UCLA Anderson classmates soared to new heights at an orientation session devoted to personal development and team-building at the challenge course at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. It's become an annual rite of passage for first-year M.B.A. students before classes start.

The challenge course was part of the very first class these new students took — in leadership foundations, said Gary Fraser, assistant dean of student affairs in the Full-time M.B.A. Program at Anderson. Official classes began at Anderson on Aug. 1.

"Students describe the challenge course as incredible, empowering and an amazing bonding experience," Fraser said. "They share that they have learned that the power of a group can support you in doing something you didn't think you could do and how the environment at UCLA Anderson can so quickly become a trusting, supportive place."

Aside from these physical challenges, the new students heard from alumni during orientation; listened to talks on career preparation, student government, diversity and inclusion; partcipated in a sports day; and celebrated the launch of their new M.B.A. adventure at a '90s party. 

About 361 students make up the UCLA Anderson M.B.A. class of 2018.

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Members of UCLA Anderson's M.B.A. class of 2018 learn teamwork at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.