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Information for Preferred Admit BBAs for Freshman Winter Semester

What Academic Requirements you need to complete to retain your 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.

Students are encouraged to utilize Advising and Academic Resources to ensure they are on track for these requirements.


What you need to know about scheduling for Winter semester

Q: Should I take any business courses in Winter semester?

A: Preferred Admission students are expected to complete BCOM 250: Introduction to Business Communication (1.5 credits) during the Winter term of their freshman year.  You will need to select an open seat in one of the following sections of BCOM 250 when your registration appointment opens:

  • Section 019
  • Section 019
  • Section 020
  • Section 021
  • Section 022
  • Section 023
  • Section 024
  • Section 025
  • Section 026

Each section is limited to 30 students.  

Preferred Admission students are also expected to complete the second half (0.5 credits) of BA 100 in Winter. Students will be issued electronic permissions (or overrides) to enroll in the corresponding Maize or Blue section to match their Fall section. Class will meet at the same day/time: Wednesday 5:30-7 pm, however, note that in Winter, the Blue section will start the first week (1/4), and the Maize section will start on the second week (1/11).


Q: What other courses should I take Winter semester?

A: In addition to completing BCOM 250, BA 100, and the three courses required to retain admission to Ross, you can work on completing distribution requirements and coursework in the school in which you are currently enrolled.  You are encouraged to schedule a BBA Freshman Advising appointment with your Ross Academic Advisor as well as an appointment with your Advisor from your home school for assistance in planning your complete Winter schedule.  

Some items to keep in mind:

  • You must have at least a 3.300 cumulative GPA by the end of Winter 2015, so keep some balance in your schedule and don't overdo it.  
  • ES 212 and BA 201 will not count toward your business elective credits as they are specifically for non-BBA students.  
  • Now is a good time to work on distribution coursework as well as any early courses toward a minor

Academic Advising on Campus:

  • Ross School of Business, Office of Undergraduate Programs, Kresge Hall, Suite K3521  
  • College of LSA: Newnan Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angel Hall  
  • College of Engineering: Advising Center, 230 Chrysler Center, room 2121  
  • Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design: Smucker Wagstaff Academic Programs Center, 2038 A&A Building  
  • School of Kinesiology: Student Services, 1128 Observatory Lodge



Q: When is my registration appointment time?

A: The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students starting on November 28.  The times are determined in blocks by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned within that block.  (You can read more about how registration appointments are assigned here).  You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting on November 14.


Q: Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access before registration opens?

A: It is recommended you use it, but no required.  Beginning November 14, 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 opens.  However, be aware that backpacking does not reserve a seat for you in the class - it is simply a way to put the courses 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: Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?

A: Some classes fill quickly, so it is to your advantage to register as close to the opening of your registration appointment as possible.  You should not skip class or other important events just to schedule your classes however.  Once your appointment time opens, you can continue to make changes until the add/drop deadline for the semester.


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 your Ross admission requirements.  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 take BA 100 (1.0 credit hour total, 0.5 in Fall and 0.5 in Winter)
  • What business courses can I take my first year?
    • BA 100 and BCOM 250 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 credits
      Social Science (excluding Econ 101 & 102) - 9 credits
      Natural Science and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis - 9 credits 
  • 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. Click here to schedule an appointment.