Michigan (Ross)

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Ross School of Business


The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor offers a full range of graduate degree programs (day and evening MBA, MAcc, Global MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD), with the Ross School of Business being strong in General Management. The University is located in the Detroit economic area. The students' mean GMAT score is roughly 704/3.3.


Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: November 1, 2007 Decisions released by January 15, 2008
  • Round 2: January 3, 2008 Decisions released by March 15, 2008
  • Round 3: March 1, 2008 Decisions released by May 15, 2008

Essay Topics

  1. Long Answers: (500 word max)
    1. Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why is an MBA the best choice at this point in your career? What and/or who influenced your decision to apply to Ross?
    2. Describe your most significant professional accomplishment. Elaborate on the leadership skills you displayed, the actions you took and the impact you had on your organization.
  2. Short Answers: (300 word max)
    1. If you were not pursuing the career goals you described in Question 1, what profession would you pursue instead? (for example, teacher, musician, athlete, architect, etc.) How will this alternate interest contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems?
    2. Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it.
  3. Optional Question:
    1. Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy?


  • FT 2005 ranks Michigan just below MIT and UCB and just above UNC.
  • EIU 2004 places Michigan #11 worldwide, just above Virginia and just below NYU.
  • c. 1996 Michigan was ranked #4 among the elites in terms of gross increment and #2 in terms gross ratio.
  • WSJ 2004 -- Michigan is #1
  • about.com rates Ross as Top 5 for marketing
  • Michigan is #5 according to the 2006 BusinessWeek MBA rankings

CEOs: International Paper, General Mills Devon Energy (JD).

Career Statistics (2007)

Acceptance by Function

  • Consulting: 33%
  • Finance: 23%
  • Marketing: 22%
  • Business Development & Strategic Planning: 7%
  • General Management: 7%
  • Other: 6%
  • Real Estate: 2%

Acceptance by Location

  • Northeast: 26.3%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 5.0%
  • Midwest: 28.9%
  • South: 3.2%
  • Southwest: 7.0%
  • West: 21.1%
  • International: 8.5% (Asia: 7.0%; Other: 1.5%)

Graduate salary ranges

Function Median Mean Range
Consulting $116,000 $111,044 $70,000-$135,000
Finance $95,000 $93,575 $50,000-$120,000
General Management $101,000 $99,947 $90,000-$110,000
Marketing $90,000 $93,779 $55,000-$124,992
Operations/Engineering Management $100,000 $99,143 $90,000-105,000
Strategic Planning $92,500 $93,287 $70,000-$130,000
Other $90,000 $88,794 $43,000-$120,000

Once you are admitted

Where to live

Complexes chosen by most of the grad students are: - Woodbury Gardens - Nob Hill - Briar Cove

Woodbury Gardens is the most popular amongst all the MBA students and they also provide the best discounts etc. Nob Hill is the second most popular.

A 2BR apartment within 5-10 minutes to campus costs on average $1000-1200. If you go to Woodbury, then you can get 2 BR for about $900-950. If you go farther away, you can even find a place for $800.

Many grad students live at Woodbury Gardens and it's rather nice place except that you have to take a bus to go to school. Current students say that it normally takes them 20 minutes to get to school by foot, the distance is 1.53 miles. Woodbury also announced a free shuttle to be available since fall 2008. In general, Woodbury is a good place to live, some people claim thin walls there.

Some of the grad students live at Nob Hill, which is about a mile away from school. Also, MyImpact has ads with housing options, so keep an eye on them.

Here is the link to the page with the links to the most popular search engines/apartment listings: http://www.bus.umich.edu/StudentLife/StudentServices/

Here is a survey about where MBAs live: http://www.bus.umich.edu/StudentLife/StudentServices/MBALive.htm

And, certainly, the direct link to the housing survey of MBA students: http://www.bus.umich.edu/StudentLife/StudentServices/GBRHousingSurvey2008.xls

If you will have a car, other options include Lake Village, Briar Cove and Harbour House.

There is a website http://www.apartmentratings.com with many reviews of places to live.

Which laptop to choose

Lenovo, Dell, Mac

Which cellphone operator to choose


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