Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. CPA
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
GRE 330, GPA 3
Tuck | Mr. Waterflooder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. E-Sports Coach
GRE 323, GPA 5.72/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.4
Tuck | Mr. Risk Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.1/10
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Student Product Manager
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Ms. FANG Tech
GRE 321, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Sports Management
GMAT 690, GPA 3.23
Wharton | Mr. Private Equity Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Digital Health Start-Up
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. International Trade
GRE 323, GPA 3.6
Said Business School | Mr. Strategy Consulting Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.98
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
London Business School | Mr. Supply Chain Latino
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Operations Manager
GRE 328, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Jumbo GMAT
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Basketball To B-School
GRE 334, GPA 3.73
INSEAD | Ms. Insightful Panda
GMAT 700, GPA 87.5%
NYU Stern | Mr. Bioinformatics
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Impact Investment
GMAT 760, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Nonprofit-ish
GRE 333, GPA 3.81
INSEAD | Ms. Humble Auditor
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56

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

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.