Preferred Admission/Common Application Admission

What is the essay question for Preferred Admission?

For the Common Application, applicants will submit three written essays - the Common Application essay and two U-M supplemental essay questions. In the second essay of the U-M supplement to the Common Application. That question reads: "Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific School or College (including Preferred Admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?" Please feel free to discuss your interest in a business education here. A full discussion of your interest in the Ross School of Business and a business education will be submitted through the Ross Admissions Portfolio.

The Ross Admissions Portfolio requires one 500 word essay and one artifact, with a 250 word explanation of the artifact. The 500 word essay question asks applicants to "Pick 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."  The artifact submission asks applicants to "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 THE ROSS ADMISSION PORTFOLIO?

The Ross Admissions Portfolio is designed for students to convey their interest in business directly to the Ross Undergraduate Admissions committee. 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. Thus, we have created the Ross Admissions Portfolio that 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. This could have been a high school paper or project, or an extracurricular accomplishment the applicant was deeply proud of. The Ross Admissions Portfolio now allows applicants to upload an artifact that represents something significant about their life to show their learning in action. For more information on the Ross Admissions Portfolio and where to submit your portfolio, please read our Preparing Your Portfolio guide.

I HEARD THE NUMBER OF PREFERRED ADMISSION SPOTS WERE INCREASING. IS THIS TRUE?

Yes! We will be enrolling a class of 500 students for Preferred Admission in the fall of 2017. This will be our main path of admission. We are excited to offer the opportunity for high schools students to know they will be pursuing a BBA at Michigan Ross as a senior in high school.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A DECISION ABOUT MY PREFERRED ADMISSION APPLICATION?

We receive and review applications on a periodic basis from January through April, depending on the volume of applicants admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We cannot review your application until you have been admitted to the university. Decisions regarding applications for Michigan Ross BBA Preferred Admission are typically released February through April each year. Applicants who are offered Preferred Admission have until May 1 to accept their offer. For more details, please see information on checking your admission status.

WHAT COURSES LOOK GOOD TO THE ROSS ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE?

We want to see how well you perform academically through the end of your senior year in high school, particularly in quantitative courses such as math. We recommend you take courses that are both challenging and appropriate for you. We encourage AP, IB, or similar advanced courses when you, your parents, and your guidance counselor believe they are appropriate. Students who take a large number of non-graded or non-academic courses will probably not be as competitive as other applicants.

WILL MY SENIOR-YEAR GRADES BE CONSIDERED AS A PART OF MY APPLICATION?

During the time of your application review, we will evaluate the most current transcript provided to the university. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will ask for a final senior-year transcript after you have been offered admission to the university.

IF I DON'T APPLY OR AM NOT ACCEPTED FOR PREFERRED ADMISSION, MAY I APPLY FOR ADMISSION WHEN I'M A U-M FRESHMAN?

We encourage all prospective students interested in the Michigan Ross BBA to apply for Preferred Admission out of high school, as this is our main path of admission. Our Transfer Admission process is not always for U-M students that have previously applied to the BBA program. For more on transferring to Michigan Ross please see our Transfer Admission  page.

WHAT IS THE NOV. 1 "PRIORITY REVIEW" DEADLINE?

We give preference to freshmen applications submitted by the U-M Early Action deadline.

HOW MANY SPACES ARE AVAILABLE, AND WHAT ARE MY CHANCES?

There are 500 Preferred Admission spaces for freshmen entering in fall term. Admission is highly selective, but holistic in nature. The review process considers your level of academic achievement including course rigor and GPA, your depth of extracurricular involvement, your strength of application essays, and your Ross Admissions Portfolio. Please read our Preferred Admission Application Requirements and Review Criteria for more information.

HOW DIFFICULT ARE THE FRESHMAN-YEAR REQUIREMENTS? WHAT IF I DON'T MEET THEM?

The vast majority of preferred-admission students who take their studies seriously, manage their time well, and use support services are able to meet the small number of PA program requirements. The very few students who believe they might not meet the requirements are encouraged to talk with their Ross Academic Advisor about next steps.

DO PREFERRED ADMISSION STUDENTS LIVE IN THE SAME RESIDENCE HALL OR RECEIVE PRIORITY IN HOUSING ASSIGNMENTS?

No, Preferred Admission students could live in any of the housing locations across campus.

MAY I DEFER ADMISSION OR TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE?

