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Information for Preferred Admits, Fall 2018

Welcome to the Ross School of Business!

The Ross Academic Advising team is looking forward to meeting you and working with you throughout your time at Michigan.  Please mark your calendars now for the mandatory Freshman Welcome Event, which will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Ross School of Business (more details for this event will be shared later).  Please plan your arrival on campus accordingly to ensure full participation in this event.  The below information will help provide answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) as you start to plan your first year:

Q. What is Preferred Admission (PA) advising at Michigan?

A. 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 available to help you:
  • Explore your 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 you might face
You will have the opportunity to connect with Ross academic advisors during Orientation and throughout your first year.  Information on how to make an appointment with an advisor will be provided at Orientation. 

Q. What Happens at Ross Summer Orientation?

A. 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 (Engineering, Kinesiology, Art & Design, etc.).  Before Orientation, Ross will communicate with advisors in your home school so they will be aware that you are a PA student and they will know the requirements you must complete for Ross.
After registration on the third day of Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with a Ross academic advisor to review the BBA curriculum and have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  Your Ross academic advisor will reach out to you in advance of Orientation to schedule a meeting.
The Ross School of Business is located at 701 Tappan Street.  To locate Academic Advising, please follow these directions: from the main Ross entrance on Tappan, take the staircase up to the 2nd floor.  You will cross through a hallway that connects the main Ross building to the Blau and Kresge buildings.  You will then take the elevator or the stairs on your left to the 3rd floor.  When you exit the stairwell/elevator, you will turn right and the entrance to the Office of Undergraduate Programs suite (where Academic Advising is located) will be on your left - K3521.  You can view a map directing you to the Ross School building here.

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

A. 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 2019, given they meet the following conditions:
​Note: Ross aligns with LSA's test credit equivalencies for Ross Freshmen.  Students who officially become Ross students at the start of their Sophomore year follow the test credit equivalencies of their home school.  For more information on advanced standing credit and the scores needed for such credit, please refer to:
  • Successfully complete the following two core courses at the Ross School of Business by the end of Winter 2019: BA 100, BCOM 250. Students must take BCOM 250 on a graded basis.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits or more at UM-Ann Arbor during each Fall term and Winter term.
  • Maintain "Good Academic Standing" at Ross with a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher at UM-Ann Arbor.
Students who do not meet these Admission requirements at the end of the Winter term of their first year are not eligible to move forward with their Preferred Admission offer and enroll in the BBA program.
Preferred Admission students are also expected to meet the programmatic requirements of the Preferred Admission program during their first year at UM.  These include:
  • Attending the Freshman Welcome Event at the Ross School of Business on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (details for this event will be shared via email and the admissions website).  Please plan your arrival on campus to ensure full participation.
  • Meeting regularly with your Ross academic advisor and participate in mandatory academic support activities as requested by your Ross academic advisor.
  • Promptly informing your Ross academic advisor and Ross Undergraduate Admissions if you 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 admission offer or the requirements stated above.  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.

Q. How Can I find out more about the BBA Curriculum?

A. During your first year, you will take a broad range of courses in addition to those required for Ross. 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.
  • What business courses will I take during my first year?
    • You will be required to complete BA 100 - Intro to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business.  This course will count for 0.5 credits during the Fall term and 0.5 credits during the Winter term.
    • You will also be required to complete BCOM 250 - Introduction to Business Communications, during the Winter term.  This course will count for 1.5 credits and must be taken on a graded basis.
  • What other business courses can I take my first year?
    • ​BCOM 250 and BA 100 are the only mandatory business courses you will take in your 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 Global Initiatives website.
  • What kind of courses should I look at completing my first year?
    • Your first year at Michigan provides you with a great chance to explore different academic interests. Speak with your academic advisor about the wealth of opportunities offered at Michigan while helping to ensure that you are maintaining a balanced schedule.
    • Aside from the requirements outlined above, it is suggested that you take courses counting toward your distribution. You could also consider completing ECON 102 (if completed at UM-Ann Arbor, ECON 102 must be taken for a grade and not Pass/Fail​).
    • Another suggestion would be taking coursework that may lead to a possible dual degree, minor, or other area of interest.  Your home school (Engineering, Kinesiology, etc.) advisor can assist you with this.
  • 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 utilize the LSA course guide 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 - 9 credit hours (ECON 101 & 102 do not count toward this requirement)
Natural Science and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis - 9 credit (MATH 105/115 count toward this requirement)
  • 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 requirements, if you want to start looking ahead you can check out the BBA curriculum page.
    • 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.​