Three Myths About the Michigan Ross MBA Admissions Process


After an incredible week of welcoming our newest class of 420 MBAs from 33 countries for orientation and the Business+Impact Challenge, I’m feeling energized and excited for the academic year ahead. 

I’m channeling that energy every day this week into a new blog with admissions tips and insights that can help you prepare the best possible MBA application. 

Before we get to that, however, the admissions team has been on the road meeting candidates for the Class of 2022 and rounding up current students to share their experiences with various aspects of the Ross MBA program through upcoming webinars.


Getting Ready for Round 1

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In-person and online events are a great way to get more insight into Ross beyond the website. Attending events will help you create a stronger application because you’ll hear multiple perspectives on the experience — from staff to students and/or alumni.  

To kick off a week of application insights and tips, I wanted to share three myths about our application process.

Michigan Ross Admissions Myths

We have more spots available for the class in Round 1

We don’t have quotas or targets for the number of students to admit in each round. We tend to receive fewer applications in Round 1 than Round 2, but that doesn’t affect how we review applicants or the number of offers that we make. Applicants should submit their application in the round in which they feel their app is the best it can be.

You have to have a GMAT above 720 to get a scholarship

The GMAT scores of admitted students who were offered a scholarship ranged from 620 to 780 this year. It’s truly not all about GMAT scores. We also care about your full-time work experience, your recruitability, the uniqueness of the perspective you’ll bring to the class, and your potential to engage in and lead the community.

There’s less chance of getting a scholarship in Round 2 than in Round 1

We don’t split up the scholarship budget by round. We make awards based on an applicant’s potential to contribute to the class in myriad ways. In some years, we’ve awarded more in Round 1; in other years, we’ve awarded more in Round 2. In the last several years, more than 40 percent of our students received a scholarship, ranging from $10K (annually) to full tuition.

Round 1 Deadline - September 30

Our Round 1 deadline (Sep 30) is later than many other schools, which means, if you applied to one of the early deadline schools, you’ll have most of the components for the Ross application complete — the GMAT/GRE, rec letters (we only require one), resume, and transcript. The only “new” thing you’ll need to do to apply to Ross are the essays. 

Our essay prompts are short and straightforward, and that’s the kind of response we’re looking for, too: clear, concise, straight talk that reveals different aspects of who you are.

For more tips, please join our admissions team on our Round 1 tips webinar on Tuesday, August 13th! And stay tuned to this blog for more updates throughout this week! UPDATE: Watch the webinar recap.

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