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Rising Junior BBAs, class of 2018: Registration Information for Fall 2016

As you prepare for registration, we expect you will schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Fall 2016, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements. Be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Fall 2016 Registration Videos: Junior Integrative Semester; Business Electives Panel

Registration Planning: Get Ready
Core Requirements:  Get Set General Registration:  Go!
Core Course Swap Info
Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know

Registration Planning: Get Ready

General registration will open in late November for undergraduates, but the University catalog and schedule of classes for Fall 2016 will be available starting March. Be sure to review the schedule and the information below before registration opens. 
Q. When should I take Econ 102?
A. Junior BBAs who have not yet completed Econ 102 must complete it by the end of Winter 2017 at the latest. The timing of this course will vary from student to student, so you are encouraged to consult with your academic advisor as you plan. Please note: Students are eligible to transfer approved Econ 102 credit from another institution.  Check with your academic advisor and be sure to submit the transfer credit pre-evaluation transfer form prior to enrolling in any spring/summer classes, to ensure the course is conforming to all transfer credit polices. Online courses are not permitted.
Q. How do I find out which courses are being offered and when?
A. Starting March 1, you can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar. Also refer to the LSA Course Guide if you are looking for courses to fulfill distribution.
Q. I want to have a "concentration." Which business electives do I need to take?
A. Remember that Ross does not have official concentrations or majors. As a BBA, you are required to take a minimum of 58 credits of Ross coursework (including business electives and the required core, floating core, and capstone) and have the flexibility to select the electives that will best fit your interests and goals.
Q. How can I learn more about elective options?
A. The Elective Options page is a valuable resource for learning more about courses you are considering, and includes links to course descriptions, syllabi archives, information published by the academic departments, and course evaluations.
Q.  What other academic opportunities can I explore?
Ross BBA students may study abroad through Ross Global Initiatives and CGIS, participate in the Carson Scholars Washington Campus Program, become involved in research through the Center for Positive Organizations Summer Fellows Program, develop leadership skills through Sanger Leadership Center immersions and communities, compete in case competitions, and become involved in clubs and organizations. You can watch Ross BBA seniors discuss their experiences with minors, dual degrees, study abroad, Carson Scholars, institutes, and electives on our Exploring BBA Opportunities Panel. 
More information on how different study abroad opportunities may affect your registration can be found here.

Core Requirements: Get Set 

The Ross Registrar's Office will enroll BBAs into their required Fall 2016 BBA core prior to March 24. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate requirements (e.g., Econ 102, distribution, floating core, business electives, etc.) outside of the BBA core.
Q. Which core courses will the Ross Registrar's Office enroll me into for Fall 2016?
A. The Ross Registrar's Office will enroll rising junior BBA students into the following 10.5 credits of core courses:
  • BCOM 350: Professional Communication Strategies (1.5 credits)
  • BL 300: Business Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MO 300: Behavioral Theory in Management (3 credits)
  • TO 313: Operations Management (3 credits)

The four Ross Integrative Semester (RIS) courses comprise an integrative learning experience designed to help future business leaders understand the multiple perspectives, approaches and solutions to business issues. The RIS will build your capacity to analyze complex and pressing business problems using a boundaryless approach. The four classes will be augmented by three evening programs that focus on big issues that cross functional lines, and one "big" team based challenge in which students practice key components of the courses and principles being integrated. During the semester, each of the four courses will link course material across the courses on important business issues (e.g., changing employment relationships or implementing change in an organization).

The scheduled meeting times for each section are shown below:





Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven't completed?
A. Review the core curriculum. You can track your progress using the Degree Requirements Checklist and access a degree audit of your record under Academic Requirements in your Student Center on Wolverine Access. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor periodically to discuss your academic plan and ensure you are on track for graduation. Dual degree students will need to schedule a "BBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues" appointment with their advisor.


General Registration: Go! 

After the Ross Registrar's Office enrolls you in your 10.5 credits fo core with your section, you will use the general registration process on Wolverine Access to register for the remainder of your Fall 2016 schedule. 
Q. When is my registration appointment time?
A. The university assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 18. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. (You can read more about how registration times are assigned here.) You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting Wednesday, March 23.
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 Wednesday, March 23, 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.
Q. Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
A. Some classes will fill quickly, or seats may be opened to non-Ross students after registration has been open for a week or more, so it is to your advantage to register when your appointment time opens. Once your appointment time opens, you can continue to make changes until the drop/add deadlines for Fall 2016.


Note: The CTools site will be open on March 23rd; the survey will open on April 4th. Our BBA Core Conflicts CTools site provides BBA students with a discussion forum to identify classmates willing to "swap" sections. To join the CTools site, 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.
Q. Which courses and sections of my core courses am I eligible to swap?
A. The fall semester of junior year integrates four core courses in which a significant portion of each course will rely and build upon the other subjects and may include joint events and shared projects. To fully maximize the learning experience in these integrated courses, students are strongly encourage to remain in their assigned sections. However, recognize that some students may need to swap sections in order to accommodate dual degrees and minors. Note that course sections are linked and cannot be separated. Students requesting a course swap must swap all 4 courses.
The linked integrative core sections are displayed below:
Q. I found a swap partner. What are my next steps?
A. YOU AND YOUR PARTNER must each complete the survey, that will include the following information:
  • Your name, ID #, & UMICH e-mail 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. 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 of you are committing to making those changes to your schedules. If you wish to swap back into your original section, you will have to perform an additional swap.
Q. Is it OK for me to "sweeten the deal" to try to find a swap partner for my 8:30 a.m. section?
A. No. It is inappropriate to do either of the following:
  • Use iMpact or other University of Michigan systems to e-mail 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/ross-community-values.
Q. How long do I have to find a swap partner?
A. The survey site will close prior to the start of the fall semester. If you don't find a partner initially, hang in there and keep monitoring and posting on the discussion forum. Swap requests will not be accepted after the survey has closed.
Q. My core conflicts with my athletic practice. Do I need to find a swap partner?
A. No. Please note that students with documented disabilities or intercollegiate athletic, official University, or religious obligations do NOT need to find a swap through this site. Instead, please provide the Ross Registrar's Office (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu) with a letter from the SSD office or your coach, advisor or religious leader/organization, indicating the particular time conflicts, and we will consider the necessary schedule adjustments. If you have any questions, please contact the Ross Registrar's Office.
Q. My core conflicts with a course required for my dual degree or minor. Do I need to find a swap partner?
A. No, but you do need to talk with your academic advisor to determine if you qualify for an authorized section change. The Ross Registrar's Office can authorize a section change if your situation meets the following:
  • 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; and
  • there are no alternative sections available. 

If you meet the criteria, see your Academic Advisor for information on how to proceed.


Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know 

It is each student's responsibility to review the course registration rules and policies carefully.
Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
A. If you have questions regarding academic planning or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through our academic counseling appointment system. You can also meet with an academic advisor during Academic Advising Walk-in hours (Monday-Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. in K3521) for quick advising questions or urgent issues.
For assistance with forms and letter requests, permissions, registration troubleshooting, and other processes, please contact the Ross Registrar's Office by phone (734-647-4933) or email (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu). You may also stop by the third floor of Kresge Hall (Suite K3521) Monday - Friday, 9:30 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 - 3 p.m., for assistance with these types of issues.