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    HonorSociety.org Legit or Scam?

    July 1st, 2013

    Based on our previous posts about HonorSociety.org (MBA Review of HonorSociety.org & Is HonorSociety.org Worth it?), some readers have asked us whether the honors organization is legitimate or a scam. We found this question to be a bit of a surprise given the positive experience some MBA readers have reported having with HonorSociety.org during their undergraduate time. Below our staff objectively reviews the legitimacy, safety, and offerings of the honor society.

     

    Safety

    HonorSociety.org passes the Google Safebrowing, Website Antivirus, and Norton Safeweb tests. The sites connection is also SSL encrypted meaning that your data is passed safely. In terms of third party verification, the website is McAfee Secure and a VeraSafe Trusted Site. The website is independently reviewed and monitored. There does not seem to be any safety concerns associated with using HonorSociety.org.

     

    Value Proposition

    In order to properly judge whether the organization is legit or a scam, we thought it would be best to analyze how the society’s value matches up to their claims. The three main benefits listed on the site are: recognition, tools to succeed, and exclusive benefits. Each aspect is analyzed below.

     

    National Recognition

     

    HonorSociety.org is a well-known and established organization. They have over 45,000 Facebook fans and members all across the nation. It may be a stretch for them to be “THE” preeminent honors organization as there as many other reputable honor societies out there as well. HonorSociety.org would be perhaps better described as “One of the” preeminent honors organizations.

     

    Tools for Success

    In terms of providing tools for success, HonorSociety.org has some concrete offerings. Firstly, being a member and putting it on your resume helps you stand out. When recruiters look at resumes you only really have a few seconds to prove your value, so having honors and awards succinctly help you state your case. Further, the society also offers members scholarships and access to useful education materials, such as job postings, career/industry guides, and test prep courses. All of these are via partnerships with established companies such as Vault, BenchPrep, and GradSpring. Those are all reputable companies that specialize in their respective fields. Of course, HonorSociety.org could offer even more tools for success, but given the nominal price of the society the value of these tools are worthwhile.

     

    Member Benefits
    These are the perks and discounts that come with joining the society. They seem to have numerous offers available from free foreign language courses to discounts off of greek gear, travel guides and even flowers. There do seem to be a healthy amount of discounts in relevant areas for students, but it would be great if they could even offer more. Given the nominal price, there may be a realistic limit to what they are able to offer.
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    Final Thoughts - While each individual may come to a different conclusion based off of their own preferences, it’s clear enough that HonorSociety.org is a safe and legitimate organization, and not a scam. Whether it’s worth the money is a whole different topic and one that you have to consider individually, but by no means is the organization fake, a hoax or a rip-off. Members have told us that having the honor society on their resume made a big difference, and in terms of benefits the society’s offerings are substantiated externally. They are a real organization and offer real benefits.

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    Is HonorSociety.org Worth it?

    December 18th, 2012

    As with all things in life there is a cost-benefit analysis of every decision. Today we are going to investigate joining HonorSociety.org. It is worth joining? It is a scam? What are the pros and cons? We will try to answer all those questions and more now.

     

    Costs:

    There are two main costs associated with joining. Number 1 is time and number 2 is money. Regarding #1, the time it takes to join and set up your profile is not very long. An ambitious individual can set up their membership and utilize the benefits they want within 15 minutes. Regarding #2, membership dues are always a sticky subject, but in reality the dues are more a practical need than anything else. All reputable honor societies have membership dues, and this is simply because it costs money to provide to benefits and membership services that organizations like honorsociety.org provide. Ultimately, neither time nor membership dues should be considered high enough to preclude yourself from membership.

     

    Benefits:

    The main benefits of HonorSociety.org are two-fold as well. #1 is recognition. Getting inducted is not easy, and grad school committees and many HR professionals know this. Being able to say you belong to this honor society can make you stand out from the crowd. #2 is benefits. HonorSociety is generally known to offer the best perks of any honor society. In fact, they are currently ranked #1 in the perks category in the honor society reviews. The main benefits include access to career intelligence, free test prep for graduate school, a robust job listings board for members, and free foreign language courses. The main differentiation of HonorSociety.org from all of the other honor societies available to students in the multitude of perks and benefits at the student’s disposal.

     

    So is it Worth it?

    Ultimately, only you can answer that question. The reasons for joining can be different for every individual, so it may make more sense for some than others. There is no question however that honorsociety.org is no scam. They are one of the leading college honor societies, and offer several verified member benefits that any college student would find useful.

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    MBA Review of HonorSociety.org

    May 20th, 2012

    HonorSociety.org

    HonorSociety.org is one of a number of high-profiled honor societies a business student may get invited to join along their academic path. It is prudent to know that not honor societies are made alike, and we will walk you through the pros and cons of joining honorsociety.org. Getting invited to join honorsociety.org is a difficult endeavor to begin with, as a student must be either in the top percentage of their class to join, or nominated by the faculty and staff of their university. Here is a detailed breakdown of HonorSociety.org:

     

    Recognition

    This aspect of honorsociety.org alone is very desirable. Listing that you are an honorsociety.org member on your résumé may be the difference-maker in the HR team and grad school admissions board doing a double take on your profile. Standing out from the crowd is extremely hard these days, as anyone who has applied for an MBA program knows. Another major benefit, although usually overlooked, is the ability to make your HonorSociety profile show up in search engines. This is actually a big benefit for boosting your reputation, because every time someone searches for you– whether an employer, grad school, or even a potential date– your honor society membership and the positive connotations of its membership will show up front and center.

