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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Stanford Graduate School of Business is a world leading Ivy League Business School with a surprisingly small intake (only around 400 students) and a reputation for going its separate way. It is often considered, together with Harvard and Wharton, the best of the best in business education. With an acceptance rate of 7.1%, Stanford is one of most difficult business schools to get in.

Stanford Class Profile The Stanford full-time MBA class has around 400  students. Women make up around 39% of the class and men 61%. The average Stanford admit has a median work experience of 4 years. The median GMAT score stands at 732. For most years, 40% of the Stanford GSB class is international.

Stanford Application Deadlines 2017-2018  Round 1 (19 Sep 2017), Round 2 (10 Jan 2018), Round 3 (04 Apr 2018).

Stanford MBA Essays 2017-2018     Stanford Essay Tips

Stanford Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words )  

Stanford Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 words)  

Stanford Additional Information (optional): Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Only complete this section if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). Do not include essays, and please, be brief.

Stanford's instructions: Remember, there are real people reading your essays. Please follow these guidelines.

- Double-spaced. Indicate the essay question you are answering at the beginning of each essay. The question does not count against your 1,150 word limit. Upload both essays as one document. Number all pages. Please preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original. Save a copy of your essays.

Stanford Online Application Questions:

a. Please describe yourself using 20 or fewer words. (Your favorite food. Your favorite word in any language)

b. Please write a sentence or two about what you aspire to do after graduating from Stanford GSB. (Limit 255 characters.)

c. Have you had any gap(s) of four months or more in your employment or educational history since secondary school? Let us know what you did during that period. (Limit 145 characters)

d. For your first (most significant) activity or interest listed, why did you become involved? (Limit 255 characters.)

e. Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution. (Limit 255 characters.)

f. Awards: Basis of Selection (Limit 255 characters.)

Stanford GSB Resume: After completing the Employment History section, please upload a current copy of your resume. Suggested length is one page - maximum is two pages.   MBA Resume Writing Tips

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Stanford MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

   

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2015-2016

Stanford Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 2: Why Stanford? (350 words - suggested)

Stanford Additional Information: Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Only complete this section if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). Do not include essays, and please, be brief.

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Stanford Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 2: Why Stanford? (350 words - suggested)

Stanford Additional Information: Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Only complete this section if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). Do not include essays, and please, be brief.

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Stanford Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 2: What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford? (450 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3: Answer one of the three questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years. In your short answer responses we learn more about the experiences that have shaped your attitudes, behaviors, and aspirations. (400 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3a: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations. (300 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3b: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you identified and pursued an opportunity to improve an organization. (400 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3c: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you went beyond what was defined or established. (400 words - suggested)

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Stanford Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 2: What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford? (450 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3: Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years. In your short answer responses (Essay 3, options A, B, C, or D), we learn more about the experiences that have shaped your attitudes, behaviors, and aspirations. (300 words each - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3a: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations. (300 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3b: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization. (300 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3c: Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative. (300 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3d: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined or established. (300 words - suggested)

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Stanford Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 2: What are your career aspirations? What do you need to learn at Stanford to achieve them? (450 words - suggested)

Stanford Essay 3: Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years. (300 words each - suggested)

Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.

Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.

Option C: Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative.

Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Stanford Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words)

Stanford Essay 2: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them? (450 words)

Stanford Essay 3: Short Essays Options 1-4. Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years. (300 words each)

Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.

Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.

Option C: Tell us about a time when you motivated others to support your vision or initiative.

Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Stanford Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?

Stanford Essay B: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them?

As a Stanford MBA student, you will be assigned a team of advisors who will guide both your academic experience and your personal development. Your team will include a faculty advisor, a career counselor, and a leadership coach. Use Essay B to help you prepare for your first conversations with these mentors.

Stanford Essay C: Short Essays Options 1-4. Answer two of the questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years.

1: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team.

2: Tell us about a time when you felt most effective as a leader.

3: Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.

4: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

Stanford Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? 3 pages

Stanford Essay B: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve these? 2 pages As a Stanford MBA student, you will be assigned a team of advisors who will guide both your academic experience and your personal development. Your team will include a faculty advisor, a career counselor, and a leadership coach. Use Essay B to help you prepare for your first conversations with these mentors.

Stanford Essay C: Answer 2 of the questions listed below. In answering both questions in Essay C, tell us not only what you did, but also how you did it. Tell us the outcome and describe how people responded. Describe only experiences that have occurred during the last three years.  1 page each

1: Tell us about a time when you empowered others.

2: Tell us about a time when you had a significant impact on a person, group or organization.

3: Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.

4: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

Stanford MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

Stanford Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (Recommended length is 3-4 pages, double-spaced)

Stanford Essay B: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve these? (Recommended length is 2-3 pages, double-spaced)

Stanford Essay C: Short Essays—Options 1-4

Please answer two of the questions below. In answering each question, please tell us not only what you did, but also how you did it. Describe what you felt, said, and thought during these experiences. Tell us the outcome, and describe how people responded. Your responses should describe experiences that have occurred within the last three years.

Option 1: Tell us about a time when you did something that was not established, expected, or popular. (Recommended length is 1-2 pages, double-spaced)

Option 2: Tell us about a time when you felt effective or successful. (Recommended length is 1-2 pages, double-spaced)

Option 3: Tell us about a time when you had a significant effect on a group or individual. (Recommended length is 1-2 pages, double-spaced)

Option 4: Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating. (Recommended length is 1-2 pages, double-spaced)

           
           
 

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