As you may have noticed, we made some changes to the MBA application essay question this year:
“UCLA Anderson is distinguished by three defining principles: Share Success, Think Fearlessly, Drive Change. What principles have defined your life and pre-MBA career? How do you believe that UCLA Anderson's principles, and the environment they create, will help you attain your post-MBA career goals?”
The principles above are highly evident when you meet UCLA Anderson students and alumni. In fact, one of the main reasons why students choose Anderson over other top schools is because of our inclusive, supportive culture. To provide more context behind these principles, I wanted to share some resources that can help as you begin crafting your application.
Our website: our recently redesigned website is a great place to start learning about our program and the culture that defines UCLA Anderson. This page includes additional information about what it means to Share Success, Think Fearlessly, and Drive Change, plus links to videos showcasing members of our community. Be sure to read through the rest of the site!
Dean Olian’s speech: In this year’s commencement speech, UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian defined our three principles, providing a great overview of what you can expect as part of the UCLA Anderson family.
Our students: Anytime someone asks me “Why UCLA Anderson?” I always end my answer with, “But don’t just take my word for it – talk to our students.” Sharing success goes beyond our current students and includes outreach to future students as well, which is the mission of the Admissions Ambassador Corps (AAC). Learn more about the group and connect with an ambassador here.
When it comes time to start writing your essay, I understand the difficulty in choosing only a few tidbits from the span of your entire life to share with us. However, think about what specifics you want the admissions committee to know about you and the principles that have defined your life to date. You can start by reviewing your resume, making a list of professional/personal accomplishments, talking it out with a friend/colleague, etc. - the key here is self-reflection. Keep in mind your post-MBA career goals are still a very important factor in your response, so be sure to articulate focused career plans and tie them to why an MBA from UCLA Anderson is a crucial step in your path. For more insight, check out our detailed application instructions on our website, plus advice from our student bloggers Matt and Alena on The MBA Student Voice.
Best of luck with the application! Leave us a note below or contact us if you have any questions.