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Preferred Admission Eligibility & Criteria


Admission through the preferred track is extremely competitive. See the 2013 Preferred Admission Class Profile for our most recent admission statistics. All applicants must first receive an offer of summer or fall admission to U-M's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); the College of Engineering; the School of Kinesiology (Sport Management only); the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; or the School of Art & Design.

If you do not receive preferred admission, please come to U-M, and then apply for regular admission during your freshman year. About 75 percent of Ross BBAs enter the program through regular admission.

Admission Criteria

Applications are reviewed holistically and are evaluated on the basis of the criteria listed below. Interviews are not part of the Ross BBA admission process.

Outstanding Academics

  • Good grades in challenging academic schedules, including quantitative courses.
  • Highly competitive SAT and/or ACT scores.

Quality Extracurricular Experiences

Deep engagement, initiative, and commitment over time. We're looking for quality, not just quantity.

Compelling Application Essays

In order to be considered for preferred admission, you must indicate your interest on the U-M Member Page of the common application and answer the second essay question, which is:

    "Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?" (500 words maximum)

The essay should clearly explain your interest in the Ross School of Business. Feel free to include additional interests as applicable. Avoid describing the University of Michigan, the Ross BBA Program, or our rankings and class statistics. Rather, highlight what's important about and to you. Focus on your unique interests and goals and explain how the Ross BBA supports them.