New Twist on UCLA Essay Questions

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on August 11, 2008

This year, UCLA Anderson School is adding two new essay questions and in an unusual twist it’s pleading with with applicants to be susinct—one of the new questions is limited to just 250 words. In fact, on the fourth question, if you can forgo writing altogether and just upload a short audio file instead, that would be awesome as far as UCLA is concerned.

The GMAT Club Blog has a nice little analysis of the new questions and how they should be approached. The complete application instructions are available at the UCLA Anderson Web site. Here are the questions:

1. How has your family and/or community helped shape your development? Please include information about where you grew up, and perhaps a highlight or special memory of your youth. (750 words)

2. What experience has had the greatest impact on who you are today and why? (500 words)

3. Discuss your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now at UCLA Anderson? (750 words)

4. Audio or text: Select and respond to ONE of the following questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio response (up to 1 minute). If you are unable to submit your response via audio, then please upload a written response (250 words) instead. The supported file types for audio files are: .avi, .wav, .mp3, .wmv, .midi, .wma, .aiff, .au, .mp4

a. What does entrepreneurial spirit mean to you?
b. What global issue matters most to you and why?
c. What is something people will find surprising about you?

Oh yeah, according to the Accepted Admissions Almanac blog, UCLA has moved from four rounds to three rounds this year--the application deadlines are Oct. 9, Jan. 6, and April 2.

This is the first I've ever heard of a school requesting an audio file as part of an application--anybody come across something like this anywhere else?

Reader Comments


November 9, 2008 8:15 AM

well, NYU did ask for a creative answer to introducing yourself to your future classmates. graffiti, and if i remember right, almost everything is fair game.

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