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You have 1800 words that you can allocate in any way you feel appropriate across the four essays.

Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?
The best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them.
They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you are—and they also convey how you became the person you are.
They do not focus merely on what you've done or accomplished. Instead, they share with us the values, experiences, and lessons that have shaped your perspectives.
They are written from the heart and address not only a person, situation, or event, but also how that person, situation, or event has influenced your life.
Essay 2: What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford?
Use this essay to explain your view of your future, not to repeat accomplishments from your past.
You should address three distinct topics:
your career aspirations
the role of an MBA education in achieving those aspirations
and your rationale for earning that MBA at Stanford, in particular.
The best examples of Essay 2 express your passions or focused interests; explain why you have decided to pursue graduate education in management; and demonstrate your desire to take advantage of the opportunities that are distinctive to the Stanford MBA Program.
Essay 3: Answer two of the four 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 when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
Option C: Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative.
Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined or established.


Deadlines


ROUND 1:
Submit by: 12 Oct 2011
Notified by: 14 Dec 2011
Deposit due: 01 Mar 2012


ROUND 2: (Ongoing)
Submit by: 11 Jan 2012
Notified by: 28 Mar 2012
Deposit due: 03 May 2012


ROUND 3:
Submit by: 04 Apr 2012
Notified by: 16 May 2012
Deposit due: 31 May 2012

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 12:52
Count me in for R1.

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 13:14
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I'm in for Round 2. They say your applications get better as you go along so I want to work the kinks out in round 1. Plus I should be in a new position by R2 deadlines and that will give me 3 job moves in 2 years. I'm also taking a calculus class and a stats class this summer. It's definitely a reach given my age (30 right now), but I definitely won't get in if I don't apply.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 14:13
Count me in too!

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 15:54
I'm debating a Stanford app. Will have to see how stressful the applications are in late summer/early fall. May end up doing Stanford in R2 since HBS will be R1.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 00:30
I'm thinking of applying too...
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 05:15
I'm still a maybe for Rd 2
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 06:21
I'll be applying round 1, I'm waiting for the essay questions to be posted!

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 16:50
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I'll be applying round 1, I'm waiting for the essay questions to be posted!

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Probably wouldn't hurt to start thinking about what matters most to you and why.....
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 16:59
I'm in! Haven't figured out my R1 vs. R2 strategy yet

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2011, 20:40
The essay questions for Fall 2012 are posted. They're the same as last year's questions. Good luck everyone.
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Stanford's "what matters most to you" [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 12:34
Former essays answering this question (from mba books, e.g.) go very deep on personal background, professional experiences/goal, etc thanks to no word count limit. Now that there is a soft cap (~750 words), and that the prompt clearly says not to focus merely on the past accomplishments, do you think it would be risky if I wrote an essay that was entirely personal - very few if any mentions of work experiences/work goals? I figure these can be ascertained from my resume, and from the other essay questions. Wondering if taking an exclusively personal-focused (not professional) approach to this question would be too risky, despite what the adcom suggests about wanting to see personal responses...
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Re: Stanford's "what matters most to you" [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 14:02
I was at an event back in April where they stressed that they really do want to know the true answer to this question, even if it is personal and not professional. However, that said, I would probably include at least a couple sentences to build a bridge from your personal answer to your professional goals. But it doesnt have to take up a lot of space, that's what I think the second essay is for! Just my opinion though. I plan to write something personal for this, but also remember to keep your audience in mind and make sure it is appropriate.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 09:27
i'll apply in round 2

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 19:45
I am applying in R1
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 05:54
I am in for R2...I think Stanford essays are the hardest!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 09:05
Stanford R1.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 03:26
Count me in for Round 1.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 11:28
in for round 2!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2012 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2011, 19:38
Applying for R1 (hopefully).

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