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Michigan Ross MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

The Ross School changed its application this year. In addition to the usual "career goals" essay, applicants must now respond to short-answer questions that are separated into three groups. I'll quote the school:

Ross MBA Application Essays

For our application this year, there is a short answer section and a more traditional essay question (300 words each).

The short answer section contains three groups of prompts (listed below and on our Application Requirements page). We’ll ask you to select one prompt from each group and respond to it in 100 words or less.

We want to get to know more about you than we would in a traditional essay where you’d talk at length about one topic. You’ll get to share different sides of yourself that will be relevant to your experience during business school.

Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I turned an idea into action when I:
  • I made a difference when I:

Group 2

  • I showed my resilience when I:
  • 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:
  • A valuable thing I have taught someone:

Career Goals Essay

Please share your short-term and long-term career goals. What skills/strengths do you have that will be relevant to your career goals? How will Ross prepare you for your goals? (300 words)

In previous years, some applicants wrote about their long-term career goals. Others wrote about their immediate plans after B-school. We want to learn about both. So, we thought we’d ask you to spell it out.

In the second part of the career goal essay (re: skills/strengths) you don’t have to show that you have the experience needed to pursue a particular career goal. We want to know that you understand the skills that are important for your desired career. Recruiters assess whether you’re able to bring relevant skills/strengths to the table, so we do the same.

Some of the skills and knowledge you’ll need will be developed during your time in the MBA program, but students are more successful in their career search if they understand the skills required to succeed in their chosen field.

The final part of the question allows you to demonstrate your research on Ross and the experiences, knowledge, and skills you’ll develop here. We want to know how you see Ross helping you achieve your goals.

Optional Statement

This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.




Michigan Ross Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 708
2 GMAT — Middle 80% 650 - 750
3 Class Size 415
4 Median GPA 3,204
5 Median GPA 3.4


Michigan Ross Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Notification
1 October 2, 2017 December 15, 2017
2 January 2, 2018 March 15, 2018
3 Mach 19, 2018 May 11, 2018

Ross School Video

The Ross School has a good video on the evaluation process. I'll include it below: