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MBA Program Review
Best life decision
November 25 | 2016
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     By rlc 5 2
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Overall, Anderson offers a diverse course offering for many different career tracks. The student support is nothing I could have ever imagined which to me, is such an important part of the business school experience.

My main critique for Anderson is the lack of support for career changes in the FEMBA program despite being one of the few schools that even offer any support!! Full time students have interview prep built with career services into their curriculum leaving FEMBAs at somewhat of a disadvantage throughout the recruiting process. I understand the difficulty in creating a program for FEMBAs given our work/life balance, but I do wish there was more involvement and support in helping FEMBAs transition into new careers during their time.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Professors have been hit or miss. I have had some of the most inspiring professors ever and some less so.

About job placement process

The Anderson network is huge. I got my most recent internship through a current FEMBA.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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UCLA Anderson Review
January 29 | 2016
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     By danielvalensi 1 6
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

UCLA Anderson's program significantly surpassed my expectations. I found my summer internship at my dream company through university events and the alumni network. The quality of speakers visiting campus regularly is impressive, with a constant stream of business celebrities sharing their vision with the students. The amount of resources made available by the university is more than can be possibly be needed by any student. The school's location offers great quality of life and numerous opportunities in various industries. But what truly sets Anderson apart is the people. The student body is quite collaborative and very participant, and the staff is always ready to help.

About job placement process

Career Services office at Anderson is among the best. They will give great advice, and pressure students into recruiting efficiently. Also, placement in the West Coast is really strong due to the huge alumni network UCLA has in the region.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Entertainment, Real Estate, Sports

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
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     By dpkp 33 10
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I am current student, soon to be graduated (FEMBA 2016). When I was applying for part time programs back in 2012-13 there were only few schools who made to the ranking system for part time from west and location being my constraint that was my primary criteria to select. I ended up selecting UCLA based on location and the ranking.
Now that I am almost done with the program, I recommend this school over any in southern California. The students that get admitted to it are elite, smartest and diverse. I got to learn from them as much as I got to learn from the classes itself. All the class discussions were so rich in content that at the end of 33 months I am happy that I did it.
There are definitely things that can be improved like the facilities itself (more study rooms, class rooms), more options for electives. But the school has been improving in these area a lot. I am sure in future they are going to do the best.
As a working professional, this is the best part time program targeted and catered toward working schedules.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
Top B-School in LA
January 27 | 2016
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     By Cares 97 37
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I'm currently a first year student in the part-time weekend program. I think the work/life/school balance is tough but it is rewarding. I am enjoying the course material and I feel energized by my cohorts. I feel like all of my classmates are intelligent and push each other to think differently and learn more. The faculty is top notch! They are entertaining, present content in an easily understandable manner, and engage the class well in discussion. I also feel the facilities are top notch on a beautiful campus. I love that Anderson students also have access to world class business and thought leaders speaking on campus. There is a lot of opportunity here and business school is truly what you make of it. If you're going to attend just to finish classes and get a grade then you probably will not enjoy it.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Entertainment

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
I found a new family!
January 16 | 2016
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     By sereno 0 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The school's main value "sharing success" is what drives the whole campus life.
What I love about this program:
- the diversity of the student body: many student with different backgrounds and target industries. 30% of the student are international and even among the US students, there is a huge diversity. It is really important for me beacuse I can really learn from my classmates' experiences.
- The Parker career center is amazing. The people who work there really dedicate their lives to the students and they gave me tons of help during my recruiting process.
- The LA location. LA is becoming one of the most dynamic cities of the world. Many startups are also moving from the bay area to LA and this enhances the entrepreneurial environment that you can fell when you live in LA.
- There is no competition among the students. We all help each other and share success. I'm sure this attitude will last after the end of the program.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The professors have an outstanding background. Each class is like a TED talk, so engaging!

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Admissions Team


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     By Sampo 94 12
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

So far, I've enjoyed it at Anderson. By and large, my classmates are sharp and fun to be around. The culture is truly collaborative and everyone keeps their ego in check, which might not be the same at other top programs. The career center has been excellent about ensuring that everyone has the preparation they need to apply for internships, and the 2nd-year students are extremely helpful resources as well.
This is a great spot to be if you're in tech. By virtue of its LA location (Silicon Beach 10 minutes away and Silicon Valley a 1.5-hour flight) and its west-coast alumni network, there are a lot of easily-accessible opportunities for all sizes of tech companies, from startups to giants. While it might be tough to land your exact dream job (and unless you're at Stanford/HBS it will be tough regardless), the wide array of companies and roles allows just about everyone to find a place where they can fit and be happy. Sure, it might be just a tiny bit harder to get the interviews you're dying for compared to an M-7 school (slightly lower rank/brand, plus sooo many people want to be in tech here so it crowds out interview slots), but the range of opportunity and ease of making connections definitely makes up for it.
If you're into marketing, entertainment, or entrepreneurship, this is also a great place to be. However, if you want consulting/PE/VC you might be better off going purely for the highest-ranked school you can get into, though. There's no way to sugarcoat it, but some job tracks only really seek out the bluest of blue-bloods, and UCLA, while a great school, isn't going to give you the sexy brand you need on those career tracks. If you're not looking at those jobs, though, UCLA is a fantastic place to be!
On top of everything else, it's a blast to live in LA and I can absolutely guarantee your quality of life will be much higher at UCLA than any other top-15 program.

