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Register Today: Access Anderson Open House Event!  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Register Today: Access Anderson Open House Event!


UCLA Anderson is having our largest open house information event of the year, Access Anderson, on October 19. In today’s post, we are answering FAQ about this upcoming event for prospective applicants interested in our full-time MBA program

Q: What is Access Anderson?
A. Access Anderson is an open house for those interested in learning more about the UCLA Anderson full-time MBA program. Attendees will receive advice on how and why to apply to our program. The MBA admissions team will be on hand to answer questions and offer insider tips. Current students and recent alumni will also be there to share their own MBA journeys, from application through career ROI. The morning will end with a Networking Fair that will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about their specific areas of career interest.

Q: Should people who have already attended another UCLA Anderson information event attend?
A. Yes! Whether you are just beginning to explore if an MBA is the next step for you or you've already applied (or somewhere in between), Access Anderson is a once-a-year opportunity to take a deep dive into all that Anderson has to offer. Year after year, we hear from prospective applicants and students that it’s Anderson’s culture and environment that truly set us apart from other top schools. There’s no better way to find out if Anderson is the right fit for you than by spending time with us and interacting with our community.

Q: Will I be able to get one-on-one time to ask my questions?
A. We’ve structured the event with a mix of panels and networking to give attendees the opportunity to make the most of their time on campus. The panels will address the topics that prospective students tend to ask about most frequently. The Networking Fair will give attendees the one-on-one time to talk directly with students, alumni, staff and faculty. Whether you want to learn more about a specific field of study, Anderson’s career resources, our many student clubs, or the academic opportunities we offer, we’ll be available to answer your questions.

Q: Can you give me a sneak peek into what you are looking for in prospective MBAs?
A. Most importantly, we want to maintain the culture that differentiates us from other top business schools. We want to continue strengthening diversity of all sorts in our class — including diversity of life and work experience. Our students learn as much from each other as they do in the classroom, so we build a class of 360 exceptional individuals who will thrive academically and enrich each other through their unique backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Q: How do I find out more agenda details and RSVP for Access Anderson?
A. Please visit the Access Anderson 2019 registration page for all event details and to RSVP. Here’s a summary of the agenda (tentative):

  • Check-In(9:00 – 9:30 a.m.)
  • All About Anderson Presentation:Learn about our academics, career resources and culture
  • Admissions Insider Q&A Panel:Get application advice from the MBA Admissions team
  • Student Spotlight Q&A Panel:Hear directly from current students and alumni
  • Networking Fair:Mingle and network with members of our community representing a wide array of career functions, industries and interests
Looking forward to seeing you!

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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Letters of Recommendation  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Letters of Recommendation
This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION



Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application because they allow the admissions committee to gain insight into your management and leadership ability and continued potential. As noted in our application requirementswe require two letters of recommendation (but just one for re-applicants). This blog will provide you with guidance to help you ensure that you receive supportive letters of recommendation. We’ll also provide you with some options on other possible recommenders for those of you who cannot request a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, are working in a family business or have an entrepreneurial background.

What should I consider before requesting a letter of recommendation?
Before making a decision on who to reach out to for your letters of recommendation, you should take a look at the recommendation questions. Make sure that you reach out to individuals who can provide useful and detailed responses to the questions on the form. Take the time to choose your recommender wisely and give them ample time to complete your letter of recommendation by the deadline for the round to which you are applying.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Your letters of recommendation should ideally come from a direct supervisor and/or manager who can speak to your career progression and impact in the organization/project. Your recommenders should be able to provide us with detailed and insightful information on how they know you, how you compare to others in your organization, and your potential to continue growing into a strong leader. Keep in mind that we are more concerned with how well your recommenders know you, and not their titles, so don't worry about getting a letter of recommendation from the CEO of your company if they don’t really know you.

What if I cannot request a letter of recommendation from my current supervisor?
If you cannot request a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, you can always contact a former employer. If you do choose to reach out to a former employer, make sure that it is someone that you have remained in contact with and can speak to how they’ve seen you develop since you worked with them. You want to make sure that their feedback is not restricted to speaking to who you were when they knew you, two, three, or five years ago.

If you are an entrepreneur or are working in a family business, in addition to considering previous employers, you can consider clients, vendors, as well as supervisors from volunteer organizations. It is not advisable that your recommender be someone who you are related to since they will most likely be biased in your favor.

How should you request a letter of recommendation? Make the request in person. Why? Because making the request in person allows you to see how the person responds. By paying attention to their physical response to your request, you may learn more about their true feelings through their body language and facial expressions. Are they smiling and do look happy? Are they avoiding making eye contact with you? Do they look uncomfortable? Picking up on these small clues can make the difference between choosing a recommender who will write a lukewarm letter versus choosing someone who will put in the time and effort to make sure that their letter enhances your application. Also, make sure to ask your recommenders if they can write a supportive letter of recommendation. This might seem like common sense, but it’s important that you’re clear about the type of letter you are hoping to receive.

What does admissions committees hope to learn from a letter of recommendation?
The admissions committee wants to learn about your leadership potential, your teamwork skills, as well as your ability to overcome challenges. Letters of recommendation allow us to see you through the eyes of your direct supervisors/managers; individuals who have witnessed your career progression. They also speak to what you have accomplished in your career, how your career to date can position you for future success, and help support your post-MBA goals. For this reason it’s important to make sure that your recommenders are familiar with your MBA plans.Take the time to speak with your recommenders about why you are interested in pursuing an MBA and what you hope to gain. Share a copy of your resume and remind them of some of your professional accomplishments. By sharing your plans, you will help them to write a more compelling letter of recommendation.

Does UCLA Anderson use the "Common Letter of Recommendation" form and what is it? Yes, we have adopted the Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) form. The Common LOR is a recommendation form developed in conjunction with the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) with the goal of saving recommenders valuable time by providing a single, common set of questions. Please note that although the questions are the same for all participating schools, the questions remain embedded in each school’s existing application system so your recommenders will still need to submit a separate letter to each school that you are applying to. The recommendation requests and submissions will still be processed and submitted through our UCLA Anderson application form. For more information and to see the form, visit the GMAC Common LOR website.

