Senior BBAs, Class of 2023: Registration Information for Winter 2023

As you prepare for the upcoming registration process, we expect you to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your academic goals and plan for Winter 2023, and to ensure you are meeting degree requirements.  Please be sure to review all of the information below carefully!

Degree Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise

It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you complete the appropriate courses and credits (e.g., distribution, business electives, non-business credits, etc.) for your degree. If you have not fulfilled your requirements by the end of Winter 2023, including any remaining floating core, you will not graduate. Don’t get caught with a missing requirement halfway through your last term – make sure that you are aware of your remaining requirements and bid/register for them in advance.

Q. How do I know which degree requirements I have or haven’t completed?

A. Review the BBA core curriculum, 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.

Q. If I don’t complete the IDO requirement, will I graduate?

A. No. BBA Seniors must complete their “O” milestone in order to graduate. Though the final deadline for completing the “O” milestone is March 1, 2023, the “O” module and sessions will only be offered during the Fall term, so Seniors must complete the module and attend a Fall session in order to complete this graduation requirement on time. Please email bbamilestone@umich.edu with any questions.

Q. What steps do I need to take to ensure completion of my minor or dual degree?

A. You should check in with your minor or dual degree advisor(s) to clarify the remaining requirements for your program.  If you are pursuing a minor, you will need to request a Minor Release be submitted prior to graduation, confirming that all minor requirements are complete or in progress. Your BBA degree will not be awarded if we do not have confirmation that your minor or dual degree is also complete.    

Course Selection: What, When, & How

Course selection for the Winter term will consist of three steps: Capstone Ranking, Course Bidding for Ross electives, and General Registration.

Q. What is Capstone Ranking?

A. Capstone Ranking is a process by which you will indicate the 10 capstone courses in which you would most like to enroll, ranking them according to preference.  You will be awarded a maximum of one seat in a capstone course through this process.  Please click here to watch a video describing the Capstone Ranking process in more detail. The list of capstone courses can be viewed here.  Capstone Rankings will be processed and finalized before Course Bidding for Ross electives begins.  You will participate in Capstone Ranking via an online ranking system, which you can access here.  

Q. When is Capstone Ranking?

A. Capstone Ranking will be open from noon on Thursday, October 27 until noon on Monday, October 31. You will know your assigned capstone course shortly after. Students with any hold that restricts registration will not be waitlisted for any capstone class through Capstone Ranking.

Q. What is Course Bidding?

A. Course Bidding is a benefit reserved for BBA Seniors using a process for point allocation (similar to interview bidding). Seniors participate in a pre-registration course bidding process in which they allocate points to prioritize Ross electives for their schedules. This video describes the course bidding process.

Q. When is Course Bidding?

A. Course Bidding will take place from noon on Wednesday, November 9 until noon Monday, November 14.  You will know your course bidding results a few days after the close of bidding. Do NOT wait until the last minute!  Place your bids well before the 12 p.m. deadline on November 14 to ensure that you are able to access the system and enter your bid successfully.  Bids cannot be processed after the system has closed.

Q. Do I have to participate in Course Bidding?

A. No, but you may miss the opportunity to enroll in a class if you do not participate, since some classes will fill through Course Bidding.

Q. What classes can I bid on?

A. Most Ross electives are included in bidding, but not all. Courses not included in bidding may require permission of the instructor or have other specific requirements. Non-Ross courses (e.g., LSA, Kines, etc.) will not be available in Course Bidding – you will register for those via the General Registration process.

Q. What steps do I need to take before bidding?

A. Students must first clear any holds that restrict registration to be eligible to place any bids and should therefore ensure that all holds are cleared before bidding starts on November 9. Students who clear their holds after this date are responsible for contacting the Ross Registrar’s Office (rossregistrarsoffice@umich.edu) as soon as their holds are cleared in order to gain access to the bidding system.  This is NOT an automated process.  Students with holds will not be able to bid unless they promptly notify the Ross Registrar’s Office that their hold is cleared!  

Q. How does bidding work?

A. Learn about Course Bidding using the links below:

Q. What happens after Course Bidding closes?

A. The Ross Registrar’s Office will load all of the results into Wolverine Access (see Bidding Timetable for details). Don’t worry if you don’t see all of the classes you were awarded (or waitlisted for) right away since this process is manual. After your general registration appointment time starts, you can then drop/add classes directly on Wolverine Access. If you are interested in registering for any non-Ross courses, you will add them through general registration.

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.  A list of Winter 2023 elective options can be found here – please note that course offerings are subject to change so the list may be updated periodically.

General Registration: What Happens After Bidding

After the Course Bidding process, you may use the University’s general registration process on Wolverine Access to add additional open courses to your schedule and make any desired adjustments.

Q. When is my appointment time?

A. The University assigns registration appointment times for undergraduate students between November 17 and December 5. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 7.

Q. Do I need to use backpack before registration opens?

A. Maybe. You do not need to backpack the courses you were awarded through Course Bidding. If you were not awarded a class you wish to take or if you are interested in registering for classes not available in bidding (e.g., LSA classes) then you will want to backpack those classes using Wolverine Access beginning November 7. 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 section at that time.

Q. Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time? 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 Winter 2023.

Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?

A. 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.

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 course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through our academic advising appointment system. Academic advisors are also holding virtual drop-in hours during the Fall semester, Monday-Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. for quick advising questions or urgent issues.  Please review this page for information on how to join the drop-in advising queue.

You can also schedule a Peer Academic Advising appointment to meet with one of the Ross Academic Peer Advisors or visit them during their drop-in hours (check iMpact for current information).

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). 

Q. When and how should I apply for graduation?

A. You can apply for graduation through Wolverine Access at any time during your Senior year.  The system will allow you to apply to graduate even if you have not yet registered for your final requirements. More information on applying for graduation can be found here.

Q. When is commencement?

A. Ross Commencement will be held Friday, April 28, 2023. UM’s Spring Commencement will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023.