As a high achieving high school applicant, you have the opportunity to enter the Ross BBA by applying for Preferred Admission through the Common Application or Coalition Application.


As an exceptional high school senior, you can guarantee a place in the Ross BBA Program through our Preferred Admission process. During your freshman year, you will learn about business fundamentals and explore the liberal arts and sciences by meeting a few requirements (see Requirements & Expectations below) prior to beginning the core curriculum your sophomore year. 

Preferred Admissions is the main pathway of enrollment for high school students. Approximately 500 students (80%) of our BBA class will be admitted through the Preferred Admissions process. Preferred Admission is competitive. See the Class Profile page for our most recent admission statistics. 

Dates & Deadlines


We give preference to applications completed by the University of Michigan's Early Action deadline, Nov. 1.

Your application for Preferred Admission will be considered complete only after you have submitted your Common Application or Coalition Application and your Ross Admissions Portfolio.

We will consider applications completed after Nov. 1 only as space permits.


Feb. 1 is the last day to submit an application to the University of Michigan’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and your Ross Admissions Portfolio for Regular Decision.


In our two-tier admissions process, we review your Preferred Admission application only after the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions admits you. We conduct our own, independent application review.

All applicants must first receive an offer of fall admission to a freshman admitting unit at U-M:

  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts 
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Kinesiology (Sport Management only)
  • The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • The School of Art & Design

If you do not receive Preferred Admission, we encourage you to enroll at U-M, which is home to dozens of outstanding academic programs, including many pathways toward business success

Applying for Preferred Admission

In order to be considered for Preferred Admission, complete the following steps: 

  1. Select your U-M freshman admitting unit and Preferred Admission for the Ross School of Business on the U-M Member Page of the Common Application or Coalition Application. 
  2. Answer the U-M supplement essay prompt (below) with a focus on your specific interest in the Ross School of Business. 
    • "Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?" (550 words maximum). 
  3. Submit your Ross Admissions Portfolio. Within the portfolio, we are asking you to complete two components:  
  • Choose a current event or issue in your community and discuss the business implications. 
    Propose a solution that incorporates business principles or practices. The review panel will look for creativity, drawing connections, and originality. Please limit this response to approximately 500 words.
  • Upload a document or artifact that represents something significant about your life to show your learning in action. 
    Describe how your artifact demonstrates your learning in action. Please limit this response to approximately 250 words.

For more information on the Ross BBA Admissions Portfolio, please visit our Ross Admissions Portfolio page. 

Admissions Criteria

When reviewing your application, we consider:


Good grades in challenging academic schedules, including quantitative courses; and highly competitive SAT and/or ACT scores.


Deep engagement, initiative, and commitment over time. We're looking for quality, not just quantity.


The U-M supplement essay should clearly explain your interest in business and/or the Ross School of Business. Avoid describing the University of Michigan; the Ross BBA Program; or our rankings, placement data, and class statistics. Rather, highlight what’s important to you. Focus on your unique interests and goals, and explain how the Ross BBA supports them.

The Ross Admissions Portfolio offers you the opportunity to express your interest, intent, and experience in business. It is also a chance to showcase unique aspects of who you are, because we know that you are more than a number.

For additional insight on the portfolio artifact, please see our Undergraduate Admissions Blog post highlighting some of our favorite artifacts. 


Application Status & Notification Date

Your Preferred Admission application will show in the "Admission Application Status" page on Wolverine Access. Here you will see the application term, academic career, academic program, application number, and application date. Please know that the application number and date is no indication of admission to the university or the Ross School of Business. Students who apply to the University of Michigan through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and choose Preferred Admission for the Ross School of Business will have a business application dated for their freshman term. Students who apply to the University of Michigan through a non-LSA unit and choose Preferred Admission will have an application for their post-dated sophomore term.

Please utilize our Prospective Student Guide to Check Your Application Status.

We receive and review applications on a periodic basis from January through April. We can’t review your application until you have been admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Therefore, the majority of applicants are notified of their Preferred Admission decision on a rolling basis beginning in early February through the month of April.

To provide an idea of when you might hear from us, we'll be sharing your decision on one of our four set release dates, listed below. Decisions are shared in no particular order, so there is no need to worry if you don't hear from us on the first release date. 
Ross admission decisions will arrive by email after 5:00 p.m. eastern time on the following Fridays:
February 1, 2019
March 2, 2019
March 29, 2019
April 19, 2019

If you are offered Preferred Admission, you have until May 1 to accept the offer.

If you are admitted to U-M in late March or April, you may not receive a response from Ross by the May 1 decision date, and we will notify you of this by email.

Requirements & Expectations

  • Complete First-Year WritingEconomics 101, and any course in Calculus I, II, or III at U-M, each with a grade of C or better, by the end of your freshman winter term. AP credit for Calculus I or II (Math 120 or 121) will substitute for the required course in calculus. IB or A-level credit for Economics 101 and U-M Calculus I, II, or III will substitute for the required courses in economics and calculus.

  • Successful completion of BA100 and BCOM250

    • ​BA100, Introduction to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business, offered specifically for Preferred Freshmen and Preferred Admission students. This 1.0 credit, biweekly course introduces students to the world of business while supporting their transition and building a collaborative learning community, providing students with a foundation to make the most of their time at the Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan.

    • BCOM250 Introduction to Business Communication (a 1.5-credit course)

  • Enroll full-time (12+ credits) in both Fall and Winter semesters of freshman year.

  • Maintain good academic standing (2.500 GPA or above for term and cumulative GPA) throughout your freshman year. GPAs are not rounded up.

  • As a Ross First-Year Student or Preferred Admission Student, you are also expected to meet the following conditions of the program during your freshman year at U-M:

    • Attend the Welcome Event at the Ross School of Business.

    • Meet regularly with your Ross Academic Advisor and participate in mandatory academic support activities as requested by your Ross Academic Advisor.

    • Inform your Ross Academic Advisor and Ross Undergraduate Admissions if you have been accused of or engaged in a form of academic dishonesty, behavioral misconduct, a policy violation (to include on- and off-campus), and/or criminal activity (to include pending and convicted cases) upon matriculation (e.g. over the summer) and while at the University of Michigan.

    • Please know that the Ross School of Business reserves the right to withdraw your BBA Admission offer if:

    1. There has been a misrepresentation in or a violation of any of the terms of the application process or failure to meet first year expectations

    2. We learn that you have engaged in behavior prior to matriculation that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity

    3. You do not meet the conditions of your admission offer

    • We further reserve the right to require you to provide additional information and/or authorization for the release of information about any matter. Finally, we reserve the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose condition endangers his or her own well-being or the well-being of other students or precludes him or her from doing the required work.

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