One last bit of advice:
Don’t forget to thank your recommenders for taking the time to write your letters and for supporting your future.

Good luck with your letters of recommendation and make sure to keep checking back with us to learn more about our process and our program!



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Researching MBA Programs  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Researching MBA Programs
This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

RESEARCHING MBA PROGRAMS



As application deadlines are approaching, how do you narrow down the schools you are applying to? There are several ways to research MBA programs.  As someone on the other side of the process, we also reach out to prospective students like you!

Web Resources
To begin, start researching programs through websites like ours. The website will have plenty of information pertaining to the admissions processcurriculum plansstudent life, and career placement data. Taking a deep dive into the website will give you a better feel for what we are looking for in our students and if the program fits your needs. UCLA Anderson has a blog in addition to various social media accounts like Twitter and Instagram for you to check out to get insights on who we are. Also, fill out an inquiry form to find out about happenings around campus and when we'll be in a city near you.

School Visits
Most schools have some type of campus experience program. This can be something like an information session or a class visit or something with more robust programming like an open house where you can learn more about the program through networking with faculty, administration, and current students. Speaking of open houses, UCLA Anderson will have our Access Anderson event on Saturday, October 19. Taking a trip to campus is ideal to determine if the school and its surrounding environment is a place you'll want to immerse yourself in for two years.

MBA Fairs & School Events Around the Globe
If you’re out of the area or if it’s not feasible for you to visit, admissions officers like myself travel around the world to meet you and introduce our programs. We usually travel from the summer months through early fall. UCLA Anderson does this in a few ways: The first way we travel to meet prospective students is through fairs sponsored by partner organizations such as the MBA TourCentre Court, and Forte Forums to name a few. At these events, a number of schools table and speak to you about their programs. This is a very economical way to learn about many programs and schools in one afternoon and there are usually many admissions officers, current students, and alumni on hand to answer your questions. The second way we travel is to host UCLA Anderson Information Events in various cities across the world. Here you will learn about the program through an admissions officer, alumni residing in that particular city, and lastly networking opportunities.

Networking
My last suggestion to learn more about a program is to look within your own network. You may have colleagues or friends who have gone through a specific program or they may know someone who has. They are typically a great resource for information and can share about their experiences.



The above recommendations are only a sample of the many different things you can do to research MBA programs.  The more research you do, the better informed you will be about which schools to apply to and ultimately where to enroll.



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Round 1 Deadline on October 2nd!  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Round 1 Deadline on October 2nd!
This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

ROUND 1 DEADLINE




Our first application deadline of the season is on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 and we already have hundreds of applications flowing in for this Round 1. If you need a refresher on what you need to submit, please visit our Application Requirements page.  If you cannot make this October deadline, don’t worry – our biggest round each year is Round 2 with a January 8th deadline. As a reminder, read our previous Application Insider post that covered some of the pros and cons of applying in each round.

For those who will be applying in our first round, interview invitations will start going out in early October, and the Admissions Committee will be taking the time in autumn to carefully assemble this first part of our next MBA class.  All Round 1 decisions will be released by mid-December.

If you are able to visit us on campus, please note that classes have just begun so we encourage you to sign up for a Campus Experience that features class visits, campus tours and more.  Registration is now open – RSVP soon since spots are limited! Even if you have already submitted your application, it's always a good idea to continue to gain a better understanding of our program.

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For those applying in Round 1, we wish you the best of luck! And to everyone, if you have any questions, we are here to help.



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Visit UCLA Anderson! Sign up for a Campus Experience  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Visit UCLA Anderson! Sign up for a Campus Experience
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Get to know us in person and experience everything UCLA Anderson has to offer!

When it comes to deciding if a school is the right fit for you, there is no substitute for first-hand experience. That is why we would like to encourage visit us in person (or virtually if you can’t travel). You can preview the UCLA Anderson MBA experience by participating in our MBA Campus Experience program during fall.  Our programming started earlier this week and will last until the end of November. The Campus Experience program will resume in mid-January when our students are back from their winter break.

When you sign up for a Campus Experience you have the option to select from all the activities available during the day of your visit. These may include General Information Session (GIS) presentations, school tours, class visits, and coffee chats. These events are great ways to learn more about the MBA program, our culture and individual experiences through the career recruiting process and club involvement.

  • General Information Session (GIS) Presentation
    Learn about what sets us apart as a leading MBA program, pick up tips on how to successfully navigate the admissions process and get answers to your questions. Sessions are held generally on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and are hosted by a second-year student ambassador or an admissions officer.
  • School Tour
    Stroll through our beautiful campus and surrounding grounds with a student ambassador tour guide to see how our students make the most of our world-class facilities. Tours are offered generally on Mondays and Wednesdays during the academic year at 4:00 PM.

  • Class Visit
    Join our students in an actual full-time MBA class and experience the collaborative environment among our students and faculty. Classes are generally held Monday through Thursday during the academic year.

  • Coffee Chats
    Learn first-hand from a current student all about our culture and opportunities at UCLA Anderson. Grab your favorite beverage and join the conversation. Student coffee chats are offered at varying times Monday through Thursday.

  • Access Anderson (Oct. 19, 2019)
    While not part of our Campus Experience program directly, Access Anderson is our largest open-house preview event in the year where you can hear directly from our school leadership and engage in lively discussion with our community of students and alumni to learn all about our program in a single but very comprehensive event.
If you can’t join us in person at our campus, you can still connect with us online at an General Information Session Webinar hosted by a student ambassador or admissions officer on most Thursdays from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and/or watch one our featured students on a Liveguide webinar session. Past Liveguides are also available in our archives.

While participating in these events does not have a direct effect on the way applications are evaluated, we feel that applicants that have taken the time to learn more about our school are able to make a stronger case for why they want to be here (for example, in your essays) and tend to do better on their admissions interviews.

We hope you can take advantage of these resources as you learn about our school or prepare your application.



-- Adrian Aguirre '01, Associate Director of MBA Admissions





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From the Dean's Desk: A Message to Round 1 Applicants  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: From the Dean's Desk: A Message to Round 1 Applicants
This post is part of our “From the Dean’s Desk” series, where we hear directly from our UCLA Anderson leaders across the school.

