UCLA Anderson 2015 Essay Tips & Deadlines

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UCLA Anderson

The advice that UCLA Anderson provides below is excellent, not just for Anderson’s essays, but for most MBA essays. Read it carefully. 

My tips are in blue below.

Your essays are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans with the admissions committee. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics.

• Essay questions are listed below for both first-time applicants and re-applicants.
• You should try to distinguish yourself by showing what makes you different from others who share similar profiles.
• Personal expression is what we are looking for, not platitudes.
• Making a strong case for your future plans requires you to first do research on career paths and find one that resonates. Even if this target will change during business school, your application essays should lay out a clear trajectory for short-term and long-term goals. Do this by demonstrating how you expect to build on skills from your past, and those you expect to gain from the MBA.
• Essays are more compelling if they include specific courses, programs, groups, opportunities, activities, etc. from which you would benefit, if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through website research, personal discussions and a campus visit (if possible).
• Content and clarity are key elements, as we seek superior communication skills.
• Style is a consideration too, although we understand that those who speak other languages may have different manners of expression in English.
• We do check your essays for plagiarism, so make sure you always submit your own work.
• Length does not equal strength. A well-written short essay can have even more impact than a longer essay. Please try to respect the word limits indicated below.
• All responses to essays must be on double-spaced pages that are uploaded as a document. We do not accept essays in any other media but written form.


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?  (750 words maximum)

Anderson has simplified it’s essay requirements but gives you enough room to write a revealing response. Make sure that essay shows that you can answer the question articulately and belong at Anderson.

First think about what’s important to you. What guides and drives your behavior? If you can summarize those principles in two words as Anderson does, that’s great. If not, don’t sweat it, but do be succinct. If you come up with more than three principles, choose the three that are most important to you, but I advise against going with more than three. If you want to use fewer than three, that’s OK too. And, for Heaven’s sake don’t be tempted to say that your guiding principles are verbatim identical to Anderson’s.

A great way to approach this essay would be to discuss an experience or anecdote that represents your guiding principles and then connect that story and your values to UCLA’s critical principles and the Anderson culture.  Then conclude by addressing the last part of the question: How Anderson’s principles and “environment” will help you realize your post-MBA career goals.

Optional Essay:

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

If there are extenuating circumstances that would add perspective on or “explain” a weakness, you can discuss them here. A few years ago, UCLA added the following: “Please do not submit redundant information in the Optional Essay.” Good advice for all optional questions. For more suggestions, please see The Optional Question: To Be or not To Be

Required Re-applicant Essay:

Reapplicants who applied for the class entering Fall 2013 or 2014 are required to complete the following essay. Please be introspective and authentic in your response. We value the opportunity to learn about your aspirations and goals.

Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)

This is the key question in every MBA reapplication: How have you enhanced your candidacy? Career progress is an obvious place to start and something you must address, but if academics were a weakness, then what have you done since you last applied to show you can excel at Anderson? 

If you would like professional guidance with your UCLA Anderson application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our  MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the UCLA application.  

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  • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

    If any readers would like a profile evaluation for UCLA Anderson, please provide the following info:

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
    3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    Or if you just have a question about MBA admissions, I’ll do my best to answer it.

    • Anvas

      HI Linda,

      I would like you to evaluate my profile for UCLA.
      Also looking for – Fuqua, Tuck, UIUC, NUS, RICe

      1) Work Experience : Overall 3.1 years (4 years by matriculation)
      a) Role : Senior Programmer Analyst || Employer – Accenture || Tenure : 2.0 yrs
      i) Extended Application Foundations, Enhancements and Support (AFS) for the second largest chemical company in the world by revenue.
      ii) Successfully implemented new process – ‘success story published in Accenture newsletter under Data warehousing stream’. Due to the changes made in the process, cost saving of$25K per quarter was achieved
      iii) Promoted in one year.

      b) Role: Co-Founder/Director || Employer – CoLawyer || Tenure: 1.1 yrs
      i) Developed a strategic plan to advance the company’s mission and objectives and to promote revenue, profitability and growth as an organization
      ii) Built a fundraising network using personal contacts, direct mail, special events, and foundation support
      iii) Product beta launched, catching up with customers 150 already.

