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Applying to Stanford GSB 2017-2018

Posted by Chioma Isiadinso

Stanford GSB admissions has hired Kirsten Moss as the new assistant dean of admissions to replace Derrick Bolton.

Despite this change in leadership at Stanford GSB admissions, there will not be much changes made to the Stanford GSB application this year. The essays and recommendations will remain the same from the 2016-2017 application cycle.


Essay Tips for Stanford GSB

Here are a few reminders to keep in mind when tackling the Stanford MBA essay questions:

1. There are two required essays still. Essay one is the “what matters to you” essay and essay two is “why Stanford” essay.

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2. Pay attention to the word limits. You have 1150 words for both essays and you can decide how you want to allocate your words for each essay.

3. The first essay about what matters to you is the hardest business school admissions essay to write. Don’t underestimate how challenging this essay is. You can’t write it successfully without devoting adequate self-reflection on who you are and what makes you tick—your personal brand.

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4. Avoid clichés and usual reasons and go deeper to identify why you wish to go to Stanford. Thorough research is necessary to make a case compelling case and you can’t do this successfully without really understanding the school. At a minimum talk to alumni of the school and drill down to understand what makes it unique.

5. Stanford GSB is a school that appreciates more subtle approaches in highlighting achievements and leadership so keep this in mind when writing your essay. You don’t want to come across as arrogant and be deemed a poor fit for their program.

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Check out our earlier blog for more detailed tips on how to write the Stanford GSB essay.

Stanford GSB Application Deadline Dates

Applications must be submitted by 10 am PST on the deadline date. Here are the new dates for the GSB’s 2017-2018 application deadlines:

Round 1: September 19, 2017
Round 2: January 10, 2018
Round 3: April 4, 2018