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First Year BBAs, class of 2024

Welcome to the Ross School of Business!

The Ross Academic Advising team is looking forward to meeting you this summer and working with you throughout your time at Michigan.  The below information will help provide answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) as you start to plan your first year:

WHAT Happens during MY advising day this summer?

During your Advising Day this summer, you will meet with Ross academic advisors and Ross Academic Peer Advisors (RAPAs) to discuss the BBA curriculum and review Ross policies and information.  You will also begin discussing/planning and registering for your Fall class schedule.  Academic advisors and RAPAs will be available to assist you through these processes.



You should have received messaging from the Office of New Student Programs, instructing you to register for an Academic Advising Date in Wolverine Access, as well as complete the Wolverine First-Year Transition course in Canvas.

In addition, Ross has created a separate Ross School of Business: First Year Student Site on CanvasYou must complete Modules 1 and 2 on this site prior to your Advising Day.  You will notice several other steps on this site that you must complete prior to your Advising Day, as well, including:

  • Complete the Math placement exam, Directed Self-Placement for Writing, and a Foreign Language exam (if applicable) at least one week prior to your Ross Academic Advising Day. Please go here to learn more information and find links to complete placement exams. 
  • Complete the Summer 2020 Pre-Advising Day Questionnaire. This survey will be emailed to your Umich email account and will give us an idea of your experiences so far, as well as your expectations and goals while at Michigan and Ross.


WHAT Academic Requirements do I need to complete during my first year in Ross?

In your first year at Ross, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete the following three courses at UM-Ann Arbor, each with a grade of C or better, by the end of Winter Term 2021:

  • Successfully complete the following two courses at the Ross School of Business by the end of Winter 2021: 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 UM-Ann Arbor during Fall Term 2020 and Winter Term 2021.

  • Maintain "Good Academic Standing" at Ross with a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher at UM-Ann Arbor.


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 the BBA program. Below is some general information and answers to common 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?

    • Ross students will be required to complete BA 100 - Intro to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business.  This course will count for 1 credit during the Fall term and 1 credit during the Winter term.

    • Ross students will also be required to complete BCOM 250 - Introduction to Business Communications, during the Winter term.  This course will count for 1.5 credit hours 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 required classes you must complete during your first year, it is suggested that you take courses counting toward your distribution.  You could also consider completing ECON 102.

    • Another suggestion would be taking coursework that may lead to a possible dual degree, minor, or other area of interest.

  • 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 (excluding ECON 101 & 102) - 9 credit hours

Natural Science and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis - 9 credit (MATH 105/115 count toward this requirement)

  • What do I do if I still have questions?

    • Ross academic advisors are great resources for answering curriculum questions and helping you develop a course plan that supports your academic goals as well. 

      If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through our academic advising appointment system.  During the Fall and Winter terms, you can also meet with an academic advisor during Academic Advising Drop-in hours.  More information about drop-in days/times will be posted on iMpact as it becomes available.

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