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UCI Merage MBA Recommendation Questions

The UCI Merage School of Business online application is now live for the 2018-2019 admissions season, meaning that the Merage MBA recommendation questions are available for applicants and their recommenders.


2018-2019 UCI Merage Recommendation Questions

Please give a candid assessment of the applicant’s particular attributes and abilities, whether positive or negative, as you have experienced them. Since letters of recommendation are a critical component of the decision making process, being as specific as possible is greatly appreciated by the Admissions Committee. We thank you for your time and effort in providing this information.

You may also attach an optional supporting letter in .doc or .pdf format at the bottom of this form.

How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity? (255 characters limit)

Please comment on the applicant’s managerial and leadership skills. What do you see as the applicant’s strengths and areas for growth in this regard?

Do you feel graduate study is appropriate for the applicant at this time? Why?


Applicant Evaluation 

Please evaluate the applicant with respect to the personality traits and skills below on the following scale:

  • Unable to Comment
  • Below Average/Lower 35%
  • Average/Middle 30%
  • Good/Top 35%
  • Very Good/Top 20%
  • Outstanding/Top 10%
  • Truly Exceptional/Top 2%
  1. Intellectual and Analytical Ability
  2. Maturity
  3. Leadership Abilities
  4. Ability to Work Well with Others/Interpersonal Skills
  5. Written Skills
  6. Oral/Presentation Skills
  7. Problem-Solving Abilities
  8. Self-Confidence
  9. Potential for Career Advancement
  10. Integrity
  11. Creativity
  12. Adaptability
  13. Motivation/Initiative

How would you compare the applicant to his/her peer group? Describe the peer group to which you are referring (e.g., applicant’s peers, other candidates, other professionals)

We strongly encourage you to supplement your previous comments with any additional information you feel would be beneficial to the Admissions Committee.


  • strongly recommend
  • recommend
  • recommend with some reservations
  • do not recommend

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