Thanks to all those who have applied to UCLA Anderson in Round 1. You should be very proud of this accomplishment and we appreciate your effort to share your story.  We understand that it is no small feat to collect and submit all of the necessary application materials. At times, it might have been stressful, frustrating, complicated, or...maybe even fun! But in the end, YOU DID IT!  We truly appreciate your interest in UCLA Anderson.

So, what’s next? Well, we have already started the process of reviewing your applications. In the coming weeks, we will be inviting individuals to interview. In the meantime, here are some reminders and ideas on how to stay connected with us

  • Enjoy the MBA Campus Experience: Now that the fall quarter has started, there are still opportunities to attend a class, enjoy coffee with a student, and more. Some of the cool classes to check out include Business Plan Development, Ethical Consideration in Business, Insight to Outcome, Business Law, and more.
  • Connect with a Student: You can learn more about the campus life and get the “inside scoop” directly from a student.
  • Attend an Event: We have a few remaining (BIG) events besides our regularly scheduled campus experience events. You should check out Access Anderson in October, the Embracing Diversity Conference in November, or join me in Atlanta for our happy hour session with alumni. Visit our events page to see the entire calendar of activities.
If you are invited to interview, you will be able to see all of the necessary details (date/time/other options) to schedule the meeting. We know it may be difficult to wait, but please have patience and rest assured the Admissions Committee is carefully reviewing all of the hard work you put into telling your story throughout the application.

Good luck throughout the process!

-- Alex Lawrence

Assistant Dean and Director - MBA Admissions and Financial Aid
UCLA Anderson School of Management
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Today’s post is from Alex Lawrence, Assistant Dean & Director of Admissions for the Full-Time MBA Program. Alex is a UCLA Anderson MBA alum (Class of 1999), spending his post-MBA career working in Management Consulting prior to returning to UCLA Anderson, where he served as the Executive Director of The Riordan Program prior to joining the Admissions team.





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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Reapplicants  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Reapplicants
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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

REAPPLICANTS




If you were unsuccessful in getting admitted into our MBA program in a prior application year, please do not be discouraged! Sometimes there is just not enough room for all of the qualified candidates, or perhaps you needed a bit more time to strengthen the competitiveness of your profile.  The good news is that the applicant pool changes every year and you have additional time to improve your candidacy, so we highly encourage individuals to re-apply to our program. Every year, we accept a group of highly qualified re-applicants to our program, who go on to be very successful throughout the MBA program and into their post-MBA careers.

When the Admissions Committee reviews re-applicant profiles, we want to see that you have taken this additional time to strengthen your candidacy. To do so, we recommend that you take an honest look at your prior application and reflect on where you can strengthen your profile. Some areas you may want to evaluate include:

  • Test Scores: Many of our re-applicants use the additional time to re-take the GMAT/GRE to help improve their candidacy. The higher the score, the better, but look at our class profile GMAT averages and 80% range to help you evaluate whether or not you should take the test again -- also remember that we admit individuals below (and above) these averages every year.  Ultimately, if you believe you can do better on the exam, you may want to consider re-taking it if you believe it will improve your candidacy and is worth your time, energy, and money. Note that your standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS) remain on file if previously reported, though scores are still subject to expiration dates.

  • Academics: While you cannot change your undergraduate GPA, if you feel your academic performance was sub par or that you didn't demonstrate your ability to handle quantitative work, you may want to consider taking additional course(s)...and hopefully perform well in those courses! The Admissions Committee will still be evaluating your undergraduate performance as a part of your profile, but additional coursework may help demonstrate your ability to handle the academic rigor of our program. 
  • Professional & Extracurricular Experiences: In the the time since your prior application, you should have had sufficient time to build upon your professional experiences (i.e., new skillsets, accomplishments, projects, etc.) and extracurricular activities (i.e., new leadership opportunities, volunteering, etc.). Make sure to highlight these in your re-application.
  • Self-reflection & Research: Take the time to think about what you communicated in your previous application (especially in your essays) and ask yourself some of these questions: Have my post-MBA goals changed? Did I demonstrate why now is the right time in my career path to get an MBA? Do I have a better understanding of what UCLA Anderson's program has to offer me?  Was I clear in my goals and why I want to go to UCLA Anderson? Your re-application will be a fresh start for you, meaning it is definitely OK to have new goals if you feel they have changed. 
The good news is that the process to re-apply is streamlined for those who submitted a completed UCLA Anderson full-time MBA application within the previous two years (i.e., who applied for the MBA program start in 2018 or 2019 -- if you applied prior to the previous two years, you are considered a "new" applicant and should follow those application guidelines). You will only need to submit one new recommendation and you will be asked to respond to a different essay question, which is the following for this application season:

Please describe your career progress since you last applied and how you have enhanced your candidacy. Include information on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (500 words maximum)

Here's an insider tip to consider as you respond to this re-applicant essay question and put together your application: The Admissions Committee member may reference your entire previous application to provide context, but do not assume that they will necessarily do so. This is a positive for you because you're essentially starting with a fresh slate. But this also does mean you need to communicate everything you want the Admissions Committee to know that you may have covered in your prior application, in addition to highlighting any updates and progress you have made.

Ultimately, your reapplication gives you a fresh start and puts you on the same evaluation standards as first-time applicants, giving you absolutely no disadvantage to reapplying.





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UCLA Application Insider: Core Qualities We Look For in UCLA Anderson   [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Application Insider: Core Qualities We Look For in UCLA Anderson Applicants
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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

CORE QUALITIES WE LOOK FOR IN APPLICANTS




At UCLA Anderson, our students all share the same core qualities as future leaders with the desire to share success, think fearlessly and drive change. We continue to look for students whose values align with the culture of the program and will thrive in our community. This is the "fit" piece that people talk about during the admissions process. Just like how we're looking to see if you fit in with us, you need to know if UCLA Anderson will be a good fit for you to grow professionally and personally during your two years here.

