Visiting Campus this Summer? Here are Some Must-do Items.
Visiting college campuses over the summer is a great way to get a feel for the colleges and universities you will apply to in the fall.
The Michigan Ross BBA Program hosts information sessions for high school students during the summer, which you can register for on our website. On select Friday afternoons, you can attend these information sessions to learn more about the BBA Program, including the curriculum, co-curricular opportunities, career development resources, and, of course, our admissions process. We end the session by sending attendees on a self-guided walking tour of Michigan Ross.
To maximize your experience, I have a few tips to consider when visiting Michigan Ross and the University of Michigan:
Take a Central Campus tour
The Michigan Ross information session will give you insight into the BBA Program and our admissions process, but it is important to go on U-M’s Central Campus tour and to attend the information session offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA). Remember that our BBA admissions process is a two-tiered review process, meaning that your application will go through the university selection process first, and you must be admitted to U-M before your application is reviewed by our Ross admissions team. During the OUA information session, you will hear about the university’s admissions process and resources as well as student life on campus. You will also see some cool campus spots such as the Diag (just don’t step on the block M!), the Michigan Union where President John F. Kennedy announced the Peace Corps, and the Michigan Law Quad, which always has a few oversized squirrels roaming around.
Explore Ann Arbor
Did you know that Ann Arbor is consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the nation? Not only does Ann Arbor have a world-class university, it also has a vibrant downtown lined with eclectic boutiques and restaurants, the State Theatre, an unmatched sports scene, and plentiful natural areas. (My favorite is Nichols Arboretum, more affectionately known as the ‘Arb’). So when you are in town, make sure you give yourself enough time to explore Ann Arbor -- and even buy some Michigan gear!
Take notes while you’re on campus.. to capture information you gather during your visit so that you can reference it when you start your applications. And, if you can only focus on a few areas to note, make sure you get the deadlines – all the deadlines. There are different deadlines for applying (think Early Action vs. Regular Action), preferred filing deadlines for FAFSA (I suggest meeting the filing date), and scholarship deadlines, which are different depending on the school or college at U-M. (Note that Michigan Ross does not have a scholarship application; your admissions application doubles as your scholarship application.) You will also want to pay close attention to the university’s admission requirements, essay questions, and the Ross Admissions Portfolio.
We know not everyone can visit us in person this summer. For those of you who cannot, please know that the university has a wealth of virtual resources to acquaint you with campus and our admissions process. Michigan Ross also has a virtual tour that and a recorded BBA Information Session to help you learn more about our school.