EEatPurdue, I don't think it really matters. While I wouldn't know from personal experience, I know people who have worked in the industry, and from what they say is that it's not rocket science. Most BBs have pretty good training programs as well, to teach you anything you need to know. Besides, many of the other targets for BBs don't even have undergraduate business programs.
@MLDWoody: It's easy to sit and generalize what I'm saying as a conspiracy. By the way, good attempt at a clever comment. All I was saying is that it doesn't appear to be as exact as the admissions office and the directors say at all the informational sessions they encourage students to attend. It appears as though there are other things that they aren't saying at those sessions that they are looking for. Or they aren't stressing out of those things what they are looking for the most. Further, its possible with all those numbers that you can get screwed by the numbers. Think about it, out of 320 accepted students they probably take equal numbers of men and women and more men definitely apply. So it becomes harder as a man to get in. You can yell at me about not being politically correct, but think about it. You know it is right.
Well a simple look at the data already available to us indicates that only 33% of last years BBA class was female. I'm sure there is some advantage if you're women, but I don't think it's a large margin. Md3, I'm sure what happened is a simple case of the admissions committee ****ing up. It happens all the time. It just sucks when you're on the receiving end.
It is true that Ross places more people into BB IB than Engineering. But that has a lot to do with the fact that many more Ross students are interested in IB than Engineering students. When I was in engineering first year, many of the people wanted to work for top companies in their field (think Google for EECS, and Boeing for Aero, etc.). Ross just places a lot of people because that's where the interest for the field tends to be, and so top recruiters come there.
As for the fit thing with engineers being too technical, maybe, but if you can network well then I think that it will be a very minor issue. I know quite a few engineers that have gotten internships at BB. Also, for S&T, I think engineers are as much recruited as Ross if not more because of their quantitative skills.
Bottom line: If you have a good GPA in Engineering and can network, then you'll get interviews for banking.
I second Raezin. For the preferred admits, I know they stressed to us that the extracurriculars, specifically business related, are what matter more than GPA (at least over a certain level like 3.5 or 3.6 LSA and 3.2/3.3 Engineering).
I'm not at all sure, but I would guess that they would apply that to regular as well.
I think so to, but I think at that point, prior work experience would outweigh the specific degrees you have. After all, outside of quantitative finance, the math involved in business isn't particularly difficult. A BBA student who worked in Bain Consulting prior to an MBA is more attractive to HR than an MBA who worked as an engineer at Boeing.
Well I'm not looking to eventually do all business. I still would like a mix of business and engineering. But that's me and I'm kinda taking the thread off topic. Plus I would need to probably have an employer help with the cost though. And I hopefully would have co op experience, but that's not very businesses-y
I got accepted, and I didn't take nearly as hard of a schedule as many other students. There is something wierd about ross admissions, my friend had straight A's in harder classes and didnt get in.
Coral Reefs: A
Calc 1: B+
Problems of Philo: A
Econ 101: B+
English 225: A
Linguistics 111: A-
Intro Pysch: A
Total GPA: 3.775
I took some of the easier electives, so I think being a varisty athlete/writing good essays is what got me in. I do feel bad for the kids with harder classes and amazingly good grades that didnt get in, the admissions system seems somewhat random.