What Does It Mean to Be on the Michigan Ross BBA Waitlist?


By Blaire Moody Rideout

The Waitlist. For a number of Ross BBA applicants, being on the waitlist is a reality that comes with a lot of unanswered questions. In this blog, I want to talk a bit about the waitlist: what is it, how do you get admitted off of it, and what is the best strategy for dealing with the wait.

What is the waitlist?

The waitlist offer means we didn’t have enough room in the class to offer you admission. You were viewed favorably by the admissions committee, but were not offered admission due to the overall competitiveness of the applicant pool. If students who were admitted decide not to accept their offer, we fill those available seats with applicants from the waitlist.

Essentially: The waitlist means we like you, and if we have room, you could be offered a spot in the class.

If you were offered a spot on the waitlist, you must accept this offer through Wolverine Access by May 1 or we will release your name.

What are my chances of getting off the waitlist?

It can vary from year to year based on the number of applicants, the number of accepted students who decline an offer, and the number of people on the waitlist.

This year we received about 6,000 applications for 500 seats, and enrollment deposits for the acceptance offers we made are due on May 1. Until that time, we won’t know how many students will or could be offered admission from the waitlist.

That’s not a great answer, but it’s honestly all we know until we get further into the enrollment process.

Students on the waitlist will hear back from us no later than the end of June, so please continue to monitor your email for additional communication.

Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of being admitted off the waitlist?

Unfortunately, no. There is nothing further you can do to increase your chances of being admitted off the waitlist.

Does this mean any additional materials I send won’t be looked at?

To maintain a fair review process for everyone, we do not request or require students on the waitlist to submit additional information. If you choose to share additional information with us, we will include it in your applicant file and make a note of your updates.

However, there is no guarantee that this new information will be considered alongside your application. We truly base our admissions decisions off what is shared in your already completed Common Application.

I was denied. Can I join the waitlist?

No. In accordance with the University of Michigan's appeals policy, the Ross School of Business does not offer the opportunity to appeal an application decision, nor do we offer the opportunity to be added to a waitlist. Once a decision is released, the application decision is final.

OK - So what do I do now?

While you wait to hear from us, we strongly suggest you continue making plans for attending U-M in the fall through your admitting college. Every program of study at Michigan is strong, and even if you are not offered a spot at Ross from the waitlist, there are tons of ways you can still be involved in business during your time here.

In fact, I wrote a whole blog about this topic just a few weeks ago.

We will continue to monitor the enrollment process, and students on the waitlist will hear from us sometime in June with additional information.