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Essay Questions by School:

Instructions: We’d like to hear more about your aspirations and the passions and experiences that shape you. Please respond to both essay prompts below, using your best judgement regarding the length of response.

1. How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (textbox, 250-word minimum)

2. An MBA is as much about personal growth as it is about professional development. In addition to sharing your experience and goals in terms of career, we’d like to learn more about you outside of the office. Use this opportunity to tell us something about who you are. (textbox, 250-word minimum)


Chicago Booth & You


  • What is your immediate post-MBA career goal? (textbox, 250 characters)
  • What is your long-term post-MBA career goal? (textbox, 250 characters)


  • Awards and Honors – Please list any collegiate academic or athletic awards or honors you have received. (textbox)


  • Do you have any gaps, lay-offs, or terminations in your employment? if yes, please explain: (textbox)
  • Professional Awards – Please list any significant professional awards/recognition that you have received. (textbox)


  • for each activity, Description of Participation (textbox)

Additional Information

  • Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify. (textbox, 300 words max)

In addition to learning about your professional aspirations, the Admissions Committee hopes to gain an understanding of your interests, values and motivations through these essays. There are no right or wrong answers and we encourage you to answer each question thoughtfully. The “Goal” short answer and Essay 1, 2, and 3 are required.

Short Answer

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (textbox, 50 characters)

Examples of possible responses:

  • “Work in business development for a media company.”
  • “Join a strategy consulting firm.”
  • “Launch a data-management start-up.”

Essay 1

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next three to five years and what is your long-term dream job? (Maximum 500 Words) (upload file)

Essay 2

We believe Columbia Business School is a special place. CBS proudly fosters a collaborative learning environment through curricular experiences like our clusters and learning teams, co-curricular initiatives like the Phillips Pathway for Inclusive Leadership, which aims to equip students with the skills and strategies necessary to lead in an inclusive and ethical manner, and career mentorship opportunities like our Executives-in-Residence program. Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you academically, culturally, and professionally? (Maximum 300 Words) (upload file)

Essay 3

Tell us about your favorite book, movie, or song and why it resonates with you. (Maximum 250 Words) (upload file)

Optional Essay

If you wish to provide further information or additional context around your application to the Admissions Committee, please upload a brief explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words) (upload file)



  • Please provide an explanation for any gaps three months or longer in your employment history: (textbox, 1000 characters)

Extracurricular Activities

  • Hobbies – Please list other activities or interests that you regularly engage in: (textbox)

Community of Belonging

Student clubs and organizations at Darden enhance and integrate with the academic experience through social, cultural and community events. Given that you will be forming lifelong connections with your classmates that extend beyond the classroom, what is important for your classmates to know about you that is not on your resumé? (textbox, 200 words)

Inclusive Leadership

The University of Virginia promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. Review the University of Virginia’s Commitment to Diversity. Consistent with this ethos, the Darden School of Business seeks to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible global leaders. We are committed to developing the School’s ability to leverage our global diversity — the multitude of different experiences and backgrounds among our stakeholders from around the world — to achieve excellence in business education in today’s complex marketplace. We do so in the service of our mission, adhering to an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe all key stakeholders – students, faculty, staff, alumni – play a critical role in cultivating an inclusive environment, and every action – whether big or small – in service of this goal is important. Please describe a tangible example that illuminates your experience promoting an inclusive environment and what you would bring to creating a welcoming, global community at Darden. (textbox, 300 words)

Careers with Purpose

Darden’s Career Center delivers personalized career searches, support, and resources to empower students in their goals to create value as purpose-driven leaders. The team of dedicated, expert career coaches spans every major industry, function and geography and collectively represent over one hundred years of coaching experience. Coaches are prepared to support students wherever they are in their search, as career goals shift and evolve while pursuing an MBA. Through a wide variety of career-related programming, students gain lifelong skills they will continue to leverage throughout their careers. This support continues after graduation with access to complimentary career support for life through Darden’s Alumni Career Services. At this time how would you describe your short-term, post-MBA goal in terms of industry, function, geography, company size and/or mission and how does it align with the long-term vision you have for your career? (textbox, 200 words)


Family Background – Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements and impact. (TEXTBOX, 150 words maximum)


  • For each activity – Description of Participation (textbox)
  • List up to three hobbies you enjoy in your free time.
  • What are you excited to explore in Charlottesville? (25 words)
  • Darden has an incredible network of alumni and partners around the world, and, in a typical year, the School connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel? (5 words) And why? (50 words)

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Darden Scholarships

Darden strives to be one of the most accessible business schools within the United States. Scholarships for talented students are awarded to recognize academic and professional excellence. These scholarships, as well as need-based aid, are a priority of Darden’s capital campaign, Powered by Purpose, and are made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends of the School. Most of Darden’s merit-based scholarship awards are based on your application for admission to the School and do not require a supplemental application.

