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# Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants

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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  24 Jul 2008, 09:06
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Anyone else think it's a little annoying that UCLA isn't releasing their essays until August? I know that's only a week away (well till the first), but seems so far behind some of the other top schools.

Before this year, it was always like this. I just don't get why schools release them so late. Maybe they don't want you to apply to multiple schools?
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  24 Jul 2008, 09:14
Maybe they just do everything late, start classes, finish classes...release essay topics.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  24 Jul 2008, 09:55
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Anyone else think it's a little annoying that UCLA isn't releasing their essays until August? I know that's only a week away (well till the first), but seems so far behind some of the other top schools.

Yes, it is very annoying. In my opinion, actions speak louder than words and this shows me that the school may have a culture of procrastination and being disorganized. Or perhaps, it's just the admissions office.

If you want to start working on their essays, I believe the "Why MBA" and "Tell us about where you grew up" questions are staples of the UCLA application year after year.

Yes, it is annoying. But to be fair, UCLA does start classes later than almost all other schools. So relatively speaking, it makes a little more sense that their essays are released later. But I still don't see why just the essay questions couldn't have been released in, oh say, July. It's not like it's that complicated.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  30 Jul 2008, 19:05
Looks like the application, essay questions, and dates are up. October 9th for R1! I'm in!
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  30 Jul 2008, 19:52
WOW, that's early! and wow, they got it up so soon? I'm shocked!
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  27 Sep 2008, 19:04
This thread is really dead. I take it that most people are not applying to UCLA until Round 2? I know I am not.

They just posted the Class of 2010 profile:

http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/ ... ss2010.pdf

Mean GPA: 3.5, Mean GMAT: 711,

Mid-80% GPA Range: 3.2-3.8, Mid-80% GMAT Range: 660-760
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  27 Sep 2008, 20:35
woh, I didn't even know this thread was still here.

the stats sound awfully similar to most of the top schools.

thanks terp06!
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  28 Sep 2008, 12:40
I am in R1...go bruins..
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  28 Sep 2008, 18:19
Look at the selectivity..... a staggering 9.7%.... Tougher than HBS!!!! Tougher than Wharton....... Nearly Stanford-like...... And we thought that UCLA was a bit easier..... lol
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  28 Sep 2008, 18:22
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Look at the selectivity..... a staggering 9.7%.... Tougher than HBS!!!! Tougher than Wharton....... Nearly Stanford-like...... And we thought that UCLA was a bit easier..... lol

Just so you know, they admit way more than 360 students.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  28 Sep 2008, 18:41
Yes, their yield is only around 50%. Their admit rate should be in the 18-20% range, which is not bad for last year.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  29 Sep 2008, 05:41
oopsie...... I totally overlooked the yield part of the equation........ lol
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 10:30
So I just got off the phone with the admissions office, which I think are a bunch of a holes, and it seems they are very strict on word limits for essays. Now I'm screwed because there is almost no way I can reduce my optional essay to 250 words, I'm at 340 right now. It's just not possible. Help?

Kry, any advice on word limits for UCLA applications?
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 10:56
if you call the adcoms, they'll always be strict about the word limits or say "use you judgment". 340 for a 250 word essay is WAY too much. If you're like at 260 or 270, you *might* be ok, but 340 will not be acceptable and will hurt your chances.

Haas has FOUR essays at 250 words each, and we were all able to get our point across. HBS has like 6 300 word essays, and people have to do it. I recommend you purchase (or borrow) the "65 Successful HBS essays" and see how they were able to fit all the info in 300 words or fewer.

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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 11:16
Well, it's the optional essay and I have to essentially explain two failing grades in two seperate semesters. I used 132 words for the first grade and then 157 for the second and 38 to wrap it up = 327 total. The problem is that I have actual reasons around my grades that I need to explain.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 11:18
I'm in for R1. This is my only realistic school, I would be disappointed and surprised if I don't get in. Every other school is a reach.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 11:37
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Well, it's the optional essay and I have to essentially explain two failing grades in two seperate semesters. I used 132 words for the first grade and then 157 for the second and 38 to wrap it up = 327 total. The problem is that I have actual reasons around my grades that I need to explain.

did you fail each class for completely different reasons? If the reasons are at all similar, I would try to explain both together.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 13:45
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think you need to explain in such detail. Unless an immediate member of your family died or got cancer at that time, the reasons are all the same, you sucked (it's the same reason for my failed grades). You just need to acknowledge it and express clearly in the rest of your app that you are not that failure anymore.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 14:26
Well there wouldn't be much of a point in writing the essay at all if I were just going to say I sucked. I'm not making excuses in my essay, just puting in some context around the circumstances, which makes me feel better.
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Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink]  03 Oct 2008, 14:47
jb32 wrote:
Well there wouldn't be much of a point in writing the essay at all if I were just going to say I sucked. I'm not making excuses in my essay, just puting in some context around the circumstances, which makes me feel better.

I'm not arguing for one way or another on whether to submit an optional essay discussing your grades, but here's something else to keep in mind: Do you want to end your application on a bad note?
Re: Calling UCLA Fall 2009 Applicants   [#permalink] 03 Oct 2008, 14:47

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