Ross School of Business Added as a First-Year Admitting Unit

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Applicants applying for Fall 2025 and beyond will be able to choose the Ross School of Business as a First-Year Admitting Unit on the Common Application. If you wish to enter Michigan Ross in your first year at U-M, you must select “The Stephen M. Ross School of Business” within the “U-M College or School to which you are applying” section of the Common Application.

This is a very exciting change that will allow a more streamlined process for applicants. But we also know that you may have questions about this change. I will try to address what will stay the same and what will change with our application and review process. And as we continue to implement the change, I will provide more updates throughout the year. 

What remains the same…

Applicants will still submit their Ross Admissions Portfolio through SlideRoom by the deadline they choose to apply - either Nov. 1 for Early Action or Feb. 1 for Regular Decision. The Ross admissions team will continue to review your entire Common Application in addition to your portfolio. 

The number of students enrolling in the BBA program their first year on campus will remain the same. We seek to enroll 500 first-year students, which includes those intending to pursue a dual-degree program through preferred admissions. 

Preferred Admission will still be available through select schools and colleges as a way for you to indicate an interest in enrolling in the BBA program in your sophomore year. Applicants who choose Preferred Admission are intending to pursue a dual degree with art & design, engineering, kinesiology (sport management only), and music, theatre, and dance.

Additionally, the number of students enrolling in the BBA program through our Transfer Admission process will continue to be 125 (100 U-M students and 25 students from other institutions). The Transfer Application is for both U-M Transfer students and those applying for Transfer Admission from another institution. The transfer process is not a re-application process for students not offered admission to the BBA program coming out of high school.

What has changed…

Applicants interested in studying business their first-year on-campus will no longer apply to LSA first. They will choose the Ross School of Business as their First-Year Admitting Unit. Michigan Ross will not have a dual application or preferred admission option with LSA. We have explained this process a bit more in our FAQ section on our website.

Additionally, applicants will hear of their decision earlier! The Ross School of Business will release admission decisions on the university timeline, which is late January for Early Action, and by early April for Regular Decision. 

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact us at [email protected] or 734.763.5796