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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 08:58
I`m in too!!! I also got into USC but I will decline their offer in this case.

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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 09:47
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Got my admit package it was sent to work.. pretty cool


Seriously, what a package. Can't believe they sent UCLA Anderson business cards with my name on them. Also love the Coach Wooden book.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 11:01
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Got my admit package it was sent to work.. pretty cool


Seriously, what a package. Can't believe they sent UCLA Anderson business cards with my name on them. Also love the Coach Wooden book.


I never got any package - do they send it to you when you accept? I got my admit a couple of weeks ago (havent accepted yet) but dont think I received any packages...
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 14:46
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Got my admit package it was sent to work.. pretty cool


Seriously, what a package. Can't believe they sent UCLA Anderson business cards with my name on them. Also love the Coach Wooden book.


I never got any package - do they send it to you when you accept? I got my admit a couple of weeks ago (havent accepted yet) but dont think I received any packages...


you should get it this week I think
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 14:49
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 19:34
I got in too!!! See ya'all in Aug-Sep :).
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 07:20
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Finally off that waitlist! Accepted! I was also accepted to USC a few months back (which I put the deposit down for). It's going to be a tough decision to make. UCLA education vs. USC network.

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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 08:05
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levfin2003 wrote:
GoBruins wrote:
Got my admit package it was sent to work.. pretty cool


Seriously, what a package. Can't believe they sent UCLA Anderson business cards with my name on them. Also love the Coach Wooden book.


I never got any package - do they send it to you when you accept? I got my admit a couple of weeks ago (havent accepted yet) but dont think I received any packages...



I think they send the welcome package after you put in your deposit? I received mine 3 weeks after my admission and 2 weeks after I put in my deposit.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 08:13
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Finally off that waitlist! Accepted! I was also accepted to USC a few months back (which I put the deposit down for). It's going to be a tough decision to make. UCLA education vs. USC network.

:banana



Obviously I am biased, but unless USC is offering you a partial scholarship (I am not sure if USC.PM offers one) or you attended USC undergrad, I think it would be an easy choice.

USC network in SC is indeed strong BUT there are a LOT of USC Marshall (both undergrad and MBA) graduates in SC. I have seen USC Marshall graduates competing AGAINST each other in many corporate rivalries and job positions and the gloves definitely come off. I think you are just as likely to get help from them as you are likely to find them as bitter rivals.

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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 08:17
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Congratulations to those of you who were notified yesterday!

Hmm, still nothing for me...

I'm guessing I didn't make the cut. :|



Hang in there. The wait is the most awful part.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 16:45
Got the following from Dylan today.

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I wanted to drop a brief update from admissions. The Class of 2013 is taking shape and we’re thrilled at the people we’ve been admitting so far. We have extended ~85% of our anticipated admission offers for this year, with the final 15% of offers saved for the final round deadline (May 26) + seats off the waitlist + the final seats still to offer from Round 2. Keep encouraging your colleagues who are submitting for the final round, as we still have seats.


Reading between the lines I'd say there's still about 50 odd seats left in the class, which is good news for fellow GMatters.. so hang in there folks, and get pesky.. the squeaky wheeel :)

In other news, i got my welcome package... now that's professional.. really impressive...its got me beaming about my anderson admit!

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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 11:57
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so hang in there folks, and get pesky.. the squeaky wheeel :)


How does one "get pesky?" :|
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 23:12
Hi folks,

I've been observing your conversations for the past month and I find them very useful.

I need some advice....

UCLA FEMBA vs. USC MBA.PM

I'm a USC undergrad in Poli Sci... Do I go back to my love and joy or choose the better ranked school with the better reputation? I've been admitted to both.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:19
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Hi folks,

I've been observing your conversations for the past month and I find them very useful.

I need some advice....

UCLA FEMBA vs. USC MBA.PM

I'm a USC undergrad in Poli Sci... Do I go back to my love and joy or choose the better ranked school with the better reputation? I've been admitted to both.


All depends on what you want to do? What are your goals? What's your concentration? Are you looking to switch careers? Switch companies upon graduating? Whats your comfort level with switching schools cause it sounds like you enjoyed USC? Both USC and UCLA have their positives and negatives (USC has various certificate programs, UCLA has multiple options for studying abroad, UCLA has a more recognized brand name associated with its MBA program) you just need to look at the curriculum and what your trying to get out of the programs to decide.

I've applied to both and know which one I'd choose but thats me. Its hard to give advice because each person is looking for different things in a program.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:41
How soon after accepting did people get cohort/class allocation?
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 11:22
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Hi folks,

I've been observing your conversations for the past month and I find them very useful.

I need some advice....

UCLA FEMBA vs. USC MBA.PM

I'm a USC undergrad in Poli Sci... Do I go back to my love and joy or choose the better ranked school with the better reputation? I've been admitted to both.



First a disclaimer that I never applied to USC and was never interested in going there so I don't know much about the program. I do have two friends who graduated from USC.PM and one told me his USC MBA was a "total waste".

Having said this, I have noticed that USC's on campus recruiting now has few high profile names (including one of M/B/B) that I didn't see before. And its FT GMAT score hovers at an impressive 700, which is higher than some of top 10 schools such as Duke and almost as high as UCLA FT 710 average. Its ranking also has been on the rise.

