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Current Applicant Thread: Fall 2012 - Calling All UCLA Anderson Applicants

Fall 2012 Application Instructions

Round 1 Deadline: 10/26/2011 | Decision Date: 1/25/2012
Round 2 Deadline: 1/11/2012 | Decision Date: 4/4/2012
Round 3 Deadline: 4/18/2012 | Decision Date: 6/6/2012
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We are interested in getting to know applicants on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, genuine, and succinct. Remember that we are more concerned with the content of your essays than their form or style.
All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded in document form, except for the optional essays for first-time applicants, which may alternatively be submitted as an audio or video file instead. (Please note the word limits indicated in parentheses below.)

Required Essays
Essay 1: What event or life experience has had the greatest influence in shaping your character and why? (750 words)
Essay 2: Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now and how will UCLA Anderson help you to achieve your goals? (750 words)

Optional Essay
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The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that we only accept written essays.

Optional Essay: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words)

Re-Applicant Essay
Reapplicants who applied for the class entering in Fall 2010 or 2011 are required to complete the following essay:
1. Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words)

Recommendation Questions (2 recommenders)
  • What is your relationship to the candidate? How long have you known him/her, and to what group are you comparing the applicant?
  • Comment on the candidate's career progression to date.
  • Comment on the candidate's aptitude for strategic thinking, leadership, and/or management.
  • How would you compare the candidate to others with similar responsibilities in your organization?
  • How would you describe the candidate's developmental needs and progress to date?
  • Describe how the candidate has dealt with setbacks, challenges, and/or disappointments.
  • How would you describe the candidate's role(s) on teams?
  • How is the candidate perceived by others in the organization, including subordinates, peers, and senior management?
  • Is there anything else that you would like us to know about the candidate?

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Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program 2 Years
Campus Location Los Angeles, CA
Class Size 747
Average Work Experience 5 Years
Average Age 28
Average GMAT 710
Average GPA3.53 (Middle 80%: 3.2-3.8)
Female28%
International 36%
Endowment $80M (Wikipedia)
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Annual Tuition (2011) $52,580 (In-state: $45,385)
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Employment Statistics
Median Base Salary: $100,000
Top Industries: Financial Services (26%), Technology (20%), Consulting (15%)
Top Locations: California (73%), International (17%), Northeast (5%)
Number of students starting their own business: 15 (4.3%)

Top Employers of 2011
# of Hires Company Name
10 Deloitte Consulting
7 Bank of America
5 Google
5 IBM
5 Intel
5 PriceWaterhouseCoopers
5 Yahoo!
4 Amgen
4 Ernst & Young
4 Microsoft
4 Samsung
4 ZS Associates
3 The Clorox Company
3 Goldman Sachs
3 Pacific Investment Management


Curriculum – Notable Features

Applied Management Research Program (AMR)
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The Applied Management Research (AMR) Program brings together student teams with executives from organizations around the world. Each team completes an in-depth strategic study in partnership with an organization's management.
This two-quarter challenge in the second year of the MBA program brings 80 teams of three to five students in contact with the organizational and competitive realities of business. Each team spends 20 academic weeks (October - March or January - June) for approximately 10 hours per week per person examining a specific company, industry, and strategic opportunity. Teams then develop a written and oral strategic implementation recommendation. Organizational partners range from mature companies to young companies. Partners might be close by in Southern California or as far away as Santiago or Prague.

Learning Model
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As an MBA student at UCLA Anderson, you'll constantly find new ways to integrate your education with real world applications. Whether it's through leading a professional club, working on a project in the Applied Management Research Program, participating in an internship, or conducting research at one of our Academic Centers, the combination of academic studies, teamwork, and interaction with the business community ensures that you'll develop:
  • a sophisticated awareness of the global, technological, and competitive forces shaping business
  • analytical problem-solving skills that directly relate to critical business issues
  • a high-level ability to exercise sound judgment, make effective decisions, and take appropriate responsibility
  • strong interpersonal, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills: and a strategic understanding of the role of information and communication technologies in business and management
At UCLA Anderson, we seek to increase students’ capacity for effective action as business leaders. Using a student-centered approach with a customized curriculum and emphasizing the close connection between management education and management practice, our learning model focuses on the fundamentals of business, analytical problem-solving skills, and the development of an explicit point of view on both strategic leadership and what it means to lead.

Academic Centers

Joint and Dual Degree Programs (10 programs)
  • MBA/JD
  • MBA/MD
  • MBA/Computer Science
  • MBA/MPH
  • MBA/MPP
  • MBA/Urban Planning
  • …and many others

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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 21:57
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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2010, 06:21
Awesome thread, kudos!
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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2010, 07:55
Good amount of Info. Kudos!
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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2010, 19:18
First, thank you for the effort, that's certainly very helpful. I have checked Businessweek and Anderson's website, McKinsey and BCG are not even among the top employers listed while you guys make Anderson look like a consulting powerhouse. :) The reason could be that you report on 2009 data while Anderson and Businessweek show the more recent stats. Just an observation.
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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2010, 19:57
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First, thank you for the effort, that's certainly very helpful. I have checked Businessweek and Anderson's website, McKinsey and BCG are not even among the top employers listed while you guys make Anderson look like a consulting powerhouse. :) The reason could be that you report on 2009 data while Anderson and Businessweek show the more recent stats. Just an observation.

Anderson certainly doesn't have a reputation as a "consulting powerhouse," but I can see how the 2009 employment data might suggest otherwise. I'll update Anderson and the rest of the schools with 2010 data soon :)

Thanks for the sharing your observation - I hadn't noticed the significant shift in career placements!

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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2011, 05:16
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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2011, 15:22
this is a very informetive post about UCLA... UCLA is one of my choices and i would like to do a JD/MBA what specialties do you guys suggest
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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 17:16
So what is the real scoop on these "optional" essays?

Does anyone have any insight into if they are truly optional? Or just a way for ucla to let the creative types it seems to attract to vent?

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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 11:06
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So what is the real scoop on these "optional" essays?

Does anyone have any insight into if they are truly optional? Or just a way for ucla to let the creative types it seems to attract to vent?

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I haven't heard of anyone skipping the "optional" essays.

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Re: UCLA (Anderson) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 08:32
I skipped the optional essay/audio/video part last year and still got an admit with a scholarship offer. And my profile wasn't spectacular by any means, in my opinion anyways.

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So what is the real scoop on these "optional" essays?

Does anyone have any insight into if they are truly optional? Or just a way for ucla to let the creative types it seems to attract to vent?

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