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What are the essay questions for the Regular Admission application?

1. Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Ross School of Business, and how the Ross experience will support your personal and professional goals. (500 word maximum)

2. Reflecting upon your high school and collegiate experiences, which activities outside of the classroom (either in a group or individual setting) allowed you to make your community a better place? What did you learn from this experience? How will this experience prepare you for being a good community member at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business? (500 word maximum) 

Should international transfer applicants submit TOEFL scores in the electronic transfer application packet due June 1?

No. Because half of the 27 credits required for admission must be earned at an accredited college or university in the U.S., we expect that international transfer applicants already possess the language skills necessary to succeed in the program. (However, the TOEFL may be required for admission to other programs at U-M.)

My current college gave me credit in Calculus or Economics based on my AP, IB, or A-level test scores. Will these credits fulfill the Ross BBA admission requirements?

Not necessarily. It's likely that our policies on AP, IB, and A-level credits differ from the policies of your current college or university. Review the requirements for transfer admission thoroughly.

May I apply for transfer admission to the Ross School and another U-M college at the same time?

Yes. For example, a few students apply for transfer admission to the Ross School of Business and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the same time; read more on applying to other programs at U-M.

May I start the BBA Program in the winter, spring, or summer semesters?

No. There is only one admission cycle each year, and all admitted students start classes in the fall.

What courses look good to the Admissions Committee?

We want to see how well you perform academically while in college, especially in quantitative courses. We recommend you:

  • Take a full load each term (usually 14-16 credits at U.S. colleges on the semester system).
  • Take courses that are both interesting and challenging to you. We appreciate all fields of study, as long as you challenge yourself.
  • Take at least two rigorous quantitative courses, including the equivalents of U-M Ann Arbor's Econ 101 and Calculus I, II, or III.

Do pass/fail courses count against me?

Possibly. We are looking for evidence of academic ability reflected in letter grades, so we suggest you keep mandatory credit/no-credit courses to a minimum. In the case of optional pass/fail courses, transfer applicants must submit evidence of the actual course grades earned in their electronic transfer application packet.

Should I study a language besides English?

Language study broadens your horizons, and many of our students find a direct benefit to language study because business operations have become highly globalized. However, language study is not a requirement for admission or graduation. (Language study may be required in other programs at U- M.)

How difficult is it for transfer students to be admitted?

About 1 percent of last year's entering class were admitted as transfer students. We evaluate all applicants according to the same criteria, and we do our best to create a fair basis for comparison among applicants from widely differing schools. We urge prospective transfer applicants to consider how likely they will be to meet the admission requirements before submitting an application[F.81 Transfer From Another University]. The majority of students first transfer to a different college at U-M Ann Arbor, then apply for regular admission to the Ross BBA Program. Admission is still competitive for on-campus applicants, and the three-year program cannot be accelerated.

What is the essay question for Preferred Admission?

Include a full discussion of your interest in the Ross School of Business in the second essay of the U-M supplement to the Common Application. That question reads: "Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific School or College (including Preferred Admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?"

When will I receive a decision about my Preferred Admission application?

We receive and review applications on a periodic basis from January through April, depending on the volume of applicants admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We cannot review your application until you have been admitted to the university. Therefore, the majority of applicants are notified of their Preferred Admission decision in mid-April. Students who are offered Preferred Admission have until May 1 to accept their offer.

What courses look good to the Ross Admissions Committee?

We want to see how well you perform academically through the end of your senior year in high school, particularly in quantitative courses such as math. We recommend you take courses that are both challenging and appropriate for you. We encourage AP, IB, or similar advanced courses when you, your parents, and your guidance counselor believe they are appropriate. Students who take a large number of non-graded or non-academic courses will probably not be as competitive as other applicants.


Will my senior-year grades be considered as a part of my application?

During the time of your application review, we will evaluate the most current transcript provided to the university. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will ask for a final senior-year transcript after you have been offered admission to the university.


If I don't apply or am not accepted for Preferred Admission, may I apply for regular admission when I'm a U-M freshman?

YES, we encourage it! The two application processes are separate.

What is the Nov. 1 "priority review" deadline?

We give preference to freshmen applications submitted by the U-M Early Action deadline.


How many spaces are available, and what are my chances?

Admission is highly selective. We anticipate having 100-125 preferred-admission spaces for freshmen entering in fall term.