Michigan Ross 2022/23 essay analysis

Updated: Jul 14


Michigan's Ross School of Business has released its questions for the 2022-23 application cycle.


2022-23 essay questions


Part 1: Short Answers (choose one from each group; <100 words each; 200 words total)


Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:

  • I made a difference when I:

  • I was aware that I was different when:

Group 2

  • I was out of my comfort zone when:

  • I was humbled when:

  • I was challenged when:

Part 2: Pick one thing from your resume and tell us more about (100 words)


Part 3: Career Goal

What is your short-term career goal? (25 words)

Why is this the right short-term career goal for you? (150 words)


2022/23 essay question analysis


Short answer prompts

The prompts remain unchanged from last year, requiring direct, concise writing. Unlike other essay questions where how you explain an answer matters as much if not more than the topic you choose, for these questions your topic matters most. Make sure you choose something that highlights your unique attributes, rather than vague references to how great you are. Easiest to write and for the reader to remember will be specific instances and examples, even for Group 1 topics which may be harder to reference a specific event. Overall, be creative and let your personality come through to the reader!


Part 2:

This is a new essay, that gives you a chance to expand on one of your core achievements on your resume. 100 words will go quickly, so suggest focusing on a resume bullet that could use more context or could be misunderstood as to how difficult it was to achieve. For instance, did you earn a promotion during a period of company cutbacks? Advocate for a budget increase when others were being cut? The best answers here will build upon a positive achievement from your resume and provide context to help it stand out from your peers!


Part 3:

There is a slight change to last year, where this essay is broken up into two parts (what and why) rather than a consolidated question. Nevertheless, these questions are similar to what other schools ask for regarding your career goal, so you can likely borrow much from those essays. The slight difference is that this question only asks for short-term goals; focus on 1-5 years after graduation. When detailing why your goals are right for you, keep explanations concise, and make sure you highlight 2-3 core characteristics about you that make you the right applicant to pursue this goal. Remember, you’re trying to convince the reader why they need you in their class!


Optional essay

If you have a differentiated long-term goal (i.e. a specific business idea you’re working on now), and haven’t expressed it elsewhere in your application, you can use this space to explain it and give comfort to the reader that Ross will help you achieve success.


2021/22 deadlines

Deadline time: 11:59pm EST


Round 1: Application deadline: Sept. 19, 2022; Decision date: Dec. 9, 2022

Round 2: Application deadline: Jan. 8, 2023; Decision date: Mar. 17, 2023

Round 3: Application deadline: Apr. 3, 2023; Decision date: May 5, 2023


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