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Michigan Ross Adcom Shares New Twists in 2018 MBA Application

University of Michigan Ross School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The Michigan Ross School of Business MBA application for fall 2018 is now live! MBA candidates can start applying ASAP, and for the most part, it’s the same as last year. However, there are a few notable changes and things that applicants should be aware of before they start the application process. Soojin Kwon, managing director full-time MBA admissions and program, outlined the changes and a few other general tips in a post on the Ross MBA Admissions blog earlier this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Updated Essay Prompts

This year, there are fewer essay prompts to choose from. Instead of three prompts per group, there are now only two per group. However, each of the three answers must come in at 100 words or less, or 300 total between them.

In addition, Kwon highlighted some small changes to the school’s career essay, which now reads, “Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this the right choice for you?”

Current applicants are asked to focus on their short-term career goals only, unlike in past years when they were also asked to discuss long-term career goals. Kwon also offered the following clarification on wording after some applicants reported being confused. ‘This’ refers to your short term career goal, not Ross. Hope that clears things up!” Kwon wrote.

To learn more details about these small tweaks, read this earlier blog post by Kwon.

Things to Know About the Ross MBA Application

Everything else about the Michigan Ross MBA application is the same this year as last. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things you should be aware of before you apply. Here’s a quick list of must-know information:

  • One Recommendation Letter: Michigan Ross only requires one supervisor recommendation letter. This means that it’s vital you select carefully and choose an individual who can speak about your professional performance and work style.
  • You Don’t Have to Apply Round 1: Unlike some schools, applicants to Michigan Ross won’t be at a disadvantage if they miss the Round 1 deadline. In fact, Ross admits more applicants in Round 2. So, if you can submit a great application in Round 2 but only a mediocre one in Round 1, wait!
  • Visit Michigan Ross: If you want to visit Michigan Ross before you apply, anytime is great except during the summer. Choose a time when students are on campus and class is in session. Think about scheduling a visit on the Ross website, but remember, you won’t get any extra points during the admissions process just because you visited.

For a full overview of the Michigan Ross MBA application and advice from the admissions team, read the blog now. And stay tuned for Clear Admit’s in-depth essay topic analyses for Ross in the coming days.

Posted in: Admissions Tips, Application Tips, Essay Tips & Advice, Essays, MBA Feature, MBA News, News

Schools: Michigan / Ross

About the Author


Kelly Vo  

Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.

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