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Sophomore BBAs, class of 2020: Registration Information for Winter 2018

 

Sophomore BBAs Registration Information

General registration will open in late November for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Winter 2018 are available now. Be sure to review the schedule and the information below before registration opens. Please review the all the information below carefully.

Winter Schedule

 

Degree Requirements, Core Courses, and Planning

Course Swapping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Schedule

Q. What Winter 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 second semester:

  • ACC 301: Managerial Accounting (3.0 credits)
     
  • BCOM 250: Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences (1.5 credits) - unless already complete
     
  • STRATEGY 290: Business Strategy (1.5 credits)

The Ross Registrar's Office will enroll sophomores into their BBA core courses.

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Q. Can I add business electives or floating core to my Winter 2018 schedule?

A. Yes, all floating core and some business electives will be open to BBA sophomores for Winter 2018. 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).

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Q. How many classes should I plan to take in addition to my core courses for Winter semester?

A. Since most sophomore BBA students will take 6 credits of core (ACC 301, BCOM 250, and STRATEGY 290) during Winter semester, you will want to take an additional 6-9 credits of coursework in order to complete the recommended average of 12-15 credits per semester. Most sophomore BBAs will take at least one of their floating core courses during this time and/or Econ 102 if they haven't yet completed it.

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Q. When can I begin making changes to my Winter schedule?

A. You will be able to make adjustments to your non-core 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 November 27 and December 8. 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 November 13.

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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 November 13, 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.

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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 Kresge Hall, Suite K3521) for quick advising questions or urgent issues.  Advisors will also hold special winter registration Winter Garden hours for additional assistance:

Winter Registration Drop-In Hours
Monday, November 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Winter Garden
​Friday, December 1 from 12 - 2 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 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, & Friday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. or Tuesday & Thursday 10 - 11 a.m. for assistance with these types of issues.

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Degree Requirements, Core Courses, and Planning 

Q. How many credits should I plan to take each semester as a BBA student?

A. You should register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. 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 for graduation please consult with your Ross Academic Advisor.

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Q. When should I take Econ 102?

A. Econ 102 must be completed by the end of Junior Winter semester. 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.

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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; information about specific business electives open to sophomore BBAs in the winter semester will be available prior to winter registration.

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Q. How do I find out what courses are being offered and when?

A. As of October 16, 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.

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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:

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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) which you may remember working on during BBA Orientation.  PDP templates can be found by scrolling down the Degree Requirements page and selecting the Degree Requirements Checklist and Planning Tool for Undergraduate BBA Students Admitted Fall 2014 or later.  

If at any time you have a concern regarding your schedule or fulfillment of requirements, be sure to contact your Ross Academic Advisor.

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Q. What are my core requirements?

A. You can review the core curriculum for BBA students on the curriculum page. 

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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.

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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. Generally, students choose to keep their assigned schedule of courses, swapping sections only if there is a significant need to do so.

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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 for the core class which conflicts (there will be an individual form for each class).  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.  Links to the course swap request forms are posted below.

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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 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 we can review and process the necessary schedule adjustments where possible.  

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ACC 301 Swap Request Form

STRAT 290 Swap Request Form

BCOM 250 Swap Request Form