Stanford Business School Admission Essays


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

A strong response to this question will:

Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
Reflect the self-examination process you used to write your response.
Genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
Be written from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.

Essay 2: Why Stanford? (400 words)

Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

A strong response to this essay question will:
Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.

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* Admissions essays for the 2016-2017 application season