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Rising Sophomore BBAs, class of 2023: Registration Information for Fall 2020

General registration will begin on Monday, April 6 for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Fall 2020 is available now. Before registration opens, please be sure to review the schedule and the information below carefully.  As a reminder:

  • All First Year students must complete the following three courses, each with a grade of C or better, by the end of your first Winter term:
    • A Sweetland-approved First Year Writing course
    • Economics 101 (including transfer credit, IB, or A-level test credit for this course)
    • Calculus I, II, or III (including transfer credit, AP, IB, or A-level test credit for this course).

Note: Ross aligns with LSA's test credit equivalencies for Ross First Year students.  Please refer to this page for more information on advanced standing credit, and the scores needed for such credit.

  • All First Year students must also successfully complete BCOM 250 and BA 100 by the end of your first Winter term.  
  • All First Year students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits or more at UM-Ann Arbor during each Fall and Winter term.
  • Students must maintain "Good Academic Standing" at Ross with a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher at UM-Ann Arbor.

Note: the Ross First Year Requirements are the Admissions requirements for Preferred Admission students.  PA students who do not meet these Admission requirements at the end of the Winter term of the first year are not eligible to move forward with the Preferred Admission offer and enroll in the BBA program.

Fall Schedule

Degree Requirements, Core Courses, and Planning

Course Swapping





















Fall Schedule

Q. What Fall business core courses will I take as a Sophomore BBA?
A. Sophomore BBAs will be required to take the following three core courses in their Fall term:
  • ACC 300: Financial Accounting (3.0 credits)
  • BA 200: Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences (3.0 credits) 
  • TO 301: Business Analytics and Statistics (4.0 credits)
If Ross is currently your home school: the Ross Registrar's Office will enroll you automatically into these BBA core courses.
If your home school is currently outside of Ross: the Ross Registrar's Office will likely issue you permissions to register for these BBA core courses.
Q. How is BA 200 structured?
A. For BA 200, students will meet with instructors during a regularly-scheduled class time, twice per week.  There may be several events/programming that may be scheduled during the evening throughout the semester.
Q. Can I add business electives or floating core to my Fall 2020 schedule?
A. No, floating core and business electives will not be available to BBA Sophomores until Winter 2021. As you build a balanced schedule, you may also consider completing distribution (be sure to use the LSA Course Guide to verify which classes meet the main distribution areas – FL, NS/MSA, SS, and HU) and/or other degree requirements (e.g., ECON 102).
Q. How many classes should I plan to take in addition to my core courses for the Fall term?
A. Sophomore BBA students will take 10 credits of core (ACC 300, BA 200, and TO 301) during the Fall term. You will want to take an additional course or two in order to complete the recommended average of 12-15 credits per semester.  Please keep in mind that the Sophomore Fall in the BBA program is an adjustment, so don't overdo it.
Q. When can I begin making changes to my Fall schedule?
A. You will be able to add and make adjustments to non-Ross courses as soon as your registration window opens.  In order to adjust a core course you will need to follow the policies regarding course swapping. The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between Monday, April 6 and Friday, April 17. 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?
A. 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. 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 ( 

