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Information for Incoming Preferred Admission Freshman, Fall Semester

Welcome to the Ross School of Business Preferred Admission Program at the University of Michigan!

The Ross Academic Advising team is looking forward to meeting you this summer during orientation and working with you throughout your time at Michigan.  Please review these frequently asked questions (FAQs) as you start to plan your first year.



What is Preferred Admission (PA) advising at Michigan?

Preferred Admission students will have access to two different academic advisors during their first year.  The first of these advisors is through their home school and the second will be through the Ross School of Business.  Students are expected to utilize both advisors and should meet with each advisor periodically throughout their first year.

Academic Advisors are resources to help students:

  • explore their interests and set goals
  • understand  degree requirements
  • identify academic options (minors, study abroad, dual degrees, etc.)
  • analyze course loads
  • create academic plans
  • set achievable goals
  • find appropriate support for any challenges they might face

Preferred Admission students will have the opportunity to connect with Ross Academic Advisors during orientation and throughout their first year.  Information on how to make an appointment with an advisor will be provided at orientation.


What happens at Ross summer orientation?

On the second day of your on campus orientation, you will attend a Ross orientation session at 5 pm in the Ross School of Business building.

At Ross orientation students will:

  • learn more about the Preferred Admissions (PA) program
  • review the BBA curriculum
  • meet other Preferred Admission students
  • connect with the Ross Academic Advisors and the PA Program Coordinator
  • have the chance to ask any questions they might have

Orientation is located at the Ross School of Business - 701 Tappan Street.  You can view a map directing you to the Ross School building here.



What Academic Requirements do I need to complete to retain my BBA Admission?

Preferred Admission students must meet the academic requirements outlined here:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.300 or higher by the end of your freshman winter term.  GPAs are NOT rounded up.
  • Earn a grade of C or better by the end of freshman winter term in:
  • ​Complete a minimum of 27 graded credits at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, each with a grade of C or better, during your freshman fall and winter terms combined.
  • Participate in mandatory academic support activities as requested by my Ross Academic Advisor or PA program coordinator.

In addition, PA students must meet all the conditions as outlined on the Ross Admissions page (http://michiganross.umich.edu/programs/bba/application-requirements) during their first year at Michigan in order to retain admission to the BBA program.  Be sure to connect with your Ross academic advisor if you have any questions about these requirements.

We encourage all Preferred Admission students to take full advantage of academic and campus resources.



How can I find out more about the BBA Curriculum?

During your first year you will take a broad range of courses in addition to those required for preferred admission.  Below is some general information and answers to common PA questions regarding Ross program requirements.  For more detailed information please visit the BBA curriculum page.  Ross academic advisors are another great resource for answering curriculum and course planning questions.

  • Do I have to take any business courses my first year?
    • PA students will be required to take BCOM 250 (1.5 credit hours), Introduction to Business Communications, during the Winter Term of their first year.  (Note: This course must be taken for a letter grade and a C or better must be earned)
    • PA students are also required to attend a bi-weekly seminar course (BA 100–Intro to Ross: Foundations for Learning Business) as part of the program. More details on this course will be released later this summer.
  • What business courses can I take my first year?
    • BCOM 250  and the PA seminar are the only mandatory business courses students take in their first year.  The only other business course opportunity for first year students is through a Ross Study Abroad Program.  If you are interested, please review the information on the following website: http://michiganross.umich.edu/programs/global-initiatives/undergraduate-opportunities.  (Note: May study abroad courses do not count toward the 27 credit hour requirement, but do count toward the 3.300 GPA requirement for admission purposes)
  • What kind of courses should I look at completing my first year?
    • Aside from the mandatory admission requirements, it is suggested that you take courses counting toward your distribution or that help prepare you for future business coursework (such as Econ 102).
    • Another suggestion would be coursework that adheres to a possible minor or other area of interest.  Your home school (LSA, CoE, etc.) advisor can assist you with this.
    • Your first year at Michigan provides you with a great chance to explore different academic interests.  Speak with your academic advisor(s) about the wealth of opportunities offered at Michigan while helping to ensure that you are maintaining a balanced schedule.
  • What are the Ross distribution requirements?
    • ​Ross students must complete three of the four areas listed in the chart below.  We adhere to the same distribution course list as LSA so you should utilized their online list (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/cg/default.aspx) to find courses that fulfill the categories below.
      Complete 3 of the 4 Areas Below
      Foreign Language - 4th term proficiency
      Humanities - 9 credit hours
      Social Science (excluding Econ 101 & 102) - 9 credit hours
      Natural Science and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis - 9 credit 
  • Where can I find out more information on the BBA curriculum?
    • While you will spend your first year taking a broad range of courses on campus and completing Ross prerequisite requirements, if you want to start looking ahead you can check out the BBA curriculum page here: http://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/core/BBA#2014
    • Ross academic advisors are great resources for answering curriculum questions and helping you develop a course plan that supports your academic goals as well.  Information on scheduling an appointment with these advisors will be made available at orientation.