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How to Apply: First-Year Applicants

This is it. All of your late-night studying and volunteer weekends are about to pay off in a big way. You're about to apply to Michigan Ross — one of the best B-schools in the country. Time to channel all of that hard work into a standout (and complete!) application. 

BBA First-Year Applicant Brochure

Details, Details

1. Check the deadlines.

Early Action Deadline: Nov. 1.

We give preference to applications completed by the Nov. 1 Early Action deadline. Your application will be considered complete only after you have submitted your Ross Admissions Portfolio. 

Regular Decision Deadline: Feb. 1.

Feb. 1 is the last day to submit an application to Michigan Ross, including your Ross Admissions Portfolio.

We will consider applications completed after Nov. 1 as space permits.

2. Start the Common Application.

Please submit only one application.We will consider only the first application you submit. 

3. Select your “U-M First-Year Admitting Unit” or “Preferred Admission” for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Beginning Fall 2024, Michigan Ross will be a First-Year Admitting Unit, meaning that 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.

Preferred Admission will 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. 

4. Complete the essays.

The writing portions of the Common Application and Ross Admissions Portfolio are an opportunity to let your best qualities shine through. We want to get to know you and this  is our chance to learn more about the person behind the numbers.

For the second supplemental U-M essay, focus on your unique interests and goals and explain how the Ross BBA supports them. Your answer should clearly explain your interest in studying business. We are not looking for a description of U-M, the BBA program, or our rankings and statistics. This is the place to demonstrate your passion for business!

When completing the Common Application, you will also submit the Ross Admissions Portfolio.

5. Complete the Ross Admissions Portfolio.

The Ross Admissions Portfolio is your chance to fully express your interest in business in a more open-ended format. It’s also an opportunity to tell us more about what makes you unique.

The link to submit your portfolio is

There are two components of the Ross Admissions Portfolio:

1. Business Case Discussion: Choose 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. Please limit this response to approximately 500 words.

2. Artifact & Description: 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.

Ross Admissions Portfolio 

6. Finish the Common Application. Be sure to include:

  • $75 application fee (or fee waiver request and $5 fee to submit the Ross Admissions Portfolio)
  • High school transcript (an official English translation is required to accompany the transcript if the transcript is not issued in English by the school)
  • School Report (Common App)
  • One Teacher Evaluation
  • Counselor Recommendation (encouraged, but not required)
  • Effective for the 2025 application cycle, U-M and therefore Michigan Ross will be test optional. You have the choice to submit standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) as part of your application. Other test scores (AP, IB, PSAT) will no longer be considered in their place. The university will review the policy on an ongoing basis.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, ECPE, CAE or CPE, PTE Academic, MET, or Duolingo examination (for nonnative speakers of English).


We’ll Let You Know

We review applications November through April. The majority of first-year applicants will be notified of their decision between late January and mid-April.

Check your Application Status

Please visit Enrollment Connect to check your application status and view your application decision.

Important Dates

November 1: Early Action deadline
Late January: Early Action notifications
February 1: Regular Decision deadline
Early April: Regular Decision notifications

If you are offered admission, you have until May 1 to accept the offer.

First-Year Admitted Student Profile

To get an idea of the students who join our program, check out the most recent class profile below. As the numbers show, they’re a pretty stellar group. 


3.93Average High School GPA
1480Average SAT
33Average ACT
15%First Generation in College
9,210Number of Applicants
818Number Admitted
45%In-State Attending


32%Asian American
6%Black or African American
0%Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
17%Hispanic or Latinx
0%Native American
5%Two or More Races
6%Not Indicated

Reflects admitted students for the incoming class in Fall 2023
*Race and ethnicity data is based on United States Department of Education federal reporting guidelines

First-Year Requirements

Requirements for your first year at the University of Michigan and Michigan Ross. 

Complete the following course with a grade of C- or better. For first-year Ross students, approved transfer credit must be on your transcript by the end of Summer term after your first year. For Preferred Admit students, approved transfer credit must be on your transcript by the end of winter term after your first year. 

  • Calculus I, II, or III (including AP, IB or A-level credit for this course)

Complete the following two University of Michigan courses, each with a grade of C- or better, by the end of Winter term: 

  • Any course approved as First Year Writing in LSA, as approved through the UM LSA Sweetland Center for Writing
  • Economics 101 (including IB or A-Level test credit for this course)

Successfully complete the following three core courses at the Ross School of Business by the end of Winter term: 

  • BA 100 (Fall)
  • BCOM 250 (Winter)
  • ACC 300 (Winter)

Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits or more during Fall and Winter terms of your first year.

Maintain “Good Academic Standing” at Ross with a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher at UM-Ann Arbor.

Attend the Ross First Year Welcome Weekend.

The Ross School of Business reserves the right to withdraw your BBA admission offer if: 1) there has been a misrepresentation in or a violation of any of the terms of the application process or failure to meet first-year expectations; 2) we learn you have engaged in behavior prior to matriculation that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity; or 3) you do not meet the conditions of your admission offer.

We further reserve the right to require you to provide additional information and/or authorization for the release of information about any matter. Finally, we reserve the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose condition endangers his or her own well-being or the well-being of other students or precludes him or her from doing the required work.

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