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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


As noted in our application requirementswe require two letters of recommendation (but just one for re-applicants). Ideally, your letters of recommendation should highlight your professional accomplishments and abilities. As such, you should request your letters of recommendation from a direct supervisor or manager. This blog will provide you with some guidance to help you secure supportive letters of recommendation, as well as some insight into why they are important to our evaluation process. We’ll also provide you with some options on other possible recommenders for those of you who are working in a family business or have an entrepreneurial background.

How should you request a letter of recommendation?
It’s always best to make the request in person if possible. 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 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.

Who should you consider for your letters of recommendation?
Your letters of recommendation should ideally come from someone who can speak to your career progression, such as a direct supervisor and/or project manager. 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.

If you cannot request a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, you can also 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 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.

Before deciding who to reach out to for your letters of recommendation, we recommend that you 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.

Why are letters of recommendation important?
Letters of recommendation are important because they allow us to see you through the eyes of your direct supervisors/managers; individuals who have witnessed your career progression. We want to learn about your leadership potential, your teamwork skills, as well as your ability to overcome challenges. Letters of recommendation also speak to what you have accomplished in your career and shed some light on how your career to date can position you for future success.

Letters of recommendation help support your post-MBA goals. For this reason it’s important to dedicate some time to share your MBA plans with your recommenders. Share a copy of your resume, talk about some of your professional accomplishments, and let them know why you are interested in pursuing an MBA. 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. The questions remain embedded in each participating school’s existing application system so your recommendation requests and submissions will still be processed and submitted through our UCLA Anderson application form. UCLA Anderson is one of 35 (and growing) MBA programs to use this form.  For more information and to see the form, visit the GMAC Common LOR website.

One last bit of advice: Dedicate some time to share your MBA plans with your recommenders. Share a copy of your resume, talk about some of your professional accomplishments, and let them know why you are interested in pursuing an MBA and how you hope to grow both personally and professionally through the experience. By sharing your plans, you will help them to write a more compelling letter of recommendation



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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!
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On Saturday, October 13, UCLA Anderson will be opening its doors for its largest open house information event of the year, Access Anderson. 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 individuals interested in learning more about the UCLA Anderson full-time MBA program. Attendees will get an inside take and advice on how and why to apply to our program. Our MBA admissions team — the people actually reviewing all of the applications — 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 talk one-on-one with students, faculty and alumni in their specific areas of career interest. This is a really special half-day event, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about getting an MBA at UCLA Anderson from the people who make it happen -- students, alumni, faculty and staff.

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 right 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 coming to spend time with us and interacting with our students, faculty and staff. We are expecting more than 200 attendees, which means this day is also a great way to meet your future classmates, too.

Q: Will I be able to get one-on-one time to ask my questions?
A. We’ve structured the day with a mix of panels and networking to give attendees the opportunity to make the most of their time with us. 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. First and foremost, 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 it’s incumbent upon us to 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 2018 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 over light appetizers with members of our community representing a wide array of career functions, industries and interests

Looking forward to seeing you at this amazing event!



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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 for many MBA programs are approaching, how do you begin to narrow down the schools you are applying to? There are a variety of ways you can research MBA programs and as someone on the other side of the process, there are numerous ways someone like myself reaches out to prospective students like you!

Web Resources

The first place to research programs is through websites like ours. The website will have plenty of information pertaining to the admissions process, curriculum plans, student life, and career placement data. Taking a deep dive into our program’s website will give you a good feel about what we are looking for in our students and if the program will fit 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 first person insights on who we are. In addition, if you would like to stay in touch, fill out an inquiry form to find out about happenings around campus and when we'll be in a city near you.

