Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Mr. Doctor Who
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Data Savvy Engineer
GRE 316, GPA 2.92
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9

At Ross, Business As Usual, With Tweaks

Ross School of Business. Courtesy photo

Ross School of Business. Courtesy photo

For the second year in a row, applications were up at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Just not as much in the second year as in the first.

Applications for the 2016-2017 year rose 5%, a healthy increase compared to many of Ross’s peer schools, but dwarfed by last year’s 31% increase, says Soojin Kwon, director of admissions. The smaller jump didn’t trouble school officials at all, she says.

“We were happy to see a second consecutive year of an increase in apps,” Kwon says, “especially in light of the large increase we saw last year and the small increases — or declines, in some cases — we saw among some of our peers.”


Breaking down the makeup of applicants to Ross, Kwon says there was at least one notable shift: “We had a healthy increase in apps from the U.S. and Latin America and a decline in apps from Asia.” She adds that little else will likely change this year, with class size expected to remain around 410 and no major changes planned for the admissions process. Scholarship offers rose, Kwon says.

“The increase in apps from Latin America was largely from Brazil, where the economy is weak. It’s common to see a rise in apps when an economy is weak,” Kwon says. “Regarding Asia, we’ve heard from many peers that they, too, have seen a drop in apps from Asia.”

She says Ross has made a pair of small adjustments to its two essay questions. The first now reads (changes in italics): “What are you most proud of outside of your professional life? How does it shape who you are today (up to 400 words).” The second question, “What is your desired career path and why?” has been given a limit of 250 words.

“We have an annual meeting to discuss potential changes to the application,” Kwon says. “The AdComm assesses whether we were able to glean the insights needed to determine whether an applicant has the skills and traits we’re looking for. The primary areas for review are essay questions, interview process, and interview questions. This year, we tweaked the essay questions. The last major change in our admissions process was a few years ago when we introduced the Team Exercise.”


Kwon says the 2016-2017 year is shaping up to be business as usual, with a pair of possible caveats: More women applied, and more applicants are expressing a desire to work in some of the fields that were traditionally on the lower end of the pay scale — perhaps an indicator that money is not foremost on many applicants’ minds.

“We didn’t see any major differences in applicants’ backgrounds. We did see an increase in apps from women and expect to have more women in this year’s incoming class,” Kwon says.

“We did see some changes in applicants’ career goals, with more intending to pursue careers in social impact, tech, and health care.”