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Incoming Sophomore BBAs: Registration Information for Fall Semester

 

Incoming Sophomore BBAs Registration Information

Congratulations on your admission to Ross!  Look for an email from your Ross Academic Advisor in early July, with the next steps to complete prior to scheduling your first advising appointment.  Be sure to review all of the information on this webpage carefully and mark your calendars for the mandatory two day BBA Orientation on Thursday, September 3rd and Friday, September 4th!

The information below should help answer many of the questions you may have as well as provided you important information regarding what steps to take now that you have been admitted to Ross.  Please review all of this information carefully!

 

Summer Tasks and Options

Fall Schedule

Degree Requirements, Core Courses, and Planning

Course Swapping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Tasks and Options


Q. Do I need to do anything over the summer?

A. YES!  You will need to officially "accept" your admission to Ross so that the appropriate systems recognize that you are a BBA student.  Specific information for how to do this is provided in your acceptance letter.

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Q. Am I required to attend BBA Orientation? When is it?

A. Yes. BBA Orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming Sophomore BBA students, including Preferred Admission students, so be sure to make your travel plans accordingly.  BBA Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 3rd and Friday, September 4th.

  • Ross has secured early move in days for our incoming sophomore students.  This information will be posted here by the end of June.  Please return to this site for additional information.

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Q. Do I need to fill out any paperwork for Ross to "transfer" my prior coursework?

A. No, unless you are taking coursework outside of UM - Ann Arbor this summer.  In that case, be sure to submit a Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation form to Ross and request that an official transcript be sent directly to Ross Academic Services (3700 Wyly Hall, 724 E. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1234) once the grade for the course has been officially posted.

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Q. I have completed over 45 credits of coursework.  Do I have to tell Ross which of my credits I want to be a part of this 45?

A. No.  Ross will process ALL classes that meet our transfer credit requirement but will cap the total credits toward the 120 minimum needed for graduation at 45.  This means that as long as the courses are accepted by Ross, we will use all classes on your record that fulfill requirements such as distribution.

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Q. Can I take courses during the Summer? Can I take them outside of UM - Ann Arbor?

A. Yes.  Incoming BBA students can take non-business coursework at any accredited community college or 4 year institution (including UM - Ann Arbor) in the Spring or Summer before starting in Ross.  Students will need to be aware of the specific rules/policies for transfer credits.  Keep in mind that Ross will transfer a maximum of 45 credits toward the BBA program and any spring/summer coursework taken prior to starting the BBA program this Fall is included in that 45 credit cap.

  • Students taking coursework outside UM - Ann Arbor this spring/summer should review the Office of Undergraduate Admission Course Equivalency Database BEFORE REGISTERING and submit a Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation form to Ross for pre-approval.  An official transcript should be sent directly to Ross Academic Services upon completion of the transfer coursework.  
    (Note: if your transfer coursework is already in progress, please still submit the Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation form for tracking purposes)
     
  • Ross generally follows LSA guidelines for which courses/schools will transfer to Michigan, with the exception that they cannot be Business courses.  ECON 102, while required for our curriculum, is an LSA course, so it may be taken outside of UM - Ann Arbor as long as it is completed prior to the end of Junior Winter term.  The transfer course must be listed as an exact UM ECON 102 equivalent (not 102x or Departmental Credit) in the Course Equivalency Database.  
    (Note: Macroeconomics courses completed online are not transferrable to the University of Michigan or the Ross School of Business)
     
  • Be advised, once you have matriculated to Ross (starting Fall semester) you will be allowed to transfer up to 9 additional credits from non-University of Michigan - Ann Arbor accredited institutions. 

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Q. Are there any rules, policies, or preparation materials I need to review over the summer?

A. Yes.  Each student will be responsible for reviewing or completing the following:

 

  • It is each student's responsibility to review the course registration rules and policies carefully.
     
  • There will be a Common Read and Gallup Strengths assessment for BA 200 that will need to be completed prior to Fall semester.  This information will be posted as it is released and also sent via the BBA newsletter.
     
  • There may be preparation materials or tasks for your core courses.  This information will be posted as it is released and also sent via the BBA newsletter.
     
  • There may be additional assessments on Leadership and Intercultural skills.  This information will be posted as it is released and also sent via the BBA newsletter.

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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.  During the summer, your advisor will be available to talk you you via phone or Skype if you are not in Ann Arbor.

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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Fall Schedule

Q. What Fall business core courses will I take as a Sophomore BBA?

A. Incoming Sophomore BBAs will be required to take the following three core courses in their first semester:

 

  • ACC 300: Financial Accounting (3.0 credits) - unless already completed*
     
  • BA 200: Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences (3.0 credits)
    • Summer Reading and Strengths Assessment information coming soon
       
  • TO 301: Business Analytics and Statistics (4 credits)
    • Preparation materials coming soon

Ross Academic Services will enroll "Regular Admit" Sophomores into their BBA core courses by mid-July.  However, we ask that you please do NOT make any adjustments to your Fall schedule until you are notified.  Attempts are made to accommodate some class selections you may already have made for Fall term, with priority given to sequential language courses, though not all conflicts can be accommodated.  The process for resolving conflicts is listed below under Course Swapping.

*(Note: Students who will have ACC 300 complete prior to fall semester will not be able to take ACC 301 until winter semester)

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Q. What happens to the Fall classes for which I am already registered?

A. The coursework you have scheduled for fall will be moved from your prior school (e.g. LSA, Engineering, etc.) to Ross.  Once this process is complete, you may need to adjust your schedule.  You will be notified when you can begin making adjustments.

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

A. Since Sophomore BBA students will take 10 credits of core (ACC 300, BA 200, and TO 301) during Fall semester, you will want to take an additional 2-5 credits of non-business coursework in order to complete the recommended average of 12-15 credits per semester.  Most incoming BBAs will therefore have one non-business class in their Fall schedule.  Please keep in mind that the first semester in the BBA program is an adjustment, so don't overdo it.

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Q. Should I be adding business electives or floating core to my fall schedule?

A. No.  During the Fall semester, incoming Sophomore BBAs will want to focus on adjusting to Ross and their required BBA core classes while 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).  Sophomore BBAs will be eligible to enroll in floating core and select business electives starting Winter semester.

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Q. When can I begin making changes to my fall schedule?

A. You will be notified when you may begin modifying your previous class selections to accommodate your assigned section of BBA core courses.  Once notified, you should see all of your courses under your Business Administration career in Wolverine Access.  Please do NOT make any changes prior to that time unless specifically indicated to by the Office of the Registrar or Ross Academic Services.

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Q. What should I do if I am registered for too many credits?

A. Since you will be pre-enrolled into 10 credits of BBA core courses in addition to your previous Fall class selections, you may temporarily have a Fall course load exceeding 18 credits.  Since BBA students are not permitted to take more than 18 credits in a semester (and most will average the recommended 12-15 credits per semester), you will need to adjust your course load by dropping some non-BBA courses from your schedule.  Students may NOT drop their core BBA classes.

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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 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. 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.  [During your BA 200 course, you will be expected to plan out a tentative degree plan so familiarity with this page will be helpful]

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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 mid-July), 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 2 p.m. on Friday, September 4th.  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 (available later this summer), 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 survey, both 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 late August 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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