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Rising Senior BBAs, Class of 2021: Registration Information for Fall 2020

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 2020, 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 email you a Senior Course Bidding Presentation screencast on Monday, March 23 so that you can familiarize yourself with the course bidding process. You can also click here to view a recording of this presentation.
Q. When is Course Bidding?
A. Course Bidding will take place from 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 24 - 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 31.  Do NOT wait until the last minute!  Place your bids well before the 10 a.m. deadline on Tuesday, March 31 to ensure that you are able to access the system and enter your bid successfully.  Bids cannot be processed after the system has closed.  Results should be posted by Friday, April 3. 
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 for the Fall term, the Ross Registrar's Office will automatically bid 1 point on each open section of the course(s) you need.  You can add more points to the section(s) that work better in your schedule, but you will not be able to remove the 1 point assigned to any section(s) of your floating core course(s).
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. If you have floating core courses remaining for the Fall term, the Ross Registrar's Office will automatically bid 1 point on each open section of the course(s) you need.  You can add more points to the section(s) that work better in your schedule, but you will not be able to remove the 1 point assigned to any section(s) of your floating core course(s).  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 Tuesday, March 24. 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 Tuesday, March 31 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:
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.  You can also click here to view a Fall 2020 Business Electives handout.

Degree Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

Ross will enroll BBAs into their required Fall 2020 BBA core course (STRATEGY 390) before Course Bidding begins. 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 2021, 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.
Q. Is there a way I can begin my capstone experience in Fall 2020?
A. The capstone courses are offered in Winter 2021.  One possible option for students to begin the capstone experience in Fall 2020 is as follows:
BA 480: Senior Seminar (Thesis) - 6 credits
The BA 480 Senior Capstone thesis course awards 3 business elective credits in Fall 2020 and 3 capstone credits in Winter 2021.  Instructor consent is required for registration.  BA 480 is reserved for BBA Seniors.  Feel free to review the BA 480 Senior Capstone Thesis Information Session materials for more details.  If you are eligible and interested in enrolling, please send the following documents to Professor Burcu Tasoluk (btasoluk@umich.edu): a) your current resume, and b) a "statement of interest" outlining your broad research area and explaining why you would like to fulfill your capstone requirement by enrolling in this course and writing a Senior thesis.  You can learn more about 2019-2020 thesis topics by attending the Ross School Senior Thesis Poster Session on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Robertson Auditorium Lobby.
Q. If I don't complete the IDO requirement, will I graduate?
A. No.  BBA Seniors must complete their "O" milestone in order to graduate.  The "O" sessions will only be offered during the Fall term, so Seniors must attend a Fall session in order to complete this graduation requirement on time. Please email rossugprograms@umich.edu with any questions. 
Q. Is it true that I can waive my BE 300 floating core course?
A. 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 (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu) 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.
Q. Does Ross offer any Spring term courses?
A. 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

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 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 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 Monday, March 30. 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 2020.
Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
A. 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. 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.  The link to the course swap request form will be posted to the bottom of this page when it is 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 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.

You can also speak with one of the Ross Academic Peer Advisors during their drop-in hours (check iMpact for current information).
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 (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu).