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Unbelievable experience!
January 09 | 2016
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     By EntMBA 113 18
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

So far I've only been here for 4 months but it's like fantasy land! Everything is just amazing (except for the weather which has been a little chillier than I would expected, that El ninio! )
You can actually burp to get an interview with whoever you want just because of the brand. My class is amazing, I would say that less than 1% of the entire class can be classified as "Minor jerks". Really lots of fun with everyone. Each day you get to meet and talk with other succesful CEOs and entrepreneurs, just amazing!
The curriculum is also super cool, you have both world class GSB classes and some "across the street" and d.school classes that are simply amazing

About professors, classes and curriculum

The first semester wasn't that good but the second one when you start having more control over your curriculum is already super amazing

About job placement process

Like I said, you can pretty much go to whatever you want, or at least get an interview.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Pretty much everything!

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
MBA Review
May 26 | 2017
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     By anonymous12 2 0
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The best part about Stanford is the culture and the people. The admissions process tries to weed out anybody that is arrogant or inwardly focused. The result is a culture that is non competitive and extremely supportive. For example, your classmates can bet the best source of career leads and information on new opportunities you are exploring. I have been blown away by how much people contribute to the community (planning events, etc.).

The opportunities within tech and entrepreneurship are also incredible. With close access to VCs in the area, a number of students are involved with part-time internships or entrepreneur in residence programs. The on-campus resources for start-ups are also expansive.

The school is very tech focused. While there is something for everyone here, it has been more tech centric than I expected.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Can be improved:

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
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     By pschnett 2 5
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

I am continuously blown away by the caliber of students at the GSB. The student body is incredibly diverse, thoughtful, well-spoken, and down to earth. Getting to know and learn from my fellow students has been the most enlightening and inspirational component of the GSB student thus far.

The community for the MBA1s on campus creates a collaborative and social environment (esp. Highland/Schwab buildings). All of the facilities on campus are over-the-top nice.

The professors and classes have been excellent. Professors are well-prepared and most-classes are discussion-based, providing the chance to learn from others. There is some rigidity to the curriculum during the first year and the class scheduling process could use some improvement, but I think the administration is working on those details. The quarter system is great for providing more flexibility to your schedule and allowing you to explore more areas of interest.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
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     By charlesmzhu 1 0
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

tl;dr - I think all b-schools can be roughly similar when it comes to hard skills, curricula, and academics (honestly, not that great, or very single-tracked). GSB is an experience. Classes like Touchy Feely, the Art of Self Coaching, and various design thinking classes, surrounded by the atmosphere and environment of Stanford, really altered my life and made me into a better person. The culture prizes support and collaboration over competitiveness, though this can lead to a kind of cockiness around job searches.

Needs: All I knew is that I wanted to transition into a PM role from government. I got to take design thinking classes, entrepreneurship, and CS classes that enabled this. Stanford probably does this better than anyone else, but I do think focus and effort at any school would have enabled that to happen. What made me into a much better person were the soft skill classes, which came as a nice surprise. The tightness and small student body size, as well as messages hammered into our heads by professors, also ensures that alumni will respond to your cold calls very quickly.

Goals: Transition from public sector to tech/entrepreneurship. These goals were exceeded.

Expectations: I thought academics would be much better.

About professors, classes and curriculum

You can get through Stanford without learning a single thing if you wanted to. You can also work really hard, especially with across-the-street classes, and get one of the finest technical trainings possible, but at the cost of getting to know classmates better.

About job placement process

Stanford opens all doors and GSB HBS grads standout even for recruiting at my company.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
Best program for soft skills
January 27 | 2018
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     By Rose88 5 9
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

GSB is an amazing school but is best suited for those that are self starters and willing to carve their own path. There are so many amazing opportunities hat it can be overwhelming if you don’t have some self motivated direction. This doesn’t mean that you have to go in knowing exactly what you want to do, but it helps to have some idea of what makes you excited to pursue. GSB will help you explore whatever this aspect is with a strong focus on developing your interpersonal skills. I came out as a better person overall, not just a better business person. Also, the people are truly diverse and put themselves all in for the experience.

About professors, classes and curriculum

You get out of classes what you want. Core classes could be better but you can get a lot if you put in the effort.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Interpersonal skills

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
World class business education
January 27 | 2018
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     By afblue 6 4
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Stanford is a world class university located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The GSB is an exceptionally strong business education and is well integrated into the rest of the university. The defining strengths of the program are the people: fellow students, professors, and alumni. These profoundly capable and good natured people form a supportive yet ambitious culture. Students are charged both with finding and achieving our own personal brand of happiness ("what matters most to you and why?") and to make our mark on the world after we graduate ("change lives, change organizations, change the world."). There is incredible support to chart your own path and a wide variety of programs and diverse classmates/alumni who can help you get there. I 100% recommend choosing Stanford if you're fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Superb. Exceptional flexibility to create an academic program that fits your needs and interests. Very easy to enroll in multiple classes throughout the university (law, engineering, etc.) and still meet graduation requirements.

About job placement process

On campus recruiting is active here, but it probably has a lower emphasis than at other programs. That is partly because the GSB is a smaller class size and there is a strong emphasis on charting your own path (especially for entrepreneurs or into the technology industry). It is definitely the way to go for those interested in consulting, banking, or some of the larger employers (Starbucks, GM, etc.).

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

It is difficult to find a weak spot


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MBA Program Review
Best people, best school
May 30 | 2017
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     By hiral 1 0
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Stanford is a phenomenal school with a huge diversity in student population. The people define the school, who are all highly accomplished, with different backgrounds and yet humble enough to help each other out (ofcourse there will be few exceptions to this).
Besides the traditional career path, I would say the school is also for people who want to discover themselves, are not sure what they want to do next but explore several opportunities. But its very important to be yourself and not get carried away by what others are doing.

Suggestion to future applicants would be try to showcase who you truly are then a list of resume accomplishments. Thats what sticks with the school the most. Also once you get in, don't be on cloud 9 that you are only meant to change the world. You will be happier if you still expect reality on what the job market is out there, etc

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Culture & Student Support

Across street classes

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
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     By mgoldst3 11 11
This review is for: Stanford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

As a recent alum, I can affirm that the GSB's reputation is well-earned. Highlights include:

- Tight-knit class of nice, down-to-earth, diverse students
- Strong brand with strong career opportunities
- Beautiful location and facilities
- Interesting coursework, particularly in 2nd year (more practitioners, niche electives, ability to enroll in courses in other Stanford departments, etc.)
- Relaxed culture (grade non-disclosure, no class Wednesdays, ample vacations/breaks)
- Significant travel/international experiences
- Strong focus on soft skills (Touchy Feely, presentation skills, etc.)
- Great exposure to CEOs/executives and leaders across industries (View from the Top, Executive Challenge, class speakers, etc.)

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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