Do not simply try to fill this space because you fear that not doing so would somehow count against you.
And however tempted you might be, this is not the place to reuse a strong essay you wrote for another school or to offer an anecdote or two that you were unable to include in your required essay.
Round 1 Application due: October 6, 2017 Decision released: December 15, 2017 Round 2 Application due: January 5, 2018 Decision released: March 29, 2018 Round 3 Application due: April 12, 2018 Decision released: May 24, 2018 Applicants must submit their application by PM Pacific Time on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for that round.
The online application will be available starting August 1, 2017.
The UCLA Anderson School of Management appears to be embracing a kind of “less is more” approach with its application essay prompts this year, having cut its total word count for its essays from 800—which we already considered rather sparse—to just 550.
What was previously its first required essay (500 words) about applicants’ short- and long-term professional aspirations and why Anderson is the right school for them has been broken down into two mini essays (150 words each) that cover essentially the same information but now in a more succinct and direct way.First-Time Applicants (Required Essay): We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change.With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career?Like all other application questions, this one has no “right” choice, so do not try to guess which one you think the school “really” wants you to pick. Simply select the trait that best matches your personality and character, and identify an instance in which this characteristic was clearly apparent.Then present this story using a descriptive, narrative approach, so that the admissions reader can easily grasp which quality you identify with and how it has manifested in your life.—to address any lingering questions that an admissions officer might have about your candidacy, such as a poor grade or overall GPA, a low GMAT or GRE score, or a gap in your work experience.We therefore offer our free Interview Primers to spur you along!UCLA Anderson School of Management has posted Essay Question and Deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions cycle.(750 words maximum) Optional Essay: The following essay is optional.No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy.Meanwhile, its 300-word “short answer” question from last year about candidates’ passions has been replaced with a 250-word submission on a characteristic applicants share with Anderson’s student community.Even the school’s reapplicants must contend with a stricter limit on what they can share with the admissions committee, now that that essay has been cut from 750 words to 500.