Your Chances at UCLA Anderson: Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

2023-2024 Application Cycle: Special Note for Round 2 and Round 3 Applicants Invited for an MBA Interview

Wondering about your chances now that you’ve been invited to an interview?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.

It is safe to guess that MBA programs interview approximately double the number of people they intend to admit. In crude terms, this means that your chances of acceptance are good—around 50%.

But remember that there are other factors at play which are not reflected in this generalized statement:

  • The post-interview decision will still depend on the strength of your application: outstanding applicants will have a better chance both pre- and post-interview.
  • Less competitive applicants—with lower GMAT scores, sub-optimal employers, and a less prestigious undergraduate degree—will be under more pressure to impress than a highly competitive applicant.
  • Anyone can have a surprising interview—for better or for worse.

Regardless of your initial application, your next step should be to prepare as effectively as possible for your MBA interview—with someone who has interview experience and an understanding of the program you’re applying to.

Menlo Coaching offers personalized, professional MBA interview preparation, tailored to your specific target programs.

See Your Interview Prep Options

Are you striving to be a part of a top MBA program? You might be trying to decide which business school to apply to and are wondering where you’ll likely be accepted. To help answer your questions, we’ve put together some fast facts covering key admission factors to help you determine your odds of getting accepted into the UCLA Anderson MBA Program.

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into UCLA Anderson, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll give you a quick overview of what it takes to get into the UCLA Anderson School of Management and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

(Note: This page highlights Anderson’s full-time MBA program. The other program options at Anderson are Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA), and the Executive MBA program.)

Fast Facts: Anderson MBA

Acceptance Rate38%
GMAT Average710
GPA Minimum3.1
GPA Maximum3.8
Avg. Years Work Experience5.7

Source: UCLA Anderson, Class of 2025 data

Marion Anderson Hall at UCLA School of Management

Undergraduate Majors Represented in Anderson’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Anderson’s MBA program are Business (26%), Engineering (19%),
Economics (15%), and Humanities / Social Sciences (15%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Anderson’s MBA Class

The undergraduate universities most represented in Anderson’s MBA class profile are: 

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • The University of Southern California
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Boston College
  • Penn State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • UC Irvine
  • Duke University
  • United States Naval Academy

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Anderson has accepted many applicants with your education background in the past. It also shows that candidates who have gone to these schools have considered applying to Anderson, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Anderson’s Top Pre-MBA Industries

Anderson’s top pre-MBA industries are High tech (24%), Finance (22%), Consulting (14%), and Health/Biotech (10%).

Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Anderson. Don’t worry if you don’t see your industry on the list—there might not be many students enrolled from your industry simply because many candidates didn’t apply to the program in the first place. The same goes for the pre-MBA employers data we’ve provided below.

Top Pre-MBA Employers Represented at Anderson

The pre-MBA companies that are most represented in the Anderson MBA class are: 

What does Anderson value?

It all starts with doing your homework — on yourself and on the school. You must ask yourself three questions: 1) Why an MBA? 2) Why an MBA now? And 3) Why an MBA from Anderson?. Anderson looks for the candidates who display a unique balance of leadership and teamwork capabilities.

Interested in finding out more about Anderson? Visit our UCLA Anderson overview page.

Applicant Story: How Gus Got Into UCLA Anderson with $$$

Early Birds Toolkit

Learn 3 Steps You Should Take NOW to Improve Your Profile for R1 2024

In MBA admissions, starting early can significantly boost your chances. 

But there are no shortcuts, and while R1 2024 deadlines might seem far off, building your profile takes time.

Our Early Birds Toolkit has everything you need to get started right now—leave your name and email, and we’ll send you three actionable steps to elevate your profile, plus time-saving tools for faster progress.