      2) GMAT Score : 690
      V34(71%ile) Q50(88%ile) AWA5(60%ile) IR7(80%ile)

      3) Under grad : JIIT,Noida -India, GPA – 6.2/10, B.Tech in ECE

      4) Extra-curricular :
      i) As Head of Entrepreneurship Team of JIIT Noida, led a team of 100 members that organized 25 events and managed 250 participants
      ii) As Coordinator of ‘Monster Quiz’ organized at annual function JIVE’09
      iii) Actively performed as a guitar player on stage -since 2009
      iv) Played Taekwondo in district and state level -2014

      5) Online Courses – Online offering from Coursera and Novoed from top schools.

      6) Post MBA – Work as product manager in top tech firm in US such as Google, Amazon, IBM corporation. I can discuss this in detail ( would not like to write everything here)

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


        Tuck, Fuqua, and UCLA are stretch programs. You have a competitive profile for NUS, Rice, and UIUC. You may also want to consider UT Austin, Rotman, Carlson, Foster, and UNC.


  • FutureIndoVC

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for your valuable advice.

    I would like to request for your help to review my current profile and advise my chances in getting accepted to my target schools (which one are reach/on-par/safety):

    1. MIT Sloan
    2. Yale SOM
    3. Michigan Ross
    4. UCLA Anderson
    5. Oxford Said
    6. Judge Cambridge
    7. Manchester Business School
    8. National University of Singapore

    1)Chinese ethnic Indonesian male. no international working/education experience (limited to company workshops)
    Work experience:
    1. Internship program in Fortune500 IT company
    + being part of 20 interns who were selected from 1000 applicants
    + was the only applicant from my university
    2. Sales & Product Management role in Fortune500 IT company (2.5 years)
    + offered with full-time employment after internship
    + granted awards by company for high job performance
    Job Desc: Achieve revenue and profit targets across an assigned territory and set of product family, determine pricing strategy, product positioning, create and run nationwide marketing promotions, nurture Business Partners skills development, and foster ISV alliances
    3 Sales & Product Management role in other Fortune500 IT company (1.5 years -now)
    + was recruited to competitor with similar role but with larger responsibility in territory

    2) GMAT : 730 96% (Quant 50 88% Verbal 38 85%)

    3) Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from a private university in Indonesia, GPA 3.79/4 (year of graduation 2010)
    + finished degree in 3 years with study curriculum that was supposed to be finished in 4 years
    + awarded university scholarships and awards during period of study
    + won 1st place in national Industrial Engineering competition representing university, being the first student from my university who successfully to do so

    4) Extra Curricular activities:
    – President of Student Organization during university period
    – Member of student religious community during university period
    – Actively involved in volunteering activities with current employer

    5) Important certifications : (None)

    6) Post-MBA Goals:
    – Go back to Indonesia to do management Consulting, and VC as long term career aspirations

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Future Indo Vc

      1. MIT Sloan On-par
      2. Yale SOM On-par
      3. Michigan Ross On-par
      4. UCLA Anderson On-par
      5. Oxford Said On-par
      6. Judge Cambridge On-par
      7. Manchester Business School Safety
      8. National University of Singapore Safety


      • FutureIndoVC

        Thanks Linda for sharing your valuable advice

  • Alejandro

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you for this opportunity to evaluate my profile.
    I would love if you could help me review my profile and advise my chances of getting accepted to my target schools. (Reach/competitive/Safety)
    UCLA Anderson
    Cornell University
    Judge Cambridge
    Oxford Said
    Boston University

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience:
    Latin American Man. Limited International Experience to workshops.
    a) Short Internship as a Business process analyst with Global american pharmaceutical company (3 months)
    Modelled the business process for the company.
    Developed and executed an improvement plan along with the necessary key performance indicators.
    b) Local Engineering / Construction Company – Renewable energies coordinator (1 year)
    • Develop the company’s renewable energy business portfolio.
    • Design and implement pilot design for solar energy plant.
    c) Global german pharmaceutical company – Excellence Coordinator (2 years – now)
    • Spearhead multiple operational efficiency projects, resulting in savings for the company (over $3M.)
    • Head and coordinate product exports.
    • Economic feasibility studies for new product lines, including product costing.
    • Advice on production and spending policies to senior management.
    • Lead continuous improvement culture at the company – including workshops and trainings.

