March Message from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

It’s hard to believe that we’re quickly approaching the end of this academic year. Commencement is just around the corner and in a little over a month, some of our academic programs will be welcoming new students. 

We’re also nearing the end of this year’s student admissions season, and I’m very pleased to share updates on it. Below is a quick recap of where we stand in the admissions cycle:

  • The BBA Program is experiencing a very strong admissions cycle with over 10,800 first-year applications, up about 18% over last year. This increase includes double-digit year-over-year growth among first-generation, underrepresented minorities, and female applicants. Targeting a fall class of 500 first-year students, the BBA admissions team is hard at work on a host of yield events and activities until the end of April.
  • With one more application round to go, the Full-Time MBA Program is also having a strong admissions cycle, currently at a 38% year-over-year increase in applications with a 44% increase in underrepresented minority applicants, and a 34% increase in female applicants. Targeting a fall class of 380 students, the FTMBA admissions team is also planning a full slate of admissions and yield activities between now and August. 
  • The Online MBA Program has been growing in interest, with current applications up more than 26% for the fall 2024 intake.
  • Our Weekend MBA and Executive MBA Programs are very similar to last year in terms of application volumes and expected yield.  
  • The Master of Accounting Program applications are up around 18%, while our Master of Supply Chain Management and Master of Management Programs are similar in application volume to last year. Our Master of Business Analytics Program applications are lower this year due to the more stringent quantitative skills we are now requiring for admissions, but the total number of matriculated students so far is up more than 20%. So, while there are fewer applicants, we are yielding more students who are also better prepared to succeed and thrive in the program.  
  • The PhD Program continues to see strong demand, with 483 applications for an incoming class size of about 15 students across our seven areas of study.

Please extend a word of thanks to our colleagues in admissions for their great work this cycle.

Also, I want to acknowledge all of the hard work that went into some terrific events this past month.  In addition to a host of student-driven events, such as the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference, just last week our Advancement team welcomed our donors to campus for the annual Donors and Scholars event, in which current scholarship recipients and donors meet each other and spend time together. Our annual Mitchell Lecture was held directly after that event, and it was a pleasure to meet and hear from Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, a globally recognized data scientist, on the ethics of artificial intelligence in business and how AI is impacting innovation.

These are just a few examples, and you can always keep up with the latest events happening at Ross by visiting our website. Also, please continue to check out our Mission in Action page, which is regularly updated with important information on new programs, initiatives, and developments at Michigan Ross.

As usual, I would like to remind everyone of my office hours. In April, the in-person office hours for faculty and staff will be held in the Davidson Winter Garden on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, April 2 from 4:15-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9 from 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 from 4:15-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 from 4:15-5 p.m.

The monthly virtual office hours will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at 4:15 p.m. If you would like to attend the virtual office hours, please contact Heather Cooper (hmcooper@umich.edu) for an invite with the link to join.

To close, I want to wish everyone a happy spring! As the weather continues to warm up, I hope you take some time to get outside and enjoy the change of seasons.

Kind regards,

Sharon

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