Darden offers prestigious competitive scholarships, such as the Batten Scholarship Program, which are designed to recognize high-achieving students who have demonstrated exemplary ability. Consideration for these scholarships requires a supplemental application process. Please find the essay question for the Batten Scholarship Program below.

Please review our website for a complete listing of all scholarship offerings.

Supplemental Application: Batten Scholars Program All candidates for the Batten Scholars Program are expected to exhibit strong leadership skills, a drive for innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit and/or impact in the technology area, as well as recognizable background characteristics and goals that satisfy the desired purposes of the Batten Institute. For clarity, we designate three categories of Batten Scholars: entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. Before applying, be sure to visit the Darden website for details on each scholarship category. To apply, please select the scholarship for which you are applying and answer the questions below.

Please answer the following in the text box below. (500 words)

  1. How do you meet the criteria of the Batten Scholars Program, consistent with the priorities of the Batten Institute?
  2. What are your career ambitions post-Darden in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology?

Additional Information

  • Additional Comments – If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee, please provide it: (textbox, 250 words)

We have one essay question for you to answer (900-word limit):

As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here: don’t overthink, overcraft, or overwrite. Please answer the question in clear and concise language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

Please upload your document below – PDFs generally work best. We have no preferences for what type font you use as long as it isn’t too small. Note we do not accept audio or video submissions in lieu of a written essay.
(upload file)



  • Please use this section to share any additional information about your family background. (Optional) (textbox, 250 characters)


  • Do you have any gaps in your employment history? if yes, please explain: (textbox, 1000 characters)

Post-MBA Goals

  • Industry Group (select)
  • Function (select)
  • Briefly, tell us more about your career aspirations: (textbox, 500 characters)


  • Academic Disciplinary Action – Have you ever been the subject of disciplinary action at an academic institution (including, but not limited to, violations of academic integrity)? if yes, Please explain: (textbox, 600 characters)


  • For each activity – Description: (textbox)

Awards and Recognition

  • For each award – Basis of Selection (textbox, 200 character)

Supplemental Information

  • Have you previously applied to HBS? if yes, Please use this space to share with the Admissions Committee how you have reflected and grown since your previous application and discuss any relevant updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, and extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (textbox, 250 words)

Additional Information

  • Please share additional information here if you need to clarify any information provided in the other sections of your application. This is not meant to be used as an additional essay. Please limit your additional information to the space in this section. We know you’ll be tempted, but please don’t send us any additional materials (e.g., additional recommendations, work portfolios). To be fair to all applicants, extra materials won’t be considered. (textbox, 500 characters)

Disciplinary Action

  • Have you ever been the subject of disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, during military service or at place of employment)? Please do not include disciplinary action at academic institutions. if yes, Please explain: (textbox, 600 characters)

Conviction of Felony

  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony (a crime with a punishment of more than one year in prison)? if yes, Please explain: (textbox, 600 characters)

This is your chance to tell us why you think Kellogg is the right place for you. As you get started, remind yourself of the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.
Write your essays in your program of choice, but we ask that you please copy and paste them from Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac) to ensure the proper formatting is saved with your application.

Essay 1

Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and inspire leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (textbox, 450 words)

Essay 2

Values are what guide us in our life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (textbox, 450 words)

Additional information

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.). (textbox, 280 words)

Video Essays

We’ve read your essays, we’ve read your resume — now we want you to bring all that to life in a video. Show us the person behind all those carefully crafted words. The video will be comprised of three questions, each designed to help you showcase your personality and share some of the experiences that brought you here today.

While they are an optional component of the application, we find these videos to be a great opportunity for you to tell us more about your story, experiences and why Kellogg is the right place for you.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to complete this section:

  • Video essays are due 96 hours after the application deadline
  • A video essay link will appear on your application status page after you submit your application and payment
  • You will need an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone
  • The video should take about 20-25 minutes to complete, which includes time for setup

After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your application status page. You will be asked to answer three questions:

Video essay 1: Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.

– Consider this your opportunity to share what you would want your future Kellogg classmates and our admissions committee to know about you. What makes you, you?

Video essay 2: What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?

– This is an intentionally broad question so you can answer honestly and meaningfully. We want to know why you’re pursuing an MBA and why you’re choosing a particular Kellogg Full-Time Program.

Video essay 3: This question will be based on a challenge you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from it.