School Visits

If you’re up for it, just about every school will have some type of campus experience program. They can be something short 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 13th. Taking a trip to campus (if you can) may be 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 not in the area or if it’s not feasible for you to visit a school, admissions officers like myself will travel around the world to meet with you and introduce our programs. We usually travel from the summer months through early fall. UCLA Anderson does this in two ways: The first way we travel to meet prospective students is through fairs sponsored by partner organizations such as the MBA Tour, Centre Court, and Forte Forum to name a few. In these events, a number of schools will be tabling and looking to help you learn more 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, listen to an alumni panel from graduates residing in that particular city, and lastly network with alumni, admissions, and other prospective students.

Networking

The final way to research a program is to look within your own networks. You might have colleagues or friends who have gone through a specific program or they might know someone who has and they are typically a great resource for information and can share their experiences.



The above list is only a sample of the many different things you can do to research MBA programs.  However, by partaking in just some of the above action-items, you'll successfully equip yourself with key information and insights that may be able to help you decide where to apply and ultimately, which school offer to accept.



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From the Dean’s Desk: Around the World in 7 Days  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: From the Dean’s Desk: Around the World in 7 Days
This post is part of our “From the Dean’s Desk” series, where we hear directly from our UCLA Anderson leaders across the school.



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Last month, I had the extreme pleasure to visit regions in the world on behalf of UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions. Most of those areas were very familiar to me, while another was a new area for me to explore. I enjoy the opportunity to engage with the future leaders of business, especially individuals interested in an MBA at UCLA Anderson. Here is my 7 day trip around the world……of course, all accomplished with the modern conveniences of airplanes, hotels, buses, subways, and a few taxis.

1st stop – London: This literally was a 5 hour layover from LA to my first recruiting event in India. However, I will add that I enjoy going through one of the world’s busiest airports to break-up the 20+ hours of total flying time that is required to reach Bangalore. A strong suggestion from me to you is “upgrade” to visit an airline lounge if you're able to “refresh” before the 2nd half of the journey. PS – and travel as light as possible to avoid items being confiscated/thrown away like oversized toiletries, unmarked electronics, etc. that may not fit into the 1 visible plastic bag that must go through the x-ray machine. PS2 – I have never had anything confiscated or thrown away...yet!

2nd stop – Bangalore, India: This is my third time this year visiting India. The people here are extremely nice and hospitable. I’m not going to give you the rundown on my every move. But, get out of your comfort zone to meet people, understand the culture, explore the food choices, and leave with no regrets. On the business side – UCLA Anderson has a strong global reputation with many alumni in the area, as well as in the US and beyond. The strong brand of UCLA is recognized around the world and people are always curious about the MBA degree offered by the school.  Each time I visit this region, many of the questions revolve around career opportunities in technology, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. So, I wasn’t surprised when the audience of nearly 100 individuals asked how can the Parker Career Management Center “help me”. The night session proved to be very successful given the combination of content, alumni, and reception that followed. I am sure the current UCLA Anderson students originally from India will be busy in the coming weeks and months with inquiries from the many individuals I met given the level of interest by the attendees. Even though I only spent 24 hours in this city, it was an “A+” experience including the recruiting event and opportunity to meet with alumni in the area.

3rd stop – Mumbai, India:  This proves to be another “short” trip to a fabulous city. The schedule is relatively the same, host an evening recruiting event with another large audience. Just some subtle differences – Mumbai has a larger population, but Bangalore has a larger IT presence…and both attract talent for sure. The business landscape is global and the race for talent is fierce. The concerns and interests of event attendees were basically the same with no surprises. However, there is a subtle difference…..I find being near the Arabian Sea has a calming effect ….people are a bit more casual and seem comfortable. Thank you to the alumni who did come and support me in delivering the UCLA Anderson message :)

4th stop – Delhi, India:  Another familiar territory as this is my 3rd time visiting Delhi. And as an added bonus, I am arriving on India’s Independence Day (8/15/18). I truly enjoy the displays of national pride including those wearing clothing reflecting the vibrant colors, art, and genuine discussions with hotel staff, flight attendants, and random strangers about what the day means to him/her. Again, no surprises in terms of interest in UCLA Anderson nor any unusual questions. I think many were surprised at the diversity of career opportunities and the diversity of the student class knowing that UCLA Anderson is not simply a finance school or a tech school. Many appreciated hearing about the “new" essay question that focuses on one’s passion and what the admissions team is interested in learning through the responses.

