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Updates from Ross School of Business Director of Admissions Soojin Kwon

Prospective applicants to the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are busy working toward Round 2 and 3 deadlines, and Director of Admissions Soojin Kwon has been sharing lots or relevant information on her Director’s Blog recently.

In a post late last week, she reminded second- and third-rounders not to miss a Webinar she and her colleague, Senior Associate Director Diana Economy, hosted online on December 4th. Anyone can access the recorded presentation, which includes a range of advice and tips on the Ross MBA application, including specific information useful to applicants in the school’s later rounds.

Beyond the application webinar, it’s a busy time at Ross, Kwon shared. Also last week, the school hosted the Integrated Product Development (IPD) Student Trade Show. IPD is a special course that brings Ross students together with students from the College of Engineering and the School of Art & Design. In interdisciplinary teams, they design, build, price and market a product, operating as independent firms in competition with one another. At a live trade show last Wednesday, competing teams showed off the results of this year’s product challenge: dorm furniture using locally-made parts and standard hardware that can be easily assembled by college students. As part of the IDP show, attendees as well as people from around the world got to login and cast their votes for the best products.

But the events didn’t stop there. December 6th was also the kickoff of a campus-wide business plan competition, the Michigan Business Challenge, as well as a talk by Detroit’s Emergency Manager, Kevynn Orr. Hosted by the Ross Revitalization and Business (R&B) Club, the conversation with Orr promised to be a very interesting one in the wake of the December 3rd federal judge ruling to allow Detroit to enter bankruptcy status.

In other school news, Ross continues to lead in the MBA Ally Challenge having to date gotten more of its student body involved to help foster an LGBT-inclusive campus culture than any other top business school. The year-long competition, launched by nonprofit Friendfactor, is part of that organization’s larger effort to encourage straight people to become visible and active allies in their workplace and campus communities.