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# Calling Stanford Fall 2008 Applicants

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24 Jan 2008, 12:15
all it says is that I will get a detailed package with info about what my options are. The status electronically signed by DB just says this. What a bummer. Do you guys know anyone who got off the waitlist from a non interview situation ?
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24 Jan 2008, 12:16
dahcrap, that's actually not bad of a result, compared to us "dingers".

Though knowing Stanford's past record, I would prepare to matriculate at wherever you are thinking of going, and just keep the hope up that they may accept you later on. They generally don't move the W/L until May 15th, according to last year and the year before's records. They will interview you if they decide to move the waitlist.

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Status - 1/24/2008

Admitted: 1, Dinged: 7, Waitlist: 1 Unknown: 11

Stanford Applicants R1: Total - 20
terry12 - R1 - ACCEPTED!
dahcrap - R1 - Waitlisted w/o interview
Kryzak - R1 - Ding
IrishFan - R1 - Ding
wisepig - R1 - Ding
skaballet - R1 - Ding
nick_sun - R1 - Ding
red_s4 - R1 - Ding
grad_mba - R1 - Submitted, Interviewed
sangoman - R1 - Submitted
JamieK - R1 - Submitted
deepuaries - R1 - Submitted
abhishek.sardana - R1 - Submitted
just4u1530 - R1 - Submitted
collegesenior - R1 - Submitted
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24 Jan 2008, 12:20
Like kry said, you should proceed with your other plans as turning a W/L to an Admit is pretty difficult at Stan. When you get the package, perhaps will get sufficient information on how to continue impressing Stan. All the best!!
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24 Jan 2008, 12:23
Count me on the ding w/o interview pile! Fortunately, I've had the last several months to come to terms with it, so getting the official decision wasn't so bad. Like many here, I'm eagerly awaiting the MIT and Berkeley results next week.
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24 Jan 2008, 12:24
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Inspired by forcefeed's terrific HBS debrief, I thought I'd post some thoughts on the Stanford experience. Keep in mind, Stanford's process is pretty unpredictable, and I come into the B-school application experience from a pretty unusual background. So, take what I say with many grains of salt

I eventually want to write an "Evolution of My B-School Pursuit" post. However, if I want to match up to the incredible example set by ncprasad and others, it'll have to wait 'til later.

One more thing (and I'll expand on this when I write that other Evolution post)- thanks so much to everyone here. This really is an amazing community.

Essays

Essay A. What matters most to you, and why?

The most infamous essay question of 'em all. There’s no way I can offer any sort of magic standardized approach here. As many others have said, I think this question requires a lot of introspection and honesty. Write what you really feel, as long as you can substantively back it up in some way.

There’s some debate as to whether you should try to link essays 1 and 2. Again, I think this is a very personal choice. In my case, I was able to link them because it flowed logically. I spoke at length about particular courses and programs at Stanford that would help me achieve my goals. I certainly also stressed the new curriculum. As a non-traditional applicant, the individualized/flexible approach is really ideal.

Essays C.

These essays are a bit more straightforward. Don’t have anything particularly noteworthy to say here.

One note in general about the essays- there was a fair amount of consternation about the page limits. Obviously, I'm only one applicant. But I did hew closely to the page limits, using Times New Roman 12 and MS Word's pre-set margins and spacing. I'm generally a pretty concise writer (sometimes too concise!), so I was able to get everything I needed in that format. I have no idea whether that made a difference.

Interview

I don’t think I’ve heard of a really nasty/confrontational Stanford GSB interview. Most take a pleasant and conversational tone. You should have a clear idea of why you need an MBA (no different from any other interview), and you do have to have a pretty clear idea of “Why Stanford." My interviewer pressed me a bit on those points. When I was able to answer them, he switched into selling mode. He was incredibly enthusiastic and did a great job getting me excited about the GSB… I walked out of the interview realizing that Stanford had clearly moved up to no. 1 on my personal B-school list.

Visits, etc.

I don't think these are as important at Stanford as they are at Haas, Sloan, etc. I’ve never been to the GSB, and I attended a single information session prior to the application deadline. After getting an interview, I did talk to some alumni in my extended network. However, most of my knowledge of Stanford came from a thorough search of the website (there’s a ton of info there). As long as you can clearly answer “Why Stanford?” in your essays and interview, you should be fine.

Summary

As Stanford’s process is probably the most idiosyncratic of any of the big schools, I can’t offer any one-word advice analogous to the “leadership” sought at HBS, or the “fit” at Wharton. I’m not exactly sure what the GSB Adcom is looking for. Probably the best general advice I’ve seen comes from a controversial source: Sandy on the B-Week forum. Yeah, I know he can be crass and bullying. But he often knows what he’s talking about. When he refers to Stanford, he often talks about “saving the world.” I really think Stanford’s looking for that sort of ambition in whatever you do.

I hope this has been helpful. Obviously, I'll do my best to answer any questions anyone might have.

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24 Jan 2008, 12:28
*&$^&*$%$^$&^????

I was trying to get smart and set a rule in gmail to mark with '*' all the mails having Stanford.

Guess what, I got a mail from "Stanford University", and as per the rule it was '*', and I was above stars already.

Then I look at the subject "Stanford Advance Project Management".
what the .....?

