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# R1 application volume up 50% at Michigan (From Fall 2006)

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30 Nov 2006, 15:51
I'm sure many of you also received the email as well, but Michigan is reporting that R1 application volume is up 50% this year. I wonder how all this increased volume will shake out in the end.

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30 Nov 2006, 16:09
Wow ! Does this have anyhing to do with b-week rankings ? With so many people applying to multiple programs, waitlists are going to be more common this year.

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30 Nov 2006, 16:32
Yikes!

On one hand, makes me feel a bit better for getting the interview invite...but still 50% is huge!

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30 Nov 2006, 17:39
I wonder if this is a general trend this year - a blip in the radar of applications - seems like EVERYONE is reporting "a major spike".

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30 Nov 2006, 17:49
50% seems like alot. Bad economy usually equals more B-school apps. Is the economy really that bad?

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30 Nov 2006, 17:53
what other schools are reporting a signicifant increase in apps this year?

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30 Nov 2006, 17:55
Darden for one.

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30 Nov 2006, 22:16
There must be something else going on here. The number of people who have sat for the GMAT is still behind last year and a 50% increase is just bizzare.

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30 Nov 2006, 22:50
It must be the new cafeteria!

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30 Nov 2006, 22:51
lhmcjen wrote:
Darden for one.

Cornell and Yale as well.

Chicago sort of hinted at high volume as well.

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30 Nov 2006, 23:02
Columbia indicated at 17% increase in their early decision applications. 50% is really a huge increase though. Do you think it might be the publicity from the football team this year? What about the new facility that will be built next year? I think there might also be some increase due to layoffs in the auto industry. I just ready yesterday that 38,000 people accepted Ford's severance offer and Ford's main offices are right down the road in Dearborn.

After the tech crash, admit rate at Berkeley went from about 30% to about 8% (just going from memory), which shows the local economy can have a huge impact on business school applications.

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01 Dec 2006, 06:37
pelihu wrote:
Columbia indicated at 17% increase in their early decision applications. 50% is really a huge increase though. Do you think it might be the publicity from the football team this year? What about the new facility that will be built next year? I think there might also be some increase due to layoffs in the auto industry. I just ready yesterday that 38,000 people accepted Ford's severance offer and Ford's main offices are right down the road in Dearborn.

After the tech crash, admit rate at Berkeley went from about 30% to about 8% (just going from memory), which shows the local economy can have a huge impact on business school applications.

UM is also expanding and completely refurbishing its b-school facilites. Offhand, I recall reading something about a \$130M investment that is scheduled to be completed by 2008.

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01 Dec 2006, 07:35
I visited Ross this fall and was very impressed with the students and general feel of the school. Those visiting with me were also very impressed with the school. In addition, even though the construction on the new building was just beginning, the current facilities were better than I expected. I also know they were touting their Wall Street Journal Ranking alot. I had Kellogg as my top choice but Ross's strong action-based learning program has swayed me their way.

I also wonder if people think that Round 1 applicants won't have the advantage that they use to have at schools like Ross. What do you think this means for Round 2 applicants at these schools? Will their be less spots available or do they keep the same # open for 1 and 2?

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02 Dec 2006, 18:23
okay that is bit comforting to know that most of the jump might be resulted by the slow auto industry.
That means that anyone from Auto industry will face a TOUGH competition.

USC LOST!! Darn! Michigan might play against OSU again...
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02 Dec 2006, 21:45
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okay that is bit comforting to know that most of the jump might be resulted by the slow auto industry.
That means that anyone from Auto industry will face a TOUGH competition.

USC LOST!! Darn! Michigan might play against OSU again...
GO BIG TEN!

I was pretty excited. My undergrad school (UCLA) lending a hand to my law school (Michigan).

If the increased apps are largely from displaced auto workers, then I agree that that cohort will be really tough to crack, but I also think that those "forced" to apply may not be the most competitive candidates.

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03 Dec 2006, 08:02
pelihu wrote:
died4me wrote:
okay that is bit comforting to know that most of the jump might be resulted by the slow auto industry.
That means that anyone from Auto industry will face a TOUGH competition.

USC LOST!! Darn! Michigan might play against OSU again...
GO BIG TEN!

