Why (And How) You Should Talk To Current Students Before Applying to MBA Programs


Chatting with students currently enrolled in MBA programs can be a valuable part of your school research process. At Michigan Ross, we have more than 200 current students willing, ready, and excited to connect with you, answer your questions, and share their Ross experiences with you. 

These incredible students come from more than 30 countries around the world and have career interests and backgrounds that are as diverse as they come. I’m always proud of and amazed by the number of students who volunteer to take on this role. 

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Michigan Ross has more student ambassadors than any other MBA program — so you’re sure to find students with similar interests, backgrounds, and goals. Ask them anything you’d like to get an authentic take on life at Ross.

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As you prepare to reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors, here are some tips for making the most of both your time:

Connect With People You Can Relate To

Chatting with students is an opportunity to get first-hand perspectives on our school’s academics, recruiting, student clubs, the Ross community, what living in Ann Arbor is like coming from places like NY, SF, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, etc., what they were looking for in a school and how Ross met their criteria. 

Our Student Ambassador page has filters that enable you to search for students by career interest, club, citizenship, and region, so you can focus your outreach to a student with a profile you relate to.

If you have a particular interest that’s not reflected in the available filters, leave a comment below and we can find a student ambassador who’s available to chat with you.

Ask Questions You Can’t Find The Answer To On The Website

Simple things like deadlines, what our class profile looks like, which companies recruit on campus, etc. can be found on the Ross website. By doing homework on a school in advance, you can have a more useful conversation. 

And if you have specific admissions-related questions, direct them to the Admissions Office (e.g., by participating in one of our webinars or emailing RossAdmissions@umich.edu).

Remember: You’re Talking To Real Students, With Busy Lives, Just Like You

While student ambassadors want to be helpful and are happy to talk with candidates, remember that they are also balancing the demands of projects, exams, recruiting, and other things. So, remember to be respectful of the student’s time. We guarantee you’ll want the same when you’re a student. ;)  

Good luck with your app! We look forward to learning about you.

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