The MBA Pop Quiz with Michigan Ross

By: The Ross School of Business - University of Michigan

Hi, I'm Soojin Kwon, director of admissions at the Ross School of Business We know you're busy researching schools, thinking about essays, studying for the GMAT and prepping your recommenders. So I thought you could all use a break from the stress and work of applying to business school. So let's just take a moment to relax. Great! Now it's time for the B-school Pop Quiz! And yes, we're going to ask you how you did on the quiz during your Ross interview, so pay attention. I'm kidding. I'm kidding. Don't worry, this is just good fun. And it should be a little easier than the GMAT.

For the first question the category is geography so I hope you all studied or atlas recently. Question is: Where do the majority of ross grads go after graduation? The real answer here is C. More than 60% of our grads take jobs in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago.

What's more, a recent independent career study showed that Ross MBA grads are getting the jobs that B-school grads everywhere want to have. I'll put more information about that in the video description, so check it out. Ok, the next category we're going to look at is the GMAT. True or False: Maybe you're thinking: if the lowest-score in a school's range is "X", I only need to get to get "X" to get in. Well that is FALSE. You should aim to get the highest score possible. If all other factors were equal between candidates, we are more likely to take the applicant with higher score. That doesn't mean a higher score guarantees admission.

There are plenty of applicants who score over 750 and aren't admitted, but a higher score gives us greater certainty that you can handle the academic rigors of Business School. Ok, we're gonna stick with true or false for the next question. And the category is The Classroom. TRUE OR FALSE: They'll all give me some sort of hands-on learning. FALSE. While it's true that a lot of schools have added experiential learning to their curriculum, they are not all created equal Look formulas and concepts can be googled, but the skills you'll need to excel in your career, like dealing with ambiguity, identifying opportunities, structuring and solving problems that require more than text book knowledge - the best way to develop those skills is through experiential or action based learning. And there's something to be gained from having a lot of experience doing experiential learning. From the range of experiences offered, to the relationships with external partners, to the length of time a school devotes to it within the curriculum. All of those things affect how much you're going to get out of the experience.

The MBA Pop Quiz with Michigan Ross

So the answer is FALSE. Moving right along, the elusive category of fit. hHere we go. What is the best way to assess your fit in a business school's culture? The answer is of course: Secret Answer E) All of the above. There is no single best way to gauge fit.

The best thing to do is to take a multi-pronged approach. Evaluating fit is a really important part of the MBA application process, so I'd encourage you to check out some of the links in the video description to see how you can chat with a student or visit us here in beautiful Ann Arbor. Thanks so much for watching.

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