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Rising Senior BBAs, Class of 2018: Registration Information for Fall 2017

Degree Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

Course Bidding:

What, When, & How

General Registration:

What Happens After Bidding

Core Course Swap Info
Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know

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 2017, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. Also, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Note: Beginning in Winter 2017, students are no longer required to find a swap partner in order to swap core classes. Read the swap section below for information on the new swap process.

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 15, 10 a.m.- March 20, 10 a.m. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Place your bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on March 20 to ensure that you are able to access the system and enter your bids successfully. Bids cannot be processed after the system has closed. Results will be posted on March 22.
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 have floating core courses remaining, you may want to bid for this Ross requirement in Fall 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, the Ross Registrar's Office 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 for which you bid.
Q. Do I need to bid for my remaining floating core?
A. Yes. The Ross Registrar's Office will not be enrolling you in your floating core, so if you want to guarantee a seat in a particular section, you will want to bid for this Ross requirement to ensure that you can graduate on time. 
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 full list of biddable courses is currently unavailable- check back for updates!
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 Wednesday, March 15. Students who clear their holds after this date are responsible for contacting the Ross Registrar's Office (rossregistrarsoffice@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 the Ross Registrar's Office that their hold is cleared!). The Ross Registrar's Office will accept confirmation of cleared holds until 8:00 a.m. on March 20 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:

You can view a recording of this year's course bidding workshop here.

Q. What happens after course bidding closes?
A. The Ross Registrar's Office 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.

Degree Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

Ross will enroll BBAs into their required Fall 2017 BBA core (Strategy 390) prior to the end of March. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you complete the appropriate courses and credits (e.g., distribution, business electives, non-business credits, etc.) for your degree. If you have not fulfilled your requirements by the end of Winter 2018, including any remaining floating core, 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.
A majority of the capstone courses are offered in Winter 2018. Students have two options to begin the capstone requirement in Fall 2017:
BA 380: Senior Thesis (6 credits)
The thesis is a year-long independent project.  Students will receive 6 credits total for BA 380: 3 elective credits in Fall 2017 and 3 capstone credits in Winter 2018.  It is never too early to start considering topics for a senior thesis.  Participating students will need to identify a faculty member as a thesis advisor.  Interested students may contact BA 380 thesis coordinator, Richard Bagozzi, bagozzi@umich.edu, for more information and additional guidance. 
TO 482: Action Learning Projects in Operations, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management (7.5 credits)
Students will address a major operations or supply chain problem in a company through at 14-week action learning project alongside graduate students. This course is taught in cooperation with AT Kearney. This unique learning opportunity is 7.5 credits.  Students in TO 482 will not take STRATEGY 390 concurrently in order to meet all of the learning objectives of both courses.  Students enrolled in TO 482 will take a special offering of STRATEGY 390 in Winter 2018 as their final core course. 

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 beginning on Thursday, March 30. 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 22.
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 22. 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? 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 2017.
Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
A. Starting March 1, 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

Note: Beginning in Winter 2017, students are no longer required to find a swap partner in order to swap core classes. Read below for information on the new swap process.

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. You will not be required to find a partner. We will match requests one to one on a first-come, first-served 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. You may update (and even cancel) your response if you change your mind. The most recent submission of the form will be the one we use, we will delete prior requests on the assumption that they are outdated. 
Note: Completion of the swap request form does not guarantee that you will be able to swap. 
NOTE: By completing the swap request form, you are committing to making the associated changes to your schedule. If you wish to return to your original section, you will have to perform an additional swap.
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. We will begin processing swaps on March 31st and will continue to do so at least once weekly throughout the summer. Updates to the form and new responses will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1st, 2017.
Q. I swapped without a partner in the past. Do I still need to fill out the form?
A. Yes. The Ross Registrar's Office will attempt to accommodate documented Athletic, Health, or Religious conflicts. Students who require schedule changes to accommodate athletic, medical, or religious obligations should complete the swap request form and submit official documentation to the Ross Registrar's Office as soon as possible in order to increase the likelihood that the Ross Registrar's Office will be able to accommodate the conflict. Letters should be submitted directly to the Ross Registrar's Office (rossregistrarsoffice@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. Strategy 390 conflicts with a course required for my dual degree or minor. Should I fill out the swap form?
A. Yes. Using the swap request form will be the best way for you to arrive at your preferred schedule. If you cannot find a swap through the form, 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.

Senior Swap Request Form

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 Winter Registration Drop-In Hours:

  • Fall Registration Help Table, Wednesday, March 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Winter Garden. 
  • Extra Drop-In Hours: Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. - Noon, all in K3521
For assistance with forms and letter requests, permissions, registration troubleshooting, and other processes, please contact the Ross Registrar's Office by phone (734-647-4933) or email (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu). You may also stop by the third floor of Kresge Hall (Suite K3521): Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday, 10 - 11 a.m., for assistance with these types of issues.