continue on probation, be suspended, dismissed, or returned to good academic standing.  ASC may also consider placing restrictions on a student's ability to register for future courses, or establishing specific requirements in order to be taken off Academic Probation.  These restrictions and requirements are determined by the ASC and will be communicated to the student in writing.  Students who have not had the opportunity to meet their academic requirements due to the timing of course offerings will remain on Academic Probation; this typically occurs when a failed course is not offered in the next term.
  • Continuation of Probation: Students will continue on probation if the ASC determines they have made progress but have not yet met the requirements outlined in their probation letter.  Students will be expected to continue to meet their current academic requirements, the requirements outlined in their original probation letter, and the requirements outlined in any subsequent probation letters they receive.  Students who are on Probation or Continued Probation for consecutive terms will be considered for Suspension or Dismissal from the BBA program.
  • Suspension: Students who are academically suspended will be subject to the following conditions before they will be allowed to continue in the BBA program:
    • Not enroll at the University of Michigan for a minimum of two terms.
    • Demonstrated that they have resolved any issues that prevented their academic success previously.
    • Demonstrate that they will be able to perform adequately at the Ross School of Business.  This is usually done by taking coursework elsewhere and earning grades of at least a B or better.
    • Meet with a Ross academic advisor to review the reinstatement procedures.
    • Submit a reinstatement appeal to the Ross Academic Standards Committee.  This appeal should be submitted at least 7 weeks prior to the start of the term in which a student wishes to return.  A reinstatement appeal must include a degree plan showing how the student will complete their remaining requirements and a student statement explaining the circumstances that led to their suspension as well as what they have done to resolve those issues.  Letters of support or other documentation supporting the student statement can be submitted with the appeal.  Each reinstatement appeal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approval is not guaranteed.  If a student's appeal for reinstatement is approved, the student will return to enrollment under a continuation of probationary status and will be subject to the same rules and policies of Academic Probation.
  • Dismissal: Students may be permanently dismissed from the Ross School of Business if a student does not demonstrate significant improvement and does not return to good academic standing.  Students who are dismissed are not eligible to apply to return to the BBA degree program.

Note: Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal are reviewed and approved by the ASC and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.

Students admitted as Freshmen in Fall 2017 and students admitted as Sophomores in Fall 2018 and beyond

GPA Requirement for Graduation

Two grade averages are computed for BBA students by dividing grade points earned by credit hours attempted while enrolled at Ross.

  1. The first GPA average includes all courses (those offered by both the Ross School and other University of Michigan units), which have been elected for grades. This is the student's official Ross GPA shown on the official U-M transcript for each term, and cumulatively.
  2. The second GPA average includes only courses offered by Ross and attempted while enrolled at Ross.

If either of the averages described above falls below 2.500 cumulatively, or if the GPA for all U-M classes falls below 2.500 in any one term, a student will be placed on Academic Probation or will be dismissed from the program, depending on the circumstances of each individual case. 

Academic Probation & Good Academic Standing

BBA students will be placed on Academic Probation if any of the following conditions are met (full descriptions of probation conditions below):

  • Failure to complete a First Year course with a C grade or better by required term
  • Failure to complete core (fixed and floating) business courses, or ECON 102 by required term
  • Failure of a core (fixed and floating) business course or ECON 102
  • Failure to complete the IDO graduation milestone degree requirement by required year
  • Failure to meet required minimum 2.500 GPA in all UM classes in any one term, or cumulative
  • Failure to meet required minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA in business classes
  • Failure to meet minimum required enrollment

Failure to complete a First Year course with a C grade or better by required term: Students who do not successfully complete all first year courses with a C grade or better by the end of Winter term Freshman year will be placed on Academic Probation.  Students who are placed on Academic Probation for this reason will be required to follow an alternate timeline to complete their BBA degree.

Failure of core (fixed or floating) business courses, or ECON 102 by required term: Students who do not elect or successfully complete a core (fixed or floating) business course, or ECON 102 by the required term will be placed on Academic Probation.

