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About Michigan Ross

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 $100 million to the school. It’s consistently ranked among the top 15 MBA programs.

Ross relies on its REAL learning philosophy (Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning.) In 1992 the school launched its signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) program, which embeds teams of students in within US and global companies for seven weeks to address the firm’s challenges.

Ross students relish the experience of “learning business by doing business,” but they also want to 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 to core action learning programs like MAP, IMAP, and EMAP. Michigan’s maize and blue culture envelopes students and permeates Ann Arbor, a vibrant college town less than an hour from downtown Detroit.

Strengths and Specializations

Technology, marketing, consulting, information management, social impact, sustainability, healthcare, real estate, design thinking and innovation, management science

Note: Thanks to its proximity to the heart of the US automobile industry, Detroit, the school has an excellent working relationship with this industry, especially with companies such as Daimler Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

Graduating Class of 2025

Number of Applicants: n/a 

MBA Class Size: 379

Avg. Work Experience: 5.8 years

Avg. GPA: 3.43

Avg. GMAT: 719

International Students: 43% 

Female Students: 43% 

Tuition: $75,392/year

Post-MBA Careers (class of 2023)

Career Sectors: Consulting 44.9%; Tech 15.5%; Financial Services 14.2%; Healthcare 5.7%

Top Recruiters: McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, Amazon, EY-Parthenon, Dell Technologies, PwC Strategy&, PepsiCo, Nike, Accenture, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, Adobe

Avg. Base Salary: $175,000

Employment offered within 3 months of graduation: 96% 

Michigan Ross Rankings


Deadlines for 2023-2024: R1 Sept 14, 2023; R2 Jan 11, 2024; R3 Apr 4, 2024


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:  What is your short-term career goal and why is it this the right goal for you? (150 word limit )

Optional Essay:  Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? You might want to discuss the completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc.  (250 word limit) 

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