Doing the Right Thing — Deferral Option for International Students and Ensuring Access and Opportunities for All Students


Halfway through 2020, it seems there are few aspects of life that have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations around the world have had to rethink their policies and goals as they strive to continue operating in the “new normal” and attempt to plan for an uncertain future. Michigan Ross is no different. 

One of the student groups deeply affected by the pandemic are incoming international students. Most visa offices around the world are closed with no confirmed reopen date. Those that are open are scheduling appointments well after classes will have started this year, and travel restrictions remain in place in many countries. Given these unique challenges, we have offered international students the option to request a deferral to Fall 2021 or Fall 2022. 

Additionally, after talking with Ross recruiters and Ross student leaders, we have decided that all recruiting activities will be conducted virtually this academic year. This approach will offer the most accessible, equitable, and consistent recruiting experience for all students in these challenging times. 

Impact of COVID-19 on the next admissions cycle and this fall

There continues to be many uncertainties precipitated by COVID-19 — for students, schools, and the world at large. I wanted to address three questions that MBA candidates have been asking most frequently. 

If Ross is offering this year’s international students deferrals, will there be any room to admit international students for next year’s class?

Yes. We are granting deferrals to Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 so we can spread deferred students across two classes. And, we anticipate that a good number of international students will choose to enroll this fall as planned. 

How is COVID-19 affecting the fall semester?

We are actively planning for several scenarios for the fall and awaiting a decision from the university’s leadership team by the end of June. Our priority is to provide students the best learning and development opportunities possible while keeping our community safe. In all scenarios, classes and recruiting will be accessible remotely so that students who are unable to move to Ann Arbor in the fall can stay on track to finish their MBA on time. Keep an eye on this page for the latest updates. 

How can I learn more about Ross and Ann Arbor without visiting campus?

In addition to our existing library of recorded webinars, which cover a wide range of topics about the Ross experience, prospective students can join our many upcoming online events, including admissions chats and “Ask Me Anything” sessions with current students. And, as always, we encourage candidates to connect with our student ambassadors. They are the best way to get to know Michigan Ross and what it’s like to live in Ann Arbor.


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