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3 October 2011

New Evening Information Sessions

If you find it difficult to attend a daytime Stanford MBA Program Information Session, take a look at our new evening options. These evening sessions will include an overview of the MBA Program, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A period. The evening sessions will all take place at 7:00 PM on 2, 16, and 30 November, and 14 December.

Space is limited, so register now.

12 October 2011

Today is Round 1 Deadline Day

It's "deadline day" as we call it around here, the due date for Round 1 applications, but also the kick-off to our admissions reading season. All hands are on deck, answering the phones that are ringing off the hook with last-minute questions, and responding to emails from applicants and recommenders. Years ago, before electronic applications, our office would be besieged with piles of FEDEX packages and applicants walking (sometimes running) in to drop off their paper applications. Although it's quieter now that everything is paperless, there is still an unmistakable buzz in the air. It's the excitement of a new season and the anticipation of reading applications by the amazing people from the world over who want to come to Stanford. We can't wait to get started.

28 October 2011

Tales from the Road

For the last couple of months, our admissions officers have been circling the globe, meeting prospective applicants at information sessions, company visits, and fairs. Here are some stories from the road.

From Lizabeth...The most unusual thing that happened was at the women's session in NYC. One of the panelists was late. When she arrived, she apologized for being late, saying "I was putting out a fire...literally!" Turns out that her firm manages buildings, and one of them was ACTUALLY on fire. She couldn't leave the office until it was put out, but stayed late to help answer every last question. Now that's commitment!

From Seda... I love being on the road and meeting with prospective students who are starting to think (and dream!) about where they want to go to business school. Tokyo was no exception this year, but this year we decided to try something different. Instead of doing the usual large (and very formal) information session with 300+ attendees, we broke our general session into two. As usual, we had an incredible turnout from GSB alumni in Tokyo who shared openly about their experiences at Stanford, along with the messages that many in our community end up discussing (giving back, serving a larger cause, innovation). The difference this time was that everything was really resonating with the crowd, especially in the smaller format. I looked around the room and saw clusters of alumni and prospective students deeply engaged in conversations, but the topic wasn't just Stanford, or business school; they were talking about ideas that could help their country in the face of the devastating tsunami and the challenging economic environment. It was so encouraging to see the Stanford spirit generate so much excitement.

From Lisa...An applicant who was "on the circuit" attending numerous presentations by business schools shared a funny observation with me: “Most alumni shake hands with each other. But Stanford GSB alumni hug each other.” Being a GSB alumna, I could completely relate! The GSB really is a family. There's lots of laughter and merriment when we gather. And our alumni are incredibly excited to meet prospective students and the future generations of the GSB community.