Here are some additional tips:

  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. You will not have an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

One-Year applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg One-Year MBA opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)

MBAi applicants: The Kellogg McCormick MBAi Program is designed to train the next generation of leaders who can help businesses deliver successful outcomes through AI-driven technology. Tell us about your firsthand experience with this disconnect between business and technology and how MBAi will prepare you to successfully lead businesses at the intersection. (450 words)

MMM applicants: The five core values of the MMM Program are curiosity, creativity, empathy, open-mindedness and a learning mindset. Describe a situation in which you demonstrated one of these values. Why is this value an important part of the MMM experience for you? (250 words)

JD-MBA applicants: Please discuss your post-JD-MBA career goals and why the JD-MBA Program is the right program to help you reach those goals. (250 words)

Reapplicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)


Employments history – Career goals

Please tell us about your career goals. You’ll also have the opportunity to expand on this in other parts of the evaluation process.

  • Industry desired after Kellogg (select)
  • Functional area desired after Kellogg (select)
  • What has been your most significant career accomplishment? (textbox, 240 characters)
  • What is your short-term career goal? (textbox, 150 characters)
  • What is your long-term career goal? (textbox, 150 characters)
  • What drives your interest in these short- and long-term goals? (textbox, 240 characters)

Share your accomplishments

  • For each award – description: (textbox)


  • For each activity – Description of Participation (100 character limit)

International experiences

  • For each experience – Purpose (textbox)

Jobs or work-study programs

  • Brief description of employment (textbox, 200 characters)

Part 1: Short-answer questions

Select one prompt from each group of the two groups below. Respond to each selected prompt in 100 words or less (<100 words each; 200 words total).

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:
  • I was aware that I was different when:

Group 2

  • I was out of my comfort zone when:
  • I was humbled when:
  • I was challenged when:

​Part 2: Short-answer question

Pick one thing from your resume and tell us more. (100 words)

​Part 3: Career Goal

What is your short-term goal? (25 words)

Why is this the right short-term career goal for you? (150 words)

Optional statement:

Is there something in your resume or application that could use some explanation? You might want to discuss the completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

A complete application for 2023 entry consists of the following:

Cover Letter

MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.
Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more professional examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to the Admissions Committee (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

Video Statement

Introduce yourself to your future classmates. Here’s your chance to put a face with a name, let your personality shine through, be conversational, be yourself. We can’t wait to meet you!

Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No more than 1 minute (60 second) in length
  • Single take (no editing)
  • Speaking directly to the camera
  • Do not include background music or subtitles

Note: While we ask you to introduce yourself to your future classmates in this video, the video will not be shared and is for use in the application process only.

Organizational Chart

To help us better understand your current role and the impact that you have on your team and department, please submit an organizational chart. We should be able to clearly understand the internal structure of your organization, where you sit in your organization, and your line of reporting.
Organizational charts should not be more than two pages and keep the following in mind:

  • Give us as much details as possible (names, titles, etc.) but it’s ok to redact names if you need to.
  • Please circle your role in red so that your position is easily identifiable.
  • Make sure we can easily identify where you are, to whom you report, and if applicable, who reports to you.
  • If your recommender or references are on your organizational chart (they may not be, and that’s ok!), please highlight them for us.
  • If you are a consultant, entrepreneur, or affiliated with the military review our FAQs for suggestions on how to approach the organizational chart.

Optional Short Answer Question

Applicants are invited to expand on their background by responding to the following optional 250 word short answer question:
How has the world you come from shaped who you are today? For example, your family, culture, community, all help to shape aspects of your identity, please use this opportunity if you would like to share more about your background.
This question is truly optional; applicants will not be evaluated more positively or negatively should they choose to respond. This is an opportunity for you to share more about yourself with the Admissions Committee, should you choose to do so.

We request that you write two personal essays.

In each essay, we want to hear your genuine voice. Think carefully about your values, passions, aims, and dreams. There is no “right answer” to these questions – the best answer is the one that is truest for you.

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

For this essay, we would like you to reflect deeply and write from the heart. Once you’ve identified what matters most to you, help us understand why. You might consider, for example, what makes this so important to you? What people, insights, or experiences have shaped your perspectives?

Essay B: Why Stanford?

Describe your aspirations and how your Stanford GSB experience will help you realize them.


Both essays combined may not exceed 1050 words. We recommend up to 650 words for Essay A and up to 400 words for Essay B. We often read effective essays that are written in fewer words.


  • Double-spaced
  • Number all pages
  • Upload one document that includes both essays

Short Answer Question

In this section, we provide an optional opportunity for you to discuss some of your contributions more fully.
What do we mean by “optional”? We truly mean you have the opportunity to choose. In evaluating your application, we want to know about who you are and how you think Stanford will help you achieve your aspirations. We are also interested in learning about the things you have done that are most meaningful to you. If you feel that you’ve already addressed these questions well in other areas of the application, congratulations, you’re done! If you would like to go beyond your resume to discuss some of your contributions more fully, you are welcome to share up to three examples (up to 1200 characters, or approximately 200 words, for each example).
For more information, see our website.