    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred:
    GRE Score:
    164 Verbal (93 Percentile)
    158 Quant (71 Percentile)
    3) College info:
    Bachelor in Production Engineering from a top public university in Venezuela, GPA 72/100 (year of graduation 2012)
    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
    • President of College Level Model United Nations Team – Student Organization Won International Award during that year.
    • Multiple award winner (4) in these competitions (MUN) (Top 5%).
    • Actively involved in the University’s Volunteer Forestry Service.

    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

    6) Your post-MBA goal:
    • Short term: Delve into tech management in target country.
    • Long term: Return to Venezuela and start my own company.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      Anderson and Cornell — Stretch
      Judge and Oxford — Competitive
      Boston — Safety


      • Alejandro

        Thanks again!

  • Sampo

    Hi Linda,

    I’d love to get your take on my profile and chances
    of acceptance at my target schools, as well as
    any advice you may have for how to best present my profile (and what to
    highlight) during the application process (if you want to).

    Target schools: Harvard, Stanford, Anderson, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg, Darden, Fuqua.

    1) 2 years of
    experience (3 at matriculation) as an analyst at a reputable
    economic/litigation consulting firm with one recent promotion to Senior
    Analyst. I have worked on a number of case teams ranging in size from
    3-20 people. The bulk of my casework is intensive data analysis, but I
    have done plenty of qualitative analysis work as well. I have had
    consistently strong reviews/performance and am widely recognized within
    my office for my excellent technical skills (Managers actively seek to
    staff me on any data-heavy cases they have).

    2) 730 GMAT, 49 Q/40
    V, Percentiles: 80 Q/91 V/97 Overall. My verbal was much lower than on
    any practice exams I took (generally was in the 750-780 range with a
    45-50 V). Is it worth retaking?

    College info: 3.7 in Electrical Engineering from BYU, graduated in 2012.

    a two-year mission for my church, worked 80+ hour weeks consistently
    and managed/trained groups of ~15 other missionaries.
    -Have spent
    the last few months as the head math instructor for a prison education
    outreach program. I have had to design a curriculum and series of
    learning assessments for participating inmates, as well as tutor/grade
    them on their learning exercises.
    -Currently a youth (ages 14-18)
    Sunday school instructor at my church. I help the youth develop and
    practice teaching skills, as I have each of the students rotate through
    and teach the class each week.

    5) None

    6) I want to become a
    Product Manager, preferably at a large tech company. I am more
    interested in tech (due to my undergrad), but I would also be
    interested/willing to fill the same role at a non-tech company.


    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Harvard, Stanford, Anderson, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg, Darden, Fuqua.


      You’re welcome. Here we go.

      You have a competitive profile for the schools on your list and are applying appropriately. Obviously Stanford and Harvard are the hardest ones to get into, but you have chosen your programs well given your goals. You may also want to consider the Cornell Tech NYC program. Here is a podcast with a dean from this program: http://blog.accepted.com/2013/08/22/dr-douglas-stayman-shares-the-scoop-on-cornell-tech-nyc/ .


      • ABa

        Hi Linda,

        The Cornell Tech podcast does not broadcast. It shows the following error:

        ‘The page cannot be displayed because an internal server error has occurred.’

        Any other options?.


        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


          I just tried and it played. Can you try again?

  • Marie

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for this amazing
    post. I’m a Venezuelan female and I was wondering if you could be able to
    review my profile.


    Target schools: Harvard, MIT,
    Anderson, Kellogg, Columbia, Boston University.

    1) Jul-11 – Sep-11: Local consulting firm – Quality Engineering Intern
    – Developed customer and employee satisfaction surveys.
    – Defined Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to allow efficient monitoring of the quality process.

    Apr-13 to Apr-14: Large
    Transnational Alcoholic beverages company Venezuela Marketing Intern
    – Managed the established $6 million budget for the Luxury Portfolio
    -Coordinated logistics and execution of all events for the Luxury portfolio, led multiple product launches in the country.
    -Modeled, executed and coordinated a new point of sale marketing campaign.
    -Streamlined the distribution of marketing materials reducing expenditures by $80 thousand.