5th stop – Tokyo, Japan: It was my first (and hopefully not my last) time visiting this beautiful city. I only spent 24 hours here but what I did experience was memorable to say the least. The food is fantastic, the people are so nice/friendly, the city was clean and easy to move around even though I do not know any Japanese. I sound like a broken record when I “say” that the event was successful, but when you have nearly 100 people in the audience interested in learning more about UCLA Anderson, then it is definitely worth writing about. Plus, current international students gave me explicit instructions to share how welcoming the campus environment is to incoming international students.

Final stop – home (Los Angeles): I wished I could have stayed longer in Tokyo and explore the area. But I think I will be back next year! The flight home was uneventful filled with sleeping, 2-3 movies, plenty of reading, and some email correspondence. But after 21,732 air miles in 1 week, I was happy to be in my own home again in Los Angeles…one of the BEST cities in the world!



-- 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: 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 Tuesday, October 2, 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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We invite you to preview the UCLA Anderson experience by participating in our MBA Campus Experience program during Fall Quarter -- programming began this week and will end the last week of November. We strongly recommend you sign up if you are able, as this will be your last opportunity until students return to campus in January (this is especially important for those considering applying Round 2!)

Our Campus Experience offerings 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.
If you can’t join us in person on-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 (check out the archives!) as they share highlights of their personal MBA journeys.



-- Ilana Van Allen '13, Associate Director of MBA Admissions



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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, 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 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 application.
  • Self-reflection & Research: Take the time to think about what you communicated in your previous application (especially in your essay) 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 2017 or 2018 -- if you applied prior to the previous two years, you are considered a "new" applicant). 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 updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 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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Apply to the Forté MBALaunch Program!  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Apply to the Forté MBALaunch Program!
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UCLA Anderson is a proud partner of the Forté Foundation organization, and we wanted to share this opportunity to apply for the Forté MBALaunch program for prospective MBAs.

Forté MBALaunch is a hands-on 10-month program for pre-MBA women. This program's goal is to help you showcase your unique story, strengthen your application and become the best business school candidate possible.

MBALaunch gives you a clear road map to help you navigate the entire MBA application process — from GMAT study prep, to application tips, to practice on admissions interviews. The program includes a application fee waivers, monthly webinars, peer group meetings, and coaching from experienced advisors.

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What You'll Get
  • Tailored, intensive GMAT study help from the leading GMAT test prep companies
  • Connections with hundreds of women who have similar MBA goals
  • Insights and advice about the admissions process from current students and alumnae
  • Webinars on building a top-notch application
  • Coaching appointments with admissions representatives from leading business schools
  • Peer group meetings and application feedback from your peers and MBA alumnae advisors
  • Application fee waivers from 35+ Forté schools and discounts from leading GMAT test prep providers and admissions consultants
  • One month of Forté Premium Access Pass when you apply

