Last year UCLA Anderson School of Management reduced the required essays to only one, following the trend started by Harvard Business School. UCLA’s essays were previously focused on career goals and last year’s single essay only asked about short- and long-term goals.
This year the one required question adds an additional element to the question by asking a more open-ended question to get at applicants’ personal lives and values.
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)
Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)
It is important to focus on explanations rather than excuses in this essay. Potential extenuating circumstances may be a very low GPA, academic probation or using a recommender other than your current supervisor. Clearly explain the situation, and if it is a situation from the past, explain why you have changed. Providing evidence that you will not repeat the actions in question will be very important.