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February 3, 2017
If you’ve made it to the interview stage at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), congratulations are in order. As I explained in my recent article published in Business Insider, the school has the most …
If you’ve made it to the interview stage at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), congratulations are in order. As I explained in my recent article published in Business Insider, the school has the most competitive admission stats in the world, and with only an eight percent admissions rate, receiving an invite proves that Stanford already considers you an exceptionally strong candidate.
Arguably more than any other program, Stanford looks for applicants who have formulated a worldview and understand who they are and what matters most to them. According to admissions officers, Stanford seeks out candidates who have “excelled by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
While you can never know exactly which specific questions you will encounter during your interview, you can anticipate that the types of questions will fall into one of the following categories representing the key attributes that Stanford values: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.
As you prepare for the interview, focus on the life experiences, anecdotes, and answers that will showcase your strengths in six specific areas. Wondering just what those areas are? Click on over to Business Insider to continue reading my article with the best GSB interview tips, and you’ll learn exactly how to successfully wow your interviewer for a shot of admission at this ultra-elite school.
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October 5, 2016
As part of its mission to educate business leaders to solve society’s most pressing problems, the Stanford Graduate School of Business announced it has established a fellowship to provide financial support for up to three students with …
As part of its mission to educate business leaders to solve society’s most pressing problems, the Stanford Graduate School of Business announced it has established a fellowship to provide financial support for up to three students with a passion for generating economic development in underserved regions of the country. In its inaugural year, the Stanford USA MBA Fellowship will focus specifically on the Midwest.
Students applying to the Stanford MBA Program in the first of two rounds in the 2016-2017 academic year will be able to apply for the fellowship. Up to three applicants will be selected to receive up to $160,000 over two academic years to cover tuition and associated fees.
Selection will be evaluated on the basis of general Stanford MBA admission criteria, as well as Fellowship-specific criteria. Applicants must demonstrate both financial necessity and strong ties to at least one of 12 Midwestern states.
Within two years of graduation, the three Fellows will be required to return to the Midwest to work in a professional capacity for at least two years to help contribute to the region’s economic vitality.
To be eligible for the fellowship program, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Those with dual citizenship must also be citizens of the United States. Candidates will demonstrate strong connections and a commitment to improve the economic development of at least one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Defining what’s considered a strong connection to the Midwest includes current residency in one of those states, prior residency for a minimum of three consecutive years in one of those states, or having graduated from high school in the Midwest. Other experiences demonstrating a commitment to the region could also be considered.
Applicants will supply information about their income and assets, including copies of tax returns. Once admitted to the MBA program, Stanford will assess the financial needs of students based on the information provided during the financial aid application process.
Applicants must apply in Round 1, or Round 2 by January 10, 2017. Candidates for Stanford’s MBA program must indicate their interest in the fellowship on their application. Fellows will be selected by May 2017.
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April 20, 2016
The Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced the MBA application deadlines for the Fall 2017 admissions season. Round 1 Application Deadline: September 21, 2016 Notification Date: December 2016 Round 2 Application Deadline: January 10, 2017 …
The Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced the MBA application deadlines for the Fall 2017 admissions season.
Application Deadline: September 21, 2016
Notification Date: December 2016
Application Deadline: January 10, 2017
Notification Date: March 2017
Application Deadline: April 5, 2017
Notification Date: May 2017
Candidates should note that all materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline to be considered for that round. The application will go live in June. For more information, please visit the Stanford GSB admissions website.
June 3, 2014
Stanford Graduate School of Business has followed the lead of the majority of top MBA programs and has reduced the essay count for this year’s application. Stanford is still focused on candid self-evaluation and authenticity, …
Stanford Graduate School of Business has followed the lead of the majority of top MBA programs and has reduced the essay count for this year’s application. Stanford is still focused on candid self-evaluation and authenticity, and has just cut out the optional shorter essays. The Stanford GSB MBA admissions website provides clear guidance and advice for what to do, and what not to do, that all applicants should read and follow.
What keeps you awake at night? When you look back at your life what will you admire and regret about your choices? These are the kind of questions to ask yourself as you approach topics for this set of essays. Your accomplishments and achievements are part of why you have developed into the person you are today, however it’s far more important to explain your influences, lessons learned and motivations. Introspection and honesty should persist through the entire set of essays.
Total word count for all three essays combined should not exceed 1,100 words, so applicants must be judicious in deciding how much or little to write for each prompt. As a general guideline, Stanford GSB suggests 750 words for essay one and 350 words for essay two. Check your deadlines before you get started to make sure you are maximizing the time on your essays.
Stanford GSB Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?
