International Applicants: If you're not 1st class, BEWARE!
I was fielding a question for an applicant from India who was planning on applying to UCLA Anderson. He pointed out to me some interesting language on the application requirements section that stated something about how applicants from India could only apply if they graduated from 1st class. This seemed rather restrictive and unbelievable to me. So I decided to invest some time and inquire about it at the Admissions office directly for him. Here is what I found out.
Applicants from India:
Those with Bachelors Degree must have graduated in their 1st class to apply. (In other words, 2nd and 3rd class graduates are OUT OF LUCK).
Those who have a Masters Degree such as in Math or some other non MBA degree must have graduated either 1st or 2nd class.
Here's an interesting work around though.... if you graduated in 2nd class from Undergraduate, then went on to graduate 2nd class in a Masters Degree, you would be eligable to apply to UCLA's Anderson School of Business.
So here's my point that I think ALL INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS SHOULD VERIFY. ============================================== || Make sure that your college record meets || || the application requirements!!!!!!! || ==============================================
Scan your prospective school web sites, call or e-mail the MBA Admissions office of the schools you're interested. This is quite a serious matter.
Don't just assume that any above average acadamic record will do and that an 800 GMAT score will overcome it. In the case of UCLA, it doesn't. Well, perhaps if you talked to them and you had a 780 GMAT score, they might make an exception. Who knows.