Showing an admissions committee that you a certain program is the right fit for you may be one of the most challenging parts of the application process. However, it all starts with doing your homework -- on yourself and on the school. You must ask yourself three questions: 1) Why an MBA? 2) Why an MBA now? And 3) Why an MBA from Anderson? We understand how plans can change once you get to business school and are exposed to more opportunities, but we have to know that you can focus and build a plan when needed to accomplish your goals, whatever they may become.

As an applicant, you should take a step back and review all aspects of your profile (academics, extra-curriculars, and career) to see if you're a strong candidate for UCLA Anderson.

  • When we are looking at your academics, we're looking at your test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) and your undergrad history. UCLA Anderson has a rigorous core curriculum and we want to make sure our students will succeed in such an environment. We'll take into account the school you went to, grades, courses taken, and academic major.
  • Sharing success is in the DNA of the Anderson community. We need students who will engage with their peers in a meaningful and impactful way during their time here and after. Our students support one another by creating opportunities and changes that benefit all. This might mean taking on leadership roles in our Anderson Student Association (ASA) and 40+ clubs or leading one of our Anderson Career Teams. We will assess this by looking at your prior involvement and/or leadership on-campus during your undergraduate studies, in the workplace, and/or through your community. All students need to add something special to the class, so we look for those who will bolster the diversity of voices here from different backgrounds, regions, and interest areas.
  • Accelerating your career is one of the top reasons to pursue an MBA, so how prepared are you to achieve your goals? How focused and attainable are your goals? Your resume should highlight areas such as career progression (promotions and/or increase in responsibilities), career impact, and transferable skills. We also want to see personal skills such as communication, coachability, interpersonal skills, collaboration, and how you receive feedback. As always, we evaluate progress in the context of the time you had and in terms of a bridge to the future. Your letters of recommendations should also bring to life the story within your resume. Make sure your recommender is an advocate for you and can really highlight your accomplishments and leadership potential.
Through each of these areas, we can compile a complete picture of you and how your core qualities align with our community here at UCLA Anderson in sharing success, thinking fearlessly, and driving change.





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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Application Insider: Resume
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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

RESUME




Before you copy and paste your resume into your MBA application, we wanted to share with you a few tips that should help you avoid simple mistakes and get the most benefit from your resume:

  • Your resume visually conveys a sense of professionalism, clarity and structure. The standard business formatting is best. Don’t try to surprise your reader with very cutting edge or innovative formats ­-no colorful blocks or photographs.
  • Check your use of white space, spelling and avoid redundancy and repetition of information.
  • Reverse chronological resumes are the most common for a reason. They are simple to read and they tend to be the most clear and concise.
  • Your resume should work like your personal sales rep. It needs to showcase your value and your potential, highlighting expertise, accomplishments and transferable skills.
  • Consider using the S-T-A-R framework to convey your accomplishments, leadership and progression:
    • SITUATION ― mention the challenge/obstacle you had to overcome
    • TASK ― describe the purpose and task at hand
    • ACTION ― list the concrete actions you took and the skills it required to solve the issue.
    • RESULTS ― summarize the outcome in a quantifiable manner to show your direct impact.
  • Don’t forget to include newly received responsibilities or promotions so we are current with your most recent accomplishments.
  • Make sure to include some quantifiable or measurable descriptions to help us put things into context (sales, volumes, growth rates, percentages of improvement or cost reductions, etc.)
  • Your extracurricular involvement and leadership can help round out your professional profile and can signal how likely you are of being involved in the future. Make sure to list your most meaningful undergraduate and post-grad involvement in the relevant section of your resume (You can include the name of the organization, your position or role and dates of involvement).
  • Remember to be strategic about the information that you choose to share with the committee on your resume. Everything you are listing should be with the express purpose of supporting your application and how you would like to be perceived.
  • Try not to use industry-specific jargon. You want your reader -- regardless of their background -- to understand what you have done.
  • Make sure the timelines you are using make sense. If there are big gaps of employment, you should probably think about explaining them in the appropriate essay available in the application.
  • If you resume shows multiple job hoping after very short stints, you may also want to address this to avoid confusion or incorrect assumptions.
  • And once again, because it is that important: Don’t neglect the basics. Proofread and avoid careless typos or grammar mistakes.
I hope you find some value on these tried-and-tested tips. Let us know if you think we missed a good one. We would love to add them to our list!



-- Adrian Aguirre, Associate Director of MBA Admissions



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Academics  [#permalink]

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

ACADEMICS




It's no secret that UCLA Anderson is academically rigorous and that to be successful, students will need to master the business fundamentals of our core curriculum. However, you are not alone when tacking the academic rigors. We want all our MBA students to benefit from the rigorous academics here at UCLA Anderson and to help their fellow classmates learn as well. This is one way we “share success.” You will find that the Learning Teams you are in will be critical to your academic success. To ensure that all students are academically fit, we carefully screen all applicants to ensure that they can thrive here based on their past performance in school. We will analyze the whole undergraduate record and for those who also have prior graduate degrees, we examine those too. Contrary to popular belief, your GPA is not all that matters. The GPA is just one data point and every transcript tells a story. We will take a deep dive into your academic profile by determining the rigor of your undergraduate school, major, and coursework, your trends in grades, as well as other academic accolades to get a better sense of the context of your achievements. If you are an international applicant, we will evaluate your file based on your country’s own system. There is no need for you to convert GPAs into an American 4.0 scale, nor will we do that.

We understand that not everyone will have unblemished records, and if there are weak spots then we seek offsetting strong points (e.g., upward trends in grades, final two-years GPA, quantitative coursework). Quantitative coursework is a plus since the MBA program core is quant-based, but we aspire for academic diversity to add value into the classroom. You’ll see in our class profile that only 25% of the in-coming class have a business related undergraduate degree. Overall, the applicants we tend to like are those who consistently performed above their peers in similar schools and concentrations.

There are other ways to boost your academic profile if you feel that you need to enhance your undergraduate degree. Professional certifications such as a CPA or CFA, or a whole graduate degree, can help too. However, these are pretty industry specific and likely time consuming for most. You can also take classes in accounting, finance, and statistics at a local college or Extension courses and send those transcripts over. Although it won’t be counted towards your undergraduate GPA, we will look at as an additional data point. Just remember that the application review process is one that is holistic, so you do not need to only rely on the academic portion to be a successful applicant.

