MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Big Beer
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Duke Fuqua | Mr. CPA To Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Venture Lawyer
GRE 330, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Ms. Digital Health
GMAT 720, GPA 3.48
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Foster School of Business | Mr. Construction Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Ross | Mr. Stockbroker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Kellogg | Mr. Risky Business
GMAT 780, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. World Explorer
GMAT 710 (aiming for 750), GPA 4.33/5
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. White Finance
GMAT Not Taken, GPA 3.97
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5

Haas & Anderson Plan To Open This Fall With Hybrid Formats

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is expected to open this fall with a mixed format of in-person and virtual classes

If you’re an incoming or second-year MBA at UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business or UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, you should expect to come to campus when the new academic year begins in August and September. But exactly what you’ll find when you step on the grounds in Berkeley and Los Angeles has yet to be decided.

Nonetheless, University of California President Janet Napolitano said yesterday (May 20) that she anticipates that most, if not all, campuses will operate on a hybrid learning basis in the fall, with a mix of in-person classes and remote instruction. That would also be true for the business schools at UC-Irvine, UC-Davis, and UC-San Diego. Haas was expected to begin its MBA orientation for new students on Aug. 17, while first-years were expected to show up at Anderson on Sept. 24th for the first day of classes.

“Every campus will be open and offering instruction,” Napolitano said. “The question will be how much of that instruction is in-person versus how much is done remotely.”


She added that the restart of on-campus classes and co-curricular activities must follow state and local public health department orders, as well as expert advice, including a series of guidelines which include the implementation of screening, testing, contact tracing and other appropriate COVID-19 practices to inform campus decisions and limit the spread of the disease. Additionally, campuses must adopt rules to encourage physical distancing and universal face coverings.

At UC-Berkeley, which has extended the cancellation or postponement of all campus-sponsored events through June and July including commencement, a total of 11 people are known to have tested positive for COVID-19, including two graduate students and seven undergrads who had returned from study abroad programs. At UCLA, 30 people in the campus community have been confirmed by medical professionals to have COVID-19 and have reported their diagnoses to the university.

The announcement by Napolitano reinforces a steady trend of other major schools, including Wharton and Columbia Business School, that have made plans to start the new academic year with a blend of face-to-face and virtual learning. CBS is examining classroom space for social distancing options as well as exploring spaces off-campus for potential face-to-face classes.


Earlier this week, both London Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School announced similar starts to the school year. LBS said it plans to open its campus to students on Sept. 7 with online classes for a brief period of time until moving to a hybrid model of teaching two weeks later on Sept. 21.

Some schools are pushing back the start dates of their fall terms to allow international students more time to overcome travel restrictions and gain student visas. INSEAD, in both France and Singapore, for example, has established an Oct. 5 start, more than a month later than its typical late August opening, after the French government announced it would permit on-site teaching from Sept. 1.

“We believe an October start date will provide plenty of time for arrival, quarantine, and settling in before commencing Launch Week in late September, wrote Urs Peyer, dean of degree programs, in an email. To accommodate the change, the school is reducing its core curriculum and extending the final period of the program into July so MBAs can take more electives then. INSEAD said it is waiting for word from the government in Singapore before resuming classes on its campus there.





About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.