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Sophomore BBAs: Registration Information for Winter Semester

 

Sophomore BBAs Registration Information

General registration will open in late November for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Winter 2016 will be available starting October 19th.  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)

Ross Academic Services will enroll Sophomores into their BBA core courses by November 20th

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Q. Can I add business electives or floating core to my Winter 2016 schedule?

A. Yes, all floating core and some business electives will be open to BBA Sophomores for Winter 2016. 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).

The list of business electives that will be open to BBA Sophomore students will be posted in early November.

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

A. Since 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 courses swapping.

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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 16, 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. Please schedule an appointment with your Ross Academic Advisor through our Academic Counseling appointment system.  

For assistance with forms and letter requests, permissions, course registration, and other processes, please contact Ross Academic Services by phone (734-647-4933) or email (rossacadservices@umich.edu) during their regular business hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00).  You can also stop by the third floor of Wyly Hall (Suite 3700) during their walk-in hours (Monday - Friday, 9:30 - 11:00 & 1:30 - 3:00) 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 term.  It is recommended that most BBA's 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. Starting October 19th, 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.  Ross Academic Services 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.  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. Once your pre-BBA course credits have been transferred to Ross (by late August), you will be able to 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 cored 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.

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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. Our BBA Core Conflicts CTools site provides BBA students with a discussion forum to identify classmates willing to "swap" sections.  In order to join the CTools site (starting November 18th), visit https://CTools.umich.edu and log in. Click on "Membership" on the left side navigation, and then click on "Joinable Sites." Use the search box on the right to search for "BBA Core Conflicts."  When you find it, click "Join."  Post in the "Discussion" forum, and search posts for other students looking to swap sections.

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Q. Is it okay for me to "sweeten the deal" to try and find a swap partner?

A. No.  It is unacceptable to do either of the following:

  • Use iMpact or other University of Michigan systems to email large groups of students with a swap request.
  • Offer money, property, or services as compensation for a core course swap.

Taking either of these actions is considered a violation of the Ross Community Values, and appropriate action will be taken.  For more information on the Ross Community Values visit: http://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/student-resources/ross-community-values

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Q. How long do I have to find a swap partner?

A. You have until the last business day before the start of classes to find a partner and submit a request to swap sections.  We encourage students to be patient with the process.  If you don't find a partner initially, hang in their and keep checking the discussion forum.  This fall the survey site will close at 3p.m. on Tuesday, January 5th.  Swap requests will not be accepted after the survey has closed.

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Q. I found a swap partner. What are my next steps?

A. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER must each complete the survey, that will request the following information:

  • Your name, ID#, & UMICH email address
  • Class/section you are currently in
  • Full name of your swap partner
  • Specific class/section you would like to swap into

Once both swap partners have submitted a complete request, permissions will be issued.  Please allow at least 3 business days to process the request.  You may then drop your original section and add the new section you were issued the permission to swap into.

[NOTE: By completing the surveyboth you and your partner are committing to making those changes to your schedules.]

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Q. Is there a way to swap a core course without a swap partner?

A. The only time Ross Academic Services will attempt to accommodate a student without a swap partner is if there is a documented intercollegiate Athletic, Official University, Health, or Religious Obligation conflict.  Students who require schedule changes based on one of these situations should submit official documentation to Ross Academic Services as soon as possible in order to increase the likelihood that an accommodation may be made.  Letters should be submitted directly to Ross Academic Services (rossacadservices@umich.edu) from official coaches, appropriate University officials, authorized medical personnel, or religious leaders.

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Q. What do I do if my core course conflicts with a course required for my dual degree or minor?

A. In these instances you will still need to find a swap partner.  Using the BBA Core Course Conflicts site will be the best way for you to arrive at your preferred schedule.  If finding a partner through the CTools site becomes challenging, please update your Ross Academic Advisor in early January if all of the following are true:

  • the specific course is required for your dual degree program or minor (please note: elective courses that may be one of several possible options typically do not meet this criteria)
  • the specific course must be taken this term in order to stay on schedule to graduate on time
  • there are no alternative sections available

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