On a logistical note, please do not send us hard-copy documents unless we request them (generally this will happen along with an interview invitation). The scans you upload with the application are sufficient for our preliminary evaluation. Please see our application requirements website for more information on academic evaluations and other aspects of the application.

The academic environment at UCLA Anderson is fast-paced and challenging, and we welcome those who are well-prepared to come join in for the benefit of all!



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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Extracurricular Activities and Leadership Roles
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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND LEADERSHIP ROLES[/b]



When you apply to Anderson, your extracurricular activities and leadership roles in your undergraduate studies, workplace and/or community can help to show us how you have exhibited qualities that leave an impact.

Overall, the Admissions Committee is looking for the [b]QUALITY [/b]of your involvement and leadership roles, [b]NOT quantity[/b]. We look to your prior involvement since we believe your past is a good predictor for how involved you will be on Anderson's student-run campus. Did you know that our [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/clubs-and-associations]40+ student clubs and leaders[/url] help to host over 400 events every year? Recruiters and employers also see your past leadership experiences and involvement at Anderson as signs of your future leadership interest and potential in their organizations.

You may have been involved in activities you've since forgotten or have had varying levels of involvement in depending on other events in your life. Here are some great examples to hopefully jog your memory (or inspire you to get involved again...it's never too late to start!):

[b]University/College Activities[/b]

[list]
[*]Leadership roles in a campus club, non-profit organization, sorority or fraternity [/*]
[*]Writer or Editor of a campus publication[/*]
[*]Mentor for high school students[/*]
[*]College athletics: Team captain? Most Valuable Player? Operations manager?[/*]
[*]Orientation leader or campus tour guide[/*]
[*]Volunteering[/*]
[*]Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)[/*]
[*]Case competitions [/*]
[*]Peer tutor[/*]
[/list]
[b]Post-University Activities[/b]

[list]
[*]Involvement/role in non-profits or professional organizations[/*]
[*]Leadership role in an alumni association or undergrad interviewing[/*]
[*]Workplace engagement teams[/*]
[*]Volunteer team leader[/*]
[*]Public speaking or teaching roles[/*]
[*]Active role in political organizations or local campaigns[/*]
[*]Founder of a non-profit or community event[/*]
[/list]
One of the most common questions we get is why college activities might still be of relevance or interest to the admissions committee given that they may have happened 5-10 years ago. If you think about it, college life is similar to MBA life in that once again, you'll be balancing academics with career recruiting and social activities. Your past involvement gives us some indicator of your ability to contribute to your community while succeeding in these other areas at the same time. If you didn't balance it well in college, let us know how you have grown professionally and personally to be able to manage effectively as a student. In the end, we value all contributions, big and small, that our students make to create the amazing environment and culture that we have on campus!



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Career Pathing  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Career Pathing
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[b]APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:
[/b][b]
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND LEADERSHIP ROLES[/b]



A large part of the MBA application process is being introspective and taking the time to really consider if an MBA is the right degree for you, what you hope to gain, as well as when is the right time for you to begin a program. Since career advancement is one of the main reasons that most applicants pursue an MBA, career pathing is one of the best ways to address the three areas above by providing you with a framework to chart a course for your career development.

The first step to career pathing is to consider your past and present work experience. Think about your career -- what have you accomplished, what skills have you gained, what do you like most about your experiences, and what do you like least. Reflecting on your career to date will provide you with insight into what inspires you, your areas of strength as well as opportunities for growth. This information can inform your decision to pursue an MBA and potentially set the foundation for your post-MBA career goals

Next, think about the type of career that you hope to have post-MBA. Do you want to start your post-MBA career as a management consultant and eventually start your own company? Or do you want to become a senior product manager in a large technology firm with a long term goal to become a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)? One of the great benefits of an MBA is that it is the most flexible and adaptable degrees which is why it is applicable to almost any profession. However, it’s important to be specific and narrow down the function and industry that you would be interested in pursuing so that you can maximize your time and the resources offered by an MBA program. Part of this process also involves researching the types of companies that you would like to target. Based on your post-MBA goals, what would be the top three companies where you would like to work?

Once you’ve taken a thorough look at your pre-MBA work experience and thought through your post-MBA goals, you can then focus on how to use your time in an MBA program. Think about the type of skills you will need to be successful in your desired post-MBA career as well as the skills that you already have in order to determine which skills you want to develop further during your MBA. When deciding on the skills you want to improve, you should consider both “hard” and “soft” skills. Hard skills refer to specific teachable abilities or skill sets, such as improving your quantitative background or focusing on a specific specialization. Soft skills tend to be more interpersonal in nature. For example, you may want to improve your teamwork ability, your communication, and/or your leadership skills. Consider not just the skills that you want to gain, but how you will gain them. Are there particular courses, clubs, or career resources that you will benefit from?

An MBA will help you bridge the gap between where you currently are in your career and where you want to be in the future. You want to understand your motivations for pursuing an MBA, your current skillsets, and areas of development, so that you can pinpoint what resources you will need for your continued development and ultimately decide which MBA programs you are targeting. Creating an outline with this information will not only help you understand the impact that an MBA can have on your life and career, but it will also make it easier for you to write compelling MBA essays and support your MBA plan throughout the application process.



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Choosing an MBA Program  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Choosing an MBA Program
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[b]APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:
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CHOOSING AN MBA PROGRAM[/b]

With our Round 1 release date in a couple of weeks, we wanted to give you some food for thought over as you consider your options -- below you'll find some recommendations for action items to take to help you make a decision. If you're applying in Rounds 2 or 3, hopefully this post will give you a quick look into what to expect once the applications and interviews are all done!



[b](1) Connect (or re-connect) with students and alumni[/b]

Once you've gotten admitted into a program, it's natural that the type of questions you have will change. Share the good news with people you interacted with along the way, and take this opportunity to set up follow-up conversations to discuss your next-level questions. At UCLA Anderson, we pair you exclusively with a student buddy and an alumni buddy once you're admitted so there will be two more additional resources for you, too.

