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Preferred Admission FAQs
High School Students

Q. What is the essay question for the Preferred Admission option?

Include a full discussion of your interest in the Ross School of Business in the second essay of the U-M supplement to the Common Application. That question reads as follows: "Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific School or College (including Preferred Admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?"

Q. When will I receive a decision about my Preferred Admission application?

We receive and review applications on a periodic basis from January through April, depending on the volume of applicants admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We cannot review a student's application until they have been admitted to the university. Therefore, the majority of applicants are notified of their Preferred Admission decision in mid-April. Students who are offered Preferred Admission have until May 1 to accept their offer.

Q. What courses look good to the Ross Admissions Committee?

We want to see how well you perform academically through the end of your senior year in high school, particularly in quantitative courses such as math. We recommend you take courses that are both challenging and appropriate for you. We encourage AP, IB, or similar advanced courses when you, your parents, and your guidance counselor believe they are appropriate. Students who take a large number of non-graded or non-academic courses will probably not be as competitive as other applicants.

Q. Will my senior-year grades be considered as a part of my application?

During the time of your application review, we will evaluate the most current transcript provided to the university. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will ask for a final senior-year transcript after you have been offered admission to the university.

Q. If I don't apply or am not accepted for Preferred Admission, may I apply for regular admission when I'm a U-M freshman?

YES, we encourage it! The two application processes are separate.

Q. What is the November 1 "priority review" deadline?

The Ross School of Business gives preference to freshmen applications submitted by the U-M Early Action deadline.

Q. How many spaces are available, and what are my chances?

Admission is highly selective. View the BBA Class Profiles for our most recent admission statistics. We anticipate having 100-125 preferred-admission spaces for freshmen entering in Fall term.

Q. How difficult are the freshman-year requirements? What if I don't meet them?

The vast majority of preferred-admission students who take their studies seriously, manage their time well, and use support services are able to meet the small number of PA program requirements. The very few students who believe they might not meet the requirements are welcome to apply for Regular Admission, even while they remain in the Preferred Admission program.

Q. Do Preferred Admission students live in the same residence hall or receive priority in housing assignments?


Q. May I defer admission or take a leave of absence?

Deferrals are rare and handled individually. For preferred-admissions students, deferral prior to the start at the university must be first granted through OUA, and then requested through the Ross Undergraduate Admissions. Required military service, for example, will require official documentation at the start of your deferral term indicating the completion of your compulsory service. This documentation must be sent directly from your military department. Other instances including, personal, family, and health issues will be addressed on an individual basis.