Is Umich Ross impossible for me? (in-state)

Hi guys.

I’m from Michigan, and I recently decided that business was the best major for me!! My problem is that my ECs are NOT business related… at all… except for my job at a local store.

I’m strong at math, have awards/ a passion for music, leadership, and an idea of how I can tie my HS experiences to my future plans in business. I’m also instate—which should hopefully increase my admissions chances?!?!

I know it’s low. People called me an idiot on a2c for even thinking about applying to business schools without business ecs.

Without further ado…


White girl, suburban Michigan

**Intended Major(s): business, but plan to maybe minor in music or math


1470 on my PSAT (index score should safely qualify me for national merit based off of historical data)

I haven’t taken the ACT, but I’ve been getting 34-35 on practice tests.

UW/W GPA and Rank:
4.0 unweighted (mainly A+). Not revealing weighted since my school’s weird system might dox me.
My school doesn’t rank, but I’d imagine that I’m pretty close to the top.

Coursework: AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores, etc

Mainly honors freshman year.

APUSH and Calc BC sophomore year (5 on both); mainly honors classes

Calc 3 (got an A!) and Differential Equations dual enrollment junior year, along w/ 4 APs

4 APs senior year + one business course

Band and a language all 4 years


  1. All-State Music. One of the top bassoon players in Michigan.

  2. Accepted (as one of two bassoonists) into the top group of a music summer camp

  3. very very likely National Merit Finalist

  4. regional music award

Extracurriculars: Include leadership & summer activities


  1. Varsity Cheer Team Co-Captain

  2. All-Student Body (hopeful VP, current committee leader)

  3. regional youth music groups

I’m in multiple. One is very prestigious and I’m 3rd chair. One is less prestigious, and I’m first chair.

  1. part time job:

I work like 12-15 hours a week at a locally owned store. The job is very business-y in nature (pricing things, making sure money goes into people’s accounts… it can get complex)

  1. Class Student Council

I plan homecoming stuff, prom, run social media, and I’m in charge of advertising

  1. volunteering club outreach leader

  2. Assorted School music clubs (honors band, orchestra club, school musicals)

Bassoon leader + I mentor younger players

  1. NHS

(plan to run for leadership next year)

  1. Freshman helper team

(plan to run for leadership next year)

  1. freshman and sophomore year only: super competitive club cheer team. It was very expensive, and made it hard for me to participate in other extracurriculars.

I’ve been told that I’m a very strong writer, but I’m not sure what I plan to do for essays quite yet. I definitely have an idea of how to tie my music/math/leadership experiences to my future business plans :slight_smile:

I have an idea of who to ask for one LOR (teacher and club advisor who likes me a lot), but I have NO CLUE who to ask for a STEM rec!! I don’t think my dual enrollment prof knows me well enough, and my pre-calc and ap calc teacher (same lady for both) switched schools.

So yeah. Am I too “standard strong” for Ross? I think yes… lol. I haven’t had much of an ability to start a business/nonprofit/internship, and there are restrictions on the business clubs at my school that prevented me from joining.

Let me know what you think!! :smile:

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By the way, does being a girl help me out at all? Ross undergrad is terribly unbalanced (35% female), and I wondered whether this was due to a lower proportion of female applicants OR due to stronger male applicants.

Basically, are they actively seeking out more women or not?

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I’m just commenting again to bump this and see if anyone can give me any input!!

I am not an expert. But your profile looks great in general. People change majors and careers all the time. A convincing essay why you want to be a business major should do it. A strong math back ground is very useful in business too. All quant jobs need heavy math profiles.

First off, never let anyone tell you, you can’t.

Are you going to play bassoon in college? Might be a way in and not typical like violin… Just saying.

Talk to admissions about how you can boost your profile and what they are looking for.

It is doesn’t say anything about having a business or developing a start up since that’s what college is for so I wouldn’t worry about what you don’t have. Discuss what you do have and how that applies to them. Again, talk with them to find out the best approach