FAQ

 

We aim to make sure you’re as informed as possible during the application process.

Our FAQ is designed to assist you with the application process. If you still have additional questions after reviewing the FAQ, schedule an one-on-one admissions meeting. One-on-one meetings take place weekly over the phone or in person. Please email Assistant Director of Programs Rocio Arellano rocio.arellano@anderson.ucla.edu if you are interested in a one-on-one meeting.

What is the program schedule?

College to Career sessions take place for one week every year in June. Please refer to the application section of our website for specific dates for the current year.

What is included in the curriculum for the Riordan College to Career Program?
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Case study exploration
  • Job search skills
  • Guest lectures from professional industries
What does it cost to participate in the program?

The College to Career Program is tuition-free.

How do I apply for the program?

Submit the application for the College to Career Program online. Items needed for the online application are applicant background, college transcripts, one academic or community reference and a personal statement.

What if I cannot make all session dates?

It is required that all students attend all session dates. If for any reason you anticipate having to miss sessions, please take our policy into consideration before applying. Absences are grounds for immediate removal from the program.

Does this program apply to all undergraduate majors?

There is no requirement to major in a particular subject; however, the program will focus on internships and careers in management and will target business. In the application, you will have a chance to explain why you feel our program supports your academic and career goals.

What is a first-generation college student?

A first-generation college student is someone who is the first in his or her family to attend college or whose parents did not attend college.

Do I have to be a UCLA student to apply?

No, the program is open to students from all four-year colleges or universities. If you are currently enrolled at a community college, you may apply for program admission contingent on verification that you will be attending a four-year university by fall 2018.

What is the application process?

Recruitment for the program begins in October. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis from then until May of the following year. All applications must be submitted online by April.

What qualifications does the admissions committee look for in an applicant?

The admissions committee evaluates applicants’ prospects as leaders and their projected ability to succeed in, benefit from and contribute to the College to Career Program. Committee members carefully consider personal and academic background information, achievements, awards and honors, and college and community involvement, especially where candidates have served in leadership capacities. The admissions committee seeks to create a community of students who bring unique contributions from their diverse backgrounds and experiences and who will collectively enrich the educational experience.

What are my chances of acceptance?

Every application will receive the same review. Each year the Riordan Programs admits an extraordinary group of students. We have carefully designed our review process to ensure quality and fairness. Admission into the Riordan Programs is highly selective and based on a comprehensive review of all applicants. Applicants are advised to apply for admission as early as possible. Admission becomes limited by space and student mix. Late applicants run the risk of being denied.

Can I save my online application and return to it later?

Yes. The online application can be saved and may be returned to at a later time.

How can I verify that my application was received?

After you click the “submit” button on your online application, please print your application summary as confirmation.

When will I receive notification of my decision?

All admission decisions will be sent via email prior to May 4, 2018.

Do I have to submit official transcripts with my application?

No; however, a copy of your unofficial transcript must be uploaded with your application. If you are unable to upload your transcripts to the online application, please email them directly to our office (rocio.arellano@anderson.ucla.edu) with the subject heading “C2C - 2018 - Transcript”.

If I attended more than one academic institution, do I have to submit unofficial transcripts from all of them?

Yes. Please send unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions where you have received a degree and/or completed substantial coursework. Include all unofficial transcripts you want reviewed by the admissions committee (e.g., classes you have repeated, additional classes).

Can one of my references be a professor?

Yes, though undergraduates should also consider asking club advisers, internship supervisors or employers who can comment on their leadership skills.

What if I forgot to send an item in my application materials (e.g., transcripts)?

Your application status will be considered incomplete if you do not complete and send all components of your application by the deadline.

Can I drop off my application in person?

No. All application packages must be submitted online.

What is the application process for international applicants?

The admission process and deadlines are the same for all applicants.

What if my application is incomplete?

Only complete and on-time applications will be reviewed.

Can I call or email to check on my admission status?

No. We will not accept or return any calls, nor respond to any emails regarding admission decisions. Admission decisions will be sent via email.

Is attendance to all sessions mandatory?

Yes, if accepted into the Riordan College to Career Program, you must commit to attending every day during the week-long sessions.

If I miss the application deadline, when is the next time I can apply?

You can apply during the next application period in the fall.

If I have been denied, may I appeal the decision?

No. We are well aware of the depth of investment our applicants make while participating in our selection process. Accordingly, the admissions committee reviews each candidate with great care and thoughtful consideration. Our review process is extremely thorough, and all decisions are final. There is no process for appeal.

If I have been denied admission, may I receive feedback on my candidacy?

Each applicant is reviewed with an eye to individual strengths as well as consideration of the pool of applicants as a whole. Our review process is exhaustive, and our decisions are made only after thoughtful deliberations. We know that being denied admission can be both unexpected and disappointing. The most difficult part of admissions committee deliberations is not being able to admit the vast majority of highly qualified and compelling candidates. Denied candidates will be notified of the possibility of obtaining feedback only after the admissions cycle is over. Such feedback is provided on a limited basis.

If I have been denied admission, may I receive feedback on my candidacy?

Each applicant is reviewed with an eye to individual strengths as well as consideration of the pool of applicants as a whole. Our review process is exhaustive, and our decisions are made only after thoughtful deliberations. We know that being denied admission can be both unexpected and disappointing. The most difficult part of admissions committee deliberations is not being able to admit the vast majority of highly qualified and compelling candidates. Denied candidates will be notified of the possibility of obtaining feedback only after the admissions cycle is over. Such feedback is provided on a limited basis.

If I am not admitted, can I reapply to the program?

Yes. If you are not offered admission to the Riordan Programs, you are welcome to reapply for the following year. All re-applicants are required to complete a new application, including submitting new academic transcripts, essays, etc. The admission decision will be based on the new application materials rather than previously submitted materials.

What happened to the Health Care Management Program?

In order to serve a wider range of students, we revamped our program to include other industries. After much research, we felt there was a need at the college level to prepare students for the job market by giving them the skills to be successful in summer internships and teaching them how to use those experiences after college.