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11 May 2012

Staying in Touch

As this year's application season winds down, and second-year MBA students prepare to graduate, we are planning our summer/fall travel season. We love meeting people out on the road, so look for us in a city near you. And of course, even though class visits and tours are coming to an end for this academic year, you can still attend an on-campus information session at the GSB during the summer.

Over the next couple of months, we will be posting next year's application essay questions, as well as the application itself. If you want to be one of the first to get Stanford MBA Admissions updates and event details, please fill out our Stay in Touch form.

We look forward to the 2012-13 application season. We hope you'll be part of it!

22 May 2012

Oh, the Places They'll Go

Next year, Stanford MBA students will be traveling to some amazing places on the 2012-2013 Global Study and Service Learning Trips. So far, trip locations include:

Dominican Republic & Haiti
Iceland & Sweden
India (2 trips)
Kenya & Rwanda
Saudi Arabia & Egypt
Singapore & Thailand
South Africa
South Korea
United Arab Emirates & Oman

Learn more about the Global Experiences offered at the Stanford GSB.

31 May 2012

Saying More with Less

The new application season is right around the corner, for us and for many of you. If you're eager to get started, take a look at the 2012-2013 essay questions and guidance.

This year, we are asking you to write three essays instead of four.

Essays 1 and 2 are unchanged:

What matters most to you, and why?
What do you want to do - REALLY - and why Stanford?

The Essay 3 prompt now reads:

Answer one of the three questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years.

Option A: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
Option B: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you identified and pursued an opportunity to improve an organization.
Option C: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you went beyond what was defined or established.

Why did we make this change? As we reviewed your essays last year, we were left wanting more insight into how and why you do the things you do. We want to allow you to write more meaningfully. As such, we eliminated one of the required essays and increased the suggested word count for Essay 3. We reduced the combined word limit from 1800 to 1600 words, but the decision of how you allocate those words remains yours.

We feel this change will serve you well and will simplify your application process. Stay in touch this summer for more updates, including the new application set to launch by 1 July.

We hope you'll be part of the 2012-2013 application season!