Q: What are the essay questions for the transfer admission
1. Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Ross School of Business, and how the Ross
experience will support your personal and professional goals? (500 word maximum)
2. Reflecting upon your high school and collegiate experiences, which activities outside of the
classroom (either in a group or individual setting) best reflect your most meaningful personal values
and strengths? (500 word maximum)
Q: How difficult is it for transfer students to be admitted?
About 1% of last year's entering class were admitted as transfer students. View the
2012 BBA Class Profiles for additional admission statistics.
We evaluate all applicants according to the same criteria, and we do our best to create a
fair basis of comparison among applicants from widely differing schools. We
urge prospective transfer applicants to consider how likely they will be to meet
before submitting an application. A few students first
transfer to a different
at U-M Ann Arbor, then apply for
to the Ross BBA Program. Admission is still competitive for on-campus applicants, and the
three-year program cannot be accelerated.
Q: Should international transfer applicants submit TOEFL scores in
the electronic transfer application packet due June 1?
No. Because half of the 27 credits required for admission must be
earned at an accredited college or university in the U.S., we expect
that international transfer applicants already possess the language skills
necessary to succeed in the program. (However, the TOEFL may be required for
admission to other programs
Q: If I did not take the SAT or ACT because I am currently attending
a college that did not require them, must I take the SAT or ACT for the Ross School of Business?
No, but please include those scores in the
electronic transfer application packet if you have taken those tests.
Q: My current college gave me credit in Calculus or Economics
based on my AP, IB, or A-level test scores. Will these credits fulfill the
Ross BBA admission requirements?
Not necessarily. It's likely that our policies on AP, IB, and A-level
credits differ from the policies of your current college or university.
Review the requirements for
Q: May I apply for transfer admission to the Ross School and another
U-M college at the same time?
Yes. For example, a few students apply for transfer admission to the
Ross School of Business and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at
the same time; read more on applying to
other programs at U-M.
Q: May I start the BBA Program in the winter, spring, or summer
No. There is only one admission cycle each year, and all admitted
students start classes in the fall.
Q: What courses look good to the Admissions Committee?
We want to see how well you perform academically while in college,
especially in quantitative courses. We recommend you:
- Take a full load each term (usually 14-16 credits at U.S. colleges on the
- Take courses that are both interesting and challenging to you. We
appreciate all fields of study, as long as you challenge yourself.
- Take at least two rigorous quantitative courses, including the
equivalents of U-M Ann Arbor's Econ 101 and Calculus I, II, or III.
- Generally speaking, don't forfeit AP or other advanced credit in
Calculus by repeating the same course in college. Instead, follow it
with appropriately challenging quantitative work in college. You could
do this by taking either a higher Calculus course or a course in some other
challenging quantitative or analytical field.
Q: Do pass/fail courses count against me?
Possibly. We are looking for evidence of academic ability reflected in
letter grades, so we suggest you keep mandatory credit/no-credit courses to a
minimum. In the case of optional pass/fail courses, transfer applicants
must submit evidence of the actual course grades earned in their
electronic transfer application packet.
Q: Should I study a language besides English?
Language study broadens your horizons, and many of our students find a direct benefit to
language study because business operations have become highly globalized. However,
language study is not a requirement for admission or graduation. (Language
study may be required in
other programs at U-M.)
Q: The country of which I am a citizen has a military service
requirement. May I defer admission or take a leave of absence to
fulfill my term of service?
No. The Ross BBA Program does not allow foreign nationals to defer
admission or take a leave of
absence for military or other mandatory service. We recommend students
complete any service requirements before applying to the BBA Program.
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