As you prepare for registration, we expect you will schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Fall 2020, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. Click here to view this year's recording of a presentation on tips and strategies for how to find "Success in Your Junior Year." Be sure to review all of the information below carefully!
General registration will open on Monday, April 6 for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Fall 2020 is available now. Be sure to review the schedule and the information below before registration opens.
Q. When should I take Econ 102?
ECON 102 must be completed BEFORE
you begin your Junior Fall term. If you have not yet completed this requirement, you should talk with your academic advisor
now about options for completing this course during the summer months. Please note:
Students are eligible to transfer approved ECON 102 credit from another institution, in accordance with all transfer credit policies
. Check with your academic advisor and be sure to submit the transfer credit pre-evaluation form
prior to enrolling in any spring/summer classes, to ensure the course is conforming to all transfer credit polices. Online courses are not permitted. Failure to complete ECON 102 before you begin your Junior Fall term will result in being placed on Academic Probation.
Q. How do I find out which courses are being offered and when?
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 58.0 credits of Ross coursework (including business electives and the required fixed core, floating core, and your business capstone). You have the flexibility to select the electives that will best fit your interests and goals.
Q. When should I complete the Diversity milestone for IDO?
You must complete your Diversity Milestone by the end of your Junior year in order to remain in good standing. Please note that IDO programming and requirements are moving online for the 2020-2021 academic year. More details about IDO and the expectations for students will be announced on your IDO Canvas site, as well as in the BBA Newsletter, on iMpact, and via email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
Q. How can I learn more about elective options?
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. You can also click here
to view a Fall 2020 Business Electives handout.
Q. What other academic opportunities can I explore?
More information on how different study abroad opportunities may affect your registration can be found here
Q. Does Ross offer any Spring term courses?
Yes. You can check the course catalog on Wolverine Access for Spring term course offerings and you should also be aware that Ross has a new "Maymester" term. Maymester is an abbreviated Spring term, running May 5 through May 29, 2020, whereby rising Juniors and Seniors can take Ross business courses. The courses available during Maymester 2020 are BE 300 (3.0 credits), MKT 310 (3.0 credits), MKT 313 (3.0 credits), and TO 420 (1.5 credits). More information on Maymester classes can be found here
Q. I'd like to take a spring/summer course from somewhere outside UM. What do I need to know?
Current BBA students in good academic standing may request permission from the Ross Registrar’s Office to transfer in up to 9.0 credit hours total in non-business courses
from another accredited U.S. institution during their time in the BBA program. Students must adhere to all transfer credit guidelines
Q. What are the transfer credit guidelines?
A. The below guidelines apply to coursework completed outside of UM-Ann Arbor before or during the BBA program:
- Only courses with a grade of C or higher are transferable (courses with a grade of C- or below do not transfer). Grades earned in transfer courses are not averaged into the BBA cumulative grade point average.
- Courses elected on an optional Pass/Fail grading basis courses must be accompanied by official documentation of a C grade or better.
- No business coursework is accepted for transfer, with the exception of courses taken at UM-Ann Arbor.
- Any transfer credit applied to a student’s record will not be removed.
- Students will be awarded the number of credit hours earned at the other U.S. institution. Note that we use semester credit hours (i.e., 1 quarter hour = 2/3 semester hour).
- Students may not enroll concurrently with another college or university while enrolled in a regular term at UM Ross School of Business. Business students are expected to be registered only at UM Ross School of Business during the Fall and Winter terms.
- Ross will only accept transfer credit that comes from an accredited U.S. school of record. The only exception to this policy is credit for the equivalent of ECON 102 at the London School of Economics, England, which does not need a U.S. school of record. You may be interested in taking coursework through various UM programs, but this does not necessarily mean the course will have a U.S. school of record and transfer back to Ross. Please let your academic advisor know of any transfer course(s) you plan to take so you can confirm if and how the course(s) will transfer.
More detailed information on transfer credit guidelines and the transfer credit process can be found here.
Q. What is the process for transferring a course back to UM?
A. There are a few steps you need to take to confirm the transferability of a course from outside UM, and to make sure the course will be added to your UM record upon completion:
- Determine Equivalency: Ross follows the transfer equivalency guidelines set by LSA. Students are responsible for using the LSA Transfer Equivalency Database to determine if and how their credits may transfer to UM. If a course has not been previously evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, students are responsible for submitting a Transfer Credit Equivalency Request.
- Submit a BBA Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation Form: Prior to enrolling in a course, students are responsible for submitting a completed BBA Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation to email@example.com, in order to verify that the course is eligible to transfer.
- Provide In-Person Verification: Certain courses require in-person verification in order to be eligible to transfer. This includes all Math, Economics, Chemistry, and Physics courses. In-person verification is met with a syllabus from the course from the semester in which it was taken. This syllabus should be submitted as a PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the first day of the class. Please note: As a result of numerous institutional responses to the Covid-19 virus across the country, effective Winter 2020 and through Summer 2020, classes taken outside of UM-Ann Arbor that were previously required to be taken in-person in order to be eligible for transfer will be accepted in an online format. Courses must already be evaluated by UM for eligibility to transfer, and students are encouraged to submit a Transfer Credit Preliminary Evaluation form prior to registering for any non-UM coursework. All other transfer credit policies, as outlined in the BBA Bulletin and the Transfer Credit page on iMpact still apply.