Application Deadlines
  • Round 1: Oct. 8 -- Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Round 2: Oct. 15 -- Atlanta, Boston, Houston, London, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto
  • Final deadline for all cities: Oct. 22
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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Guest Blog: Social Life at Anderson
Today's guest blog comes from David Wang, Section E social chair and my fellow section-mate. Read on to learn about his transformative experience at Anderson and his tips for how to make the most of the only two years you'll have at business school! Name: David Wang Hometown: Columbus, OH Undergrad Institution: Cornell University Pre-Business School: Cancer Research Summer Internship: Product Manager at Renovate America (Clean Energy) Post-Anderson (industry): Tech Whenever I’m asked about business school, I always describe it as being more work but also way more fun than I expected. What you will quickly learn about the MBA experience is that it’s absolutely what you make of it. That is true not only for academics and recruiting, but also your social life. One of the biggest regrets I hear from graduates, and even students finishing up their first year is that they wish they invested more time into going out to social events and getting to know the people in their class. As a natural introvert, I knew this would be a challenge, so I put myself in a position where I would be forced to mingle – I ran for section social chair. This turned out to be the single best decision of my Anderson career. Was it a lot of work? Yes. Was I obligated to turn up on many occasions when I’d rather be in bed watching Netflix? You bet. But looking back, the benefits far outweigh everything else. From happy hours, football tailgates, section...
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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Visit The MBA Insider's Blog!
PLEASE VISIT THE MBA INSIDER'S BLOG FOR CURRENT POSTS https://mbablogs.anderson.ucla.edu/ In an effort to consolidate and streamline our blogs, we will be merging The MBA Student Voice blog into The MBA Insider's Blog, where you can read informative posts geared for prospective MBA applicants, written by UCLA Anderson Admissions staff, MBA students, and guest contributors. We are in the process of transferring past posts over from this blog to The MBA Insider's Blog -- in the interim, you can still access all archival posts on this site. Thank you! -- UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Team
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Preparing for FEMBA  [#permalink]

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FROM UCLA Current FEMBA Students: Preparing for FEMBA
Hi Everyone, Here is a fun and useful post from Terry Shea, a FEMBA 2016 student. It is very well written and contains useful tips as you start this new journey of the FEMBA program. I recommend to connect with Terry on LinkedIn too. Here is his LinkedIn profile URL...
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My first official week at UCLA Anderson!  [#permalink]

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FROM UCLA Current FEMBA Students: My first official week at UCLA Anderson!
Hey Everyone, We have been on a summer break here at FEMBA and there have been great summer courses and International trips to Argentina, South Africa and South Korea. We'll write more about it in the upcoming few weeks. For now, we have a blog post from Geetha Rajan (FEMBA...
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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: What We Look For In Applicants  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: What We Look For In Applicants
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:

CORE QUALITIES WE LOOK FOR IN APPLICANTS




At UCLA Anderson, our students all share certain values that we look for when crafting an open-minded, diverse and talented class. However, this is a two-way street for both school and applicant. One of the most important things when applying and then ultimately choosing an MBA program is finding your “fit”. You want to make sure your values align with the culture of the program. As you progress in evaluating MBA programs and preparing your application, it's important to ensure your values align with a school. Your work experiences, life choices and opportunities may differ coming onto campus but you will be united by your core qualities as future leaders: the desire to share success, think fearlessly and drive change.

When evaluating your application for these qualities, the admissions committee will review the various elements of your profile to see your strengths and contributions to the class in addition to areas for growth where you would benefit from our program and community. We also want to see a road map on how Anderson will help you get to your specific goals. Developing a compelling future plan and tying it to the Anderson experience may be the hardest part of an MBA application. 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 your profile to see if you can play your “ACE” card to make yourself a strong candidate for UCLA Anderson:

  • Academic Profile: UCLA Anderson is a rigorous school and we expect our students are able to master the business fundamentals of our core curriculum in order to be successful in their academics and eventually, their career. When we discuss academics, we are looking at your test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) and your undergrad grades. However, those are just two data points to a story within academics. We will take a deeper dive in your academic profile by determining the rigor of your undergraduate school, major, and coursework, your trends in grades, as well as other academic achievements to get a better sense of the context of your achievements.
  • Contribution to Anderson: 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.

