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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?

During the Academic Advising and registration portions of freshman orientation on Day 2 and Day 3, you will meet with Advisors in your home school (LSA, Engineering, Kinesiology, School of Music, Theatre & Dance).

After registration on the third day of your on campus orientation, you will attend a Ross orientation session with the BBA advising team from 11 am - 12 pm. You will receive more details on this session, including location, the week before your orientation.

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 Peer Advisors
  • 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 who remain enrolled in another UM college during their first year will have the option to begin the Ross BBA program in Fall 2018, given they meet the following conditions:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher by the end of your freshman winter term.  GPAs are NOT rounded up.
  • Complete the following three courses at U-M Ann Arbor, each with a grade of C or better, by the end of Winter Term 2018:
  • Successfully complete the following two courses at the Ross School of Business by the end of Winter 2018: BA 100, BCOM 250. Students are expected to enroll in BCOM 250 on a graded basis.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits or more at U-M Ann Arbor during each Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018.
  • Maintain "Good Academic Standing" at Ross with a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher at U-M Ann Arbor.

Preferred Admission students are also expected to meet the programmatic requirements of the Preferred Admission program during their freshman year at U-M:

  • Attend the special Preferred Admission welcome event, which will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Ross School of Business (details for this event will be shared later). Please plan your arrival on campus to ensure full participation;
  • Meet regularly with their Ross Academic Advisor and participate in mandatory academic support activities as requested by their Ross Academic Advisor;
  • Inform their Ross Academic Advisor and Ross Undergraduate Admissions if they have been accused of or engaged in a form of academic dishonesty, behavioral misconduct, a policy violation (to include on- and off-campus), and/or criminal activity (to include pending and convicted cases) upon matriculation (e.g., over the summer) and while a student at the University of Michigan.

The Ross School of Business reserves the right to withdraw your BBA Admission offer if: 1) there has been a misrepresentation in or a violation of any of the terms of the application process or failure to meet first year expectations; 2) we learn that students have engaged in behavior prior to matriculation that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity; or 3) students do not meet the conditions of their preferred admission offer.

We further reserve the right to require students to provide additional information and/or authorization for the release of information about any matter. Finally, we reserve the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose condition endangers his or her own well-being or the well-being of other students or precludes him or her from doing the required work.



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)
    • 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.


  • What business courses can I take my first year?
  • 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 may lead 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.