Accepted is hosting two exciting events this week.
- The first, a chat with Consortium students, will take place on Tuesday February 5 at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET in the Accepted chat room when Consortium students from Tepper, Emory, Indiana, NYU Stern, Darden, Marshall, Ross and McCombs will answer your questions about the Consortium — from the student’s perspective — and life at these fine MBA programs.
- The second is for 2009 MBA applicants. Accepted is hosting its first MBA Admissions Telethon for 2009 applicants this Wednesday February 6 between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM PT (1:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET; 5:00 PM GMT – 7:00 PM GMT). During the 2009 MBA Admissions Telethon, Accepted.com consultants will be available to review your resume, take your 15-minute call, and answer your questions. Free. For more information and to register, please visit the MBA Admissions Telethon page.
I also want to let you know that we posted the recent UCLA Anderson MBA admissions chat with Lydia Heyman, UCLA Anderson’s Interim Director of Admissions; Craig Hubbell, Associate Director of Admissions; and Jessica Chung, Associate Director of Admissions. An excerpt from this excellent transcript:
Craig: What advice would you give to applicants who have been waitlisted? What is the best way for an applicant to let Anderson know that it is their first choice school?
Amy, waitlisted applicants should keep us updated via the link in the waitlist email, letting us know if there is any change in your status or if there is something new to add (e.g. your impressions from a school visit). The key word here is indeed “wait” because our committee needs time to evaluate all the candidates to date to determine relative competitiveness. Anything you can add to make yourself distinctive when we regularly come back to revisit the waitlist can work to your advantage.
I have a question for the panelists: What are common and grievous applicant mistakes?
Linda, I would say that we are most disappointed when applicants do not do their homework on our school. There is so much info that is available on our website or via our publications and people that any applicant should be able to find something exciting to talk about in their essays. We are always looking for a well-constructed bridge to the future, building on past achievements and specific elements in our MBA program in order to achieve clear short- and long-term goals. Generic essays applicable to any school are not very impressive; nor is a failure to show management potential through consistent leadership and impact on any organization the applicant has joined.
Lydia: Does a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (equivalent of MBA in India), after a 3 year Bachelor degree disqualify a candidate on grounds of “Already an MBA”?
Hi Tyima, A PGDM is not considered an MBA here at UCLA. In fact, it would be required on top of the 3 year (vs. 4 years in the states) bachelor degree. So it certainly would not disqualify a candidate!