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About The School

The University of Michigan Business School was founded in 1924 and became Michigan Ross in 2004 when Stephen M. Ross, a New York real-estate developer and undergraduate alumnus, donated $100M to the school. It’s consistently ranked among the top 13 MBA programs by US News.  

Ross has a heavy focus on action learning as evidenced through their REAL learning philosophy; 25 years ago they launched the signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) program, and the emphasis has only grown since. Ross students want to do well in business, grow through doing (“learning business by doing business,” as they say), and leave their communities and the world better than they found them.  

The Ross culture is incredibly spirited, team-oriented, and close-knit – which extends from the classroom and extracurriculars (applicants need to know the culture of maize and blue, from The Bus may it rest in peace to The Big House) to core action learning programs like MAP, IMAP, and EMAP. It’s location in Ann Arbor, Michigan envelops students in the vibrant college town vibe while being less than an hour from downtown Detroit.  

Ross sends a majority of its MBAs into consulting (~36%), closely followed by technology (24.5%) and financial services in a somewhat distant third (~12%).  

Strengths And Specializations

Corporate strategy, general management, social impact 


Incoming Class

Number of applicants (if possible) – 2,567 

MBA Class size – 358 

Annual tuition (converted to USD) – $142,096 

Post-MBA Careers

(4 Sectors) 

35.7% Consulting 

11.9% Finance 

24.5% Tech 

0.5% Starting Own Business 

Avg. Base Salary – $136,679 

Salary Increase – 115% 

Employment in 3 months – 90.3% 

Michigan Ross Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 5.3 

Average GMAT – 710 

Int’l Students – 18% 

Female Students – 43% 

Deadlines (2021-2022 coming out around June)  



Short Answer Questions 
Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words MAX total).  

Group 1 
I want people to know that I: 
I made a difference when I: 
I was aware that I was different when: 

Group 2 
I am out of my comfort zone when: 
I was humbled when: 
I was challenged when:   

Career Goal Essay: 
Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. What is your short-term career goal and why? (200 w) 

Optional Essay:  Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? (250 w max) 

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