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Rising Senior BBAs, Class of 2019: Registration Information for Fall 2018

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 2018, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements.  Please be sure to review all of the information below carefully!
Degree Requirements

Course Bidding:

What, When, & How

General Registration:

What Happens After Bidding

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

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.  Academic Advising will be hosting an information session on Friday, March 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. in R1220 to provide rising seniors with information about senior year Course Bidding, Registration, and Capstone Selection.
Q. When is Course Bidding?
A. Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m. EDT - Monday, March 26, 10 a.m. EDT. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Place your bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on Monday, March 26 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 Wednesday, March 28.
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.  As a reminder, all floating core classes must be completed by the end of your Senior Fall semester. 
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. View the course bidding page for a full list of courses available for bidding.
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 21. 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. EDT on Monday, March 26 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. EDT 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 2018 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 2019, 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. The capstone courses are offered in Winter 2019.  One possible option for students to begin the capstone experience in Fall 2018 is as follows:
BA 380: Senior Seminar (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 2018 and 3 capstone credits in Winter 2019.  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.
Q. If I don't complete the IDO requirement, will I graduate?
A. No.  "O" sessions for the IDO requirement will only be offered in the Fall term of senior year, and BBA Seniors will need to complete this in order to graduate.  Please email skvg@umich.edu with any questions.

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 29. 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 Wednesday, March 21.
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 Wednesday, March 21. 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 2018.
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

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-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 students 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.  Please check back for more information on this.
A link to the course swap request form will be posted on this page when it becomes available.
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?
A. 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 (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu) so that they can review and process the necessary schedule adjustments where possible.

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 Drop-in hours (Monday-Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. in K3521) for quick advising questions or urgent issues.
Additional Winter Registration Drop-In Hours
Wednesday, March 21 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Winter Garden
Friday, March 30 from 12-2 p.m. in the Winter Garden
Thursday, April 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Winter Garden
You can also schedule a Peer Academic Advising appointment to meet with one of the Ross Academic Peer Advisors or visit them during their drop-in hours (times and locations vary - check iMpact for current information).
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) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m., for assistance with these types of issues.  The Ross Registrar's Office does not hold drop-in hours during the summer months but students are encouraged to schedule an appointment if needed at that time.