  • Employability: 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 and letters of recommendations will guide us in determining which transferable job skills will carry you to future roles, especially if you are looking to pivot function or industry. We also want to see personal skills such as communication, coachability, interpersonal skills, collaboration, and how you receive feedback. Career progression is important as well, so we will take into account promotions or taking on greater responsibility over time and driving change within your organization. As always, we evaluate progress in the context of the time you had and in terms of a bridge to the future.
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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Apply to the Forté MBALaunch Program!  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Apply to the Forté MBALaunch Program!
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UCLA Anderson is a proud partner of the Forté Foundation organization, and we wanted to share this opportunity to apply for the Forté MBALaunch program for prospective MBAs.

Forté MBALaunch is a hands-on 10-month program for pre-MBA women. This program's goal is to help you showcase your unique story, strengthen your application and become the best business school candidate possible.

MBALaunch gives you a clear road map to help you navigate the entire MBA application process — from GMAT study prep, to application tips, to practice on admissions interviews. The program includes a application fee waivers, monthly webinars, peer group meetings, and coaching from experienced advisors.

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What You'll Get
  • Tailored, intensive GMAT study help from the leading GMAT test prep companies
  • Connections with hundreds of women who have similar MBA goals
  • Insights and advice about the admissions process from current students and alumnae
  • Webinars on building a top-notch application
  • Coaching appointments with admissions representatives from leading business schools
  • Peer group meetings and application feedback from your peers and MBA alumnae advisors
  • Application fee waivers from 35+ Forté schools and discounts from leading GMAT test prep providers and admissions consultants
  • One month of Forté Premium Access Pass when you apply

Application Deadlines
  • Round 1: Oct. 8 -- Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Round 2: Oct. 15 -- Atlanta, Boston, Houston, London, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto
  • Final deadline for all cities: Oct. 22
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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: What We Look For In Applicants  [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: What We Look For In Applicants
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:

CORE QUALITIES WE LOOK FOR IN APPLICANTS




At UCLA Anderson, our students all share certain values that we look for when crafting an open-minded, diverse and talented class. However, this is a two-way street for both school and applicant. One of the most important things when applying and then ultimately choosing an MBA program is finding your “fit”. You want to make sure your values align with the culture of the program. As you progress in evaluating MBA programs and preparing your application, it's important to ensure your values align with a school. Your work experiences, life choices and opportunities may differ coming onto campus but you will be united by your core qualities as future leaders: the desire to share success, think fearlessly and drive change.

When evaluating your application for these qualities, the admissions committee will review the various elements of your profile to see your strengths and contributions to the class in addition to areas for growth where you would benefit from our program and community. We also want to see a road map on how Anderson will help you get to your specific goals. Developing a compelling future plan and tying it to the Anderson experience may be the hardest part of an MBA application. 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 your profile to see if you can play your “ACE” card to make yourself a strong candidate for UCLA Anderson:

  • Academic Profile: UCLA Anderson is a rigorous school and we expect our students are able to master the business fundamentals of our core curriculum in order to be successful in their academics and eventually, their career. When we discuss academics, we are looking at your test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) and your undergrad grades. However, those are just two data points to a story within academics. We will take a deeper dive in your academic profile by determining the rigor of your undergraduate school, major, and coursework, your trends in grades, as well as other academic achievements to get a better sense of the context of your achievements.
  • Contribution to Anderson: 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.

  • Employability: 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 and letters of recommendations will guide us in determining which transferable job skills will carry you to future roles, especially if you are looking to pivot function or industry. We also want to see personal skills such as communication, coachability, interpersonal skills, collaboration, and how you receive feedback. Career progression is important as well, so we will take into account promotions or taking on greater responsibility over time and driving change within your organization. As always, we evaluate progress in the context of the time you had and in terms of a bridge to the future.
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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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Resume  [#permalink]

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

RESUME




As you probably have heard ad nauseam by now, the evaluation of MBA applications is a very holistic process. This means that we are going to look at all the pieces of information submit to make sure we understand who you are and what you can contribute to the educational process and your future classmates.

In addition to setting up the chronology of your educational and professional accomplishments and listing extra-curricular activities, a solid resume communicates that you can present yourself in a professional manner and that you have thoughtfully and carefully curated the information that would be most relevant to your MBA application.