[b]
[/b][b](2) Save the date for admit weekends[/b]

Even if you've visited the school before submitting your application, we highly recommend visiting on admit weekends. These events are the best way to assess a school's location, culture and overall environment, in addition to meeting your potential future classmates. Anderson's Round One Welcome (AROW) and Anderson Days (A-Days for Rounds 1 and 2) feature sessions with our top-ranked Parker Career Management Center, faculty spotlights, housing tours, student-hosted dinners, 1-on-1 loan advising sessions, and more.

[b]
[/b][b](3) Consult your personal "Board of Advisors"[/b]

At the end of the day, you want to attend the best program possible for you and your goals. Assemble a list of the people in your life who are your personal and professional mentors that can advise you. Don't forget your "gut feelings", too -- those intangible qualities about a school that leave you feeling more empowered, inspired, and included can make the difference between an "OK" MBA experience and a life-changing one.



We also encourage you to think beyond the immediate post-MBA job. I am proud to call UCLA Anderson my home because of what our school stands for -- sharing success, thinking fearlessly and driving change - and how we live those values every day.  My classmates and professors pushed me to a new level of potential, and I am so excited that UCLA Anderson could be a part of your journey!



-- Ilana Van Allen '13



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Top 10 FAQs from Applicants  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Top 10 FAQs from Applicants
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TOP 10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS[/b]



We have compiled the top Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we have received from prospective applicants via e-mail, phone calls, and in person. We hope the tips below help you on your MBA information gathering and your application journey.

[b]Q1. What events are available at UCLA Anderson for prospective students interested in learning more about the MBA program and where can I sign up for them?[/b]

A1. UCLA Anderson offers group information sessions, school tours, class visits, coffee chats, lunch chats, and webinars as opportunities for prospective students to get to know us. To sign up, you can visit our [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/admissions-events]Events calendar[/url] to register for a day that works for your schedule. Please note that some of these events have capacity limits. More events will be added at the start of the new year.

[b]Q2. How do I get in touch with current students and alumni?[/b]

A2. You can reach out to our current students through our Connect with a Student [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/admissions/connect-with-a-student]interest form[/url]. Here, you can select your specific career interests and get linked up to current students pursuing similar career goals.

[b]Q3. Do I need to submit my official transcripts and/or official test (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) scores when I apply to UCLA Anderson?[/b]

A3. No, you do not need to submit your official transcript documents or official test scores when applying. With your application you upload scanned unofficial copies of your transcripts and documents, and self-reported test scores are perfectly sufficient for the admissions committee to evaluate. If invited for an interview, you will be asked to provide hard copies of your transcripts and official test scores (more specific details will be provided).

[b]Q4. Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS?[/b]

A4. We require all international applicants to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores (with exception of some countries -- please contact the MBA Admissions office to check), regardless of the language of instruction during your undergraduate studies. This is a [url=https://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/ENGREQ.HTM]requirement from UCLA Graduate Division[/url], which is the authority that oversees all graduate admissions.

[b]Q5. Do you offer a GMAT/GRE waiver?[/b]

A5. We do not offer GMAT/GRE waivers for any reason. All applicants must submit either GMAT or GRE scores and we recommend you take the test you feel most comfortable with, as there is currently no preference for either exam in the admissions review process.

[b]Q6. Can I submit updates to my application after I have submitted it?[/b]

A6. Unfortunately, we do not accept official updates to the application once it has been submitted. If you do wish to add information after your application has been submitted, it can be added to your file but there is no guarantee it will be used in the admissions review process. If you would like, you can request that your application will be moved to a later round for consideration if you want to ensure any updated information is included during evaluations (assuming this request gets submitted in time).

[b]Q7. Do you accept transfer students or credits from other MBA programs?[/b]

A7. No, we do not accept transfer students or credits from other MBA programs. We believe that part of the Anderson experience is developing relationships with classmates during the two years of attendance in the MBA program.  You may still apply, but you would be required to begin as a first-year student. It may be possible to test out of some core courses to be replaced by MBA elective courses of your choice.

[b]Q8. Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE score or GPA required for admission?[/b]

A8. No. Many factors are considered in the decision process. Admissions decisions are not made solely on the basis of grades and test scores. However, you may want to note our average and range of scores in our most recent [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/admissions/class-profile]class profile[/url] and ensure that your GMAT or GRE score (including Writing Assessment) represents your ability. If your score doesn't reflect your ability, we recommend that you consider retaking the test.

[b]Q9. If I earned a three-year undergraduate degree, am I still eligible to apply?[/b]

A9. Yes, you are still welcome to apply. We do admit students with 3-year degrees but the rest of your application needs to be exceptionally strong to compete against other applicants. If you would like your academic records to equate to a 4-year degree, you would need to either complete a Master’s degree or other Post Graduate Degree/Diploma.

[b]Q10. Can I begin the MBA program in the winter or spring?[/b]

A10. Unfortunately, we do not offer spring or winter admission.  All students in the Full-Time MBA program start at the same time (end of summer).

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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Top Questions from International Ap  [#permalink]

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TOP QUESTIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS[/b]



As many of you are working on your application for Round 2 (January 8, 2020), we thought it would be helpful to share some of the common questions that we receive from international applicants. Below are some of the top FAQs that apply to international candidates:



[b]Q1. Is the application for international applicants the same as the application for domestic applicants?[/b][b]
[/b]A1. Yes, we use the same application for both international and domestic applicants.

[b]Q2. If I have dual citizenship (i.e., Italy and U.S.), am I considered an international applicant or a U.S. applicant?[/b][b]
[/b]A2. We use the primary citizenship listed on your application --  if you list your U.S. citizenship as your primary citizenship, you are considered a U.S. applicant. However, if you list your U.S. citizenship as your secondary citizenship, you are considered an international applicant.

[b]Q3. What academic records do I need to submit with my application? What if they are not in English?[/b]
A3. In order to submit a completed application, you will need to upload a complete transcript and degree certificate or diploma in the native language of the country in which your degree was earned, as well as a certified translation in English. Please make sure that your degree certificate or diploma shows the exact degree received and date awarded. If invited to interview, you will be required to send us official hard-copy documents.

