School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

Undergraduate Advising

The Undergraduate Advising Office in OU's b-school provides students, faculty and administrators with important educational, procedural and informational support. Our academic advisers are knowledgeable about the University’s policies and procedures, the requirements for successful matriculation within the business school, and the best ways to achieve your educational goals at OU.

You will need to interact with an academic adviser for several reasons. Our academic advisers can:

  • help you prepare for and plan your academic career;
  • provide you with educational and career counseling;
  • empower you with relevant and vital information about your degree program opportunities;
  • help you become more involved at OU and learn about different student support services;
  • help you reach your full potential as you pursue your educational and career goals.

Current students should use the web appointment scheduler system, Adviser Trac, to schedule an appointment with an OU b-school academic adviser.

If you require additional assistance, please contact the Business School Undergraduate Advising office:
275 Varner Drive,
Elliott Hall, Room 232 (map)
(248) 370-3285

Schedule an advising appointment Apply for Major Standing
make a waitlist request
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Drop-In Advising

About Drop-In Advising: Drop-In advising is intended for single semester and urgent issues for current business majors or for those students who might want to change their major to business. There is no guarantee that you will be able to meet with your assigned adviser or any particular adviser during a Drop-In Advising session.

Mar 16, Monday 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Prescheduled evening appointments on Mar 18, Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mar 25, Wednesday 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Mar 26, Thursday 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Important Dates:
Feb 19th: Explore Business Pathways
Feb 22nd - Mar 1st: Winter Recess
Mar 23rd: Full-year registration begins by earned credit hours
April 18th: Winter classes end
April 20th - 25th: Final exams

Click here for the Registrar Academic calendar with important Dates

If you need an advising for something other than a simple question or something that cannot be handled during Drop-In Advising, please make an academic advising appointment using Advisor Trac. Use your Net ID (the first part of your OU email name, like signing into SAIL) and your OU email password to log on. 

Macomb University Center Advising

Current and prospective student advising is available in Macomb County. To make an appointment:

  • Click "Schedule an advising appointment" at the top of this page; or
  • Call (586) 263-6242; or
  • Email Marlin Hunter at

Prospective Students
Learn if the OU School of Business is right for you on the OU Business School undergraduate page. For general information about admission to Oakland University or to start the free application, visit the OU future students page.

Prospective, unadmitted business students may email with questions. Prospective business students may schedule to meet with an academic adviser by calling (248) 370-3285.

Newly Admitted Transfer Students

Transfer Student Orientation is divided into three components — 1) Transfer Student Golden Grizzlie Guide, 2) In-Person Transfer Student Orientation, and 3) Orientation Part II. All transfer students are required to complete all three components of orientation. Students may not register for courses until they complete the In-Person Transfer Student Orientation and meet with a business academic adviser.

Transfer Orientation Golden Grizzlie Guide material takes about 30 minutes to review. Here you will learn how to set up your student accounts and how to register.

The In-Person Transfer Student Orientation takes place on campus. Here you will:

  • Learn about the different business majors
  • Find out how to earn major standing and full admission into the business program
  • Get details about how to register using SAIL
  • Learn about the campus resources available to business students
  • Work with an adviser to analyze your transfer credits
  • Determine how many and what classes you need to complete your degree
  • Register for courses under the guidance of academic advisers

On campus sessions are scheduled once a week throughout most of the year. We recommend scheduling an orientation as soon as possible.

Orientation Part Two takes place the day before classes start in September and gives you a chance to connect with faculty and staff in the School of Business Administration and learn about the resources to help you be successful.

You can access Transfer Orientation details here.

If you are a transfer student and are admitted after group orientations have ended, view the transfer student orientation video before coming to an advising appointment.

We want to hear from you. Complete this short survey and let us know how we can meet the unique needs of our business transfer students.

Professional Advisers

Debbie Lengyel - Director of Advising ServicesDebbie Lengyel
Director of Advising Services
 Meaghan Cole 
Meaghan Cole
Experiential Programs Manager
Destin Eddington, business school adviser. Image of African American man smiling, wearing black OU shirt.

Destin Eddington
Academic Adviser

Steven Farver, business school adviser. Image of caucasian male, short hair, smiling, wearing black OU shirt.