     

    Benefits

    For a potential MBA applicant, the benefits of HonorSociety are supremely useful. Firstly, every HonorSociety.org member is entitled to 1 free lifetime access course on BenchPrep.com. BenchPrep features a very interactive GMAT course which can be redeemed for free as an HonorSociety.org member. Next, HonorSociety’s access to Vault.com gives business-minded students a one-up on the competition by allowing free access to all of their career guides, industry reviews and more. Vault’s Finance guide is popularly known as one of the best in the field, and definitely a great brush up before any finance interview or exam. Another great benefit is the access to gradspring.com’s entry level job postings. The positions available may be below your level, however, if already possess industry experience.

     

    Final Review:

    If you do get invited to join HonorSociety.org, join! It’s an immense honor and the numerous benefits it presents easily makes it worth the investment to join.

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    The lowdown on our application materials

    September 12th, 2011

    I can imagine how overwhelming it must feel as an applicant doing your due diligence on MBA programs – every school is different in terms of deadlines, required documents, interviews, when to contact us, when NOT to contact us, etc.  So for today's post, I'd like to provide an overview of our full-time MBA application materials for first-time applicants, something that can be a quick and easy reference for you without burdening you with information overload.  You can find additional details on the application requirements section of our website if you'd like a more comprehensive explanation of everything.

    Online application & fee – pretty self-explanatory.  Each year, our team completes a thorough review of the online application to identify and remove unnecessary questions and streamline the overall process.  Filling out an application (or multiple ones) can be long and cumbersome, but know that the information we do ask for is important!

    GMAT - you can take the GMAT up to the round deadline for which you plan to apply. So for example, if you plan to apply in Round 1, you can take the GMAT on or before October 26th and still make it into this round.  Also, if you take the GMAT multiple times, we will primarily consider your highest score for admissions purposes.  However, note that we can still see all of your previous scores and the number of times you took the test.   The earliest allowable GMAT test date is April 1, 2007.

    TOEFL - this is a requirement for applicants educated in a country where english is not the ubiquitous language.  You can take the TOEFL up to the round deadline you plan to apply for, similar to the GMAT.  The earliest allowable TOEFL test date is April 1, 2010.  And in case you're curious, we do accept the IELTS as well.

    Transcripts - to make life easier you (and us!), we ask that you do NOT send us hard copies of official transcripts at this point.  Instead, just scan and upload your transcript(s) to the online application.  Quick and easy!

    Resume - a business format is preferred to a CV format, and please try to be concise and succinct by limiting your resume to a maximum of two pages.  To tweak an old saying - "brevity is the soul of an impactful resume."

    Letters of recommendation - TWO are required, no more, no less.  We prefer recommendations submitted online, since this ensures the speediest and most reliable delivery, not to mention peace of mind for you knowing they can never get lost or misplaced.  However, we do accept hard copy recommendations delivered through regular mail, so don't fret if your recommender refuses to submit his/her remarks online. 

    Essays - Two are required, one is optional, and all must be submitted in written format uploaded to the online application.  A big hint on how to make the admissions committee happy – follow instructions.  Please try to stick to the word counts listed and answer the questions being asked.  Essay prompts are as follows:

    REQUIRED
    1. What events or people have had the greatest influence in shaping your character and why?   (750 words)

    2. Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now and how will UCLA Anderson help you to achieve your goals? (750 words)

    OPTIONAL
    Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words)

    I hope this helps a bit in getting organized for the application process.

    Next up – evaluating applications: what happens after you hit "submit."

    Questions? Thoughts?  Comments?  Let us know below or shoot us an email at mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu.

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    First stop for UCLA Anderson in Latin America: Buenos Aires

    September 12th, 2011

    Buenos aires

    As a native of Latin America, I am always thrilled to have the opportunity to travel back to South America and meet fellow Latin Americans interested in becoming part of the UCLA Anderson family.

    Thursday night was the first of a series of Information Evenings–that is what we call our information sessions–I will be doing in Latin America. My next stops include Sao Paulo, Santiago, Lima, Monterrey and Mexico City. During my trip, I intend to share on our blog any pertinent questions that arise during my events In Latin America that may be of interest to any prospective UCLA MBA Applicants.

    One interesting questions that arose at my event in Buenos Aires was about the importance of grades (GPA’s) and whether lower grades should deter applicants from applying to top competitive schools.
    At UCLA Anderson, we know that grades are important but we also know that they are only one aspect of what an individual can brings to an MBA program. We look at grades as one of the indicators that will help us predict how you will do academically.   However, when looking at your undergraduate grades, we evaluate a number of other factors.  We also look at each individual school for its academic rigor and the difficulty of your particular course load.  We also examine the progression and any improvements you may have demonstrated throughout your education.