Failure of a core (fixed and floating) business course or ECON 102: Students who fail any core business course or ECON 102 will automatically be placed on Academic Probation. When a core business course or ECON 102 is failed, students must repeat that specific failed course in the next available term to meet degree requirements. Students have one chance to repeat the course and receive a passing grade. If the course is failed a second time, the student will be dismissed from the BBA program. Both the original failing grade and the grade received when the course is retaken are used to determine the student’s academic standing and honors.

If a business elective or capstone course is failed, students may elect to complete another course in that area to meet the degree requirement. If a different class is elected, the grade received for the new course is weighted with full points and credits in the student’s GPA. If the same failed class is repeated, both the original failing grade and the grade received when repeating the course will be used when calculating the student’s GPA.

Failure to complete IDO milestone segment during the required academic year: Students who do not complete the “I” milestone in their Sophomore year, “D” milestone in their Junior year, and/or “O” milestone in their Senior year will be placed on Academic Probation. Students must successfully complete the missing milestone segment in order to be removed from Academic Probation.

Failure to meet required 2.500 GPA in either:

  • Cumulative GPA: determined by all UM classes
  • Term GPA: determined by all UM classes in a single term
  • Business GPA: determined by all Ross business classes

Grade averages are computed for BBA students by dividing grade points earned by credit hours attempted while enrolled at Ross.  If any of the averages described above falls below 2.500, a student will be placed on Academic Probation.

Failure to meet minimum required enrollment: Students who do not enroll in the minimum required enrollment (i.e., full-time during Fall and Winter terms), and have not received permission from the Academic Standards Committee for an alternate course plan or a reduced course load, will be placed on Academic Probation. Students who fail to follow required enrollment limits and procedures will not be able to register for future terms at the Ross School of Business. Return to good academic standing, including registration privileges, will require a petition to and approval by the Academic Standards Committee.

Academic Standing

  • Probation: Students on Academic Probation are not in good academic standing until the conditions of their probation are met.  Probation status may impact any scholarship support.  Students on Academic Probation will be reviewed at the end of each term by the Ross Academic Standards Committee (ASC) to determine whether the student should continue on probation, be suspended, dismissed, or returned to good academic standing.  ASC may also consider placing restrictions on a student's ability to register for future courses, or establishing specific requirements in order to be taken off Academic Probation.  These restrictions and requirements are determined by the ASC and will be communicated to the student in writing.  Students who have not had the opportunity to meet their academic requirements due to the timing of course offerings will remain on Academic Probation; this typically occurs when a failed course is not offered in the next term.
  • Continuation of Probation: Students will continue on probation if the ASC determines they have made progress but have not yet met the requirements outlined in their probation letter.  Students will be expected to continue to meet their current academic requirements, the requirements outlined in their original probation letter, and the requirements outlined in any subsequent probation letters they receive.  Students who are on Probation or Continued Probation for consecutive terms will be considered for Suspension or Dismissal from the BBA program.
  • Suspension: Students who are academically suspended will be subject to the following conditions before they will be allowed to continue in the BBA program:
    • Not enroll at the University of Michigan for a minimum of two terms.
    • Demonstrated that they have resolved any issues that prevented their academic success previously.
    • Demonstrate that they will be able to perform adequately at the Ross School of Business.  This is usually done by taking coursework elsewhere and earning grades of at least a B or better.
    • Meet with a Ross academic advisor to review the reinstatement procedures.
    • Submit a reinstatement appeal to the Ross Academic Standards Committee.  This appeal should be submitted at least 7 weeks prior to the start of the term in which a student wishes to return.  A reinstatement appeal must include a degree plan showing how the student will complete their remaining requirements and a student statement explaining the circumstances that led to their suspension as well as what they have done to resolve those issues.  Letters of support or other documentation supporting the student statement can be submitted with the appeal.  Each reinstatement appeal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approval is not guaranteed.  If a student's appeal for reinstatement is approved, the student will return to enrollment under a continuation of probationary status and will be subject to the same rules and policies of Academic Probation.
  • Dismissal: Students may be permanently dismissed from the Ross School of Business if a student does not demonstrate significant improvement and does not return to good academic standing.  Students who are dismissed are not eligible to apply to return to the BBA degree program.

Note: Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal are reviewed and approved by the ASC and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.