    Apr-14 – Present: Co-Director of education/higher studies Start-up.
    – Collaborated in the creation of the $500.000 Startup.
    – Created and executed advertisement campaigns in order to recruit new clients.
    – Hired and trained new professors, handling their schedules and payroll.

    2) GRE

    Percentiles: 81 Q 80 V

    3) College info: GPA: 84/100 in Industrial Engineering from top Venezuelan
    university, finished courses in 2013, official graduation act in 2014.

    4) President of competitive debate club: Won international award (2013); multiple awards related with this activity during my studies at the university

    Volunteer work:
    -Volunteer in a local community to provide education and values for low income families,
    – Counselor for low income families’ camp during the summer of 2012.

    5) None

    6) I would like to focus on general management to increase my knowledge in this area and be able to expand my current business and in the region in the next years.

  • MC

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for all your helpful advice. Can you please evaluate my profile?


    Target Schools:

    MIT Sloan
    Berkeley Haas
    Northwestern Kellogg
    Columbia GSB
    UCLA Anderson

    1) Spent 4 years at a global investment consulting firm. Moved up to Associate Consultant level (highest pre-MBA position), and was a Team Leader of 8 junior Associates. Afterwards, joined a leading private equity firm on the private equity/venture capital fund of funds team. I have been here for one year.

    2) GMAT: 700 (45V – 99%, 40Q – 52%) Tried to bring this up recently and ended up at 690 with a slightly lower Quant, so moving on to applications.

    3) BS, double major in Finance and Accounting at Boston College; 3.55 GPA; 2009 graduate; Top 15% of class Junior and Senior years (graduated with distinction); member of volunteer organization and selected to sit on Student Organization Funding Committee; volunteer member of Senior Class Gift Committee; Participant in Student Admissions Program

    4) Extracurricular: weekly volunteer at a local charitable organization tutoring English to individuals seeking acceptance to community college (invited to speak at MA state house at organization’s volunteer appreciation event); active member of Boston Security Analysts Society – led a group of finance professionals in the creation of financial literacy materials for the Society’s benefit. Mentorship experience with a local charitable organization

    5) CFA (received designation in 2013)

    6) Post-MBA goal: Remain in the field I’m currently in – institutional investing / private equity and venture capital fund of fund investing

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      That quant score will be a concern at all you target schools. Hopefully they will see your CFA, grades, and work experience and overlook it, but… That score is a red flag. I can understand why you don’t want to try again, but it may be worth working with a tutor (if you didn’t previously) to get that score up.

      If you don’t want to hear about the GMAT, just plow forward with the best app you can and see how you do. If you do get in, please let me know.

      If you’d like help with your applications, please let me know.


  • Krish

    Hi Linda,

    Could you please evaluate my profile for UCLA.Please find my detials below

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

    I am heading RD team that is responisble for product management and development of a payment platsform. Platform has processoed 800M$. Team size 20

    Total experiance 7.5 yrs

    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.

    Q49(79%le)/V38(85%le) 720(94%le)


    3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.

    National Institue of Technology – Warangal(Top 15 in India). CGPA 8.23/10 . Engineering in civil engineering

    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

    Additiona secratery of engineering association at college

    Have won national awards in software design

    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    Short term: I want to pursue product marketing roles in consumer centric technology companies like Google and Amazon

    Long term: Sundar pichai is my role model. I see myself owning a boutique of products handling operations/marketing/execution

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      You have a competitive profile for UCLA. Also consider CMU Tepper, UT Austin, UNC Chapel Hill, duke, Cornell Johnson and Cornell Tech, For a stretch consider MIT, Kellogg, Haas, or Stanford.


      • Krish

        Hello Linda,

        Thank you for your analysis. I have finalized UCLA and Haas due to their tech leaning. Are others suggested by you in similar league? Meaning are they more meaningful for technology management in general ?

        Thanks again for free evaluation.Your essay insights are helpful too.

        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

          Thanks for the feedback. It’s appreciated.

          Yes, I recommended these programs for their strength in tech. UCLA and Haas are definitely good choices, but the others are worthy of consideration, especially Cornell Tech.


