Last year, the school received about 3,000 applications from high school seniors, of whom only 340 were offered a spot in the 2014-15 class.
That means only about one in ten of that pool of applicants had a chance of getting into the school, Moody Rideout said.
This essay is what College Vine calls a “Why This College” supplement: it is meant to gauge your interest in the school and how you would fit into/contribute to the academic and social environment of the university.
This supplement contains two significant questions that you need to answer in order to effectively respond to the essay: Basically, the admissions officers want to see whether you are genuinely passionate about attending the university (not reluctantly applying because your parents told you to) and whether you have though critically about how the academic opportunities offered by the college would couple with your academic interests. If there is only one thing you come away with in regards to answering this question, it is to do your research.
What is unique is that at Ross we have the most competitive Preferred Admission program on campus.
We have a highly-ranked business school and now high school students have the option to apply to us through the Preferred Admissions program.
Blaire Moody Rideout’s background in student counseling and advising has come in handy in her job overseeing the undergraduate admissions office at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
This is the time of year when she and her office start doling out the final decisions on applications, and some of the news can be devastating to students, especially those who have been denied admission to the school twice, first as high school seniors applying through the Preferred Admission program and then again as University of Michigan freshmen.
Moody Rideout spoke with Poets&Quants for Undergrads’ Alison Damast about the challenges her office faces as the business major becomes more popular at the University of Michigan, how applicants can demonstrate leadership in their applications, and why she thinks more students are trying to portray themselves as entrepreneurs.
High school seniors that want guaranteed admission to the Ross School apply to the school’s Preferred Admission program.