- Submit an Official Transcript: Upon completion of the course, students are responsible for having an official transcript sent directly to the Ross Registrar’s Office by the institution at which the course was completed. We request that you submit an electronic copy of your official transcript, once your final grades have been posted. Electronic transcripts should be sent to email@example.com. If electronic transcripts are not available at your institution, please send a hard copy of your transcript to the following address: University of Michigan, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1220 Student Activities Building, 515 E. Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1236. If you send a hard copy transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you should receive an email from them once your transcript has been received. Please forward this email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can proceed with our final evaluation of your coursework.
You should schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor if you'd like to further discuss transfer credit options.
The Ross Registrar's Office will enroll BBAs into their required Fall BBA core prior to the beginning of registration. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate requirements (e.g., distribution, floating core, business electives, etc.) outside of the BBA core.
Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven't completed?
Review the core curriculum
. You can 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.
Q. Which core courses will the Ross Registrar's Office enroll me into for the Fall term?
A. The Ross Registrar's Office will enroll Rising Junior BBA students into the following 10.5 credits of core courses:
BCOM 350: Professional Communication Strategies (1.5 credits)
BL 300: Business Law and Ethics (3 credits)
MO 300: Behavioral Theory in Management (3 credits)
TO 313: Operations Management (3 credits)
Q. Is it true that I can waive my BE 300 floating core course?
Possibly. If you have successfully completed ECON 401 at UM-Ann Arbor with a final grade of A- or higher, you can request to waive the BE 300 floating core requirement. To make such a request, you must complete and submit the BE 300 Core Course Waiver form
to the Ross Registrar’s Office (email@example.com
) by the end of your Junior Winter term.
Please note: this waiver signifies that you have met competency in the material and does not grant credit. Therefore, if you waive BE 300, you will need to complete additional business coursework to earn the 58.0 credits required for the BBA degree. If you have any questions about this waiver option and/or your remaining degree requirements, please contact your academic advisor
After the Ross Registrar's Office enrolls you in your 10.5 credits of core with your section, you will use the general registration process on Wolverine Access
to register for the remainder of your Fall schedule.
Q. When is my registration appointment time?
The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students beginning on Monday, April 6
. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access
starting Monday, March 30
Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?
We recommend using it, but it is not required. Beginning Monday, March 30
, 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 is full when your registration time opens, you may waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open class at that time.
Q. Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
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 2020.
CORE COURSE SWAP INFO
Q. Which courses and sections of my core courses am I eligible to swap?
A. The Fall term of Junior year integrates four core courses in which a significant portion of each course will rely and build upon the other subjects and may include joint events and shared projects. To fully maximize the learning experience in these integrated courses, students are strongly encouraged to remain in their assigned sections. However, we recognize that some students may need to swap sections in order to accommodate dual degrees and minors. Note that course sections are linked and cannot be separated. Students requesting a course swap for BL 300, MO 300, or TO 313 must swap all 4 courses. If a student only wants to swap BCOM 350, they must swap into a section that corresponds to their other core course sections.
Q. I need to swap a course. What do I do next?
A. Students who would like to swap a course will need to complete and submit the Core Course Swap Request Form. This form will ask you to indicate which sections of a course will work in your schedule. We will match requests one to one on a first-come, first-serve basis, conditional on availability of a match. The more sections you indicate as working in your schedule, the more likely your swap will be completed.
To submit a swap request is to commit to swap and, once a swap has been processed and permissions to enroll in the new section have been entered into Wolverine Access, the commitment to swap is complete and the student must switch sections. Since the student's original seat is given to another student during the swap processing, any student wanting back into his/her original section after swaps have been processed will need to submit another swap request. Please note that, although swap requests are processed regularly, there is no guarantee that a swap request will be processed, and students are encouraged to have a back-up plan in place in consultation with their academic advisor.
Q. How long will it take to complete the swap? How long do I have to submit the form?
A. This depends on the number of swap requests received, as well as whether or not there are eligible swap partners in the pool. The Ross Registrar's Office will be processing swaps throughout the summer. Updates to the swap request form and new responses will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020.
Q. What should I do if I have a documented disability, intercollegiate athletic obligation, official University or religious obligation, or a required course for my dual degree that conflicts with a core class?
Students who have conflicts with a core class due to a documented disability, intercollegiate athletic obligation, official University or religious obligation, or a required course for a dual degree, are asked to submit a course swap request form and provide a letter from the SSD office or his/her coach, advisor, or religious leader/organization via email to the Ross Registrar's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org
) so that we can review and process the necessary schedule adjustments where possible.
Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through our academic advising appointment system
. Academic advisors will also hold virtual drop-in hours for the remainder of the Winter semester, Monday-Friday from 2:30 - 4 p.m., utilizing a queue process through Bluejeans
, so make sure you have the Bluejeans technology ready to use. You will be able to talk privately with an advisor for up to 15 minutes. You will need to check this document
for instructions on how to join the drop-in queue each day using a unique link.
Academic advisors will hold extra virtual drop-in hours on the days/times listed below:
Wednesday, March 25 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Friday, March 27 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Monday, March 30 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 from 8 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 2 from 12 - 2 p.m.
Monday, April 6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday, April 9 from 12 - 2 p.m.
To join these virtual drop-in sessions, please follow the unique links for each day listed on this document.
For assistance with forms
and letter requests, permissions, registration troubleshooting, and other processes, please visit our help guide or contact the Ross Registrar’s Office via email (email@example.com
Fall 2020 Core Swap Form