[b]Q4. My undergraduate university does not use the 4.0 scale for my grades. Do I need to convert my grades?[/b]
A4. No, please do not convert your grades to a 4.0 scale. We will evaluate your transcripts using the grading scale used by your institution. It is helpful if the grading scale is visible on your transcripts or degree certificate/diploma.

[b]Q5. If I earned a three-year undergraduate degree, am I still eligible to apply?[/b]
A5. Yes, you are still welcome to apply. We do admit students with 3-year degrees, but the rest of your application needs to be exceptionally strong to compete against other applicants with 4-year degrees. If you would like your academic records to equate to a 4-year degree, you would need to either complete a master's degree or other post-graduate degree/diploma.

[b]Q6. Is the TOEFL or IELTS required for all international applicants?[/b][b]
[/b]A6. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants EXCEPT those from a select list of countries. For more information please refer to [url=https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements/]UCLA Graduate Division Office English Requirements[/url].

[b]Q7. Is the TOEFL preferred over the IELTS?[/b]
A7. No, both exams are accepted equally. It is up to you to decide which test you prefer.

[b]Q8. If I completed my bachelors or masters degree in the United States, do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?[/b]
A8. No, if you have a bachelors or masters degree from a university in the United States, you do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The same applies if your bachelors or masters degree is from a university located in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life and the medium of instruction (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom).

[b]Q9. How does the interview process work?[/b]
A9. Interviews are conducted on an invitation basis only after submitted applications are reviewed. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes and are intended to be an interactive conversation. We are interested in getting to know you as an individual and understanding how you'll fit into the next class. A large portion of our interviews are conducted by student ambassadors.

[b]Q10. If invited to interview, do I have to interview on the UCLA Anderson campus?[/b]
A10. No. We offer two interview options: on-campus or online via Skype. If invited to interview, you will be able to choose which option is best for you. If you would like to visit campus to interview in person, you are welcome to, but we do not expect all applicants to do so. There is no difference or preference between interviews.

[b]Q11. If I am visiting campus and have not received an interview invitation, can I request one?[/b]
A11. While we encourage applicants to [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/full-time-mba/admissions/events]visit a class or attend on-campus events[/url], it is not possible to request a formal application interview if you have not received an invitation. Since our interviews are conducted on an invitation basis, we need to respect our process in order to be fair to all applicants.

[b]Q12. If I need more time to submit my application, can I apply in Round 3 as an international student?[/b]
A12. Yes. While Round 3 is generally more competitive because fewer seats are usually available in the class, it is still a very viable round.

[b]Q13. If I am admitted in Round 3, will I still have time to process my student visa?[/b]
A13. We regularly admit international students in Round 3 and they are able to process their student visa in time to start the program. However, since you will be working with the individual U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is most convenient for you, it ultimately depends on their processing time.

[b]Q14. If I am admitted to the UCLA Anderson MBA Program, by when do I need to be in the Los Angeles area?[/b]
A14. International applicants admitted to the MBA Program must be in the Los Angeles area by mid-July.

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FROM NewsUCLA: Happy Holidays & How to Reach Us
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It's hard to believe 2019 is drawing to a close already! Thank you all for getting to know us this year and for sharing your stories and Anderson spirit in person as well as in your applications.

The MBA Admissions team is currently in the process of moving to new offices in the brand new building, [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV8a1kJbnMc]Marion Anderson Hall[/url] -- [b]so until the start of the new year, we will not have phone access and will only be available via email ([email=mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu]mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu[/email])[/b] which will be checked daily though responses may be a bit delayed. Please also note that the entire UCLA campus will be closed from Saturday, December 21, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Regular operations will resume on Thursday, January 2 and our [url=https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/full-time-mba/admissions/events]campus experience[/url] programming resumes Monday, January 13. 

Don't forget that coffee chats with current Anderson students are also still occurring through the first week of January all over the world -- [url=https://apply.anderson.ucla.edu/portal/MBA-Coffee-Chat-Off-Campus]click here for more information and to RSVP[/url].



We wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2020!



-- MBA Admissions & Financial Aid team



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From The Dean's Desk: Round 1 Decisions Released Today  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: From The Dean's Desk: Round 1 Decisions Released Today
This post is part of our “From the Dean’s Desk” series, where we hear directly from our UCLA Anderson leaders across the school.

Just after midnight today, we released all of our decisions to our full-time MBA Round 1 applicants for our Class of 2022! Admissions officers also called each admit, so we had the chance to break the news to a lot of surprised candidates. It was so wonderful to hear the joy and excitement on the other end of the phone line!

All Round 1 applicants received an email to check their [b][url=https://apply.anderson.ucla.edu/apply/status]Status Page[/url][/b] for their decision letter, as we use that secure site to display letters rather than actually sending them by email.  If you applied but did not see the notification email, please check your spam folder, or just go directly to your [url=https://apply.anderson.ucla.edu/apply/status][b]Status Page[/b][/url] to view your admissions decision.

We are already receiving Round 2 applications and we know, as always, it will be our biggest round of the year.  We look forward to seeing many more excellent candidates in the new year by the Round 2 deadline of January 8 (or Round 3 deadline of April 16).

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our application for Round 1, good luck to those working on applications for Rounds 2 and 3, and congratulations to all of our new admits!



Cheers!

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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Round 2 Deadline Tomorrow!  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Round 2 Deadline Tomorrow!
This post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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ROUND 2 DEADLINE[/b]



It's hard to believe that 2020 is already here and that our Round 2 deadline is only a day away -- [b]January 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM (Los Angeles time)[/b]! For us on the Admissions Committee, we're gearing up for the busiest time of the admissions cycle, as this is typically the round in which we receive the greatest number of applications.  We will definitely keep everyone in the loop with any admissions updates on this blog, so keep checking in!

Not sure if you should apply in Round 2 or wait? For those who are not ready to submit by the Round 2 deadline, our [b]Round 3 deadline is April 16, 2020[/b] so you have a few more months to work on your application. Here's some more information about the [b][url=https://mbablogs.anderson.ucla.edu/mba_admissions/2019/08/which-round-to-apply-in.html]pros and cons of applying in each round[/url].[/b]

If you are able to visit us on campus, we highly encourage joining us for a Campus Experience program that includes class visits, campus tours, and more.  Our programming for Winter quarter will [b]begin on Monday, January 13th and registration is now open[/b] -- [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/admissions-events]click here to learn more and RSVP[/url] (spots are limited!).  Additional campus experience spots will be added over the next few weeks so keep checking back.

