The Michigan Ross School of Business is facing the same challenges affecting top U.S. business schools everywhere. Most visa offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This leaves international students with no way to process their paperwork in time for on-campus learning in the fall. As a result of this uncertainty, MBA Admissions Director Soojin Kwon has announced a deferral option for Ross international admits.
Like Harvard Business School, which also offered deferrals for any admit who requested one, affected students may postpone the start of their MBA studies to fall 2021, or fall 2022.
It’s too soon to predict how many international admits will choose the deferral option for Ross. But, by spreading the deferrals over two years, the school hopes to lessen the impact on new applicants worried about space in the upcoming classes. In fact, Kwon anticipates “that a good number of international students will choose to enroll this fall as planned.”
What Will Instruction Look Like in the Fall?
The answer, as for most schools, is murky at best. With continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, Michigan Ross is currently gaming out several scenarios for the fall. Kwon shares that the adcom team is awaiting a decision from the university’s leadership by the end of this month.
“Our priority is to provide students the best learning and development opportunities possible while keeping our community safe,” Kwon explains.
No matter which scenario ultimately plays out, any student who cannot move to Ann Arbor in the fall will still be able to access classes and recruiting remotely. That way, they can stay on track and finish their MBA on time.
Furthermore, the team at Ross has decided that all recruiting activities will take place virtually this academic year. “This approach will offer the most accessible, equitable, and consistent recruiting experience for all students in these challenging times,” says Kwon.
Get to Know Ross Virtually
In such uncertain times, MBA applicants will need to tap into different resources to get to know the business schools that interest them. For those targeting Michigan Ross, Kwon recommends prospective students check out Ross’s library of recorded webinars. Also, you can join online events such as admissions chats and “Ask Me Anything” sessions with current students.
“They are the best way to get to know Michigan Ross and what it’s like to live in Ann Arbor,” says the director.
Earlier this month, the Ross School published the MBA deadlines and essay questions for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Likewise, SBC has shared its MBA essay tips for Ross. If you would like help with your Michigan Ross MBA application, don’t hesitate to get in touch. SBC offers a free, 15-minute candidacy assessment. Schedule yours today!