I am willing to guess that UCLA FEMBA students are higher caliber than USC.PM. It seems most UCLA FEMBA admits also get admitted to USC.PM but not necessarily vice versa. The admission stats probably correlate with this.

UCLA also seems to enjoy more national reputation as a perennial top 10-15 program whereas USC's ranking seems to hover between 18-25. I would think UCLA has better brand internationally as well (Although USC has the most alumni in Asia of any US school).

The only edge that USC might have over UCLA is its super tight alumni network. But then again, I have heard Anderson alumni network isn't exactly weak either.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 12:23
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TrojanBruin wrote:
Hi folks,

I've been observing your conversations for the past month and I find them very useful.

I need some advice....

UCLA FEMBA vs. USC MBA.PM

I'm a USC undergrad in Poli Sci... Do I go back to my love and joy or choose the better ranked school with the better reputation? I've been admitted to both.



First a disclaimer that I never applied to USC and was never interested in going there so I don't know much about the program. I do have two friends who graduated from USC.PM and one told me his USC MBA was a "total waste".

Having said this, I have noticed that USC's on campus recruiting now has few high profile names (including one of M/B/B) that I didn't see before. And its FT GMAT score hovers at an impressive 700, which is higher than some of top 10 schools such as Duke and almost as high as UCLA FT 710 average. Its ranking also has been on the rise.

I am willing to guess that UCLA FEMBA students are higher caliber than USC.PM. It seems most UCLA FEMBA admits also get admitted to USC.PM but not necessarily vice versa. The admission stats probably correlate with this.

UCLA also seems to enjoy more national reputation as a perennial top 10-15 program whereas USC's ranking seems to hover between 18-25. I would think UCLA has better brand internationally as well (Although USC has the most alumni in Asia of any US school).

The only edge that USC might have over UCLA is its super tight alumni network. But then again, I have heard Anderson alumni network isn't exactly weak either.



Extremely Nice Analysis. A similar analysis between Haas and Anderson would be very helpful - anyone care to share thoughts?
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 14:04
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Extremely Nice Analysis. A similar analysis between Haas and Anderson would be very helpful - anyone care to share thoughts?



Thanks. I don't know much about Haas EWMBA either and I didn't apply there.

Personally, I would go to EWMBA if I live around SF and go to FEMBA if I live around LA. I would think whatever edge one school might have over another is probably not worth the plane travel between NCal and SCal (obviously many would disagree since people do exactly that).

If you want to live in the Bay Area instead of LA, then I would go to EWMBA and vice versa.

I was also accepted to a top 15 FT MBA program but I chose FEMBA (it was a very difficult choice) mainly because I wanted to stay in LA and I thought PT MBA made more sense financially.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 14:11
UCLA FEMBA vs USC MBA.PM comparisons can tread dangerous waters so I will try to give my objective opinion as someone who was admitted to both programs and why I chose FEMBA:

1.) First impressions matter a lot especially when you are making a life altering decision (hopefully) such as going to business school. And just a quick perusal through UCLA and USC's website shows the glaring differences in the effort put in explaining about the program. I will let you be the judge for that. To take it to the next step, the information session at UCLA was amazing especially when they had current FEMBA students mix with the prospective applicants. In comparison, when I attended USC's info session, there was not even a sign in the building indicating that a session was going on and I spent 10 minutes tracking down the room. Again, I use this as a data point because as much as I want to attend a great program, the school should be willing to 'recruit' and 'wow' me.

2.) Application process:

UCLA: Spent a boatload of time preparing the application with all the essays and application. Not to mention an Interview and a hand written note a week later from the interviewer thanking me for the interest.
USC: Spent about 1 week on the application (albeit took majority of the content from the UCLA essay). But no interview, application did not even ask for extra curricular activities. My biggest concern was how the vetting process could not include an interview (or even a phone interview). After all, stats and essays dont tell everything.

3.) Class Profile: I havent attended the classes at either institution but another reason that tilted me towards FEMBA was that they were willing to have Saturday sessions. This is not only a matter of convenience but also the fact that it brings diversity to the class. A good majority fly in and a lot more drive in from around LA. USC's decision to not have weekend classes makes it very hard for students outside the LA area to logistically make the program (who wants to be going into downtown LA at 5pm)

4.) Pros and Cons: Yes. They exist for both programs and I am sure the USC MBA.PM is pretty good since it is consistently ranked as one of the top part-time programs. But again, maybe it was just me but they did not sell me on the program at the information session. The one word I kept hearing again and again at the session was the Network. I get that but if I am spending 3yrs then I want to be able to walk away with a lot more knowledge than just the network.

5.) Reputation: As others have pointed, generally UCLA has a better reputation and in the long run it probably works for what I am planning to achieve.

Finally, when I walked out of the UCLA campus I said to myself "I want to be in this program". Unfortunately, I couldnt say the same after I came out of USC's. So if all else fails with the analysis, go with the gut :)
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 14:30
Sanknox...Well said and well written...Mostly exactly my thought..
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