University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Announces Summer Program for Incoming Freshmen


Ross Summer Connection helps undergraduate students prepare for business school culture and curriculum, offering prerequisite courses, mentoring, cultural seminars, and more


The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced its inaugural Ross Summer Connection (RSC) program, which launched July 12. Developed in partnership with Michigan Ross’ Office of Undergraduate Programs (OUP) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, RSC is for incoming Michigan Ross freshmen from all backgrounds, including students from underrepresented groups, first generation students, and students who may have attended under-resourced schools. The four-week residential program provides students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the U-M and Michigan Ross culture, socially, personally, and academically.

Incoming freshmen before their lunch meeting with
Dean DeRue during Ross Summer Connection.

“The goal of the Ross Summer Connection program is to provide students with an authentic Ross experience,” said Rhonda Todd, Director of Academic Success at Michigan Ross and Director of RSC. “The program offers a host of academic and social opportunities so that they are well prepared and confident in their ability to succeed here and beyond.” 

This year’s program includes 19 students. They will participate in identity and cultural seminars, attend prerequisite courses in math, economics, and writing, work collaboratively on projects, receive coaching and advising throughout the academic year, and receive mentorship from current undergraduate students and alumni. Students are introduced to the Ross culture and University of Michigan quantitative curriculum, participating in study table sessions, community service projects, professional social media presence training, and a case competition where they will present their recommendations to a judging panel.

In conjunction with RSC, this fall will also be the first year that Ross welcomes U-M freshmen, after expanding its Bachelor of Business Administration program (BBA) from three to four years. RSC is one example of how the school is leading efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion and helping freshmen students become acclimated in and outside of the classroom. What began as a pure concept has transformed into a complete experiential learning program.

“We are excited to bring this program to life,” said Taryn Petryk, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Ross. “RSC is just one illustration of how Ross is pushing forward to ensure every student has the opportunity to excel personally and professionally.”

RSC is part of a suite of Ross initiatives that prepares all students for the rigor of business school. It is increasing the pipeline and supportive space for women, students of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, military members/veterans, and other groups at Michigan Ross. RSC and additional programs, including The Preparation Initiative (PI) and MREACH, give students the chance to not only thrive in the classroom, but to explore their leadership skills and explore personal identities.

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About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management

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