Michigan Ross Short Answer Questions

Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words total).


I want people to know that I:

I made a difference when I:

I was aware that I was different when:


I am out of my comfort zone when:

I was humbled when:

I was challenged when: 

The purpose of these short questions is to give the admissions team valuable insight into who you are as a person and how you view yourself.

Group 1 – 

Looking at each Ross MBA essay group, in turn, Group 1 might be an opportunity to talk about your values and background. It reads as a place to highlight what drives and motivates you on a deeper level than your career.

Prompt 1 – This part allows you to talk about something you feel proud of—a personal quality or experience. 

Prompt 2 – You can describe when you made a difference to an organization or person or advanced an important cause in this part of the group

Prompt 3 – Here, you can consider what sets you apart from others and what unique qualities you will bring to Ross.

Group 2 – 

Group 2 is more about your reaction to events in your life and your character. In addition, it could be an essay to describe your accomplishments. 

Prompt 1 –  this is an ideal opportunity to introduce any international or cultural experiences you have had. You may also have a hobby that entails consistent growth and challenges; for instance, perhaps your quest for the next belt in your martial arts classes pushes you outside of your comfort zone.

Prompt 2 –  While discussing humility, it would be appropriate to mention how you were humbled by how large a project team is, and how many colleagues contributed to its success; or one can be humbled when climbing a challenging peak 

Prompt 3 – Sharing an example of how you failed or made a mistake and learned from it can be an effective way to show growth. Relating a challenging experience can demonstrate that you are self-aware and can learn from obstacles

Michigan Ross Resume Short Answer

Pick one thing from your resume and tell us more. (100 words)

Of course, you’ll want to focus on a positive situation or notable accomplishment for your mini-essay. However, do not aim after the “low-hanging fruit” on your CV, such as a promotion, right away. You want whatever you end up choosing to disclose more about who you are as an individual, what you can add to the Ross community, and what sort of potential you have, not only to dazzle and/or fascinate the admissions reader.

Remember that the opportunity or accomplishment you describe will disclose to the admissions committee what kinds of experiences most resonate with you and make you feel proud, providing them with insight into your values and priorities. Additionally, when explaining your chosen incident or accomplishment, you need to express more than just the facts; you also need to describe your working method and mental processes. Clarify your position and accomplishments, why it was significant for the business and for you individually, and maybe even include what you learned. Given the limited space available, you must concentrate especially on the details of the tale that apply to you.

We advise you to balance the content of this prompt with the content of your other essays. For instance, if your first set of brief responses exclusively included references to your work, be sure to include a discussion of an experience that exemplifies your values or personality. Additionally, confirm that you are contributing information that goes beyond your résumé. When sharing specifics, make sure to mention your effect and, if applicable to the event you’ve chosen, your involvement in collaboration and leadership.

Michigan Ross Career Goal Short Answer

What is your short-term career goal? (25 words) Why is this the right short-term career goal for you? (150 words)

Determine the position you want to hold as soon as you graduate from college, including the job title and two or three desired companies.

Your objective may be “right” for you if it has the potential to have an effect, develop your talents, or serve as a stepping stone to other opportunities. In any case, you should focus on the meaning behind your objectives—both what you want to receive from them and what you aim to provide. The latter is inherently related to supporting your long-term aim, so it seems logical to mention it in this succinct response.

Any leftover space should be used to explain why the Ross MBA program and its student body are a particularly good fit for your goals. To demonstrate to the adcom how Michigan is a key component of your chosen career path, it may be worthwhile to identify certain programmatic offerings or elective courses that appear especially pertinent to your professional aspirations.

Michigan Ross OPTIONAL Question

Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? You might want to discuss the completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

Michigan Ross’s optional essay prompt is carefully written to make it clear that it is meant to allow applicants freedom to clarify any ambiguous or problematic aspects of their profiles and is not an invitation to share anything more they would want with the admissions committee. The instruction to use bullet points seems to be a not-so-subtle hint that the school wants you to concentrate on communicating vital information rather than providing a thorough and drawn-out discussion of the issue at hand. 

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