We’re a little over a week away from formally welcoming the incoming class to Ross. Over 200 of them are currently on MTreks around the world – from Croatia to Iceland to Tanzania and everything in between – getting to know their new classmates on 7 – 10 day student-led adventure trips.
The Admissions team has embarked on our own adventure trips around the world to meet prospective Ross MBA students. Associate Director Eun Ja Yu is in Asia this week and next, I’ll be heading to South America, Diana Economy will be in India and Jill Huerta will be in Europe and South America. Of course, we’ll be in various cities around the U.S. for Ross, Forte, Consortium and other recruiting events. To find out where we’ll be and updates from the school, register here. We hope to meet you on the road, or better yet, we hope to see you on campus! Check out our “Visit Us” page for information about scheduling a campus visit.
The goal of this blog is to provide transparency into the seemingly mystifying process called admissions, share stories about interesting things happening at the school, and offer advice about how to approach the application. For my first tip of this year’s admissions process, I encourage applicants to really spend time developing a clear, concise resume. This is the first thing in your application we will review. As such, it will create our initial impression of you as an applicant. We see many resumes that are very technical, jargon-y, and lack results or impact. A resume shouldn’t read like a job description – that’s what you were hired to do. A resume should tell us what you actually achieved, how you impacted an organization, what you contributed, what skills you gained. We’re not scanning for curers of cancer and founders of the next big social media thing. We want to create a mental snapshot of who you are and what your path has been.
For the purposes of the Ross application, your resume should be about one page. You should take as much care to check for typos and other errors in your resume as you would in your essays.
If you have questions about the admissions process, I encourage you to ask us directly (RossMBA@umich.edu) or via my blog rather than asking each other on online applicant forums. If you have questions about the Ross experience, ask our Student Ambassadors. Through email exchanges, student blogs, and student-led tours, ambassadors look forward to sharing their perspectives about Ross with you.
I hope you’re as excited as we are to begin this journey together. I look forward to meeting you on the road or on campus!