Deferrals are rare and handled individually. For preferred-admissions applicants, deferral prior to the start at the university must be first granted through Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and then requested through Ross Undergraduate Admissions. Required military service, for example, will require official documentation at the start of your deferral term indicating the completion of your compulsory service. This documentation must be sent directly from your military department. Other instances – including, personal, family, and health issues – will be addressed on an individual basis.

Preferred Admission applicants who are not offered Preferred Admission and defer their university admission cannot be re-reviewed for Preferred Admission during their year of deferral. Admission decisions are based off single applications in the year an applicant applies, and a deferral year is not considered an additional year of application.  

Regular Admission Applicants

What are the essay questions for the regular admission application?

1. Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and how the Ross experience will support your personal and professional goals. (500 word maximum)

2. Reflect on your current or ongoing involvement in a specific organization outside of the classroom. Why did you join this organization? How did you make this organization or the community better? What did you learn? (500 word maximum)

How can I get help with my application and essays?

Current U-M Ann Arbor students should attend the BBA Information Sessions and BBA Application Workshops in fall and winter for information and advice. Also, we suggest you ask friends and adults who write well to offer their careful, honest critiques of your essays. Ross admissions staff, including the Ross BBA Ambassadors, do not review application essays. (That would defeat the purpose!) U-M academic advisors, instructors, and writing tutors typically do not review Ross application essays, either.

 

How many spaces are available, and what are my chances?

For students entering the BBA program in the fall of 2017, there will be approximately 400 spaces for applicants of Regular Admission. Admission is highly selective, but holistic in nature. The review process considers your level of academic achievement including course rigor and GPA, your depth of extracurricular involvement, and your strength of application essays. Please read our Regular Admission Application Requirements and Review Criteria for more information.

May I start the BBA Program in the winter, spring, or summer semesters?

No. Due to the curriculum structure and cohort model, there is only one admission cycle each year. All admitted students start classes in the fall.

What courses look good to the Admissions Committee?

For current U-M Ann Arbor students, we want to see how well you perform at U-M Ann Arbor, especially in quantitative courses. We strongly recommend you:

  • Take a full credit load each term (usually 14-16 credits).

  • Take courses that are both interesting and challenging to you. We appreciate all fields of study, as long as you challenge yourself.

  • Fulfill the requirements for admission at U-M Ann Arbor, rather than transfer credits from another college.

  • Take at least two rigorous quantitative courses, including the prerequisites of Econ 101 and Math 115, if you don't already have college credit for these.

Is it OK if I am completing the admission requirements when I submit the online application?

YES! For current U-M Ann Arbor students, we look at your transcript after winter-term grades have been posted. External transfer applicants must complete all the course and credit requirements and submit transcripts with their transfer supplement by June 1.

 

Do I have to submit my U-M transcript with my application?

No. For current U-M Ann Arbor students, we have access to your transcript already and will review it after winter-term grades have been posted. External transfer applicants will submit final transcripts with their transfer supplement by June 1.

I was not accepted for preferred admission. Will this hurt my chances for regular admission?

For students applying for fall 2017 - not at all! The two application processes are separate.

For fall 2018, Regular Admission will no longer exist. The main pathway to enter the BBA program will be Preferred Admission the year before. Transfer Admission will still be available for dual degree and undecided U-M students, in addition to external transfer students. Transfer Admission is not designed for current U-M students that have previously applied for Preferred Admission.

Should I take a foreign language?

Language study broadens your horizons, and many of our students find a direct benefit to language study because business operations have become highly globalized. However, language study is not a requirement for admission or graduation.

Do pass/fail courses count against me?

Possibly. We look for evidence of academic ability as reflected in letter grades, so we suggest you keep mandatory credit/no-credit courses to a minimum. In the case of optional pass/fail courses for current U-M Ann Arbor students, we have access to the actual letter grade you earned and will recalculate your GPA when reviewing your application.

My grade in a particular course was not very good. Will this hurt my application? Should I retake it?

It's usually better to move on to a different course than to repeat a course, as long as you meet the admission requirements. We evaluate your overall record, not just one class, and we make some allowance for students to adjust to the academic environment at U-M Ann Arbor during their first semester on campus. In addition to academics, we consider your extracurricular involvement and your Ross application essays.

May I submit letters of recommendation or schedule an admission interview?

No. These are not part of the BBA application or admission review.

If I'm not accepted, may I reapply next year?

It is not encouraged, and the Transfer Admission process in 2018 is not designed for students that have previously applied. Keep in mind that the BBA curriculum is a sequenced, three-year program and cannot be accelerated.  Additionally, there are still many ways to engage with the Ross curriculum and community without pursuing the BBA. Students in this situation should reach out to RossUndergrad@umich.edu to have a conversation with an admissions team member about next steps.

