How to Impress the MBA Admissions Committee


Ah, rankings. Schools love ‘em when they’re tops and hate ‘em when they’re not. Not surprising, right? So you won’t be surprised to see me touting one that puts Michigan Ross in the Top Three: U.S. News’ specialization ranking (see the Poets & Quants article from July 26, 2016):

“...the true test is whether a program is solid across the board. According to that criterion, three MBA programs stand out…[Stanford, Berkeley and Michigan Ross].” Read the article

The benefits that the writer notes are real: (1) a more professionally diverse alumni network; (2) more diverse idea exchanges in class and well-rounded, multi-disciplinary teams; (3) more options and resources for students.

The first two benefits are also fostered through the admissions committee’s selection process. We look carefully for diversity on multiple dimensions, particularly work experience and career goals. This makes for a richer student experience and sets you up to be part of an alumni network that spans a wide range of career paths because let’s face it, if you’re getting an MBA, you’re probably not going to stay in one field for the rest of your life.

You can find more tips in my latest video, How to Impress the MBA Admissions Committee.



Over the last couple months, the team has started meeting prospective Rossers across the U.S. and we’re looking forward to meeting more at events around the world in the coming months. We know that MBA-hopefuls have busy schedules, limited “free time,” and many schools to consider. Nonetheless, I urge you to attend at least one event of every school you’re even remotely considering applying to. Give each one a shot. Hear what they have to say. See what their alumni are like. And then you can whittle down your list.

Choosing a school is like a long term relationship (a life-long one, really). There are some out there who commit to long term relationships without actually meeting someone in person; the online profile/persona or friends and family vouching for someone may be enough. But does that really sound like the makings of a good relationship?

The odds alone should be enough to steer a would-be MBA away from such an approach. So why would you do that when choosing an MBA program? If you need help whittling down the list of schools to attend events for, check out my previous video, A How-To Guide for Exploring MBA Programs.

Happy exploring! We hope to see you soon!