Before we jump into the next admissions cycle, our team takes some time to reflect on how our application process worked for the past year and where we can make improvements. We get feedback from a variety of people - our application readers, our student and alumni interviewers, and even those who we admitted but who decided to enroll elsewhere. We also meet with our colleagues in our MBA Program, Career Services, and Academic Services offices to learn about what characteristics and traits make for star students and what might be predictors of someone who may struggle at Ross.
These reflections result in tweaks to the following year's application elements and process so that we can make the experience as user-friendly as possible for our applicants while providing us with the data points necessary to enroll the best class possible. For this coming year, we're modifying our essay prompts as part of those tweaks, as you may have read about recently in Businessweek. Many will note that we're using some of the same essays that we used last year and we're taking some new approaches to previous essay topics.
1. Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less.
2. Multi-part question:
- What about your professional experiences has led you to determine that business school is the right next step? (150 words)
- As you have researched MBA programs, what actions have you taken to learn more about Ross and what has led you to believe that Ross is the right MBA program for you? (150 words)
- What career do you plan to pursue after business school and why? (150 words)
3. Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What advice would you give a colleague who was dealing with a similar situation? (400 word maximum)
Optional question: Is there anything not addressed elsewhere in the application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (300 word maximum)
You can access these questions and other information about the application process and timeline on our Apply Now page.
Essays 1 and 3 are unchanged from last year and we reduced the maximum length of our optional question from 500 to 300 words. Essay 2 is thematically similar to last year's essay, but we broke it up into three parts with the hope that it'll help applicants be more focused in their responses. We removed one question asking what you're most passionate about. We enjoyed reading those essays, but unfortunately the responses just didn't help us to differentiate candidates very well.
Overall, our total maximum word count has been reduced by 450 words, and hopefully you'll be able to use that found time to craft the most compelling essays possible. We're looking forward to getting to know you better and learning about your dreams and aspirations!