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Round Three Strategies: UCLA Anderson BeckonsSchool that you might want to consider MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
Round Three Strategies:Weve been running a lot of Round 3 strategies on thisspace the last few weeks. Why? It is timely, obviously.But also, Round 3 is just so misunderstood that we findevery conversation leads to new epiphanies for ourclients.In turn, we pass along the broadest and most helpful ofthose pieces of information to the general public. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
Before we get into it, a few notes:•Just because we are singling out UCLA does not mean it is the only great option for this time of year.Many European programs are still very active in buildingtheir classes (IESE, in particular, has been good to ourlate- stage folks over the last few years) and there aremore than a few domestic programs that offer morethan a cursory look at March/April candidates.•If you want to get our advice on how to approachRound 3 in general, please see this previous post. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
Okay, UCLA. First, how do we know it stands as a betterRound 3 option than most?A few reasons:1. Assistant Dean of Admissions Mae Jennifer Shoressays so. She has stated that UCLA has a "true Round 3"many times before ... MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
2. It makes logical sense.Just because Mae Jennifer says "were open forbusiness" doesnt necessarily make it so.Admissions officers must first and foremost driveapplications, so it is natural to promote deadlines.That said, were talking about one of the best and moststraight forward admissions professionals in thebusiness, so were inclined to take her at her word. Ofcourse, we really dont have to. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
The fact that UCLA is a "downstream" program fromStanford and Haas means that plenty of really goodapplicants are going to get dinged or waitlisted fromthose Bay Area giants and take a second look at theterrific school six hours south.Note: THIS IS NOT A KNOCK ON UCLA ANDERSON.Amerasia founder Paul Lanzillotti is a proud UCLAAnderson grad and we hold the school in the highestesteem. However, we also know that the NoCalprograms - Stanford especially - can catch peoplesattention earlier in the process, if for no other reasonthan people are slaves to the rankings and those schoolsare ranked higher in certain publications of note. 3. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
3. UCLA Anderson looms larger, later.What we mean by this is that as candidates develop theirnarrative and MBA desires, they often discover Andersonas a top choice a bit deeper into the journey.This is true of people looking for certain cultures(teamwork-focused, friendly, more relaxed), specialties(real estate, media/entertainment, entrepreneurship),geographic recruiting advantages (particularly elite L.A.finance), and, yes, weather (its no shock that as peoplevisit schools and attend campus interviews, theysuddenly realize they can go to school in either 80-degree sunshine or 20-degree snow). MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
Perhaps more than any other business school, UCLAAnderson is a "late bloomer." But when it blooms, itoften explodes into full color for an applicant. Thus, itmakes sense for Anderson to hold out and let those folksmake the discovery on their terms. Okay, so we knowthat UCLA Anderson is more accessible for Round 3.They are devoting more resources, they are holding theapplication deadline back as late as possible (April 12this year), and they are saving more seats in the class(and scholarship dollars as well). How do you proceedfrom there? Conceptually, its simple.You must marry "Why now instead of two rounds ago?"with "Why an MBA from UCLA Anderson?" MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
This means taking the normal approach you would useapplying to UCLA and folding in the extra rules that weapply to any Round 3 school:•Why an MBA takes you were you need to go. You + an MBA = Next step.•Why UCLA Anderson is the right fit. Understanding the DNA of the program and showing howthat perfectly aligns with your approach, strengths, and desiresfor a business school experience.•Why you will add value to the UCLA Anderson experience.•Why you are just now applying to UCLA Anderson. (The Round 3 wrinkle.) MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
Keep in mind that if you are to reapply to UCLAAnderson at a later date, you will add a "ReapplicantEssay" answer to your existing application.So this is NOT a place to just throw a dart, figuring youcan hit the reset button. You have to do it right. Takeyour time. Engage a consultant if resources allow. Dothe best job you can, because this application will staywith you next year. All told, this is one of a handful ofplaces out there that truly wants to see what Round 3has to offer.So if you are someone late to the party, but you have thechops and the desire to be enrolled at a great b-school inthe Fall of 2011, give UCLA Anderson a long look. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
If you need help with Round 3 – either comprehensively or juststress testing your essays to make sure they hit the mark – emailus at email@example.com.The arms race for consulting help usually starts in April forRound 1 of the next year, but the best value is probably rightnow. You can get more distance from the field in Round 3 thanat any other time and the quality of your work will make a hugedifference. To demonstrate our commitment to doing Round 3right, we have a very unique policy: work with us on acomprehensive package for Round 3 and we will help youreapply to the same schools free of charge in the fall, should itcome to that. http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/
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