High Test Scores, Impressive Rankings, and Great Academic Experience Land Michigan Ross on the ‘10 Undergrad B-Schools to Watch in 2020’ List

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After jumping into second place in Poets&Quants’ Undergraduate Business School Rankings this year, the Ross School of Business has earned a spot on the publication’s list of the “10 Undergraduate Business Schools to Watch in 2020.” 

P&Q calls out the rising average SAT scores of incoming Michigan Ross BBAs (from 1470 to 1500 in one year), the 12 percent acceptance rate of the BBA program, and the school’s high Academic Experience scores in its 2019 alumni survey. 

Not to mention, as P&Q puts it, Ross is “where all the action is … literally.” The article includes details about the many action-based learning experiences available to Ross undergraduates, such as the Living Business Leadership Experience course, Capstone MAP, and the popular Leadership Crisis Challenge

Norm Bishara, associate dean of undergraduate programs at Ross, is quoted throughout the article talking about many of the unique aspects that he believes are part of the Michigan Ross Difference and innovative design of the BBA curriculum. 

“Allowing students to find and develop their career aspirations is also central to our program,” Bishara told P&Q. “Our Signature Learning Experiences provide opportunities for students to explore their options in business each year in our BBA program. We help students integrate the essential management skills they learn in our world-class set of core business courses, while also providing high-impact, specialized electives and co-curricular options, along with exceptional career coaching.”

In addition, Bishara described the interdisciplinary nature of the BBA experience, including how Ross students engage with the greater University of Michigan community, with more than 40 percent of BBAs completing a dual major at other schools on campus. 

“We also contribute to a positive campus culture and an entrepreneurial spirit by welcoming students from all over Michigan to participate in many of the Ross classes, clubs, and business competitions.” said Bishara. “Having those students – and the 560 Ross business minor students – enriches the educational and social experience for everyone in our buildings.”

Finally, P&Q highlights that the “real magic” often happens inside of Ross. “Bishara describes Ross as having ‘the support and feel of a small collaborative community,’ where students can naturally ‘develop deep personal networks.’” 

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