One celebrity's visit to The M Den is making waves on Instagram. Could you run into her at Ross?


It was reported this week that Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, will be attending the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance this fall, after several hints from the music industry icon and former U-M student that her eldest was interested in becoming a fellow Wolverine.

Now, there’s no doubt that the superstar has deeply influenced the evolution of pop music and the fashion industry, but she’s also quite the business maven, landing at the very top of Forbes’ 2013 list of top celebrity earners (beating out Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey!).

If Lourdes feels the desire to follow in more than one of mom’s footsteps, here are a few ways she, and other creative types, can benefit from Michigan Ross:

Take a Class With the BBAs

Even if you’re not a business major, there are a number of top-notch, world-class business classes you can take as a U-M student. From finance to marketing and consulting to entrepreneurship, business fundamentals can enhance any degree. (And help turn talented artists into industry-leading, business-savvy entrepreneurs).

Better Yet - Become a BBA

Lourdes and her fellow U-M freshmen can apply to Ross’ top-ranked BBA program. In fact, a large majority of our BBA students apply as freshmen, toward the end of their first year at U-M (which makes competition a bit rough). But it’s a great way to take in true university life and discover all that U-M has to offer before making business your, well, business.  

Dare to Dream

Have an entrepreneurial spirit like that of Lourdes and her Material Girl clothing line? There are impressive entrepreneurial resources at Ross, such as the Dare to Dream Grants from Ross’ Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. The grants are open to all U-M students, and more than $20,000 was awarded to U-M student businesses through the Dare to Dream program this winter.  

Become a Master

In the most shameless of what has been a series of shameless plugs, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our new Master of Management program: a one-year degree meant to supplement traditional undergraduate degrees with the business foundations and fundamentals needed to help non-business graduates excel. We just enrolled our first class! You can check out what they’re up to in this post.

Dance in a Winter Garden Flash Mob

This seems to happen pretty frequently around here.

Welcome to the Michigan family, Lourdes! Go Blue!


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