Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Ross To Roll Out Team Admission Interviews

After Harvard Business School last year cutback on the number of words required of MBA applicants, several other schools did the same, prompting us to write about “The Incredible Shrinking MBA App.”

Well, it’s shrinking again.

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has now reduced the total maximum word count of its new application essays by 450 words. The reduction was accomplished by the elimination of an essay requiring applicants to tell the school what they are most passionate about and why. An optional open essay question, providing applicants the chance to discuss anything not addressed elsewhere in the application, has also not changed, but the length has been reduced to a maximum of 300 words, from 500 last year.

ROSS TO SCALE UP TEAM-BASED INTERVIEWS AFTER A SUCCESSFUL PILOT

Ross also plans to roll out a team-based admissions interview format that it piloted in January in three locations: Beijing, Shanghai and Ann Arbor. “We found that it provided useful insight into applicants’ potential to fit in our highly collaborative and interactive community,” wrote Admissions Director Soojin Kwon in a blog post. “The scale of the roll out will be determined this summer.”

The school expects to go live with the new app for MBA candidates on July 1. Ross kept its first and second essays from last year which ask applicants to introduce oneself in 100 words and share your career goals and why you want an MBA).

“As predictable and prone-to-stock-answers as the second essay may seem, we still do want to know what you want to do and why you think an MBA makes sense,” explained Kwon. “As we tell students at graduation, we won’t withhold your diploma if you don’t pursue the career goal that you wrote about in your essay. But we do want to know that you’ve given your considerable thought to your future.”

ROSS NOW SCREENING FOR PLAGIARISTS AND FOUND A NUMBER OF CASES THIS YEAR

Kwon also noted that the school has begun to use a service to review essays for plagiarism. “The software detected a number of cases of plagiarism among this year’s applications,” she said. “We did not and will not admit students whose applications are found to contain plagiarized content.”

DON’T MISS: THE MBA GATEKEEPER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS