This post is part of a “From the Dean’s Desk” series, where we hear directly from our UCLA Anderson leaders across the school.
On Saturday, October 14, UCLA Anderson will be opening its doors for its largest open house information event of the year, Access Anderson. In today’s post, hear directly from Rob Weiler (’91), Associate Dean of the full-time MBA program, who answers FAQ about this upcoming event for prospective applicants.
Q: What is Access Anderson?
Access Anderson is an open house for individuals interested in learning more about the UCLA Anderson full-time MBA program. Attendees will get an inside take and advice on how and why to apply to our program. Our MBA admissions team — the people actually reviewing all of the applications — will be on hand to answer questions and offer insider tips. Current students and recent alumni will also be there to share their own MBA journeys, from application through career ROI. The morning will end with a Networking Fair that will give attendees the opportunity to talk one-on-one with students, faculty and alumni in their specific areas of career interest. This is a really special half-day event, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about getting an MBA at UCLA Anderson from the people who make it happen -- students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Q: Should people who have already attended another UCLA Anderson information event attend?
Yes! Whether you are just beginning to explore if an MBA is the right next step for you or you've already applied (or somewhere in between!), Access Anderson is a once-a-year opportunity to take a deep dive into all that Anderson has to offer. Year after year, we hear from prospective applicants and students that it’s Anderson’s culture and environment that truly set us apart from other top schools. There’s no better way to find out if Anderson is the right fit for you than by coming to spend time with us and interacting with our students, faculty and staff. We are expecting more than 200 attendees, which means this day is also a great way to meet your future classmates, too.
Q: Will I be able to get one-on-one time to ask my questions?
We’ve structured the day with a mix of panels and networking to give attendees the opportunity to make the most of their time with us. The panels will address the topics that prospective students tend to ask about most frequently. The Networking Fair will give attendees the one-on-one time to talk directly with students, alumni, staff and faculty. Whether you want to learn more about a specific field of study, Anderson’s career resources, our many student clubs, or the academic opportunities we offer, we’ll be available to answer your questions.
Q: Can you give me a sneak peek into what you are looking for in prospective MBAs?
First and foremost, we want to maintain the culture that differentiates us from other top business schools. We want to continue strengthening diversity of all sorts in our class — including diversity of life and work experience. Our students learn as much from each other as they do in the classroom, so it’s incumbent upon us to build a class of 360 exceptional individuals who will thrive academically and enrich each other through their unique backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Q: How do I find out more agenda details and RSVP for Access Anderson?
Please visit the Access Anderson 2017 registration page for all event details and to RSVP. Here’s a summary of the agenda (tentative):
- Check-In (9:00 – 9:30 a.m.)
- All About Anderson: Learn about our academics, career resources and culture
- Admissions Insider Q&A Panel: Get advice from the MBA Admissions team
- Student Spotlight Q&A Panel: Hear directly from current students and alumni
- Networking Fair: Mingle and network over light appetizers with members of our community representing a wide array of career functions, industries and interests
Looking forward to seeing you in one month!
-- Rob Weiler