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Diversity at Ross
The student community at the Ross School of Business is anything but homogenous, whether you are considering academic and professional experience, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or any number of other measures. We are proud of the wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives that our students possess, and we believe your MBA experience — and personal and professional life — will be enriched as a result.
We encourage you to explore the pages in this section to learn more the opportunities presented through our program, Ross student organizations, and admissions events and partnerships.
The Ross School of Business has a tradition of fostering a diverse educational community and we offer prospective students a variety of opportunities to experience this through our student organizations, our annual UpClose event, and relationships with diversity organizations. We encourage all prospective MBA students with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the business professions to apply to the Ross MBA Program through The Consortium.
Founded in 1970, the Black Business Students Association (BBSA) is one of the largest student-run organizations at Ross. BBSA is dedicated to the recruitment of graduate black business students and the professional and academic development of its membership. In addition to its professional and academic goals, the BBSA hosts social outings throughout the year to foster relationships within the membership and the Ross community. Each year, the BBSA hosts the annual Alfred L. Edwards BBSA Conference. The conference explores the issues facing underrepresented minorities in business and provides an opportunity to network with Ross students, alumni, and faculty.
The Ross Hispanic Business Students Association (RHBSA) is a graduate student organization open to all MBA students who are interested in Latin cultures and communities. RHBSA’s goal is to provide a stimulating and supportive network to its members in the following areas:
- Professional Development
- Personal Development
Our UpClose diversity event, held every fall at the Ross School of Business, is hosted by the Office of Admissions in partnership with the members of the Ross School of Business' Consortium community. UpClose offers prospective MBA students the opportunity to experience the community and programs at Ross, and it is designed for prospective students of any race or ethnicity who have an interest in improving the representation of minorities in management.
Affiliation with Organizations that Promote Diversity in Business
Since 1983, the Ross School of Business has been a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of the United States’ top corporations. The mission of The Consortium is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in both its member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management. As mentioned previously, we encourage all prospective MBA students with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the business professions to apply to the Ross MBA Program through The Consortium.
Ross is proud of our long-standing relationship with The Consortium. We have had one of the largest number of Consortium members amongst the 17 Consortium schools, and Ross students won The Consortium’s 2010 T.E.A.M. award in recognition of their fund-raising for The Consortium’s class gift campaign, communication amongst Consortium members, and student leadership.
In addition to this partnership, Ross collaborates with a host of organizations that encourage students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to pursue graduate management studies, including:
Michigan Ross is a Premier Partner with MLT and participates in their in-person seminars and other events.
MLT provides the roadmap, coaching, hard and soft skills, and door-opening relationships that transform high-potential minority talent into high-impact leaders. MLT’s MBA Prep Program prepares African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans to apply to major business schools and successfully navigate the corporate recruiting process once admitted. The MBA Prep experience includes two years of personalized coaching and five in-person seminars where participants enhance their skills and build relationships with business school admission officers and recruiters from 60+ top corporations and social sector organizations. In addition, Fellows receive mentoring from MLT alumni, participate in high-impact volunteer leadership activities, and connect with organizations which provide GMAT preparation. In 2012, 99 percent of MLT Fellows were admitted to business school. MLT has been featured on CNN’s Black in America 2, on the cover of Fortune, on NPR, and in the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek.
APPLY to MLT's MBA Prep Program by either September 16 (Round 1) or October 28 (Round 2).
Ross representatives and students also attend conferences that seek to address issues of underrepresentation in business, such as:
We encourage you to visit the Diversity Matters at Michigan website, which serves as a comprehensive portal to diversity resources at the University of Michigan.
At Ross, we understand you want a career that is both challenging and fulfilling. Our top-ranked general management curriculum gives you the flexibility to tailor a program that suits your unique goals. Our community gives you the resources and support network you need to be your best in business and beyond.
Support for your goals from one of the strongest women’s networks
Michigan Business Women (MBW) is a student-run club that hosts career networking, professional development, community service, and social events for Ross women throughout the year and is dedicated to fostering a strong community of women at Ross. The annual Women in Leadership Conference (co-sponsored by MBW and Women@Ross) provides networking and recruiting opportunities for students, alumnae, and professionals from across the United States.
Women in Leadership Conference
Join current students, alumnae, professionals, admissions representatives, and other prospective students at our annual Women in Leadership Conference. Strengthen your network and learn how to drive your career through thoughtful and effective leadership. Learn about the Michigan Ross MBA Program from the perspective of female students. The event is open to anyone interested in learning about the MBA experience from the perspective of female MBA students at Michigan.
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Engagement with alumnae and current students
Your support network does not end at graduation. Michigan Ross alumnae remain an active part of the community through the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). The council exists to promote scholarship, mentorship, and networking within the women’s community at Ross. As a Ross graduate, you will belong to a global community of more than 40,000 business school alumni. Additionally, the University of Michigan has one of the world’s largest living alumni networks at some half a million strong.
Opportunities for Prospective Students
We encourage prospective students to connect with women at Ross. Select from more than 50 current female students who are willing to talk with you about their experience as women at Ross, address your concerns, or answer any questions you may have.
Ross is a member of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of top business schools and companies dedicated to directing talented women toward leadership roles in business. Ross Forté Fellows participate in the annual Forté conference. Each fall, Ross participates in Forté forums across the United States.
