Earlier today I posted the Ross acceptance rate analysis which shows how GPA and GMAT scores affect your chance of admission at University of Michigan’s MBA program. I received a request to see if GMAT and GPA can still predict acceptance rate out of the applicants who were selected to interview. I would never want to disappoint a reader, so here is my Ross interview acceptance rate analysis. While reading this analysis, keep in mind that around 62% of interviewed applicants are accepted, which is higher than schools like Harvard and Wharton but lower than Stern.

## Ross Interview Acceptance Rate by GMAT

In the graph above you can see that there is a clear relationship between Ross acceptance rate even among the applicants selected to interview. The R-squared is 74% which is fairly high, so GMAT is an accurate predictor of admissions post interview. The slope of the line suggests that for every 10 points higher your GMAT is, you have a 2% higher chance of admissions. Unfortunately for those with a low GMAT score, you are not on an equal playing field even after being selected for an interview at Ross.

## Ross Interview Acceptance Rate by GPA

There is also a relationship between Ross interview acceptance rate and GPA, but the correlation is much weaker. Just from looking at the graph you can see that the data is more spread out from the regression line. The R-squared of 32% is much lower than the R-squared for GMAT of 74%. All else equal, it would help your chance of admission if you have a high GPA, but it does not seem to matter as much as GMAT.

When I analyzed Harvard Business School acceptance rate, I found that GMAT and GPA could not predict acceptance rate from the pool of applicants selected to interview. Which means everyone who was interviewed were on a level playing field once invited to interview. That does not seem to be the case for Ross. In the end, even with a low GMAT or GPA, you still have a 50% of being accepted after your interview. All you can do is prepare for your Ross MBA interview as much as possible and hope for the best.

HopehardVery interesting post. Think you could do a prediction for me? 780, 3.5, white male with 2.5 years exp after a law degree. Also, I have been invited to interview.

Data GuruPost authorAssuming that you were not applying from India your estimated acceptance rate is 63% before you were invited to interview. Getting the invite raises your chance of admission even higher but I can’t really estimate it accurately. Good luck!

fingersCrossedCould you try mine too.

720 GMAT. 4.5 years work exp in engineering. Indian Female. I have been invited to interview.

fingersCrossedOh and my GPA is 3.4

Data GuruPost authorThat is tricky. So before you were invited to interview, my model predicts that your chance of admission is 12%, mainly due to your background in engineering and being from India. Obviously getting an interview increases your chances significantly. Around 62% of those interviewed get accepted overall, however it is slightly lower for Indians who are interviewed at 43%. At this point all you can do is prepare as much as possible. Check out clear admit to find out the interview questions that they will ask http://blog.clearadmit.com/category/interview-reports/school/ross/. Practice your answers as much as possible. Try to do a few practices with a real person, preferably a person who is an MBA grad or current MBA student. Good luck!

A. LevinAny predictions for a 720 GMAT and 3.7 GPA? I have my interview in about a week..

Data GuruPost authorWith a higher than average GMAT and GPA your chance of admission was 45% before you were invited to interview. Being interviewed increases your chances of acceptance significantly, so I would say that you have a good shot of being admitted. Be sure to prepare a lot for your interview and good luck!

LowPAInterviewing for R2 with a 2.35 GPA & 780 GMAT. I understand the model probably breaks down at that GPA, but I’d love to hear your input. Thanks!