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6 September 2013

What To Do (and Not Do) When An Admission Event is Full

Have you tried to sign up for one of our MBA Admission events and found that it was already full? You may have wondered to yourself, "Should I bother putting myself on the waitlist?" Well, the answer is "yes," and here's why. We frequently are able to get additional space at the venue and can let in some or all of the people on the waitlist. Sometimes we add a second session at a different time on the same day, and we give the folks on the waitlist the first shot at signing up.

How about just showing up without registering? Not a good idea. Many of our events are hosted at private companies whose security staff will turn away anyone not on the registration list. Frustrating for you and disappointing for us.

We've held over 70 public events in the past three months, and are offering two dozen more during the month of September in Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. Find an event near you and register now. But, if you find that the event you want is full, do add yourself to the waitlist. We don't want to miss the chance to meet you.


9 September 2013

Visit Stanford GSB This Fall

Want to visit the Knight Management Center and learn more about the Stanford MBA Program? Registration is now open for Fall Quarter On-Campus Events, which include:

  • Information sessions: Offered on most Mondays and Fridays throughout the year.
  • Class Visits: Offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at various times, beginning 7 October 2013.
  • Knight Management Center Tours: 30-minute tours led by an MBA student. Offered Mondays and Fridays, beginning 7 October 2013.

Find out more about these, and our other on-campus events, on our website.

While visiting Stanford GSB is a great way to get to know our program better, a campus visit is neither required nor expected. Out of fairness to all applicants, we do not give preferential treatment in the admission process to those who have visited the GSB.

We hope to see you on campus!


16 September 2013

Register for Stanford GSB's First Free Online Course

You've probably read about the explosive growth in education technology, including online courses. Stanford GSB is excited by the opportunities these technologies present, and is utilizing them to enhance the Stanford MBA experience. The GSB also has developed its first MOOC (massive open online course), titled The Finance of Retirement and Pensions.

We invite you to register for this free, eight-week course, which begins 14 October 2013. Taught by Stanford GSB Professor of Finance and pension expert Joshua Rauh, the course focuses on the financial concepts behind sound retirement plan investment and pension fund management and how to be a more informed decision maker on your own personal portfolio.

While participating in this MOOC can't replace the experience of the full-time MBA Program, it will provide exposure to Stanford GSB faculty. Taking the course will not help or hinder your chances of being admitted to the MBA Program.

And of course, we will keep you posted on upcoming online offerings.

>> Registration Information


23 September 2013

Tales from the Road

Our admission officers have been on a whirlwind tour of the globe, meeting prospective applicants in over 120 cities, discussing the Stanford MBA Program, and answering lots of questions. They've also managed to snap some pics, tweet, and share a story or two along the way. Here are a few we thought you might enjoy.

Stanford GSB alumni speak to attendees at the Warsaw info session, hosted at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Alumni panelists at the Warsaw info session

Our first-ever info session in Bucharest! Thanks to alums Dragos and Alexandra for helping get the word out.
Alums Dragos and Alexandra at the Bucharest info session

Christine H. greets visitors to our table at the EducationUSA Israel MBA Fair in Tel Aviv.
GSB table at the Tel Aviv MBA fair

The day after a Manhattan info session for women, The Tree, accompanied by Christine H., went out for a late night stroll in Times Square.
GSB table at the Tel Aviv MBA fair

From Sabah K.: At the Harare, Zimbabwe info session, the first person to ask a question said, "I thought someone was pulling a prank on me when I found out Stanford GSB was going to be here." This was followed by laughter and applause throughout the auditorium. It turned out to be a great session.

From Lizabeth C.: A special moment. Following an MBA fair on the east coast, I was approached by an attendee who watched our It Gets Better video. It had such meaning to him, in part because he felt like the people in it were putting into words the things he was feeling. He was able to share the video with others to help them understand what was going on for him. I'm so proud of the former students (both LGBT and Allies) who put it together and put it out in the world.

Our worldwide travel season is coming to a close, but there are a few sessions still left. Check our calendar for all upcoming on- and off-campus events.


30 September 2013

Siebel Scholars Span Industries and Backgrounds

Second-year Stanford MBA students Benjamin Austin, Zoe Corneli, Brian Rose, Tom Sayer, and Colin Twomey were just named 2014 Siebel Scholars, demonstrating again the variety of GSB students' backgrounds and experiences.

Ben Austin is a passionate advocate for public sector reform to improve the effectiveness and transparency of government. Prior to business school, he served as an advisor to the Minister for Defense and Prime Minister of Australia and also spent three years working for McKinsey & Company.

Zoe Corneli spent her summer as a senior product manager intern at Amazon. For seven years prior to business school, she worked as a journalist in San Francisco. In 2009 she was named Outstanding Emerging Journalist by the northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Brian Rose is a teaching assistant for the financial modeling course at Stanford GSB. This summer he worked at Viking Global, a New York public equity investment firm. Prior to that, he spent two years in private equity at Bain Capital and was an associate consultant at Bain & Company.

Tom Sayer is pursuing joint MBA/MA Education degrees at Stanford University. In his first year at the GSB, he helped found Sension.co, which was selected to be a part of the Highland Capital Summer Program. Prior to business school, he worked as an intelligence officer in the British Army for six years, completing tours in Afghanistan and Libya.

Colin Twomey is an avid sports fan. Recently, he served as advisor for a sports-related startup and conducted an independent study on sports technology. Before business school, he spent two years with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles and three years at Hotwire.com in San Francisco.

Read more about the 2014 Siebel Scholars.