Steve Farver
Academic Adviser

Denica Holzworth
Academic Adviser and Events Coordinator
SBA Advisor MarlinMarlin Hunter
Academic Adviser
Macomb University Center
Jaclyn Keith

Jaclyn Keith
Academic Adviser

Tiffany LeDonne

Tiffany LeDonne Smith
Academic Adviser

Adam McChesneyAdam McChesney
Academic Adviser
Holly Wells
Office Assistant
Diane Shaw
Office Assistant

Faculty Advisers 

Roz Nowosielski
Accounting Major and minor adviser
Ron Tracy
Economics Major adviser
Ellen Zhu
Finance Major adviser
Cynthia Miree-Coppin
General Management Major adviser
Liz Barclay
Human Resource Management Major adviser
Vijay Sugumaran
Management Information Systems major and minor & QMM minor adviser
John Kim
T.J. Wharton
Operations Management major and minor
Ron Tracy
Actuarial Science
Degree Plan
of Study
Bachelor of Science for the following business majors:
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences 

Bachelor of Arts in Economics 

Bachelor of Science in Economics 

Do I need permission to take a course at another school?
Pre-business students may complete lower level courses at other institutions while attending OU. New OU students should familiarize themselves with SBA transfer policies by meeting with an academic adviser and/or carefully reading the appropriate section of the Undergraduate Catalog before taking courses at another school. Do not make scheduling decisions based upon assumptions. Transfer guides for Michigan community colleges are posted on the Registrar’s website. However, once admitted to the SBA, business majors must complete all remaining core, major and business minor course requirements for their degree at OU.

Students can fill out a guest application for another school if wishing to take courses for just one semester.

What is Major Standing and how do I apply?
In order to become eligible to earn a degree in the SBA a student must apply and be approved for admission to one of the currently offered business majors. Once admitted to any SBA major, a student has “major standing” status in the School.

Requirements for admission to “major standing” are:
  1. Successful completion of the writing requirement, WRT 1060, the ACHIEVE courses, SBC 1990, SBC 2990, and the business pre-core courses (a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course and its prerequisite if any)
  2. A cumulative OU grade point average of 2.6 or higher for six credits or more
  3. Submission of the “Application for Major Standing” Form to the Undergraduate Business Programs Advising Office, 232 Elliott Hall. Students should apply for admission to a business major prior to the last day of finals for the term in which all requirements will be completed. An application submitted in a subsequent semester will be accepted and processed for the term in which it was received.
Use the Degree Program Checklist to aid in knowing when you will be eligible to apply for a major.

My class is “closed” on SAIL, what should I do now?
Please submit a request to the School of Business Closed Class Waitlist, and you will be added to a waitlist for that class. If a spot opens up, you will receive an email and may be able to register for the class.

How can I tell if I am on track to graduate?
Look at the SBA Degree Checklists and select the checklist that applies to the year you entered the SBA program. You can also run a degree evaluation through SAIL

What is an Independent Study? How do I apply for one?
An independent study is not a physical course, but rather allows highly motivated students the opportunity to construct a unique educational experience that goes beyond the courses contained in the existing course catalog. They usually involve in-depth research on some issue, are supervised by a SBA faculty member and are listed in the schedule of classes as a 4996 (ACC 4996, for example).

Do I have to take math for a business degree?
Yes. Math is a required part of the business program at OU. All business administration majors must take MTH 1221 "Linear Programming" (or MTH 1441) and MTH 1222 "Calculus for the Social Sciences" (or 1554); MTH 0661 and/or MTH 0662 may also be required, depending on a student's individual placement. Business students must also take QMM 2400 “Statistical Methods for Business I” and QMM 2410 “Statistical Methods for Business II”.

How do I know my math placement?
Placement is done in a few different ways. If you are an incoming freshman and have taken the ACT, placement is determined by your ACT Math sub score. If you are a transfer student who has taken math recently, you are placed based on your prior math courses. If neither of these applies to you, or if you are unsure of the placement you received, you should take a math placement test given by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Why is my major listed as "Pre-Business" or "Undecided Business" when I know what business major I want?
All students who seek admission as a business major begin the program with the major “pre-business” or “undecided business” (dependent upon certain course and grade point status) until they have met the requirements and have been admitted to major standing.

Should I get my Gen Ed courses out of the way first?
No. Freshmen who plan a business major should begin the business pre-core courses right away. General education courses can be taken until graduation and are not required for admission to a major.