This classic Stanford GSB MBA essay is your opportunity to demonstrate who you are, what motivates you, and why. Topics can range from personal history to grand visions of the future. While this topic should not be explicitly career related (and the strongest essays are likely not career oriented at all) it may raise themes that you will continue in your career essay.
To generate ideas, try brainstorming over a period of a few days. Ask friends and family what values they see you demonstrating in your life and choices. Keep a notebook by your bed so you can record your first thoughts upon waking up, and mine your personal history for ideas.
Though the essay question may seem open-ended, answering the question with vivid and specific examples will provide solid evidence that you have demonstrated or experienced “what matters most” throughout your life. Keep in mind as you select examples that Stanford GSB specifically advises focusing on people and experiences that have influenced you, rather than accomplishments or achievements.
Essay B: Why Stanford? Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
This year Stanford leads with the most important part: Why Stanford? Be specific in your response. You should know everything about the program and show that it is your dream school. Have you met current students and alumni? Who are the professors you are excited about? What are the unique programs?
This essay question is a somewhat standard career goals theme, but note that Stanford refers to it as a “personal essay.” Stanford GSB wants to know what you specifically need that will be uniquely satisfied by the program at Stanford GSB, and research will help you determine what aspects of the academic program, community and students are crucial to your aspirations.
When you discuss how Stanford will help you achieve your goals consider that Stanford likes to see applicants who dream big, and have the credibility to achieve their goals. So think big about your plans. Don’t focus on what your parents or partner want you to do. Don’t think about the next job on the corporate ladder. What do you, with your own unique background and values, want for your life?
If the question seems too vast, take a few minutes to close your eyes and reflect. Envision your life in twenty years. Where do you live? How do you spend your days? What is your favorite activity? How does this vision fit into your career aspirations? Don’t be shy about your ambitions. Once you have identified your dream career, you also need to make sure an MBA is an important part of achieving your plans.
Stanford wants candidates for whom an MBA will make an impact on their ambitious trajectory, not candidates who are looking for a prestigious piece of paper. Remember that MBA programs want to help promising candidates reach their goals, not admit perfect people with no need for development.
April 23, 2014
The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship application is now live, and the deadline to apply is June 13, 2014. The Fellowship enables talented African citizens with a passion for making an impact on the continent’s future to …
The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship application is now live, and the deadline to apply is June 13, 2014. The Fellowship enables talented African citizens with a passion for making an impact on the continent’s future to pursue an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
What is the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program?
The Fellowship pays for tuition and associated fees for citizens of African countries with financial need. The Fellowship was created to reduce the financial barrier for African citizens to pursue an MBA at Stanford GSB.
Stanford GSB will award up to eight fellowships annually. Within two years of graduation, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to return to Africa to work for at least two years in a role that contributes to the continent’s development.
Promising candidates are encouraged to apply now for the Fellowship. Applicants can find details about the new two-stage application process and timeline on the Stanford GSB website. In the first stage, applicants complete the free Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship pre-application.
Up to 50 finalists will be selected by mid-July 2014 based on financial need, as well as Stanford’s admission criteria of intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.
Finalists then apply for MBA admission (the application will be waived for finalists) to the GSB in Round 1, October 2014. The school plans to enroll up to eight exemplary Stanford Africa Fellows in the MBA Class of 2016.
Why is Stanford GSB providing this fellowship? Africa is at the forefront of significant global economic growth and opportunity. African students provide direct insight into an emerging global economy that will be increasingly powerful in business.
The school hopes that the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship will encourage talented Africans to leverage the Stanford MBA experience to make a big impact in Africa, executing the GSB’s mission to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.
For More Details:
Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Webpage
October 15, 2013
Stanford Graduate School of Businessrecently posted details of the MBA Class of 2015 profile, noting that at 406 students, this is the largest class in the history of the GSB.
While quick to point out that Stanford’s relatively small class size naturally includes percentage shifts here and there each year, the school also reports a greater diversity of experience and background this year as a result of the larger class size.
Here are some of the most notable shifts within the Class of 2015, as shared by Victoria Hendel De La O in admissions:
- The class comprises a record number of international and U.S. schools.
- Representation of both women and U.S. minorities in the class increased.
- As always, there was fluctuation in industry representation, with increases in biotech, consulting, and consumer-products sectors.
- The number of humanities and sciences majors in the class jumped, while a handful fewer students studied business or engineering.
- Average TOEFL and GMAT scores crept up slightly. The score ranges, however, stayed consistent.
- Average years of pre-MBA work experience fell slightly from last year’s decade-long high. The range of years of work experience also narrowed slightly.
For the most up-to-date information about the entering class profile, read more here.