This is it. All of your late-night studying and volunteer weekends are about to pay off in a big way. You're about to apply to Michigan Ross — one of the best B-schools in the country. Time to channel all of that hard work into a standout (and complete!) application.
How to Apply: First-Year Applicants
4. Complete the essays.
The writing portions of the Common Application and Ross Admissions Portfolio are meant to help you. We want to get to know you and let your best qualities shine through — this is our chance to learn more about the person behind the numbers.
For the final supplemental U-M essay, focus on your unique interests and goals and explain how the Ross BBA supports them. Your answer should clearly explain your interest in business and/or Michigan Ross. We are not looking for a description of U-M, the BBA program, or our rankings and statistics. This is the place to demonstrate your passion for business!
When completing the Common Application, you will also submit the Ross Admissions Portfolio.
5. Complete the Ross Admissions Portfolio.
The Ross Admissions Portfolio is your chance to fully express your interest in business in a more open-ended format. It’s also an opportunity to tell us more about what makes you unique.
A link to submit your portfolio will be sent shortly after you complete your Common Application.
There are two components of the Ross Admissions Portfolio:
1. Business Case Discussion: Choose a current event or issue in your community and discuss the business implications.
Propose a solution that incorporates business principles or practices. The review panel will look for creativity, drawing connections, and originality. Please limit this response to approximately 500 words.
2. Artifact & Description: Upload a document or artifact that represents something significant about your life to show your learning in action.
Describe how your artifact demonstrates your learning in action. Please limit this response to approximately 250 words.
6. Finish the Common Application. Be sure to include:
- $75 application fee (or fee waiver request and $5 fee to submit the Ross Admissions Portfolio)
- High school transcript
- School Report (Common App)
- One Teacher Evaluation
- Standardized test scores as required by the University of Michigan
- TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores (for nonnative speakers of English)
For complete information about University of Michigan application requirements, please see the central Office of Undergraduate Admissions requirements and deadlines.
We’ll Let You Know
We review applications from February through April, but we aren’t able to review your application until you have been admitted by U-M. The majority of first-year applicants are notified of their decision between February and mid-April.
To provide an idea of when you might hear from us (and to ease the suspense!), we’ll be sharing your decision on one of our scheduled release dates. Decisions are shared in no particular order, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t hear from us on the first release date.
Ross admission decisions arrive by email after 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on select Fridays
The exact decision release dates will be posted in early January.
If you are offered admission as a first-year applicant, you have until May 1 to accept the offer.
Check your Application Status
Your application appears in Enrollment Connect. Please utilize Enrollment Connect to check your application status and view your decision.
November 1: Early Action deadline
Late January: Early Action decision from U-M
February-April: Ross decisions released for Early Action
February 1: Regular Decision deadline
March-April: Ross receives Regular Decision admits from U-M and begins to review
April: Ross decisions released for Regular Decision
ADMITTED STUDENT COMPOSITION
|3.93||Average High School GPA|
|13%||First Generation in College|
|8,681||Number of Applicants|
|6%||Black or African American|
|0.1%||Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander|
|12%||Hispanic or Latinx|
|6%||Two or More Races|
Reflects admitted students for the incoming class in Fall 2021
*Race and ethnicity data is based on United States Department of Education federal reporting guidelines
If you are a Direct Admit, the following are academic requirements for your first year at Ross. If you are a Preferred Admit, you must satisfy all of the requirements below to be admitted to Ross for your second year.
Enroll full time (12+ credits) in both fall and winter terms of your first year.
Complete First-Year Writing, ECON 101, and Calculus I, II, or III at U-M, each with a grade of C or better, by the end of the winter term of your first year. AP credit can be substituted for Calculus I or II (MATH 120 or 121). IB or A-level credit can be substituted for ECON 101 and U-M Calculus I, II, or III.
Complete BA 100 and BCOM 250
BA 100 Introduction to Ross: Foundations in Learning Business, offered specifically for students admitted in their first year
Maintain good academic standing (2.500 GPA or above per term) throughout the first year. GPAs are not rounded up.
Students are also expected to meet the following conditions:
- Attend the Welcome Event at the Ross School of Business.
- Meet regularly with your Ross Academic Advisor and participate in mandatory academic support activities as requested.
- Inform your Ross Academic Advisor and Ross Undergraduate Admissions if you have been accused of or engaged in a form of academic dishonesty, behavioral misconduct, a policy violation (on or off campus), and/or criminal activity (including pending and convicted cases) upon matriculation (e.g., over the summer) and while at the University of Michigan.
The Ross School of Business reserves the right to withdraw your BBA admission offer if: 1) there has been a misrepresentation in or a violation of any of the terms of the application process or failure to meet first-year expectations; 2) we learn you have engaged in behavior prior to matriculation that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity; or 3) you do not meet the conditions of your admission offer.
We further reserve the right to require you to provide additional information and/or authorization for the release of information about any matter. Finally, we reserve the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose condition endangers his or her own well-being or the well-being of other students or precludes him or her from doing the required work.
This video was filmed in compliance of social distancing guidelines
Hear from our Admissions Director
Learn more about the Michigan Ross BBA program in this virtual admissions session with BBA Admissions Director, Dr. Blaire Moody Rideout. Explore aspects of the curriculum, leadership development with Ross, business career paths, in-depth look at the admissions portfolio process, and ways students can engage beyond the BBA.