          • Krish

            oh My complete list is Haas ,UCLA,Duke,CMU tepper. And oh i already bought Techies guide to MBA admissions :) . I will look at cornell tech to

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            Good list.

            Thanks for purchasing Techie’s Guide.

            If you’d like help with your applications, please let me know.

  • Nicéforo

    Morning, Linda,

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated –

    Applying for UCLA, McCombs, Duke & Ross.

    1) Accenture 4 years business analyst, financial markets services (back-end), customers – Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, etc.;
    2) GMAT Q 97% V 91%
    3) University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, BA of Advertising, GPA 3.8/4.0;
    4) Gold Medal, International Debating Competition on Entrepreneurship 2011;
    SIFE World Cup 5th place – Presenter;
    Other leadership experiences;
    5) None
    6) Consumer product marketing/branding, leveraging advertising acuity.

    Thank you so much for your analysis and advice!

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      You’re welcome1

      You have a competitive profile for your target schools and are applying appropriately. You may want to consider Kellogg, given your goals; it’s worth a try.


      • Nicéforo

        Thanks. Would you deem McCombs something of a safe bet? Applying for R2 currently.

        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

          Yes. But don’t be cocky. :-)

  • ENT123

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your time!
    I would like you to evaluate my profile for UCLA Anderson, Booth, Fuqua, Stern, Sloan, Columbia and Wharton. Curious to know my chances at Harvard as well.

    1) 3.5 years as a Senior Consultant in a Big 4 Accounting Firm (Part of their advisory practice and not doing traditional accounting)

    2) GMAT is not yet taken. Through practice tests I predict a ~710 (41 and 47Q 92nd percentile overall)

    3) B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University (3.35 GPA) and a M.S. in Accounting and Concentration in Finance (3.23 GPA) (Total of 4 years). My gpa is very inconsistent where some semesters I do very well and others I do not (and have a few C+s)

    4) Extra-curricular includes servicing as a Junior Board Member and Mentor for Streetwise Mentors (a program where professionals meet weekly to help low income individuals with job schools). As a Junior Board Member I help in the fundraising efforts with the board raising $250k a year. I have only been involved for 1 year but I am moving up the ranks fast. Also a 6 week volunteer stint in the Israeli Defense Forces in 2011 and various fundraisers for running in 5Ks and other races

    5) CPA

    6) Post-MBA goal is to work in strategy or corporate development for a entertainment company, preferably in the film industry (think disney, warner bros, universal)

    I know my GPA is my weak point and was also wondering how helpful it would be to take additional classes at a local college maybe even at NYU since I am in NY


    • ENT123

      Also I am a 26 year old White male

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        I’m assuming that you earn the score you anticipate.

        Frankly I share your concerns about your undergrad and grad GPA at all your target programs, including UCLA.

        Your work experience is strong and your community service is pretty typical. The Israeli experience is unusual, but it really depends what you did and your perspective on it. Realize that at the schools you are aiming for, you could be competing with West Point grads who served in combat. (see http://blog.accepted.com/2014/06/06/breaking-some-hbs-stereotypes-an-interview-with-ben-faw/ and http://blog.accepted.com/2014/11/13/an-nyu-stern-grad-and-strat-consultant-helping-vets-get-into-school/ )

        If you get the GMAT you anticipate, you would be competitive at USC, which has excellent ties to the media in LA. Taking additional classes can help. Also, if there were extenuating circumstances, as opposed to you performed when you liked the classes and didn’t perform when you didn’t, let the schools no. Do I think a couple of recent NYU A’s will do it at HBS, Booth, Stern, Sloan, Columbia and Wharton. UCLA and Fuqua? maybe


        • Ent123

          Thanks so much for your response!
          I had one clarifying question on your last sentence actually. So it’s possble that the recent classes could help at ucla and fuqua but might not really turn the tide at HBS, Booth, Stern, Sloan, Columbia and Wharton? Wasent sure if the “maybe” opinion you had was just for ucla/fuqua or for all the schools listed.

          Appreciate the help!

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            I see why you were confused and edited my response. Sorry about that. I was tired.

            But your understanding is what I meant. And obviously I can’t say for sure about any of the programs if those A’s will make the difference or not, but this is my opinion.


