Despite other people’s help or input you will be the one interviewing with us and it is important that you are able to convey your own sense of purpose, passion, and goals.
The important thing to bear in mind is that the strongest essays we read have a feel of authenticity to them and show an applicant’s personality and voice.
So, when taking advice and help from others, ensure the essay continues to reflect your own words and personal style.
MBA Crystal Ball: Can a high GMAT compensate for a low GPA or vice versa? Lindsay: The range of GMAT scores and GPAs we see in each year’s incoming class really is quite broad.
MBA Crystal Ball: When applicants take external help (from friends, current students, alumni, admissions consultants), what do you think is acceptable and what isn’t? Lindsay: We expect that most of our applicants would have had some kind of input from friends, colleagues, etc.
In fact, I would recommend that everyone have an outside party proofread one’s application for grammatical errors, spelling, and overall clarity.One of the reasons for this is that the committee weighs an applicant’s GPA and GMAT score hand-in-hand and an assessment of a candidate’s overall academic competitiveness is made by balancing a review of test scores with a thorough evaluation of transcripts.It’s important to note, as well, that the admissions committee takes into context not only your actual scores or letter grades, but factors such as the competitive level of your curriculum and school, the course load you chose and academic trends exhibited on your transcript.In most cases, applications are reviewed several times by multiple members of the admissions committee.It’s important to note that our application rounds are not rolling, so if you apply earlier in the round it does not mean that your application will be read any sooner.AWA is very important for us in assessing international candidates – along with the TOEFL/IELTS. Lindsay: We expect that the IR score will start to become more important once most of our applicants apply with this score.MBA Crystal Ball: Have you started considering the IR score from this year? As it stands, not all of our applicants have this score yet so we don’t assess it too heavily at the moment in order to ensure we assess all candidates equally.After the interview has taken place, the file will be read again taking into consideration feedback from the interviewer.Finally, the application will be reviewed yet again by our admissions director.The UCLA MBA offered by the Anderson School of Management is located in Los Angeles, the ideal place for getting an optimal mix of business, creativity and innovation.Its alumni list includes impressive names in leadership positions across a variety of industries (read our interview with UCLA alumnus Guy Kawasaki).