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23 May 2013

What's New in Essay and Letters of Reference Requirements

The big news about essay questions for application to the Class of 2016 is that there is no news. Last year, we reduced the number of essays from four to three, and increased the suggested word count in one of the essays. This worked really well, so essay questions are remaining the same as last year.

Bigger changes are taking place in the Letters of Reference requirements. We are streamlining the questions we ask your recommenders—merging two questions on the professional recommendation, and making the last of the four questions on the peer recommendation optional. We honed our questions to garner the most essential information needed to evaluate your application. This way, we ask only for what we need and your recommenders' time is well spent.

One other small change to the application: Last year we added a "Just for Fun" question that asked what your favorite food is. We found this made the admission readers hungry, so this year we’re asking what your favorite place is instead.

The 2013-14 application will be available in early July. Fill out our Stay in Touch form to receive notification. We hope to read your application for the Class of 2016!

30 May 2013

Coming to a City Near You: Worldwide Stanford MBA Events

This summer and fall, we will be hosting information sessions and other events across the globe. If you want to learn more about the Stanford MBA Program and the admission process, these events are the perfect opportunity.

Take a look at the cities we will be visiting. Events are still being finalized, so check back for updates.

Better yet, complete the Stay in Touch form, and we will send you invitations to events in your region.

We hope to meet you soon!

31 May 2013

5th Annual Military Service Appreciation Dinner

Last week, the Veterans Club hosted Stanford GSB's 5th Annual Military Service Appreciation Dinner. The event honored George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State and Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Steve G., a first-year MBA student and 11-year U.S. Navy veteran, shares his impressions from the event:

It was humbling to have a front row seat to hear George Shultz's reflections on 71 years of leadership and public service. "Troops come first; officers eat last," Shultz learned as a Marine Corps officer in the Pacific in 1942, and he never forgot as he served in three Presidential administrations, as Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and as President and later a Director at Bechtel Corporation. "This ethic has been lost on society–do the best for the guys who work for you," he elaborated.

When he went through basic training at Parris Island, one of the first things his drill instructor taught him was "never point your rifle at someone unless you’re prepared to use it." It was a philosophy that guided him and President Reagan through Cold War diplomacy : "no empty threats."

He shared two more lessons from the Marine Corps that stayed with him–don't negotiate if you don’t have the ability to hold out for a good deal (learned while bargaining on a two-hour shore leave in the South Pacific), and, more seriously, if you're going to commit your troops to combat, make sure it’s a great mission; leaders have an obligation to make that decision very carefully.

Dr. Shultz addressed a sold-out dinner of 200 guests, including the veterans (U.S. and international) enrolled in the MBA and Sloan programs. The overwhelming response from the crowd–most of whom were faculty and students with no direct affiliation with the military–reminded me of how simple and enduring the leadership lessons from combat are, how international the military community really is, and how strong the ties are in a community that spans WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Semper Fi, Dr. Shultz!

George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State and Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, speaking at the 5th Annual Military Appreciation Dinner.