    • ENT123

      Wanted to add more info on more work experience.
      I was part of a 3 year rotational consulting program working in different areas of financial services (treasury/capital/liquidity risk projects as well as some time in structured finance)

  • Ravan

    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for the help you are providing… Please evaluate my profile…
    3+ years experience in after sales in automobile industry (4 by the time of matriculation)
    GMAT – 700 (Q50, V34) 89percentile
    GPA – 9.17 / 10 , one of the prestigious insts in India but not IIT
    board director in an association in coll for skills dev, participated in national level automobile events,
    rank holder in univ and current job,
    Post mba goal – to get into sales of Auto industry and continue to the top mgmt.
    Target schools – UCLA, Tepper, Fuqua, Kelley, UIUC..

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      UCLA and Fuqua seem like stretches to me. Ross is also a stretch, but its ties to the auto industry make a worth the effort for you. You have a competitive profile for the other schools on your list. Also consider Vanderbilt, Purdue, and Broad.


  • Paras Arora

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

    Assistant Manager at an energy firm. Part of a program that hired exclusively from The IITs. Excelled in that competetive group and earned an early promotion as well

    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.

    GMAT: 720 ( Q88, V85, Overall 96)

    3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.

    IIT Roorkee; 6.55/10; Mechanical Engineering;2012. The grades are average because of adjustment issues in first year. But always increasing trend on the transcripts

    I would like my profile evaluated for UCLA, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Tepper, & Kellog

    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

    Coordinator ; cocoordinator of various events at college; First prizes in various sports; technical and cultural events through out school, college and work life.

    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    Business development role in an energy firm right aftyer MBA and a strategic role in the long term in a renewable or alternative energy department of the firm

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Kellogg is a stretch. probably UCLA too. You have a competitive profile for UNC and Tepper. Also consider UT Austin and Ross.


      • Paras Arora

        Thanks Linda for your Valuable insight. What do you reckon can make me a competitive candidate at UCLA & Kellog ( I think its another year at work and a higher GMAT). According to you will Ross be a stretch if I apply this year in round 2.
        Thanks again for your time!


        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


          You’re welcome.

          You have a competitive profile for Ross although the just reported 33% increase in applications to Ross may make it harder.


  • Tanmaya Aggarwal

    Hi Linda,

    Indian male, 26, Non-IT
    I am looking to apply to – Kenan Flagler, UCLA, Ross, Fuqua, Darden, Tepper (R2 and R3, as the time permits)

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
    Nearly 4 years of work experience at an Indian EPC firm. Currently working as Manager (promoted straight from deputy manager to manager). Part of a program where all my peers were from the IITs. Excelled in that competitive group and promoted twice (with a double promotion) in a span of 3 years

    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
    Overall – 730 (96th percentile) (Q-50, V-39)

    College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your
    major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the
    same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were
    extenuating circumstances.
    College – Delhi College of Engineering (Univ. of Delhi)
    Percentage – 78.08% (among top 10 of class)
    Major – Electrical engineering
    Grad. year – 2011

    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
    -Event coordinator for Technical event during college fest.
    -Currently working to gather warm clothing for the homeless braving the severe Delhi winter
    -Event organizer for company party
    (Sadly not much to say here)

    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
    6) Your post-MBA goal.
    Short term – General management and strategy role in the power sector
    Med/Long Term – Venture into alternate energy sector, leading position in the energy sector, to work towards the development of energy (fossil + alternative) in India.

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      You have a competitive profile for your target programs although as you acknowledge your extra-curriculars are a little weak.


      • Tanmaya Aggarwal


        Thank you for your time and a very happy new year!
        I have one more question – would you advise against applying to round 3 (considering I come from an over represented pool)?


        – Tanmaya

        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


          You’re welcome. And Happy New Year to you too.

          Coming from an over-represented group is one factor, and it would indicate that a R3 application has less of a chance. (Please see <a href="http://blog.accepted.com/2013/01/13/should-you-apply-to-b-school-round-3-or-next-year/&quot; R3 or Next Year? However, that factor alone in not the only thing to consider.

          Another approach is too apply R2, provided your applications are ready, and see how you do. If you don’t get int, improve those extra-curriculars and other elements of the application, and try again.


