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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2010, 17:08
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Dunno. Got into USC but I dont' think my heart is in it.. like many others their program has come off as half-assed to me the entire time. May reapply, may say screw it... guess I don't have a whole ton of time to figure it out though. I had been expecting to get in :/


That comes off very strange since it seems UCLA is very GMAT heavy. But in honesty I would do USC. The programs are very similar and a lot of time we are just splitting hairs. In LA USC might even have a better network. I also feel that right now, you really don't know what the whole program is about. After they brain wash you in orientation, you'll love the program.

LA is lucky to have two top 5 PT programs.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 09:15
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sadbuttrue wrote:
Dunno. Got into USC but I dont' think my heart is in it.. like many others their program has come off as half-assed to me the entire time. May reapply, may say screw it... guess I don't have a whole ton of time to figure it out though. I had been expecting to get in :/



Sorry to hear that. With your GMAT score, you must have struck out in the essays.

Your GMAT will allow you to be competitive in any program and I encourage you to apply again if you are so inclined but with help of admission consultants.

This could be a blessing in disguise as many FT MBA programs would grant substantial scholarships to those with 740+.

I know of a person who was accepted to top 5 and top 15 programs but chose the top 15 program because he was offered a full ride. I think his GMAT was around 760 also.

Good luck.


I guess so. I didn't think they were that bad... in fact, I participated in the pilot program on here for essay review (for my UCLA/Haas essays), and in general I've always been a strong writer. But they obviously couldn't have been that good...

My friends (two in top 15 MBA programs nationally, FT though) have told me to bug USC to see if I can get financial aid... which would be one way I might consider them. The degree is not worth 110k to me... anyone know if thats feasible or how to go about it?
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 10:13
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sadbuttrue wrote:
Dunno. Got into USC but I dont' think my heart is in it.. like many others their program has come off as half-assed to me the entire time. May reapply, may say screw it... guess I don't have a whole ton of time to figure it out though. I had been expecting to get in :/



Sorry to hear that. With your GMAT score, you must have struck out in the essays.

Your GMAT will allow you to be competitive in any program and I encourage you to apply again if you are so inclined but with help of admission consultants.

This could be a blessing in disguise as many FT MBA programs would grant substantial scholarships to those with 740+.

I know of a person who was accepted to top 5 and top 15 programs but chose the top 15 program because he was offered a full ride. I think his GMAT was around 760 also.

Good luck.


I guess so. I didn't think they were that bad... in fact, I participated in the pilot program on here for essay review (for my UCLA/Haas essays), and in general I've always been a strong writer. But they obviously couldn't have been that good...

My friends (two in top 15 MBA programs nationally, FT though) have told me to bug USC to see if I can get financial aid... which would be one way I might consider them. The degree is not worth 110k to me... anyone know if thats feasible or how to go about it?


I suppose you can always ask. But it is my understanding PT programs do not offer scholarships.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 11:49
sadbuttrue wrote:
Dunno. Got into USC but I dont' think my heart is in it.. like many others their program has come off as half-assed to me the entire time. May reapply, may say screw it... guess I don't have a whole ton of time to figure it out though. I had been expecting to get in :/


My $0.02 on this would be to not force it if you feel you belong to a better school. You might have not executed your application well or might have just gotten unlucky. If your situation doesn't require attending school this year then maybe you should apply to a different set of schools next year.

One year will give you an opportunity to further improve your profile. And your essays will definitely improve because you will become more seasoned in telling your story.
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Re: UCLA FEMBA [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 14:19
760 is a great score, and I agree with the others that you'll probably be more focused in putting together a better application for the next round knowing what you know now. If I were you, I'd roll the dice on the next round. Worse case scenario is that you attend USC PM next year which really isn't so bad. It just seems to me that there is much more upside if you decide to put forth the effort in your reach schools plus the job market is in no hurry to improve in the near term. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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