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Round 2: What’s the Timeline?

I haven’t seen the team in days. They’re at home doing final reads of Round 2 applications and Round 1 waitlist applications. We’re getting close! The caliber of applicants and volume of applications is making for some tough decisions. Their decisions will be based on a holistic review of each applicant.

Collectively, they’ll recommend admitting more people than we can admit. And then over the weekend, our Senior Associate Director and I will shape the class, with the goal of getting the right number and type of students. Here are the qualities we’re looking for and the primary and secondary stakeholders for each dimension:

Quality Primary Stakeholders Secondary Stakeholders
Academic/Analytic Horsepower Faculty

Recruiters
Classmates

MAP sponsors

Professional Experience Recruiters

Classmates
Faculty
Various Ross investment funds
MAP sponsors

Interpersonal, communication & teamwork skills
(i.e., critical success factors in recruitability)

Recruiters

Classmates
Ross Career Services
MBA Program Office

MAP sponsors

Resilience, ability to deal with ambiguity Recruiters

Classmates
Ross Career Services
MBA Program Office

Faculty

Passion, drive
(i.e., Go Blue-ishness)

Classmates

Recruiters
Alumni
Prospective students

Faculty

Early next week, I’ll discuss our decisions with Dean Alison Davis-Blake and Senior Associate Dean Valerie Suslow, to get final approval.

We expect admit calls will begin on Wednesday, March 11 for domestic applicants, and Thursday, March 12 for international applicants. All decisions will be posted on Friday, March 13. If you’re placed on the waitlist, you will be re-reviewed in Round 3 and could be invited to interview then. My next blog will include advice for folks on the waitlist.

In the weeks leading up to our admitted student weekend in April, we’ll host receptions around the world to welcome future Rossers to the family.
 

Round 3: Should I Apply?

Absolutely! In fact, here’s a link to do just that. Don’t let my updates about this being a large and high quality applicant pool deter you from applying. We “save” space in the class for Round 3. One of the things we see year after year is that we get some really strong candidates in Round 3.

We’ve found it to be candidates who may have decided later in the game that they want to pursue an MBA. When you decide you want to do it is less important to us than why you want to do it and how you will contribute to the learning and leading community at Ross.
 

“What are my chances of getting in?”

That’s the question many applicants suggested I blog about. The answer is a bit complicated, so I’ve created a video instead. Let me know what you think!

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