Ross Women’s Weekend and UpClose Diversity Weekend

October 6-9, 2022  |  Application Deadline - September 5

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Ross Women’s Weekend: October 6-8, 2022

UpClose Diversity Weekend: October 7-9, 2022

Join current students, alumni, admissions representatives, and fellow prospective students for interactive and informative programming designed to help you gain an understanding of life in the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program.

At Michigan Ross, we believe that enrolling a diverse community is essential to the character of our school, the education and leadership development of our students, and the contribution our graduates make to business and society. Ross Women’s Weekend and UpClose are integral parts of these continuing efforts. 

You may choose to apply to attend Ross Women’s Weekend, UpClose, or both programs. All events will be in-person at the Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI.

Michigan Ross requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and up to date — in other words, you must have received a complete primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and, after enough time has passed, a booster dose. If you are unable to meet this requirement, we encourage you to attend other events we hold virtually. More information about our COVID-19 policy


Event Schedule

Ross Women’s Weekend programming UpClose programming

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Class Visit (optional, pre-registration required) - K1521
4 p.m. Ross Women’s Weekend Registration and Building Tours - Winter Garden
5-6 p.m. Hispanic Business Students Association (HBSA) Keynote (optional)
Corporate America's Role in Driving Racial Equity by Daniel Garcia
7-9 p.m.  Ross Women’s Weekend Welcome and Dinner
9-10 a.m.  Breakfast and Building Tours (optional)Stewart Horse Lobby
 Late Ross Women's Weekend Registration - Stewart Horse Lobby
10–11 a.m. How to Make Big Decisions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Leaders of Ross
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. UpClose Registration
12:30-1:15 p.m. Ross Women’s Weekend and UpClose Lunch
1:30-2 p.m. Welcome from Dean Matusik
2-2:45 p.m. The Michigan Ross Difference
3–5 p.m. Ross Women’s Weekend and UpClose Programming 
6:30 p.m.  Student-Hosted Dinners
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Club-Hosted Social Events
8-10 p.m. Black Business Student Association (BBSA)
9-11 p.m. Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA)
10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Out for Business (OFB)

Conclusion of Ross Women's Weekend

8:15 a.m.  UpClose: Breakfast
9-10 a.m.  Magnifying Your Superpower
10:15-11 a.m.  Equity Analytics with Professor Chris Rider
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Consortium Experience
1 p.m. UpClose: Michigan Wolverines Football Game Watch Party (optional)
7 p.m. Consortium Student Socials

Conclusion of UpClose Weekend

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ross Women’s Weekend?

Programming during Ross Women’s Weekend is for prospective MBA students to get to know our women’s community along with resources and support at Michigan Ross. Ross Women’s Weekend is open to all prospective students, of any gender identity, who have an interest in improving the resources, support, and advancement of women in business schools and management.  If you choose to attend Ross Women’s Weekend, plan to be in Ann Arbor October 6-8.

What is UpClose?

Programming during UpClose is designed for prospective MBA students to get to know our African American, Hispanic American, and American Indian community along with resources and support at Ross. UpClose is also open to all prospective students, of any race or ethnicity, who have an interest in improving the resources, support, and advancement of underrepresented students in business schools and in management. If you choose to attend UpClose, plan to be in Ann Arbor October 7-9.

Is it possible to attend both the Ross Women’s Weekend and UpClose?

If you are a prospective student in support of the advancement of women in academic and professional settings and also interested in improving the visibility of underrepresented minorities in business schools and in management, please consider applying to attend both programs.

If you choose to attend both events, plan to be in Ann Arbor October 6-9. The application for UpClose and Ross Women’s Weekend is combined, so if you are interested in attending both events, please select that option on the form. You will need to submit essay responses for both UpClose and Ross Women’s Weekend. 

What documents do I need to submit for the application?

You will need to submit your current resume and a response to one essay question*, in addition to indicating if you plan to submit a GMAT score, GRE score, or a statement of academic readiness when you submit your application for the MBA program. If you have already taken the GMAT or GRE, there will be a place on the Ross Women’s Weekend/UpClose application to submit your test scores.  

*If you are interested in applying to attend both Ross Women’s Weekend and UpClose, you will need to submit responses to both essay prompts.

The essay should be limited to 1,500 characters and include your response to the following prompt:

UpClose Essay Prompt 

UpClose seeks to promote the advancement of underrepresented minorities in management by attracting prospective business school students with a demonstrated commitment to that purpose. UpClose attendees may be of any race or ethnicity. 

Please describe how you have or intend to support the advancement of underrepresented minorities (defined in this context as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) in academic or professional settings.

Ross Women’s Weekend Essay Prompt

Ross Women’s Weekend seeks to promote the advancement of women in management by attracting prospective MBA students, of any gender, with a demonstrated commitment to that purpose. 

Please describe how you have or intend to support the advancement of women in academic or professional settings.
 

When will I know if I've been selected to attend?

If you are selected to attend, you will be notified on September 9, 2022. Due to the growing popularity of this event, we cannot invite all qualified candidates to attend. We encourage all interested candidates to apply for the full-time MBA program whether or not you receive an invitation to this event.

Where should I stay in Ann Arbor?

Ross Women’s Weekend: Hotel accommodations are covered by Admissions on the nights of October 6 and 7.
 
UpClose: Hotel accommodations are covered by Admissions on the nights of October 7 and 8.
 
If you’d like to stay additional days, you are welcome to book the additional night(s) on your own. Hotel Information will be provided when you have been accepted to the weekend.