Wharton | Mr. Big Four To IB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Bomb Squad To Business
GMAT 740, GPA 3.36
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Foster School of Business | Mr. Corporate Strategy In Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.32
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00

Michigan Ross 2018-2019 MBA Deadlines

Michigan’s Ross School of Business

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has added a few extra days to the deadline for round two MBA applications so candidates can have a bit more time after the holidays to finish their apps.

Otherwise, the school’s admission deadlines are similar to last year with a round one cutoff of Oct. 1st that will allow applicants to get a decision by Dec. 21.

The round two deadline is now set for Jan. 7—a full five days later—while the school maintained its March 15th decision date. The round three deadline is March 18th, with admit/deny decisions due on May 10th.

Michigan Ross’ 2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines

Ross Rounds Application Deadline Interviews Decisions
Round One October 1, 2018 NA December 21, 2018
Round Two January 7, 2019 NA March 15, 2019
Round Three March 18, 2019 NA May 10, 2019

Soojin Kown, managing director of full-time MBA admissions and program, made some tweaks to the school’s essay requirements this year. “One of the things we heard from this year’s applicants was that they loved having the option to choose which essay prompt to respond to,” she noted. “So we’re keeping that feature but providing two options per short answer group rather than three. We kept the ones that seemed to provide the best platform for sharing something meaningful and unique about yourselves. We also made a minor tweak to the career goal essay to make it more straightforward, because that’s what we’re looking for — straightforward.”

The essay questions for the 2019 MBA intake are as follows:

Part 1: Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group of the three groups below. Respond to your selected prompt in 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

•I want people to know that I:

•I made a difference when I:

Group 2

•I was humbled when:

•I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3

•I was aware that I am different when:

•I find it challenging when people:

Part 2: Essay

Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this the right choice for you? (300 words)


The Class of 2019’s average GMAT came in at 716 – a full 14 points above their predecessors. In fact, this average is eight points better than the previous class, another sign that Ross is on the rise. The international students enrolled in the latest class, by the way, scored an average GMAT of 726 versus the 709 average for domestic students. At the same time, the incoming class’ 3.5 average undergraduate GPA is .1 of a point higher than Ross’ record-breaking class of 2016 (and .06 of a point higher than the last class).

Not surprisingly, applications continued to swell. During the 2017-2018 cycle, the school received 3485 applications, up 132 from the year previous. While that number may not impress on its face, just put it into context: Ross received just 2,436 applications five years ago! By the same token, the school accepted just 25% of all applicants, with the class size growing by 8 members to 423.


“Don’t try to be something you’re not. In general, I believe strongly in taking a strengths-based approach. I recognize it can be hard not to compare yourself to others throughout the application process, but I firmly believe that everyone brings something unique to the table, and Ross truly values that. Reflect on what your strengths are and what makes you unique. Be proud of that and lead with that! I promise it will be more rewarding and more sustainable in the long run.”Ariana Almas, 2018 MBA graduate from Ross now working at Microsoft

“Get to know everything Ross has to offer, both within the program and outside of it. The University of Michigan has a Top Ten program in practically every subject so it’s possible for you to pursue your passions no matter what they are…whether it’s engineering, education, law, the environment or the performing arts. Additionally, think about what sort of leader you want to become and how Ross can help you get there. Michigan Ross’ Sanger Leadership Center, as one example, has a ton of great programming that can be utilized!” — Kristen Steagall, 2018 MBA graduate from Ross now working as an associate at McKinsey & Co. in Chicago

“Writing essays is an iterative process. I know many applicants, including myself, found it especially difficult to start writing the essays, but it is helpful to remember a draft is just that. Get your ideas down on a document and leave the re-working to later steps. Down the road, make sure to have friends who are gifted writers provide feedback on your essays. Preparation is key for the interview. Make sure to mock interview a couple of times with friends who will be critical of your responses and body language. Additionally, recording yourself delivering interview responses can also help you learn about and solve any nervous habits or distracting body language.” — Daniel Semaan,  Class of 2019 MBA student at Ross