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.
APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:
CHOOSING AN MBA PROGRAM
With our Round 1 release date approaching, 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. For our Round 1 admits, look for your buddy matches in January!
(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.
As an MBA alum celebrating her 5-year reunion this year, 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!
– Satiya Witzer '13, Associate Director of MBA Admissions