Are there any classes I can test out of?
Students can take CLEP tests for ECN 2000 and 2010 and some General Education courses; please contact the Office of Academic Records about procedures and restrictions regarding CLEP tests.

Will OU accept all my transfer courses?
I have academic credit earned from a Michigan Community College – Oakland University’s baccalaureate programs are designed to accommodate students from Michigan community colleges. For most local community colleges, the University has prepared a course equivalency guide which indicates courses that fulfill specific Oakland University requirements. Whether or not you have earned an Associate’s Degree from a Michigan college, OU will evaluate your transfer courses individually. Credit for most courses will be accepted if you earned at least a C- grade in the course. A maximum of 64 credits will be accepted in transfer from a two- year school; however, a “best fit” policy will be applied. This means that the transfer courses which will best satisfy OU program requirements will be applied toward completion of your baccalaureate program. OU participates in the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officer (M.A.C.R.A.O.) Articulation Agreement. Students who have satisfied M.A.C.R.A.O. should meet with an academic adviser their first semester at the University to discuss the effect of this status on their program requirements and course schedule plan.

I have academic credit earned from a four year institution – OU will accept an unlimited number of transfer credits from regionally accredited four-year institutions. Some exceptions to this policy include certain physical education courses and religion courses offered by religiously affiliated post-secondary institutions. Your transfer transcript will be evaluated on a course by course basis for equivalent credit for any OU and/or SBA program requirement/s. Credit for specific SBA courses is authorized for courses of similar content taken prior to attending Oakland University at other institutions. Once admitted to the business program, students must complete all remaining core, major and business minor coursework for the degree at OU. Students may be required to submit course descriptions or course syllabi to aid in course evaluation.

Why would I need a syllabus for a course I took at another school? When a student with prior college experience is admitted to OU, each transferred course will be evaluated for possible equivalent credit to an OU/SBA course requirement by a faculty evaluator. If the school was not AACSB accredited students may be asked to provide a course syllabus to aid in the determination of equivalent content.

What is an "I" grade?
A grade of "I" in a course indicates "Incomplete" status. This grade is temporary and may be given only by student request and faculty consent. It is used in cases of hardship beyond the control of the student that prevents completion of course requirements. Work to remove an "I" grade must be completed during the first eight weeks of the next fall or winter semester. Students who wish to receive an Incomplete must present a Student Request for Incomplete Grade form to the instructor by the day of the final exam. These are available in departmental offices.

Students can request an extension of "I" grades. This extension must be student-initiated and requires approval by the instructor and the dean of the school or college or other appropriate administrator. If course requirements are not completed within one year and no semester has been registered for, the "I" grade will be changed to "0.0."

What is a Petition of Exception?
A Petition of Exception is a request for a waiver or deviation from University or School policy. Students must fill out a form, attach a rationale, and submit it to the Undergraduate Advising Office who will submit it to SBA's Committee on Instruction when they are seeking an exception to any of the SBA's rules or policies. Regarding some issues, the petition is submitted to either the General Education Committee or the University Committee on Instruction. Students seeking an exception to a policy should meet with an adviser to get information on the appeal procedure and proper submission.

Can I take as many courses as I want in a semester?
No. Students are limited to a maximum of 18 credits per semester. However, students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are allowed by adviser permission to take additional credits. The “Permission to Exceed Maximum Credits” form is available upon request in the advising center. Approved permission forms must accompany any request to the Registrar for 19 or more credits per semester.

Will I be required to meet with an academic adviser?
No. After orientation, students are not required to meet with an academic adviser. However, students who have questions about schedule planning, degree requirements, admission to the SBA, major standing, transfer credit, petitions of exception or graduation audits should meet with one of the School’s professional advisers. Also, faculty members are available to provide advising, mentoring, support, curricular guidance and career information.
Explore Business

Explore Business Pathways

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Oakland Center
Check in at Ambassador Room A (157)
Open to all students | Dinner will be provided

Oakland University students are invited to explore professional possibilities in the business majors and minors available through the School of Business. Attendees will meet with employers who are professionals in the field, and Business School faculty, staff and students in each major to:

  • Learn about career paths within the major
  • Discover the hard and soft skills needed for success
  • Understand the projected job growth and trends in the field
  • Network with professionals, faculty, staff and students

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

Explore Business Pathways RSVP