Stanford GSB Points Out Top 8 Essay Mistakes

Allison Davis, associate director of MBA admissions at Stanford Graduate School of Business, posted an entry earlier this week on the top eight mistakes applicants make on their essays.

Take a moment to read through these commonly seen errors…and don’t let them happen to you!

  1. Not making Essay B specific to the Stanford GSB.
  2. Choosing a topic for Essay 3A, B, C, or D that is NOT within 3 years.
  3. Combining your 2 essay C’s into 1 essay.
  4. Cutting and pasting your essays from essays you’ve written for other schools. You risk not answering the question we’re asking…and big risk of leaving the name of the other school in your Stanford GSB essay!
  5. Writing what you think we want to hear, instead of what you genuinely want us to know about you. Be yourself…corny but true!
  6. Single-spacing your essays. Please double space–our readers are reading hundreds of applications.
  7. Using too small of a font on your essays. Please use 12-point font. Remember, our readers’ eyes!
  8. Using an alternate font for essays. Use one of the recommended fonts: Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman to avoid legibility problems when your essays are downloaded on our end.

For a look at Stanford GSB’s essays for the Class of 2013, click here.


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