  • ChandraSingh

    Hi Linda

    My target Schools are UCLA, NUS, ISB and CMU Tepper. I am an Indian male 24 yrs of age with a total work experience of 2 years and 10 months at matriculation. Could you please evaluate my profile for my target schools.

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience: Worked one year as an associate software engineer at Harman international.

    4 months break from work as I felt the need to evaluate what future career path to take. Realized i needed an MBA to further my career goals so prepared for and gave my GMAT.

    8 months working for an NGO at a centre for excellence for under privileged children. Kept searching for openings in the field of marketing.

    Finally secured a position as a Executive Trainee – Marketing at Videocon Telecommunications and am working there till date. Will complete 1 year and 4 months at the time of matriculation.

    2) GMAT Score: Overall 750(98%), Verbal 40(90%), Quants 51(97%)

    3) College info:

    Degree: MSc. Tech. Information Systems

    College: BITS Pilani

    CGPA: 6.85/10

    The reason for my low GPA would sound quit naive, I am just hoping my good performance in the GMAT would help demonstrate that I have the necessary aptitude to stay competitive in a rigorous program like the MBA.(do you think i should use the extra essay to explain my CGPA?)

    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

    Was a founding member of the Event organizing committee in college and was involved in organizing multiple national level college fests.

    Involved in organizing the Techathon tech fest at Harman and also the freshers cultural event.

    Worked full time with underprivileged children, providing complimentary education using experiential learning and gamification techniques. This included English, Mathematics and basic computer education. Also involved in securing financial as well as non financial help for the organization by contacting various organizations and individuals.

    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    E sports development in India.

    • ChandraSIngh

      I am worried my irregular work history may pose a problem, would request your views on the same.

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


        I’m concerned about two elements in your profile:

        1. Your so-so GPA. I can’t say if “explaining” your GPA will help or not, because I don’t know what you would say.

        2. Your low amount of work experience. Frankly what you wrote above explains the job changes but it still means you have relatively little experience in marketing which I assume you mean to leverage with your MBA into a position in sports.

        You can certainly apply to your target programs now, but if you work for an additional year and can show progression and growth in marketing your chances would improve a lot. You would also distance yourself from your GPA.


  • Geet

    Hi Linda, I am a reapplicant. Should I do (a) reapplicant essay only or (b) reapplicant and regular essay?
    Kind regards

  • Abhishek

    HI Linda,

    I would like you to evaluate my profile for UCLA.
    Also looking for – W P Carey, Robert H Smith and Darden.

    1.I have a full time work experience of four years with one promotion in it.

    2. GMAT- 560 Toefl 112

    3.University of Pune GPA 3.5 Graduated in 2011.

    4· Received 1st prize and cash prize at
    a.Youth Innovator’s Competition held at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.(January 2011)

    b.Lead a team of 5 and reached semi-finals at State level Political Debate competition arranged by the Times of India group (2008)
    Instrumental in achieving a 35% increment in revenues year on year for west region. Part of the team that received Best Region Award FY12.

    c.Promoted as Area Sales Manager ( Youngest in the country) for Cervical cancer portfolio in Western India)

    d.Online community of Cyto pathologists and Histopathologists :
    Laid down the idea of having a social network on company website for doctors to discuss rare case studies. This was successfully implemented and doctors from around the world could discuss rare cancer cases.

    e.Orchestrated the first morphology training for the awareness of newer technologies in diagnosis of cervical cancer, attended
    by 70 key potential customers.

    6. My long-run objective is to become a business leader in management consulting industry. One of my highest
    aspirations is to be one of those who makes the benefits of consultation to
    maximum number of firms and in process help them grow. I believe that on my way to achieve my goal I will express my talents and interests and contribute to
    society’s prosperity.
    Looking a few years back, I view my interdisciplinary experience in Sales &
    Marketing, pharmaceutical Sciences and traveling as a part of the solid
    background that can generate a successful business leader in this industry.

  • Thao from Vietnam

    Hi Linda,

    How would you rank Anderson against Fuqua and Ross in terms of competitiveness? I have rather weak stats of GMAT 680 (Q63% V85%) and GPA 3.0 but strong work experience (5 years of mix startup, management consulting, impact investing experiences). I would like to understand my chances at these schools in order to prioritize R3 applications.

