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WHAT IS THE ROSS ADMISSIONS PORTFOLIO?

The Ross Admissions Portfolio is designed for students to convey their interest in business directly to the Ross Undergraduate Admissions committee. Applicants have the opportunity to show their learning in action through a portfolio format. The goal is for applicants to express their interest, intent, and experience in business. 

WHY IS THERE A ROSS ADMISSIONS PORTFOLIO?

Through feedback from high school students, their families, and the public, we have learned that it is hard for a high school applicant to discuss in the U-M academic essay both the freshman admitting unit and preferred admission program they are applying to. So, we have created the Ross Admissions Portfolio, which now has an essay question focused solely on pursuing a business education.

Additionally, over the years students have asked for the ability to submit additional information from their high school experiences in and out of the classroom. The Ross Admissions Portfolio now allows applicants to upload an artifact that represents something significant about their life to show their learning in action. This could be school work or an extracurricular accomplishment you are deeply proud of.

WHAT ARE THE ROSS ADMISSIONS PORTFOLIO QUESTIONS?

1) 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.

2) 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. 

WHAT IS AN ARTIFACT?

Artifact examples can include a high school project or paper, a community newspaper article highlighting an important achievement, a personal website, a piece on a school or community program or event that you were instrumental in creating or implementing, or a certificate of a high school or community award that was meaningful or prestigious. The examples for artifacts are limitless, and at the core we are asking for something that shows your passion and a unique aspect of self. 

While business plans or product ideas can be submitted, the artifact does not have to be business related. The goal is to give you the opportunity to showcase a unique aspect of who you are that is more than a number.  

WHO REVIEWS THE ROSS ADMISSIONS PORTFOLIO?

This portfolio is in addition to the materials you submit with your Common Application or Coalition Application to the University of Michigan. The Ross School of Business Undergraduate Admissions team conducts a separate review of your application and portfolio.

Your application for Preferred Admission will be considered complete only after you have submitted your portfolio. 

HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY ROSS ADMISSIONS PORTFOLIO?

The Ross Admissions Portfolio is through SlideRoom and can be submitted with your Common Application or Coalition Application. You will receive a link to SlideRoom through your Common Application or Coalition Application. There is a $5 transaction fee to submit your portfolio. Students receiving a fee waiver through your Common Application or Coalition Application, will also receive a fee waiver for SlideRoom. 

For technical assistance with SlideRoom, please visit support.slideroom.com.

The portfolio will be available on August 1st.  For questions, please contact rossundergrad@umich.edu or 734-763-5796.

How to begin your ROSS ADMISSIONS PORTFOLIO.

Step 1: Fill out the information in the academics section in your Common Application. Make sure your information is the same as the blue boxes appear below. Hit the "Continue" button and the Portfolio link will appear as it does in the red box.

 

Step 2: Once you have clicked on the Portfolio Instructions link, click the link in the red box to go to SlideRoom.

 

Step 3: Once you are in SlideRoom, click on the "University of Michigan Ross School of Business Undergraduate Program" button.

 
Step 4: If you need to create a SlideRoom account, fill out the required information and click on the activation link that was emailed to you. At this point, you can log into SlideRoom and begin your Portfolio.

 

Step 5: Review the Portfolio requirements including the Artifact file types and sizes. Select "Begin Application."

 

Step 6: Enter your complete essay responses in the text boxes for each prompt.  Click "Continue to the next step".

 

Step 7: Upload your Artifact in relation to the second essay prompt. Please review your upload options. 

 

Step 8: Submit your SlideRoom Portfolio. Please note that you must submit your Common Application or Coalition Application before submitting your portfolio. 

 

Two Components:

500-Word Essay

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.  

Artifact Upload

Upload a document or artifact that represents something significant about your life to show your learning in action.

 

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