Applying During COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated November 17, 2020

We recognize that this year's full-time MBA applicants may have many questions about the program and our admissions process. Our team is committed to addressing those questions and supporting your applicant journey. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our admissions team at rossadmissions@umich.edu if you have any questions that are not answered below.

Standardized Test Waiver Request for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

In response to hardships caused by the pandemic, candidates applying in the Full-Time MBA 2020-2021 admissions cycle may request a waiver of standardized test requirements

Will submitting an application without a test score hurt my chances of admission?

No. If your test waiver request is approved and you submit an application without a test score, your chances of admission will not be negatively impacted. However, test scores do provide an additional, relevant data point for the admissions committee to consider in reviewing your application holistically. Candidates are encouraged to review our class profile, which reflects the middle 80% of GMAT and GRE test scores in the current class.

Will I still be eligible for scholarship if I waive the test?

Yes. However, a test score will give the admissions committee an additional relevant data point to consider.

Will waiving a test affect my chances when I'm recruiting for full-time employment?

Some employers, particularly in industries like finance and consulting, may request a GMAT or GRE score as part of their screening process.

If I’m granted a waiver, would my previously submitted test score be removed from my application or kept on file?

If you are approved for a waiver, previously submitted test scores will not be considered as part of your application.

I applied in Round 1. Can I apply for a waiver?

Because this policy change is being made in the middle of Round 1, all Round 1 applicants will be admitted or waitlisted; no applicants will be denied on December 4. Any waitlisted applicant may request a test waiver after decisions are released. Waitlisted applicants will be sent more details at that time.  

If I plan to apply through the Consortium, can I still apply for a test waiver?

You are able to apply directly to the Consortium if you received a test waiver from Ross. Once you receive that test waiver confirmation, please share that with the Consortium prior to the deadline so that they can process your application as ‘complete’ and so that your application will be sent to Ross in a timely manner.

If I am approved for a waiver for Round 2, is it ok if I wait to apply until Round 3 or 4?

If you are approved for a waiver, you can apply for any round in the current application cycle. The waiver is not applicable for future application cycles.

If I am not approved for a waiver, can I submit another request for a later application round or appeal the decision?

Decisions are final and cannot be appealed. You can only apply for a waiver once per application cycle.

Is being denied a test waiver an indication that I might not be admitted when I apply?

No, the test waiver review process is independent of the admissions process. Even if you are not granted a test waiver, it is still possible to be admitted with the score you submit as we do not have a "cutoff" or "minimum" score for admission.

Can I submit my application before receiving a response about my waiver request?

If you have not received a response about your waiver request, you would need to submit your application assuming the test is required.

How long does it take to receive a decision for my waiver request?

Waiver requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It typically takes 10-15 business days to receive a decision, but we will be operating under these cutoffs:    

  • Round 2 Final Waiver Request Deadline: December 10; Notification on or before December 18 
  • Round 3 Final Waiver Request Deadline: March 1; Notification on or before March 12 
  • Round 4 Final Waiver Request Deadline: May 3; Notification on or before May 14
     

International Students

How is Ross supporting International Students through the application process?

We realize international students have a number of concerns related to visa processing and access to testing centers. Our Admissions team has significantly expanded resources devoted to visa processing and our partnership with the University International Center. Many class of 2022 students hope to join us on-campus shortly. We certainly encourage international students to connect with current students from their home regions to learn more about the experience at Ross. 

General Admissions

Can I visit the Michigan Ross campus to sit in on a class, take a tour, or attend an information session?

All admissions events are currently being held virtually, as our campus is closed to visitors and classes are now held remotely. To minimize disruption for current students, our live, remote learning classes are not open to visitors at this time. You can find more details about virtual admissions events, including information sessions and office hours here.  

 

When will Michigan Ross campus visits resume?

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, we do not know when campus visits will resume.

Does participating in a Michigan Ross admissions event affect my chance of admission?

No. While we encourage you to learn more about Michigan Ross, participating in a Michigan Ross admissions event has no impact on your admissions decision.

Who can I email with questions about MBA Admissions?

Please email rossadmissions@umich.edu with any questions you have regarding admissions. We appreciate your patience while we do our best to respond as soon as we can. In the meantime, for current updates on the admission process, please visit our website.

 

What are some other ways I can connect with Michigan Ross?

In addition to our virtual admissions events, we encourage you to connect with a student, view webinar recordings on topics like career support, or listen to our student-run podcast, Business Beyond Usual. You can also read up on articles from our Student Voices blog

 

Program Experience

Will there be any changes to programming in the fall?

We’ve had to make a number of adjustments to the MBA program this fall for success in a hybrid environment. To learn more about the MBA experience this year you can visit the Returning to Ross plan and our Student Voices Blog

Will MAP projects still take place next year? Are you planning on these being virtual or is travel a possibility?

Yes, MAP projects will take place next year. We continue to engage with companies around the world to identify and sponsor projects. Though we cannot yet comment on whether MAP 2021 will be virtual, we do anticipate that projects will span companies and organizations from around the world, and across industries.

Can you provide some examples of how Michigan Ross and companies are supporting student internships?

Full-time MBA students can now take part in the Michigan Ross Business Consultant Corps, an opportunity for rising MBA 2 students that provides 8-12 weeks of professional experience working directly with a company. Students work in teams to advise a startup, small business, or corporation to solve a real business challenge, and companies span a wide range of industries  — including technology, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Connect with Admissions

We encourage you to reach out to us at rossadmissions@umich.edu with any questions you may have. You can also stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter or by attending one of our virtual admissions events.

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