About job placement process

Tech: Huge range of companies actively recruit here and there are tons of alums all over. Due to the high volume of people applying to the "big" companies (Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, etc) you might have a harder time getting interviews at those than at other top schools with higher ranks. However, beyond that, it's much easier to get into tech here than most other places due to location, you'll just have to do less legwork in general, plus you can always get connections through academic internships.

Consulting/PE/VC: If this is what you want, you should try to get into an M7, the numbers don't lie. It'll just be easier for you that way. Anderson is a much better tech/marketing/media/entrepreneurship school than it is a finance/consulting mill.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
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     By ychennay 13 5
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

When I was going through my own b-school application experience a year ago, it became apparent that any and every business school was trying to position its "collaborative culture" as the selling point. Needless to say, I took the stuff I heard with a grain of salt and after hearing "collaborative culture" for one too many times started to roll my eyes at the expression.

After spending more than a quarter at Anderson, I will say this definitively: Anderson's culture is its selling point. Anderson students are collaborative and supportive beyond my expectations. They are positive, extremely hard-working, and genuine. Most of all, they are inclusive. I'll put it more bluntly- there are no assh*les here, and if you know you are one, you probably shouldn't apply here. I used to pride myself on my humility, work ethic, and intellect, but people here blow me away. I'm constantly trying to keep up- in a good way- with my classmates.

In many other schools I have attended, I have seen cliques and an atmosphere of exclusivity develop, not because people are mean or immature, but because there doesn't seem to be a strong enough bond holding together the student body in the long run.

At Anderson, it's a whole different vibe. Almost everyone here is in some ways switching or pivoting their careers. You have former financial analysts hoping to do marketing, former teachers recruiting for management consulting, former auditors looking to start their own entrepreneurial ventures. We all have a common experience that seems to be a natural glue that allows anyone to connect with everyone at anytime.

My advice to future applicants is to throw yourself into the experience when you do get here. There is so much available here for you- academic internships, case competitions, great classes, bright classmates, a supportive alumni network. Don't let your two years go to waste by not taking advantage of these things.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Facilities


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Share Success
January 10 | 2016
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     By dalesi76 0 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The program gave me a chance of exploring different career paths. The culture of the school is very strong. Classmates do share success so you can always find someone willing to help in any matter you might have. My section is like a small family and we look after each other. The school is very welcoming for international students and we are supported with a dedicated career advisor. Even if one's career goal is not to become an entrepreneur, the school provides so many opportunities that with a good idea a start-up can become your side activity. The school is filled with business opportunities and if that is what you are looking for, this is the school for you.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Shared success!
January 09 | 2016
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     By niftydoodles 3 8
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The quality of the student body has surpassed all of my expectations! Everyone is supportive, helpful, and friendly, especially when it comes to the internship/job hunt. It's not a backstabbing culture; people prepare for an interview for the same position together and are genuinely happy to see another Anderson person get a job (even one that you had been going for).

As far as applying, it's important to emphasize that you have done your research about Anderson's culture and how you can get involved with the student body; interviewers are screening for fit and how you will contribute to the community.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school


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     By LazyBoy8 168 56
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

I wasn't sure about applying to Anderson. Honestly. I was a rankings focused person and I was concerned about schools that fell just outside the top ten. But, I never thought about a few things: 1) UCLA as a whole is world renowned and has a global reputation that exceeds that of many Ivy Leagues. 2) The proximity to the epicenter of tech makes a huge difference if you are interested in tech 3) People are the most important part of the MBA process. Period. My professors are amazing, all but one have been phenomenal. They are not only the top of their respective fields, but they are also great people with personalities! I didn't expect that. I often thought that most top academics were reminiscent of Ben Stein. Not so. There are cool ass super smart people out there. My classmates are just great. I don't make friends easily but at Anderson the people are so welcoming. The school truly fosters an anticompetitive environment. We are in this together seems to be the theme among my entire class. I hate the word collaborative so I won't use that to describe the school. Looking out for your peers and the school as a whole is the best way to describe Anderson students. I really love my experience thus far.

About professors, classes and curriculum

I think I learned more about practical business in the first quarter than I learned in all of undergrad. The professors are great at relating to people and they are extremely accessible.

About job placement process

Rankings (in terms of what you learn and the people you are surrounded by) to a degree don't mean a ton inside of the top 15-20. I'd put the caliber of my classmates up against any business school in the world. Period.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Tech

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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