Michigan Ross Essay Questions and Application Deadlines for 2019-20


Though the halls are quiet with classes having ended at the end of April, our inboxes are buzzing with updates from our MBA2s around the world.

Many are taking Global Immersion Courses in Israel, Germany, or China. Nearly 90 others are exploring Japan and Korea on treks led by classmates. Five students represented Ross in a case competition at InnovateChina. (The Ross team was the only all-U.S. MBA team to make the finals in Shanghai!) Others are stateside on a cross-country roadtrip helping small-business owners solve their business challenges as part of Ross Open Road.

Students will begin their internships in the next couple weeks at places like LinkedIn, Nike, Google, Genentech, and the United Nations. You can meet with some of them for informal cafe chats this summer. It’s a great opportunity to learn about Ross student life, recruiting, and the culture of the school through the eyes of students.

Café Chats

Meet current Ross students in your hometown! During their summer internships, Ross students are happy to meet prospective MBAs and answer questions about curriculum, student life, recruiting, Ann Arbor, and more.

Café Chats

As for the Admissions team, we’ve already started recruiting for the next class, and there are more events than ever in the early part of the summer. Events are a great opportunity to connect with a school and its alumni before getting into the essay-writing stage. Check out our list of events for a Ross gathering near you.

2019-20 Application Essay Questions

At the end of each admissions cycle, the team assesses whether we should change our essay prompts based on: (1) the quality of the insights we were able to glean from responses; and (2) feedback from applicants and students on whether they felt the essays gave them an opportunity to share something unique about themselves. Based on those criteria, we’ve decided to modify only one of the six short-answer options (in italics below). All others remain the same as last year.

Short answers (choose one from each group; 100 words each)

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:

  • I made a difference when I:

Group 2

  • I am out of my comfort zone when:

  • I was humbled when:

Group 3

  • I was aware that I was different when:

  • I was challenged when: (changed from “I find it challenging when people:”)

We encourage you to share personal examples in these short answers to allow us to learn more about who you are as a person.

Career Goal Essay

  • Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal right for you? (300 words)

2019-20 Application Deadlines and Changes

We’re pushing the Round 2 deadline back a bit so applicants have a little more time after the holidays to finish apps. We’re pushing the Round 3 deadline back by a few weeks to accommodate applicants who get more clarity on their business school plans later in the winter.


Application Due

Decisions Released

Round 1

Sept. 30, 2019

Dec. 18, 2019

Round 2

Jan 6, 2020

March 18, 2020

Round 3

March 30, 2020

May 8, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be holding Round 1 Team Exercises in India and China this fall. We will continue to hold Team Exercises in Tokyo and Sao Paulo in Round 2. In other news for international applicants, we will begin accepting the IELTS, in addition to the TOEFL.

The new application will go live in July. In the meantime, we hope to meet you on the road!