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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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