Round 3 decisions were released earlier this week, along with some movement on the waitlist - both admits and denies. We will likely make additional admissions offers after the Round 3 enrollment decision of June 1. Our goal is to be done with our waitlist by the end of June.
We continuously review applications during this period to ensure that we are not only getting the best individuals, but that we are also crafting the best class. There are far more candidates with outstanding achievements and potential than we have room for in the class. One person's definition of "outstanding" may be slightly different from another person's definition. That's why we have several rounds of independent reviews of each file, as well as an ongoing review of our class composition.
We know that being on the waitlist or hoping for a scholarship can be disappointing and stressful. However, it is not a time to let your stress get the best (or worst) of you. Over the last few months, I have received notes from applicants (in various stages of the admissions process) that were rather inappropriate in their tone. I understand that they were probably written from a place of very strong emotions. But they didn't reflect well on the candidates' judgment, maturity, poise, professionalism, and resilience - all things that we value highly.
As I posted in a previous blog, every interaction that an applicant has with a school is considered in our admissions decisions - from the way an applicant treats our receptionist to the communications he/she has with members of the Ross community at large, not just the Admissions staff who are perceived as the "gatekeepers" to the school. If in doubt about whether you should hit the "submit" button on a note (or an application for that matter) let it sit for a day or two and review it again, or have a friend or family member review it. Will the receiver see your best self in the note or application? If the answer isn't a resounding "yes," then you should consider revising it until it is.
Though we haven't wrapped up decisions on the Class of 2013, we're already making plans to start meeting the Class of 2014. I'll be heading to South America in July and Asia in August for info sessions and application workshops. The rest of the team will be hitting the road in July as well. Keep an eye on our website and subscribe to our newsletter for ongoing updates.