Stanford GSB MBA Essay Questions for Class of 2015

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There is very little change between last year’s and this year’s Stanford GSB MBA essay questions. One minor change to note: You get an entire 50 extra words for your two essays. Last year the total word count was 1100 words. This year the maximum length is 1150. This is noteworthy only because it represents one of the few times in recent years that schools are allowing you to provide a little information about yourselves than they allowed previously. Stanford is bucking the trend here.


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This is the classic Stanford GSB essay question. If you want to enter into the MBA Class of 2015, you will need to find

This is the classic Stanford GSB essay question. If you want to enter into the MBA Class of 2017, you will need to find your answer to it. Essay 1 for admission to the 2015 entering MBA class has not changed and it would have been big news if it had.
WHERE DO SUCCESSFUL ANSWERS TO ESSAY 1 COME FROM?
In my experience, answers to this question that result in acceptance come from the HEART and the HEAD. The two combined will allow you to tell your story about what matters most. GSB’s Admissions Director, Derrick Bolton, makes this very clear in his advice regarding the question: