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Ross MBA Class Profile: Diversity Reigns Despite International Deferrals

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See the Michigan Ross MBA Class of 2023 profile here.

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan released its profile of the MBA Class of 2022, showcasing a variety of unique experiences and backgrounds that breaks the usual mold of the MBA student.

Here are some key elements of the profile:

Ross MBA Class Profile: Undergraduate Background

Average Undergraduate GPA 3.5
Percent majoring in arts, humanities, social sciences 23%
Percent majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math 35%
Percent majoring in business 42%

Ross MBA Class of 2022: GMAT Statistics

Average GMAT Score 710
GMAT Score Middle 80% 660 – 750

Class of 2022 GRE Statistics

GRE Quant Middle 80% 153 – 167
GRE Verbal Middle 80% 153 -167

Ross MBA Class Profile: Student Characteristics

Women 43%
Countries Represented (by citizenship) 28
International Students 18%
Average Work Experience 5.3 years

International Students

The total class size this year is smaller than usual, as Michigan Ross offered international admits the option of deferring admission for one to two years due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite that opportunity, 18 percent of the class are international students who represent 28 different countries (including dual citizens). The school is also welcoming its first-ever student from Andorra. Class size is expected to return to usual next year, especially in light of the 126% increase in third-round applications experienced after Ross announced their new STEM track.

“Even though offering the deferral policy impacted our class size, we stand by our decision to give international students the option,” said Soojin Kwon, Managing Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Program at Michigan Ross. “We heard a lot of positive feedback from those applicants who were granted deferrals. For example, one admit from India said, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the Ross admissions team and the Ross leadership who have shown such immense support to internationals during these difficult times…Eagerly waiting for 2021!'”

Representation of Minorities and Women

Thirty-six percent of the class are U.S. students of color, classified as those who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as any ethnicity except white and non-Hispanic. Forty-three percent of the incoming class are women.

Undergraduate and Career Backgrounds

The Ross MBA Class of 2022 comes from a diverse array of careers. The most represented industries were consulting with 22 percent, finance with 13 percent, technology at 10 percent, and healthcare at 9 percent. The largest portion of students hold an undergraduate degree in business, representing 42 percent of the class. Thirty-five percent hold a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math, and 23 percent come from a humanities education.

Unique Experiences

Of the 358 students enrolled for the fall of 2020, 40 have already earned graduate degrees in other areas and 32 are pursuing a dual degree program. Individual members of the class bring experience from places like the Olympics, professional hockey and baseball, ABC News, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cirque du Soleil, and the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Michigan Ross boasts a school record of 7 percent veteran representation in the MBA class this year, as well as 49 members–14 percent–being the first in their families to attend college.

Of the new class, Kwon proudly states, “From a community standpoint, they are resilient, adaptable, and positive. Key characteristics needed for thriving in this challenging time. We’ve already noticed how well they’re actively engaging in both our hybrid and remote classes. They are finding ways to connect with each other virtually and in-person (in small groups), volunteering to speak at major student club events (e.g., OutX, our TED Talk-style event led by Out For Business, our LGBTQ student club), and are able to see the bright spots in this unexpected situation we’re all living in.”

Christina Griffith
Christina Griffith is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She specializes in covering education, science, and history, and has experience in research and interviews, magazine content, and web content writing.