Are they checking I can survive shocks or not?
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24 Jan 2008, 12:50
terry12 wrote:
My answer? I said that the health of the patient population I care for matters most to me. I explained how my interest in medicine and this particular group of patients developed. I talked about my experiences with these patients. Most importantly (I think), I explained how these experiences made me feel, and how I grew from them.
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When he refers to Stanford, he often talks about “saving the world.” I really think Stanford’s looking for that sort of ambition in whatever you do.

Well thats a way way better answer than I think I had. I don't know if I mentioned saving the world even once. Ah well, I never expected much to come out of my 245 (or whatever it was) bucks anyway.
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24 Jan 2008, 13:03
Great debrief, terry. Looking forward to your "Evolution of My B-School Pursuit"
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24 Jan 2008, 13:05
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Like kry said, you should proceed with your other plans as turning a W/L to an Admit is pretty difficult at Stan. When you get the package, perhaps will get sufficient information on how to continue impressing Stan. All the best!!

Thanks for all your suggestions guys. I need to prepare a strategy in the coming weeks to impress Stan to get me off the WL. For now I dont know what it would be. Speaking of my other choices, I am waiting for Haas PT and Chicago PT. For now, i am clueless as to what I need to do. If my essays, stats, recos and goals couldnt impress Stan, I dont know as to what additional stuff would.
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24 Jan 2008, 14:36
thank you for the debrief terry! I look forward to seeing your Evolution post soon! Do you have a member profile yet? If not, PM Riverripper. We would LOVE to keep you on this forum as the Stanford ambassador (since we have none over the past 2-3 years) next year.

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Status - 1/24/2008

Admitted: 1, Dinged: 9, Waitlist: 1 Unknown: 9

Stanford Applicants R1: Total - 20
terry12 - R1 - ACCEPTED!
dahcrap - R1 - Waitlisted w/o interview
Kryzak - R1 - Ding
IrishFan - R1 - Ding
wisepig - R1 - Ding
skaballet - R1 - Ding
nick_sun - R1 - Ding
red_s4 - R1 - Ding
jc2010 - R1 - Ding
sangoman - R1 - Ding
grad_mba - R1 - Submitted, Interviewed
JamieK - R1 - Submitted
deepuaries - R1 - Submitted
abhishek.sardana - R1 - Submitted
just4u1530 - R1 - Submitted
collegesenior - R1 - Submitted
DrivinWest - R1 - Submitted
dextrous - R1 - Submitted
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24 Jan 2008, 21:00
Dinga Dinga Roses
2 down ..........5 to go

Status - 1/24/2008

Admitted: 1, Dinged: 9, Waitlist: 1 Unknown: 9

Stanford Applicants R1: Total - 20
terry12 - R1 - ACCEPTED!
dahcrap - R1 - Waitlisted w/o interview
Kryzak - R1 - Ding
IrishFan - R1 - Ding
wisepig - R1 - Ding
skaballet - R1 - Ding
nick_sun - R1 - Ding
red_s4 - R1 - Ding
jc2010 - R1 - Ding
sangoman - R1 - Ding
grad_mba - R1 - Submitted, Interviewed
JamieK - R1 - Submitted
deepuaries - R1 - Submitted
abhishek.sardana - R1 - Submitted
just4u1530 - R1 - Submitted
collegesenior - R1 - Submitted
DrivinWest - R1 - Submitted
dextrous - R1 - Submitted
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24 Jan 2008, 21:52

what about the others? JamieK, deepuaries, abhishek.sardana, just4u1530, collegesenior, DrivinWest, dextrous, ran chen?
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24 Jan 2008, 22:10
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26 Jan 2008, 23:07
Hi!

I'm new to this forum. Is there anyone else applying Round 2 to Stanford? Unfortunately, it's the only school I'm applying to. I was hoping to find a crew to panic with about interview invites etc. Y'all seem cooler than the folks on the business week forum.

New topic or keep this one?

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27 Jan 2008, 01:27
We usually stay with the same thread. I applied R2 also. I don't expect anything to come of it, but I had to try.
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27 Jan 2008, 01:29
There you go

Stanford Applicants R2: Total - 19
bherronp - R2 - Submitted 12/30
togafoot - R2 - Submitted Dec 18th
elhajoui - R2 - Submitted Jan 2
hbs.aspirant - R2 - Submitting 1/7
dox - R2 - Submitted
uphillclimb - R2 - Submitted
kwam - R2 - Submitted
BCC145 - R2 - Submitted 1/7
trojan812 - R2 - Submitted 1/7
futuredukemba - R2 - Submitted 1/7
poochandi - R2 - Submitted 1/7
ryguy904 - R2 - Submitted 1/7
UTdub - R2 - Submitted
JJGooden - R2 - Submitted
malumier - R2 - Submitted
JingChan - R2 - Submitted?
iamjoesargeant - R2 - Submitted?
senseshnal - R2 - Submitted?
saniko - R2 - submitted
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29 Jan 2008, 09:32
My application status has changed to "Complete and Under Review".
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29 Jan 2008, 09:42
Mine as well! Booyah!
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29 Jan 2008, 10:02
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My application status has changed to "Complete and Under Review".

Perhaps the only positive notification that most of us will receive from the program.
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29 Jan 2008, 11:43
good luck everyone!
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