I was pretty excited. My undergrad school (UCLA) lending a hand to my law school (Michigan).

If the increased apps are largely from displaced auto workers, then I agree that that cohort will be really tough to crack, but I also think that those "forced" to apply may not be the most competitive candidates.

yup, I was thinking about you man!

But I am afraid that Michigan will be penalized just because it has not played for past two weeks. Like the MBA admission, BSC ain't fair, and the result is up to the "human vote". hahaha

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03 Dec 2006, 08:45
I know this is venturing OT, but the whole BCS system is so flawed, its not even funny. Some B-School student should make it their project to propose a fair playoff system while maintaining or increasing revenue.

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03 Dec 2006, 11:16
OK, this is obviously off topic but here's what I think about the situation this year and the BCS in general.

I'm afraid you are right died4me, that Michigan will be punished because of when their season ended a couple of weeks ago. After the game with Ohio State, everyone was saying that the game exceeded hyped up expectations, and Michigan was clearly the second best team in the country and that they would love to see a rematch. After that, Florida struggled with Florida St. (a .500 team) and people seem to have forgotten that they struggled all year. To quote a writer prior to the Ohio St. game, "These two teams (Michigan & Ohio St. are not just undefeated, but they are unchallenged). There were stats like how Michigan only trailed for 17 minutes all year, etc.

I also think that Michigan will be punished by voters because they do not want to see a rematch. What a voter would like to see is not a valid consideration - their only mandate is to vote for the best teams. They cannot consider what they would enjoy watching and use their vote to set up a specific match-up; though undoubtedly many will in fact ignore their mandate. So anyone that says, "Michigan had their chance, give someone else a chance" does not understand the BCS rules; unfortunately this probably includes a lot of voters.

ESPN reports that Michigan will retain the #2 spot in the computers, while Yahoo sports says that Florida will jump to #2 in the computers. Of course, Michigan has held comfortable lead in the human polls for the past two weeks, but again, I fear that people will be changing their votes. We'll see how things go this afternoon - either way it will be much closer than anyone expected a few weeks ago.

My thoughts on the BCS in general

I believe the BCS is flawed, but for reasons different than most other people. Most people say they would prefer a playoff system so that it can be settled on the field, etc. I actually dislike the BCS system because it makes teams wait too long between meaningful games (51 days between Michigan v. Ohio St. and the national championship game), and because every bowl game other than the national title game is meaningless. Let me explain.

Most teams will have at least a month between their last regular season games and their bowl games. What this means is that teams have a lot of time to prepare and what you see on the field often has little resemblance to a "real" football game. You end up with a lot of trick plays, funky defensive schemes and things you just wouldn't see in a real meaningful game. One team might have been special in a particular area of the game, but with a month to prepare, most good teams can practice and prepare, forcing each team to come in with secret game plans and schemes rather than playing their best game. This is exacerbated by the fact that...

The bowl games are all meaningless. As a Michigan fan, it's great to make the Rose Bowl. It's a great event and it is fun to watch, but in the end, unless it is for the national title, it just doesn't matter if you win or lose. It's more of a spectacle or a fun event and because of this, coaches are even more likely to use trick plays and things like that. By the time the bowls roll around, you never know if a team will be playing seriously, or if they will be playing just for fun. That's why a lot of games are not competitive.

And finally, many of the games turn out to be sloppy because the teams have not played serious football for a month. If a player is out for 3-4 weeks during the season, there is usually a concern that they might be rust when they return (like Manningham was for Michigan). Now imagine that all of the players have had 5-6 week breaks. You just don't know how many of their will be rusty and not playing their best. So, as a fan I don't know the BCS because only the 2 teams in the title game have anything to play for and the system often makes the rest of the bowl games less than competitive.

As a solution, I wouldn't mind seeing the 8 BCS bowl teams re-arranged into a playoff. That would mean that 4 teams have 1 extra game, and 2 of those have an additional game for the title. This won't affect academics at many schools overall and things can be settled on the field.

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03 Dec 2006, 11:30
another problem is the BCS puts too much significance on the timing of a loss. If Michigan had lost to Ohio state in say week 2, I think Michigan would be in the championship.

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03 Dec 2006, 15:01
Go UCLA!

This feels good!

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