Applying to Stanford GSB? Get to know Garth Saloner, Derrick Bolton and the “Moral Advantage”
If you are going to apply to the most selective MBA program in the world, you should recognize the impact that Professor-turned-Dean Garth Saloner has had at GSB. Even though he took over the reins as Dean in September 2009, Saloner is no stranger to the program, having joined GSB in 1990. In fact, he can be considered one of the major influences on the “Stanford Dynamic” and the school’s ethos, “Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.”
In Saloner’s own words:
Stanford’s gatekeeper is long-time Dean of Admissions and GSB graduate Derek Bolton. In our opinion, his intimate knowledge of the Stanford Dynamic, along with his high-level of emotional intelligence has granted Bolton a better bullshit detector than any other admissions director in the business. Bolton and his admissions committee have crafted an application process that solicits the type of reflection applicants rarely seek out – what are my innate motivations, guiding values and enduring beliefs - REALLY? As the vast majority of applicants cobble together an answer to Stanford’s “What Matters Most to You and Why?” essay, Bolton and company prepare for dirty diaper duty. Benefitting from years of vetting lackluster responses to a tried and true weeder essay (“What matters most?”), Bolton has kept this essay in the number one slot and at 750 words. If you can’t pass this smell test, don’t worry about how great your goals are in essay 2 becauseyou’re done at essay 1.
Based on our experiences as admissions consultants, we wanted to emphasize a few points that Bolton emphases. We find that quite a few applicants gloss over this information, which can be found on GSB’s website. Simply put, we call it Bolton’s essay philosophy and he states:
See the following for a bit more on “Moral Advantage”. We strongly recommend reading the preface for The Moral Advantage -- available on Google Books: http://goo.gl/g8qlz
The above is an excerpt adapted from our recently released "How to Apply to Stanford GSB" school guide. You can download a complimentary copy of this guide here > http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/stanford-gsb-guide-download/