    Thank you,

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Fuqua just placed #1 in Businessweek’s biannual rankings and probably has seen a surge in applications. Anderson last year also had a great year in terms of application volume. Ross this year is also reporting increased application volume. Bottom line: I’m not optimistic about your chances at any of these programs R3 unless you have some think really stellar that will make you stand out in the applicant pool and convince them that you will contribute a unique element to the class. If you really want to apply R3, go for it and prioritize Ross and Anderson.

      But my real advice would be to use this time to improve your quant score and then apply R1 of next year.

      You might be interested in http://reports.accepted.com/mba_round3_admissions .



  • Clara Cla

    Hi, Linda.
    Please evaluate my profile for UCLA MBA, and also suggest other schools where suggest for me.

    I am 27 years old, Korean woman

    1) 2.5 years of work experience as an Assistant Brand Manager(Marketing role) at the biggest consumer goods company in Korea. I led big global expansion project as a project leader.

    2) 710(Total 92%) (88%Q, 76%V)

    3) College info: The best university in South Korea (Rank #1), GPA is 3.6/4.0 (On a dean’s honors list twice, academic scholarship for 3 terms), major is Business Administration & English, year of graduation is 2012.
    (I also studied in the States for one year as an exchange student.)

    4) Volunteered more than 1,000 hours since college to help underprivileged students, Amateur bowling player

    5) No

    6) Short term- I plan to be a global strategist in a Korean consumer goods company. (I am not sponsored.) I want to help Korean companies expand their markets globally and strategically.

    Long term – I plan to work at a consumer goods company in the States or South America as a CSO (Chief Strategy Officer.) With the experience and expertise that I will gain from Asian consumer market, I hope to lead global consumer goods company in a executive level.

    Target schools: Duke, Tuck, Michigan, Darden, UCLA

    (I already applied for Columbia Early but didn’t get in.)

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      You have a competitive profile for your target programs and are applying appropriately. You may also want to consider USC Marshall.


  • Subhashish Chakrabarty

    Hi Linda,

    I need your advice regarding which colleges i should target basis the GMAT score i have achieved – Verbal 71 percent, Quant 88 per cent, Total 690, AWA 5.5, Integrated reasoning 92 percent.

    I have 7 yrs of exp in HR with a reputed FMCG company in India. During these 7 yrs I have actuated people processes in a green field project and now Managing Organisation development role in one of the division of the organisation

    I have done my B TECH in Electrical engineering and then done my Masters in HR. Both from reputed instutes in the country.

    I want to continue pursuing career in fields related to HR. So with my score and profile which campuses should I apply for MBA.

    Warm Regards

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      How were your grades as an undergraduate and masters student?

      • Subhashish Chakrabarty

        Hi Linda,

        I did my undergraduation from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal – B. Tech in Electrical Engineering. I scored 7.86 CGPA out of 10.

        I did my post graduation in Master of Arts in HRM and LR from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. I scored 4.59 CGPA out of 6 CGPA.

        Apart from maintaining strong academics I have excelled in multiple extra curricular activities few of which are:-

        a. During B. Tech

        1. Editor in Chief of College Magazine Excelsior in 2005-06.

        2. Co-coordinator ‘RIPPLE’ in August 2004, a Nation wide Intercollegiate Extra Curricular Event organized by NIT students society Drishtant.

        b. During Masters

        1. Elected Literary Secretary for the Students Union at TISS for the year 2007-08

        2. Editor in Chief for College Magazine “Kaustubham” (Publication of School of Management and Labour Relations).

        c. Extra Currics post College:
        1. Won 1st Prize in Research Project Competition 2007 organised by Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Theme – “Competitive Advantage of Leadership for
        Business Success”.

        2. Co-authored and presented the paper on Innovate, Restructure and Reorganise – Challenges for India Inc at 35th National Competition for Young Managers organized by AIMA at Kolkata in July 2009.

        3. I am also a certified administrator of tools like MBTI, Assessment & Development Centre.

        In short, post MBA I want to pursue deep diving in the fields of Organisation Behaviour, Leadership and Strategy and become a renowned thought leader in the industry.

        Warm Regards