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UCLA Anderson vs M7 Target next year

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New post 25 Apr 2018, 02:34
Hi All,

Below is my profile

Country of Residence: India
B.Tech Chemical Engineering from a Top 10 Engineering College (Non IIT)
2.5 Years of work ex at Honeywell
1.5 Years of work ex in sales profile in a reputed renewable energy company
Gmat: 760
Age: Will be 26 in June

I have got an admit into UCLA Anderson. I am constantly thinking will dropping an year and trying to get into M7 is worth the risk, or even a wise risk to take or not. Ca anyone offer any help?
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New post 25 Apr 2018, 19:54
M7 is VERY competitive. It takes a really outstanding candidate from India to get into one of these.
Not sure if you applied to any other schools but your other results would give you an indication of your chances.

However, if you got into Anderson this year, you will likely be able to get into another Top20 school next year, so if somehow you feel your career will take a greater trajectory or you will somehow have big accomplishments or better LOR's then by all means. However, if not, then maybe not waste a year.
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New post 01 May 2018, 15:05
Hi,

Thank you for your reply.

As of now, I am working as a Sales manager for a leading Solar company in India. In the coming year, I’ll be promoted and will get the opportunity to work on international projects. However, the role will be more or less similar. Hence, this somewhat means that career will take a greater trajectory and I will have bigger accomplishments next year. Recommendations will be more or less same.

Also, I got a reject (no interview) from Wharton, Haas, MIT, Booth and waitlist on NYU. So the results are also not very encouraging.

Hence, I am more inclined towards joining Anderson this year. But if someone aggressively tells me that I have a good chance next year, then I might just take the harder decision.

P.S. Thank you for your help.
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What are your post-MBA goals? Did you receive any scholarship funding from Anderson?
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My short term post MBA career goal is to be in the consulting domain. If possible, consultant for renewable energy. And no, I haven't received any scholarship funding from UCLA Anderson.
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Your profile is great. Great GMAT score. Great employment brands. Can you elaborate more on your UG GPA, ECs?? You seem like an ideal candidate for Sloan and Booth. But along with all these Objective Credentials, your story is equally important. So let us know about your story.

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College rank - 24 out of 48 students

I majored in Polymer science and chemical technology.

I chose Honeywell, core chemical engineering job, as my family had a similar business. After gaining that knowledge and experience, I moved to a start up for more autonomy and a better learning curve. Now, I want to be a part of the green energy revolution. This is the core of my story.

Apologies for the late reply.
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Hi,

I guess it depends. Reapplying to Booth, MIT, and Wharton will be tough. You will have a narrow chance as a reapplicant to those schools. Since not a lot can happen in one year.

And remaining M7 schools are tough with their acceptance rate. Stanford, Harvard, Kellogg, and Columbia. But you have to try to know whether you make it.

It is good that you are aspiring to get into those schools. UCLA is also a great school. Think and decide.

All the best for your decision to join or to reapply in R1. If you want to apply this year to M7 schools, try to play safe. Maybe try to get deferred admission to UCLA to next year by stating some reasons. This is just to be on safer side. I have known some folks who got in top-20 programs and got deferrals so that they can apply to M7 schools and see their luck. But you might have to pay the deposit and extra $$ to confirm for deferral.

P.S- Did you apply to MIT, Booth, and Wharton in R1 or R2. R2 is pretty tough. If you want to apply next year to M7 schools R1 might be helpful.
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New post 12 May 2018, 03:43
I think I am getting the sense that it is better to go ahead and rather not waste a year. M7 as I see are very competitive and Anderson offers almost equal opportunities.

Thank you all for your suggestions. I think I will go ahead and join Anderson for now. Let's see where life takes me next.
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