Thank you to Jon Fuller, Senior Associate Director Admissions, and Diana Economy, Associate Director of Admissions at Michigan Ross for an outstanding Q&A!
In the following excerpt you’ll read about Ross’s strengths and what distinguishes Ross from other top MBA programs:
Linda Abraham: “How is Ross’ program different from other top programs? Is there anything in particular?” Now, I know that you know the Ross program best, so let me rephrase that question if I could and say “What do you think Ross is particularly strong at?”
Jon Fuller: Not that we’re a one-trick pony with the action-based learning component, but that is definitely something that I think is a big differentiating factor to our students’ experience within our program; is that, again, through MAP and a lot of other experiences, such as through our institutes and centers, through student life experience, and the clubs and organizations that our students lead and develop, there are many, many opportunities to take theory and put it into practice, and to put it in practice in a context that actually has significant impact and significant weight to it.
…Our philosophy is “Why should you wait until you graduate from your MBA program to actually try some of these things out, to try some of these learnings out and apply them to the real world?” There’s a safety net in some ways for you to test yourself, to test your boundaries, and to experiment, but at the same time, there are real stakes involved…
… I’m always struck by is the engagement of our student body in terms of actually making the Ross experience their own, and really shaping and having a significant role and actually providing direction to the school. We have over seventy different student organizations and clubs. All of them are student run. Of course, there may be a faculty advisor and there is staff support to these organizations, but the students have ultimate say in terms of what the programming is…We tell people, we want you to be involved…and if you don’t see something here that exists that is of interest to you, then make it happen.
…So students are very active. It is not a passive existence, or a passive experience that they have, and I think that’s a real distinguishing feature to the extent that that happens, at the Ross school.
Diana Economy: I think our alumni base is very much a distinguishing factor. I noticed that both as a student as well as an alum. I think to further Jon’s point about the connection that students have with one another through their experience here and co-creating this great experience that develops these very strong bonds that they continue on as alum.
I think our alumni feel very strongly about giving back. Of course, University of Michigan’s got one of the largest living alumni bases anywhere. And as a Ross graduate, you’re not just a part of the Ross school of business graduate community; you’re part of a larger University of Michigan community. You could pick up the phone anywhere in the world and call somebody who was a law school alum or an undergraduate alum or a med school alum, and you’re part of that broader network. Which of course, when you go to business school, you’re not just preparing for that first job out of business school, but essentially for your whole career. Having that strong alumni base is something that we feel is very strong here.
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