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at [email=%20mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu]mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu[/email] or call our office at (310) 825-6944.

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FROM NewsUCLA: Congrats, You’re In! Now What?
About Emily: Prior to Anderson, Emily Moore (‘20) lived in New York City and worked in Sports Marketing at ESPN. Emily is a second year student at Anderson and in her free time, she likes traveling, attending professional sporting events and trying new restaurants in Los Angeles. Read her post below to see how she decided on the program that fit her best!

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To all of the UCLA Anderson Round 1 admits - congratulations on being accepted! I know a lot of time and effort went into the application process so you should feel excited that the process is over. But, if you are like I was two years ago, you might have a big decision to make. You might be deciding between multiple schools or even between Anderson and staying in your current job. I understand the dilemma and I’d like to provide my prospective.

First, realize that business school is an amazing opportunity and that you really likely can’t go wrong among Top 15 schools. Second, because I am a second year student at Anderson and absolutely love it, I’ll be biased for a bit and tell you how I ended up at this amazing place.

I’m originally from the East Coast - I grew up in Virginia, went to UNC Chapel Hill for college (Go Heels!) and moved to New York City where I worked for ESPN for almost four years before moving to LA for Anderson. I had a non-traditional background for business school (working in Sports Marketing at a media company), but I’m here to tell you that the non-traditional candidates can succeed in business school too! And all of my family and most of my friends were on the East Coast. I was ready for something new and I had an itch to go to California. I was deciding between Anderson and one school on the East Coast, but I ultimately landed at Anderson for four main reasons:

  • The first being that I have a very strong East Coast network (in Virginia, North Carolina and New York) and since I have high ambitions for my career, I thought no matter which coast I end up on, it will be beneficial to have a network on both.
  • The second is the career opportunities and The Parker Career Management Center specifically. At Anderson, students are encouraged to follow their passions - whether that is in technology, healthcare, real estate, entrepreneurship, entertainment and sports and/or if they want to pursue more traditional paths of consulting, finance or brand management. We have successful students and alumni in all of these areas! The career resources such as 1:1 advising, the alumni database and the interview prep teams are unmatched.
  • The third reason is there are so many benefits of going to graduate school in a city as diverse as Los Angeles. At Anderson, we have access to top executives that are weekly guest speakers in many elective classes and to alumni who live in the area. We also have amazing conferences and there is the potential for academic internships during the school year. There is so much to do in LA including, but not limited to going to the beach, hiking, checking out the arts scene, attending a sporting event, and eating at a new restaurant. And, I can be outside every day of the year!
  • The last reason, but also the most important one, is the people. Anderson has a diverse student body that is as ambitious as it is fun. There are so many of my 360 classmates that I genuinely love to hang out with on a regular basis. We have the collaborative culture of being in a small college town, but the exposure and access of being in a huge limitless city.
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If you still have a decision to make, I encourage you to talk with as many current students and alumni from the school(s) to which you were accepted and ask them questions. If possible, I also encourage you to attend the admitted students weekends/days for all of the schools to which you were admitted. It’s a great way to meet both current students and potential classmates. Anderson’s Round One Welcome (AROW) is February 7th-8th, 2020 so I hope to see many of you there! I applied during Round Two in 2018 and was able to attend the A-Days (Anderson Days) in late April that year. That weekend solidified my decision to come to Anderson!

Good luck to all of you who are making a decision and when in doubt, trust your gut!

Student Blogger: Emily Moore ‘20

Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill, ‘14

Pre-MBA: Sports Marketing at ESPN

Summer Internship: MBA Brand Management Intern, The Wonderful Company

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FROM NewsUCLA: Visit Us! Sign up for a Campus Experience!
After a few weeks off for relaxation and travel, our students returned this week for the Winter Quarter. What makes this return different than prior years is that they did not only return to class, but they got to experience our brand new [url=https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/about/office-of-development/campaign-priorities/marion-anderson-hall]Marion Anderson Hall (MAH)[/url]. MAH is open for you to visit as well! The [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/admissions/connect-with-a-student]Admissions Ambassador Corps (AAC)[/url] is back to work with our [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/admissions-events]Campus Experience[/url] offerings, including [b]Group Information Sessions (GIS), school tours, class visits, webinars, coffee chats and lunches[/b]. These events are all great opportunities to learn more about the [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program]MBA program[/url], our [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/full-time-mba/culture]culture[/url], and individual experiences at UCLA Anderson. We encourage you to choose a day where you can access multiple experiences. This is the best way to immerse yourself into UCLA Anderson and really get a feel for the program. It's possible that on any given day, you can have a tour, coffee chat, and class visit. Here's a breakdown of what each experience entails:

[b]Group Information Session (GIS)
[/b]Learn about what distinguishes our leading MBA program and how to successfully navigate the admissions process. This quarter, sessions are generally held on Mondays and Wednesdays (at 5:00 PM) and are hosted by a second-year student ambassador or an admissions officer.

[b]School Tour
[/b]Stroll through our beautiful campus and surrounding grounds with a student ambassador to see how our students make the most of our world class facilities. This quarter, tours are available Monday through Thursday. Times vary on the day, so make sure you choose the one that's best for you.

[b]Class Visit
[/b]Join an actual full-time MBA class and experience the collaborative environment among our students and faculty. Classes are generally held Monday through Thursday during the academic year (beginning the week of January 13th).

[b]Webinars
[/b]Join our student ambassadors and admissions officers as we discuss the UCLA Anderson MBA experience, the admissions process and answer your questions. These interactive sessions are offered on most Thursdays from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

[b]Coffee Chat
[/b]Hear from a current student all about our culture and the wonderful opportunities at UCLA Anderson. Grab your own favorite food or beverage and join the casual conversation.

We hope you will join us to learn more about the [url=http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/]UCLA Anderson[/url] difference!



-- John Lee, Associate Director of MBA Admissions



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