The student culture at UCLA Anderson encourages both professional and personal development.

Whether it's tackling the intricacies of corporate strategy, leading a student initiative or organizing a community service activity, every UCLA Anderson student is tested by both the academic rigors of the school and the development activities outside of class.

“The MBA experience challenged me; it pushed me to my limits, but at the same time, it helped me grow significantly. ”

Jessica Kimball (’15)
Head of Inclusion, Diversity, and Employee Engagement at Ancestry

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Anderson Student Association (ASA)

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The ASA is made up of over 50 student-run clubs and organizations and is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and funding an ever-increasing number of events and services designed to enrich the educational and extracurricular experiences at UCLA Anderson. By virtue of enrollment, every UCLA Anderson student is a member of ASA and is eligible to participate in all sponsored events.

Student Clubs


Our 50+ student clubs, which represent a wide array of professional, social and identity-based interests, are the lifeblood of the unique UCLA Anderson culture. As you start to research how you would like to become involved at Anderson, feel welcome to reach out to our student leaders, who would be happy to share their individual experiences in their respective clubs.

Club Social and Networking Events

The sample annual event calendar below represents a diverse range of opportunities typically available to students each year.  Focused networking events support career development, speaker series enrich the academic experience, volunteer events allow students to contribute to the community, and social events build lasting bonds.

October – November

Football Games and Tailgates
(October – December)

Every Thursday throughout the year, a company or club hosts an afternoon on the North Lawn that includes food and beverages.

Halloween Party
One of our more popular events, attended by hundrends of students and friends every year!

Embracing Diversity Week
A week of speakers and programming in celebration of the power that every person from every background has to shape our future.

Identity Food Festival
An afternoon filled with food and beverages from identities and cultures represented at UCLA Anderson.

December – January

Women in Industry Brunches
Women's Business Connection (WBC) holds weekend brunches by industry to enable UCLA Anderson women to network with women in their desired professional arena.

Winter Break Trip
Every winter break over 100 Anderson Students embark on a trip to partake in skiing, snowboarding and all the shenanigans the world (and business school) has to offer, all while supporting Challenge for Charity.

Sundance Weekend
A trip coordinated by the Entertainment and Media club (EMA) to the annual Sundance Film Festival in Utah.


C4C Casino Night
The biggest Challenge 4 Charity fundraising event of the year! UCLA Anderson puts on its best and participates in a silent and live auction, complete with casino tables and all-night dancing.

March – April

Annual Spring Break Trips
Many clubs at UCLA Anderson organize trips during Spring Break. Previous destinations include Japan, Brazil, China, Dubai and Thailand.

C4C Stanford Weekend
The annual competition among West Coast business schools culminates in a big sports weekend at Stanford. The coveted Golden Briefcase is awarded to the winning school, based on amount of funds raised, hours volunteered and sporting events won.

May – June

RMA Fashion Show
An annual charity fashion show held by the Retail Management Association (RMA).

Spring Formal
A.K.A Ander-Prom

Community Involvement

UCLA Anderson students are passionate about giving back, not just to their communities, but to the world at large. Each year, they volunteer thousands of hours for a diversity of activities ranging from community service and mentoring to fundraising and social impact conferences. We've highlighted a few of these activities below, but this is just a sampling of the many opportunities available for students to give back at UCLA Anderson.

Challenge for Charity (C4C)

UCLA Challenge for Charity (C4C) is the largest charitable organization at UCLA Anderson. Last year, UCLA C4C raised over $100,000 and volunteered over 5,000 hours for Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and Project Echo. UCLA Anderson is one of nine West Coast business schools competing for the coveted Golden Briefcase. The competition comprises fundraising, volunteering and the annual Sports Weekend held each April at Stanford University.

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Riordan Programs

Founded in 1987, the Riordan Programs encompasses three pioneering career-based outreach programs housed at UCLA Anderson. The mission of Riordan Programs is to encourage individuals (high school age through post-baccalaureate) through guidance and mentorship to consider careers in business and to seek graduate-level educational opportunities. More than 100 UCLA Anderson students volunteer as mentors each year and participate at regular events on campus and in the community.

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Net Impact

Net Impact's mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of leaders who are using the power of business to make a net positive social, environmental and economic impact. With more than 160 student and professional chapters on four continents in 75 cities and 80 graduate schools, Net Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers and communities. The UCLA Anderson Chapter of Net Impact is a group of over 150 management students who strive to put their business skills to use in a positive way, whether by incorporating environmental management practices into a large corporation, working for a small nonprofit or launching out into the world of social entrepreneurship.

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