May I defer admission or take a leave of absence?

Deferrals are rare and handled individually. Required military service, for example, will require official documentation at the start of your deferral term indicating the completion of your compulsory service. This documentation must be sent directly from your military department. Other instances – including, personal, family, and health issues – will be addressed on an individual basis.

Transfer Applicants

WHAT ARE THE ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR THE TRANSFER ADMISSION APPLICATION?

1. Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and how the Ross experience will support your personal and professional goals. (500 word maximum)

2. Reflect on your current or ongoing involvement in a specific organization outside of the classroom. Why did you join this organization? How did you make this organization or the community better? What did you learn? (500 word maximum)

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

For transfer students applying for the fall of 2017, they will submit their application by March 31st under the Regular Admission process. All external transfer students must also submit a Transfer Supplement by June 1

WHAT IS THE TRANSFER SUPPLEMENT?

The Transfer Supplement allows external transfer students an organized way to submit final transcripts by June 1.

SHOULD INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER APPLICANTS SUBMIT TOEFL SCORES IN THE TRANSFER SUPPLEMENT DUE JUNE 1?

Yes, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores are required if English is not your first language. We have an expectation that international transfer applicants already possess the language skills necessary to succeed in the program.

HOW MANY SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHAT ARE MY CHANCES?

For transfer students entering the BBA program in the fall of 2017, there will be approximately 25 spaces. Admission is highly selective, but holistic in nature. The review process considers your level of academic achievement including course rigor and GPA, your depth of extracurricular involvement, and your strength of application essays. Please read our Transfer Admission Application Requirements and Review Criteria for more information.

MY CURRENT COLLEGE GAVE ME CREDIT IN CALCULUS OR ECONOMICS BASED ON MY AP, IB, OR A-LEVEL TEST SCORES. WILL THESE CREDITS FULFILL THE ROSS BBA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?

Not necessarily. It's likely that our policies on AP, IB, and A-level credits differ from the policies of your current college or university. Review the requirements for transfer admission thoroughly.

MAY I APPLY FOR TRANSFER ADMISSION TO THE ROSS SCHOOL AND ANOTHER U-M COLLEGE AT THE SAME TIME?

Yes. For example, a few students apply for transfer admission to the Ross School of Business and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the same time; read more on applying to other programs at U-M.

MAY I START THE BBA PROGRAM IN THE WINTER, SPRING, OR SUMMER SEMESTERS?

No. Due to the curriculum structure and cohort model, there is only one admission cycle each year. All admitted students start classes in the fall.

WHAT COURSES LOOK GOOD TO THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE?

We want to see how well you perform academically while in college, especially in quantitative courses. We recommend you:

  • Take a full load each term (usually 14-16 credits at U.S. colleges on the semester system).

  • Take courses that are both interesting and challenging to you. We appreciate all fields of study, as long as you challenge yourself.

  • Take at least two rigorous quantitative courses, including the equivalents of U-M Ann Arbor's Economics 101 and Math 115, which are prerequisites for admission.

DO PASS/FAIL COURSES COUNT AGAINST ME?

Possibly. We are looking for evidence of academic ability reflected in letter grades, so we suggest you keep mandatory credit/no-credit courses to a minimum. In the case of optional pass/fail courses, transfer applicants must submit evidence of the actual course grades earned in their transfer supplement due June 1.

SHOULD I STUDY A LANGUAGE BESIDES ENGLISH?

Language study broadens your horizons, and many of our students find a direct benefit to language study because business operations have become highly globalized. However, language study is not a requirement for admission or graduation. (Language study may be required in other programs at U- M.)

MAY I SUBMIT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION OR SCHEDULE AN ADMISSION INTERVIEW?

No. These are not part of the BBA application or admission review.

IF I'M NOT ACCEPTED, MAY I REAPPLY NEXT YEAR?

It depends, and this question is best answered after discussions with an Academic Advisor at your current college or university. Keep in mind that the BBA curriculum is a sequenced, three-year program and cannot be accelerated.  Thus, if students are not admitted to the Michigan Ross BBA program, we may not encourage them to re-apply, and instead to focus on a degree path that has a timely completion rate and is in your best interest. 

MAY I DEFER ADMISSION OR TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE?

Deferrals are rare and handled individually. Required military service, for example, will require official documentation at the start of your deferral term indicating the completion of your compulsory service. This documentation must be sent directly from your military department. Other instances – including, personal, family, and health issues – will be addressed on an individual basis.