So, when taking advice and help from others, ensure the essay continues to reflect your own words and personal style.
Who reviews it, how many times does each application get reviewed? Lindsay: Once an application round deadline passes, applications are assigned to members of the admissions committee for a first, detailed review.
Once we have read an application and assessed academics, GMAT/GRE, essay, recommendation letter, and resume/work experience, a decision is made on whether or not a candidate will be invited to interview.
Though Hollywood is just a stone’s throw away, the UCLA MBA offers much more than an entertainment focus, as is apparent from the placement statistics.
Sameer Kamat (founder of MBA Crystal Ball) interviewed Lindsay Haselton – Associate Director, MBA Admissions at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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.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.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.); however, in cases where we don’t see a lot of quantitative coursework on an undergraduate or graduate-level transcript, we may look for indication of quantitative proficiency through a candidate’s quantitative score on the GMAT.Similarly, strong performance in quantitative courses at the undergraduate level may take a bit of pressure off a candidate’s quantitative score achieved on the GMAT.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.Because we admit candidates with all different backgrounds, the emphasis is not necessarily on having a common yardstick for everyone – but rather, having a picture of how that individual will contribute to the class.Leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills are important across all industries regardless of the position that person held – and we look for these qualities rather than focusing strictly on functional duties.