We’re fast approaching the end of this year’s admissions season. On May 1, we’ll know who among our Round 1 and 2 admits will be joining us in Ann Arbor this fall. We’re thrilled to see that the number of people saying “Yes!” to Ross this year is outpacing last year’s number.
Our team of analysts (i.e., myself and my staff) are deciphering what has contributed to this surge and we are anxiously awaiting the May deadline to see if this trend continues. We’ve narrowed down the possibilities to three:
- The Team Exercise: for the first time applicants could connect with current students and each other prior to being admitted, offering prospective students an additional opportunity to connect with the Ross community. This also offered us the opportunity to get to know our applicants and better gauge whether they would be a good fit, leading to a pool of admitted applicants who may be more likely to choose Ross.
- Go Blue Rendezvous (GBR): The student committee put together an amazing weekend for newly admitted Rossers to experience the school, the culture and Ann Arbor. I say this every year, and it’s always true: this year was the best GBR I can remember.
- The warm weather: Throughout GBR, the sun was shining and the temps were a perfect 70 degrees, which certainly did not hinder anyone’s affection for our school.
We’re also approaching the decision notification for Round 3 applicants (May 15). It’s hard to say how many Round 3 applicants and waitlisters we’ll admit. It’ll depend on how many people tell us they’re coming on May 1. Rest assured that we will be calling some folks in mid-May.
Besides the afterglow of GBR, we’re also excited about many other Ross-related news and tidbits. Here are just a few:
- Dean Alison Davis-Blake was among 14 business school deans to participate in meeting with White House senior advisors on how business schools can prepare students to create workplaces that support the needs of women and working families.
- The Financial Times did a wide-ranging interview with business law professor (and Bruce Springsteen fan) Cindy Schipani whose research focuses on women and mentoring. (As a side note, we’re proud to have the highest percentage of female faculty among Businessweek’s Top 10 MBA programs).
- Our students received a personal note of appreciation from the Executive VP at Atlantic Records who co-wrote “Happy” with Pharrell for the students’ production of our own “Happy” video. I have to admit that the song grew on me after seeing our students dance and lip synch to the tune.
- Finally, I was excited to see my photo on page 5 of The Monroe Street Journal (the Ross student paper) because, really, don’t we all dream of being a rock star, if only for one day?
Happy spring everyone!