Degree Requirements, Core Courses, and Planning

Q. How many credits should I plan to take each term as a BBA student?
A. You should register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. Going below 12 credits makes you a part-time student, which affects degree progress, financial aid, and international students' immigration status and is not permitted for BBA students, with some exceptions for students in their final year. It is recommended that most BBAs average 12-15 credits per semester. If you are uncertain how many credit hours you must maintain each semester to reach the required amount for graduation please consult with your Ross academic advisor.​​
Q. When should I take ECON 102?
A. ECON 102 must be completed before you begin your Junior Fall term. Students are encouraged to complete this course earlier rather than later, though the timing of this course will vary from student to student. It is best to consult with your Ross academic advisor to determine when it is best for you to complete this.  Please remember that you must take ECON 102 on a graded basis if completed at UM-Ann Arbor.
Q. What do I do if I want to do a "concentration" or "emphasis?"
A. Ross offers a general Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. You will have the flexibility to select electives within that major that align with your interests and goals. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss options as they plan ahead. We recommend that Sophomores focus on their required core classes as well as completing distribution and ECON 102 first.
Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?
A. You can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar. The LSA Course Guide is another great resource if you are looking for courses to fulfill distribution.
Q. What other academic opportunities can I explore as a Sophomore?
A. There are many opportunities that can be explored during Sophomore year. These include:
Q. Who is responsible for ensuring I complete all of my requirements?
A. Each student is responsible for registering for and completing all of their appropriate requirements. The Ross Registrar's Office will enroll students into their core courses each term based on section, but all other enrollment responsibilities (ECON 102, distribution, electives, etc.) fall on the individual student.  A helpful tool in planning your semester-by-semester coursework is the Personal Development Plan (PDP).  You can download a blank PDP template, according to your class year, by clicking here.  If at any time you have a concern regarding your schedule or fulfillment of requirements, be sure to contact your Ross academic advisor.
Q. What are my core requirements?
A. You can review the core curriculum for BBA students on the curriculum page. 
Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven't completed?
A. You can review your "Academic Requirements" on Wolverine Access and access a live degree audit of your record. You may also view the core curriculum, track your progress using a Degree Requirement Checklist, and schedule an advising appointment each semester with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan and ensure you remain on track for graduation.
Q. What is IDO and when should I complete this?
A. IDO is a milestone requirement that you must fulfill in order to graduate.  As a Sophomore BBA, you must complete your "I" (Identity) milestone by the end of the year in order to remain in good academic standing.  The "I" session will be offered in two parts, with Part 1 offered during the Fall term at a pre-scheduled time, and Part 2 being offered on a variety of evenings during the Winter term.  During the Winter term, it is your responsibility to schedule a Part 2 session.  More information on the schedule for the Winter term will become available after the completion of Part 1 in the Fall.  After completion of the "I" milestone in Sophomore year, BBA students will go on to complete the "D" (Diversity) milestone in Junior year, and the "O" (Organizations) milestone in Senior year.  More information on the IDO requirement can be found here.  Please email with any questions.
Q. I'd like to take a spring/summer course from somewhere outside UM.  What do I need to know?

A. Current BBA students 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.  

Current PA students who will enter the BBA program as Sophomores: You are not held to the 9.0 credit hour limit for transferring coursework from outside UM until you officially matriculate into the BBA program.  Please remember, the BBA program will apply a maximum of 45.0 transferable credits earned prior to the start of the BBA program toward the 120.0 credits required for the BBA degree, even if a student has earned more than this.  Individual courses may be applied to general degree requirements, such as distribution and the 54.0 non-business credit requirement beyond this 45.0 credit hour cap.  

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, with the exception of transfer coursework approved from UM-Flint or UM-Dearborn.
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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, in order to verify that the course is eligible to transfer.
  3. 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 prior to the first day of the class.
  4. 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.  Official transcripts should be sent via mail to: BBA Credit Evaluation, Ross Registrar’s Office, 700 E. University Ave, K3521, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234 or electronically to
You should schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor if you'd like to further discuss transfer credit options.

Course Swapping

Q. What is course swapping?
A. Course swapping is the method Ross students use to resolve BBA core course conflicts. It is very important that students reflect on the decision to alter their assigned core schedule since it may impact their section cohort experience and transition to Ross core. Generally, students choose to keep their assigned schedule of courses, swapping sections only if there is a significant need to do so. 
Q. What core classes am I eligible to swap?
A. Information on this will be posted soon.
Q. What do I do if my core class is the same time as another course I need to take?
A. Students may complete the swap request form.  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.  The links to the course swap request forms will be posted to the bottom of this page when 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 e-mail to the Ross Registrar's Office so that they can review and process the necessary schedule adjustments where possible.