It is often difficult for prospective women in distant cities or countries to travel to Ann Arbor to get an in-person feel for the community. Current students travel outside of Ann Arbor regularly throughout the year and make themselves available to meet with you one-on-one or in small groups for informal conversations. Please check our Meet Ross Students page for information on Women’s Café Chats.
Women’s Super Interview
The Ross Office of Admissions hosts a Women’s Super Interview event during the second application round for select applicants. This event includes opportunities to engage with alumnae, current students, and admissions staff.
Ross is the perfect place to enhance your skills with a business degree. We are grateful for your service to our country and will waive your application fee.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Ross is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For those who are 100% eligible for Chapter 33, the University of Michigan and Ross will cover most of your unmet tuition needs. We do not limit the number of participants and cover all admitted students who are eligible.
Specifics regarding the program can be found in the Financial Aid section of our site.
A Foundation of Excellence
- Action-Based Learning—As a veteran, you understand that a situation outlined on paper may appear very different once you’re out in the field. The Ross curriculum is centered on the belief that the same is true in business. Why study business from a textbook or case, when you can step out of the classroom and be the case? Ross offers you opportunities to learn real business in the real world.
- Collaboration—To accomplish military objectives, you must effectively work with other people, many of whom bring different ideas and experiences to the table. We believe business works the same way, which is why teamwork drives the educational experience at Ross. Students learn together, study together, and work together to complete assignments. This team-based approach teaches Ross students to work together for a common goal, learn to appreciate differences, and form bonds that last a lifetime.
- Leadership Development—Leadership in business, like leadership in the military, requires the ability to process information quickly, articulate a compelling vision, make effective decisions, and mobilize others to act. Leadership development is an integral component of our business curriculum, making Ross graduates ready to face the challenges of today’s complex business environment.
Solid Preparation for the Future
- Dual-Degree Options—At Ross, we understand that business is woven into all aspects of society. That’s why we partner with programs across the University of Michigan to offer dual-degree curricula in fields such as public policy, law, engineering, area studies, public health, and medicine. Additionally, the Ross School’s renowned institutes and centers offer hands-on learning in the areas of sustainable business, entrepreneurship, operations excellence, economies in transition, business and society, and more.
- ROI—Our academic programs annually rank among the nation’s elite, and recruiters consistently give Ross graduates high marks for teamwork, leadership, and analytical ability. Our graduates accept positions all over the United States and the world, and they step into their jobs ready to lead. The ROI of a Ross degree also includes a network of more than 45,000 business school alumni and half a million University of Michigan alumni poised to serve as resources throughout your career.
A Vibrant, Supportive Community
- The Armed Forces Association is one of more than 70 student clubs and organizations at Ross. Its mission is to advance the role of veterans in business. The association actively recruits prospective students and provides admissions guidelines from a student’s perspective. For current students, the association sponsors events, networking opportunities, and mentoring, and it serves as the cornerstone of the close-knit military community at Ross.
- The University of Michigan has a strong tradition of student service in the armed forces, and students represent each of the service branches. U-M’s Office of New Student Programs manages the Student Veterans Assistance Program and hosts welcoming dinners and programs of interest to veterans. It also maintains U-M Veteran’s Connection, a website full of resources for veterans. The University’s Student Veteran Association actively engages the veteran community on campus.
- Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan are interchangeable and provide a diverse, welcoming, and active community for students and their families. With plenty of museums, public green space, and performing arts venues, you will find many ways to enjoy your time, as well as restaurants and entertainment for every taste.
Applying to Ross
Out at Ross
An active and visible LGBT community plays a central role in student life at the Ross School of Business. LGBT students provide a professional and social network for each other, while also raising awareness of LGBT issues within the Ross community. The LGBT community collaborates to create an open, welcoming environment, and develops relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, and corporations to help us achieve these goals. The Ross School encourages LGBT students to be out, and a variety of Ross and University of Michigan resources assist LBGT students and others in the coming out process.
Out for Business - LGBT Student Association
Ross Out for Business (Ross OFB) is the official lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student association. With more than 35 LGBT members, and roughly the same number of engaged allies, Ross OFB is an active part of the school's vibrant community. The group organizes a variety of events designed to bring together members of the LGBT community, including bowling, brunch, and bar-hopping. The association’s social events also seek to integrate the greater Ross community to encourage dialogue about the unique issues facing LGBT people in the workplace and in society. For example, the club recently hosted a campuswide discussion with Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Out for Business also provides extensive support to members in their career searches. Resources include:
Mentoring — Second-year MBA students actively support incoming students as they navigate the internship recruitment process, helping with cover letters, resume reviews, and more.
On-Campus Recruiting — OFB works with a wide variety of firms to facilitate the recruiting process for LGBT students at Ross. The group works with companies to set up numerous networking opportunities specifically for LGBT students.
Off-Campus Recruiting — OFB helps students connect with additional firms through mentorship and participation in the annual Reaching Out MBA conference.
For more information about Out for Business, visit www.rossoutforbusiness.org.
The University of Michigan and Ann Arbor
Ross is fortunate to be part of the large and diverse University of Michigan, which is home to several other top-tier graduate programs that form the larger LGBT community at the University. U-M’s Spectrum Center coordinates LGBT activities across all schools and colleges, and is a wonderful resource for LGBT students and faculty.
Prospective Student Resources
We encourage prospective students to be out in their applications and with the Office of Admissions. To connect with a member of the Ross LGBT community, please contact prospectivestudentOFB@umich.edu, and someone from Out for Business will reach out to you.