So I was accepted to the Ross MBA program as a '13 candidate. I'm excited about the school and went out to visit at the accepted student weekend a few weeks back. Other admits were very accomplished and friendly and the current students were huge advocates of the school and the culture at Michigan. One concern is that Ross' top hiring companies are Amazon, Mckinsey, Deloitte and Accenture...in that order. Citi and UBS are the 5th and 6th employers on their list.
I am a "finance guy" and want to continue in this area after my MBA. Can anyone give me insight on the Finance (I-Banking, Sales & Trading, Investment Management, PE) reputation at Ross. i.e. I don't believe that Goldman recruits on Campus. The other school I am considering is Darden, where a higher % of students enter into finance after graduation - is this a better fit for my career objectives? or am I overthinking it all together?
Ross positions its MBA program as a General Management program, so you're seeing a self-selection bias in the employment reports. Most Ross graduates are interested in non-finance jobs, but I believe those that are interested in finance are just as successful. It's interesting to note that the Ross BBA program's employment report shows almost all finance graduates.
You'll find much more detailed employment information here (GS does recruit MBAs at Ross): http://www.bus.umich.edu/pdf/EmploymentProfile2010.pdf
Darden definitely has a more finance-focused student body, but you can probably land all of the jobs you're considering at both schools. The weather, culture, and curriculum are very different at these two schools, and you'll also have to decide whether you'd be happiest studying with people who are more (or less) similar to you (finance vs. non-finance).
I'd also recommend reading anything posted by pelihu: UMich Law & Darden MBA to get into investment banking.top-15-match-up-ross-vs-darden-55545.htmlross-or-darden-61158.html