    Last but not least, we also understand that sometimes, unforeseen circumstances affect your ability to perform. That is why we look holistically at the entire application. We look to see other indications of academic performance such as GMAT scores, additional courses taken after college, professional certificates and even the nature of your work to help offset a blemish in your academic career.

    We work hard at crafting a diverse class of well-rounded individuals with professional maturity and leadership potential. Grades are only one part of a larger and more complex evaluation and selection process. For more information on our evaluation process please visit our website

    -Adrian Aguirre

    Associate Admissions Director

    UCLA Anderson  

     

     

     

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    UCLA Anderson will be in NYC tomorrow at The MBA Tour conference

    September 12th, 2011

    Happy Friday!  Travel season is pretty much upon us, and I wanted to let our readers know that we will be at the MBA Tour conference in NYC tomorrow.  This all-day event includes two chances to sit in on UCLA Anderson-specific presentations, and you can meet admissions officer Adrian Aguirre along with Anderson alumni at the fair event.  For more information and to register, please click here.

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    Bloomberg Businessweek’s Q&A with UCLA Anderson’s Rob Weiler

    September 12th, 2011

    Rob Weiler, interim director of MBA admissions at UCLA Anderson, is featured in Bloomberg Businessweek this week describing the qualities that sets Anderson and our students apart from other programs and providing valuable insight into the MBA application process. 

    Rob has many ties to Anderson.  In addition to his admissions role, Rob is also the assistant dean of the Parker Career Management Center, and thus brings a wealth of knowledge on the ways Anderson prepares students to successfully manage their career search.  As an alumnus of the program, he also has some great stories to share about his time here as a student. 

    To read Rob's full interview, click here

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    Meet UCLA Anderson at Kaplan’s Road to Business School series

    September 12th, 2011

    Another opportunity to meet UCLA Anderson admissions staff and alumni will be at Kaplan's Road to Business School series, which kicks off tomorrow in London and continues in several cities throughout the U.S.  Various staff members will be present at all eleven cities on the tour, and I myself will be attending the Kaplan events in Chicago (8/9), Seattle (8/11), and San Francisco (8/13) – mention this blog when we meet and receive a special gift! :D

    For a complete list of cities in the Road to Business School series and to register, click here.  Looking forward to meeting you soon!

    -Jessica

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    MBA Application for Fall 2012 is now live

    September 12th, 2011

    I'm sure you've all been chomping at the bit to start your UCLA Anderson MBA application for Fall 2012, so you'll be happy to know that the online application is now live.  Before you begin, I recommend reading through our website where you'll find detailed information on round deadlines and decision release dates, application requirements, and other highly important information to help you successfully manage the entire application process. 

    Click here to get started.  Good luck and stay in touch with any questions you have throughout the application process!

     

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    UCLA Anderson’s new MBA curriculum – a few questions answered

    September 12th, 2011

    By now, many of you have probably heard of or read about UCLA Anderson's new curriculum, set to go into effect with this fall's incoming students.  We're excited with these changes as they will be even more effective at preparing students for their chosen career tracks early on, while retaining the flexibility and breadth of incredible classes that we're known for.

    In a nutshell, the MBA curriculum is structured around four key components:

    • A customizable core course sequence;
    • Tracks that enable students to deepen their knowledge in marketing, finance or consulting, while adding certificate programs in areas of interest;
    • Development of leadership and communication skills through specialized  courses at the start of the first year;
    • Team-based Applied Management Research (AMR) projects conducted over 6 months, in organizations in the US and globally. 

    A comprehensive overview of these components are found in the Academics section of our website – I highly encourage you to read this when you have a chance.  At this time, I'd like to address some common questions from prospective applicants about the new curriculum. 

    Why did UCLA Anderson decide to change the MBA program curriculum?
    Our curriculum was redesigned to provide the strongest level of preparation for students' chosen career objectives.  Tracks provide students the flexibility to customize their core curriculum to maximize their success in the summer internship search their first year, while certificates provide depth of knowledge in specific industries and sectors in the second year.  Development of strong leadership & communication skills and completion of our capstone AMR project round out the MBA experience at UCLA Anderson.

    Does the new curriculum affect any other MBA programs? (FEMBA, EMBA, etc.)
    No, the changes to the curriculum only affect the full-time MBA program.

    Are tracks and certificates mandatory?
    Tracks will be mandatory starting with the Class of 2014.  Certificates are optional.

    What if I decide to switch tracks during my time in the program?
    Students are not locked into a track once they begin the program, so if you decide to change your career focus from, let's say, finance to marketing, you have the opportunity to do so during your first year in the program.  However, keep in mind that the new curriculum is designed to prepare you early on for summer internship recruiting, which starts the beginning of winter quarter, so it's very important to take the time to figure out what your post-MBA career goals are during the MBA application process.

    Feel free to leave questions in the comments section below or email us at mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu.

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