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Stanford Application CHECKLIST & ESSAY Tips

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Application Requirements/ Checklist
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- University Transcripts (Only online copy of the transcripts required in application. Official transcripts will be asked AFTER you gain letter of acceptance)
- GMAT /GRE scores
- TOEFL / IELTS / PTE score (for non-native speakers)
- Two required and one optional Essay
- Two Letters of Recommendation (One reference from current direct supervisor (or next best alternative) at work; 2nd from either one additional supervisor OR a peer reference)
- Online Resume
- Application fee of $275

2016-17 Deadlines
Applications must be submitted by 1pm on each of the deadline days.

Vibranture Essay Tips
Essay 1 What matters most to you, and why? (750 words - suggested)
Stanford wants to know - WHAT MAKES YOU TICK? They see your academic achievements and professional accomplishments, now they want to know what make you - YOU. A challenging question that forces you to delve into yourself, reflect and introspect and then articulate your findings for Stanford adcom. Yes, not an easy feat.

Ask yourself what you are most passionate about, what values you feel most strongly for, what dreams you yearn for most, what drives you, WHAT/WHO ARE YOU? Thinking back on your life and identifying the crucial milestones in your life (and how/why you consider them critical) might help you uncover the underlying themes for the essay. The choices you made at each stage of your life will be essential guides to supporting this theme and ensuring that the theme is credible. Look back at significant personal and professional situations and try to analyze what decisions you made, why you succeeded or failed, how you thought and acted. This extremely difficult exercise, if done right, will pay rich dividends across your entire MBA application process, not just this one essay.
You can structure this essay as sections devoted to your key beliefs/passions or as an introduction + life story essay or an anecdotes-driven development and success story. Whichever route you take, the essay should be a personal, credible and passionate portrayal of YOU.

Please do check the guidance on the Stanford Site, which makes life easier for all MBA applicants.
"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."

Go for it!

Essay 2 Why Stanford? (400 words - suggested)
Describe to the reader where you want to reach in your career and then devote a significant part of the essay to why you think Stanford MBA is indeed the bridge to take you there. Make your answer very specific to your personal context and career goals. The objective is to demonstrate implicitly or explicitly that your Stanford application is a reflection of your serious, passionate and specific interest in Stanford.

Think about the unique aspects of Stanford that make it attractive to you and how well can you use them if admitted. How can the Stanford education, exposure, students, location, program, and network help you realize your dreams. Researching the school using online and offline means will pay rich dividends. If possible, and especially if you are based in the US, visit Stanford. You might be able to uncover unique aspects of the campus, culture, and the program that will help your essays stand out from other applicants.

Once again, reviewing Stanford essays guidance will be helpful:
"The key here is that you should have ideas for your best self after Stanford, and related objectives for your Stanford education. How do you plan to take advantage of the incredible opportunities at Stanford? How do you envision yourself growing and learning here at Stanford GSB? And how will the Stanford experience help you become the person you aspire to be? You do not need to make up a path if you are uncertain, but a level of focused interests will enable you to make the most of your Stanford experience. Be honest with us, and especially with yourself, in addressing this question."

Stanford Additional Information: Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Only complete this section if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). Do not include essays, and please, be brief.

Please use this space judiciously.

If there are any shortcomings in your background, comment on them with intelligence, perspective, and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming XYZ for failures will be totally counter-productive. Explain the issue clearly and maintain greater focus on the correction for the issue. Keep it concise and to the point.

Good luck with your application!

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