We often recommend doing a less-competitive school first, since you’ll be able to flatten the learning curve on a lower-stakes school.
This might be one to consider for your first writing project; it should make all the others go more smoothly from there.
The advantage is that you’ll be in the swing of things with your essay writing projects and you will have plenty of experience writing essays for other schools by that time – but the temptation may be very great to re-use one of those other essays for Anderson. When they had a three-weeks-later deadline then at least people could take a break and regroup after the flurry of craziness in September.
So not sure this new standardized date is that helpful. – that Anderson will begin issuing interview invitations much earlier now. The will walk you through what’s important in your pitch – including some critical policies that are rather unusual at UCLA compared to other schools.
There’s an art and a science to nailing down a reapplicant strategy — our Reapplicant Roadmap might be worth exploring.
Pro Tip: If you’re reapplying and your goals have changed, explain them!Instead of Kellogg’s “Think Bravely” we now have “Think Fearlessly.” We had actually applauded Kellogg’s decision to drop language around their brand tagline from their essays this year, and now here is Anderson falling into that same trap – or more precisely, forcing all of you BSers into it. You’ll get free access to the revised version once it’s released.At least “Share Success” is easy to understand, though on first blush it’s pretty one-dimensional, too. You need to spend time ferreting out what in heck the school means by these “principles” and then you need to come up with stories from your past that illustrate how you’re someone who shares them – and THEN you need to communicate your plan for your future. Or if they have not, show how you’ve done more research or have somehow confirmed or validated that these goals are right for you, and demonstrate what efforts you’ve made to progress towards them in the time from your last application. This video they released in a prior session gives a sense for what they mean by their culture and how they value those who “share success, think fearlessly and drive change”: Here’s their blog post introducing the question on July 27th .They also pulled in their Round 1 deadline, to October 6th.They consider reapplicants to be anyone who applied in the past two cycles.If you applied longer-ago than that, you’ll do a whole new app — but remember that all the schools are keeping old apps around, and it’s possible they’ll look you up and see what you submitted before.Just make sure you don’t cut corners – we often see people burn out towards the end of the round, and app quality suffers.That being said, if you tackle this as your first application, then you’ll be setting the stage for all the other work you’re doing on other schools.There’s also a reapplicant essay, and an optional essay of up to 250 words (remember that should be used only to explain stuff, not just to talk about new things that you want to talk about).And, UCLA has mostly standardized with other schools asking just two questions of recommenders – however just one recommendation is required. This year’s essay question sounds remarkably similar to Haas and their “defining principles”; hate to call Anderson a copycat but this is far from original. will be updated for 2019 as soon as Anderson releases its details — however the existing 2018 guide should help you get started now if you want!