UC San Diego Rady MBA Interview (cont’d)

Does your staff re-examine their previous application(s)?

Typically, yes.

Describe how the financial aid process works and what admitted students can expect in terms of scholarships, assistantships, and loan guarantees.

UC San Diego’s Financial Aid Office has provided service to Rady MBA students thus far, particularly in the area of educational loans. We anticipate adding our own financial aid staff sometime during the coming academic year. All applicants are considered for merit-based fellowships.

How helpful do applicants generally find a campus visit?

Very! Particularly because we are relatively new, campus visits are an important way to get a feel for the culture we are creating, as well as to learn more about the program and to see the campus.

Do you have any special instructions or advice for applicants who wish to visit the Rady School’s campus?

Contact the Admissions Office at 858-534-0864 to make arrangements.

What specifically should IT applicants do to differentiate themselves in their applications?

We welcome applications from candidates with technical backgrounds. Our emphasis on the management and leadership needs of innovation-driven companies fits well for applicants with this background and a desire to have an impact in the technology sector of the global economy. We do want applicants with IT backgrounds to demonstrate the other characteristics we’ve mentioned here: contribution to organizations, creativity and impact and the ability to work collaboratively. IT applicants with the capacity to become leaders are very welcome at Rady.

Can you briefly describe the housing situation for your students?

On-campus housing is very limited, and most MBAs will choose to live in communities near campus. Shared housing is common, with incoming students connecting directly with each other to find housemates.

What makes Rady a special place to study business?

A few things come immediately to mind:
— UC San Diego is a great research university, with tremendous intellectual and academic assets, especially in the areas of technology and science. We work actively with other units of the university — our students aren’t isolated.
— The focus on innovation in our curriculum — and in the way we behave as a school.
— Our openness to student initiatives. We view students as partners in creating their own education and as stakeholders in what will become a great graduate school of management.

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