Here are some tips to help you as you prepare your resume:

  • Your resume should work like your personal sales rep. It needs to showcase your value and your potential, highlighting expertise, accomplishments and transferable skills.
  • While we require no specific resume format we recommend that you keep your resume clean, relevant concise. One or two pages are typically all you will need.
  • 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.
  • Your extracurricular involvement helps round out your professional experience and often serves as an indicator of how involved you will be as a student or alum. Make sure to list your most meaningful undergraduate and post-grad involvement in the relevant section of your resume (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 in the page should be with the express purpose of supporting your application.
  • Try not to use industry-specific jargon. You want your reader -- regardless of their background -- to understand what you have done.
  • Make sure you are highlighting your successes and transferable skills to show how you can make an impact and contribute to our community.
  • 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.
  • Last but not least, don’t neglect the basics. Proofread and avoid careless typos or grammar mistakes. Attention to detail is key here.
We hope that these tips can be of help as you work on preparing a great application.



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Academics  [#permalink]

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

ACADEMICS




We mentioned in an earlier post that UCLA Anderson is a rigorous school and we expect that our students are able to master the business fundamentals of our core curriculum in order to be successful in their academics and eventually, their careers. However, equally important to each student being successful, 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. 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.

What we look for in each file is a record of above-average achievement, and if there are weak spots then we seek offsetting strong points (e.g., a trend of grades getting better over time, 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 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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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND LEADERSHIP ROLES




Here at UCLA Anderson, our community -- including students, alumni, faculty, and staff -- is defined by three core qualities: we share success, think fearlessly and drive change. 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 these qualities to leave an impact.

Overall, the Admissions Committee is looking for the QUALITY of your involvement and leadership roles, NOT quantity. 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 40+ student clubs and leaders 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!):

University/College Activities

  • College athletics: Team captain? Most Valuable Player? Operations manager?
  • Leadership role in a campus club, non-profit organization, sorority or fraternity 
  • Writer or Editor of a campus publication
  • Mentor for high school students
  • Orientation leader or campus tour guide
  • Volunteer missions
  • Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Case competitions 
  • Peer tutor
Post-College Activities

  • Leadership role in an alumni association
  • Continued involvement/role in non-profits or professional organizations
  • Workplace engagement teams
  • Volunteer team leader
  • Public speaking or teaching roles
  • Active role in political organizations or local campaigns
  • Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) role
  • Founder of a non-profit or community event
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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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

CAREER PATHING


Thinking Through Your Short- and Long-term Goals




Before pursuing an MBA, it’s important to carefully think through why you want to pursue this particular degree, what you hope to gain, and how it will impact your career. This is why career pathing is crucial to submitting a compelling application. It will help you decide if an MBA is right for you, determine when you should pursue an MBA, and help you focus on what you need to do in order to reach your future career goals. Career pathing will even help you decide where to apply.

The first step to career pathing is to consider your past and present experiences, and accomplishments. Think about what you’ve done so far, the skills that you’ve gained, what you like most about your experiences, and what you like least. Reflecting on your career to date will provide you with insight into your strengths and areas of development. Think about how 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. Be specific and narrow down the function and industry that you would be interested in pursuing. Consider what skills you will need to be successful in your post-MBA career and what you hope to accomplish throughout your career. A big part of career pathing is to also research 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 you will use your time in an MBA program. Understanding the transferable skills that you already have, will help you target the areas that you want to develop further through an MBA program. When evaluating the skills that you want to develop further, 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.



Check back for more "Application Insider" blog posts that will cover information and tips on the many aspects of applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program!



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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:

CHOOSING AN MBA PROGRAM


With our Round 1 release date in a few 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!



(1) Connect (or re-connect) with students and alumni

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.


(2) Save the date for admit weekends

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.


(3) Consult your personal "Board of Advisors"

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.



I 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!



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