Think about times you’ve created a positive impact, whether in professional, extracurricular, academic, or other settings. What was your impact? What made it significant to you or to others? (textbox, 1200 characters).

You can add another example (textbox, 1200 characters).


Personal information

  • Additional Context – We know that each person is more than a list of facts or pre-defined categories. With this question we provide you with an optional opportunity to elaborate on how your background or life experiences have helped shape your recent actions or choices. (textbox, 1200 characters)


  • Have you ever been suspended, dismissed, or placed on enforced leave from any college or university, or been the subject of disciplinary action by such an institution, or are you currently the subject of a pending disciplinary proceeding (note that such proceedings might include, but not be limited to, honor code, code of conduct, or Title IX matters)? Have you ever been placed on academic probation or been other than in good academic standing at any college or university, or is an academic standing proceeding pending against you?
    If yes, Provide an explanation of the above in a separate document so that we may better understand the context of the situation(s). (upload file)
  • Additional Coursework – If you have completed or are in the process of completing any additional coursework not shown on your transcripts (e.g., professional certifications, MBA prep classes, English enrichment classes, etc.), provide relevant information here. (textbox, 320 characters)

Activities or Interests

  • For each Activity or Interest – Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution. (textbox, 320 characters)

Professional Experience

  • Have you had any gap(s) of four months or more in your employment or educational history since secondary school? Let us know what you did during that period. (textbox, 145 characters)
  • Post-GSB Aspirations – Write a sentence or two about what you aspire to do after graduating from Stanford GSB. (textbox, 255 characters)

Awards and Honors

  • Basis of Selection (textbox, 500 characters)

Additional Information

  • We are deliberate in the questions we ask. We believe that we get to know you well through all of the elements of your application. Complete this section only if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). This section is not meant to be used as an additional essay. (upload file)

Our Stern essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

Please note the following details when completing your essays:

  • Written essays must be submitted using double-spacing and 12-point font.
  • Your response to Essay 1 should answer all parts of the question with a maximum of 350 words.
  • Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be revoked if you did not write your essays.

Uploading Formats

You may upload Word and PDF documents into the online application.

Short Answer: Professional Aspirations

(150 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

What are your short-term career goals?  (upload file)

Essay 1: Change: _____ it

(350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

In today’s global business environment, the only constant is change. Using NYU Stern’s brand call to action, we want to know how you view change. Change: _____ it. Fill in the blank with a word of your choice. Why does this word resonate with you? How will you embrace your own personal tagline while at Stern?

Examples: Change: Dare it. Change: Dream it. Change: Drive it. Change: Empower it. Change: Manifest it. Change: [Any word of your choice] it. (upload file)

Essay 2: Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”)

Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements: A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences). Six images that help illustrate who you are. A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you. Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, collages, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website. (upload file)

Essay 3: Additional Information (optional)

(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, EA, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information. (upload file)


Activities and Achievements


  • List college extracurricular, professional, or community activities in the order of their importance to you. Include dates of involvement and any offices held (e.g., Activity – Dates of Involvement – Office Held). (textbox)
  • List post-college extracurricular, professional, or community activities in the order of their importance to you. Include dates of involvement and any offices held (e.g., Activity – Dates of Involvement – Office Held). (textbox)


  • List any college and post-college awards, scholarships, or other types of recognition you have received (academic – for example, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude; military; extracurricular; professional; community). (textbox)

Professional Certifications

  • List any professional certifications you have received (e.g. CFA, CPA, PMP, Series 7, etc.) (textbox)

Background Information

Disciplinary Background

  • Have you ever (a) been subject to any disciplinary action, academic probation, suspension, or dismissal from an educational institution, or (b) withdrawn or been required to withdraw for academic or non-academic misconduct from an educational institution; or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? If yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime involving financial impropriety, or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? You should answer “no” if your conviction has been sealed, expunged, or overturned or if you were arrested but acquitted, or if the charges against you were dropped. If yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):
  • Have you ever had a professional license suspended or revoked, or have you ever been sanctioned by a professional organization, or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? If yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):
  • Have you ever been convicted at trial, or pled guilty to, a criminal offense involving violence, physical force or the threat of physical force, a sexual offense, or is any such action pending or expected to be brought against you? You should answer “no” if your conviction has been sealed, expunged, or overturned or if you were arrested but acquitted, or if the charges against you were dropped. if yes, Please explain the circumstances in the field below (textbox, limit 1000 characters):

  1. Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (textbox, 300 words)
  2. Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (textbox, 300 words)
  3. Tuck students are encouraging, collaborative, and empathetic, even when it is not convenient or easy. Describe a meaningful experience in which you exemplified one or more of these attributes. (textbox, 300 words)

Optional: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere (e.g., atypical choice of evaluators, factors affecting academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application. (textbox, 300 words)



  • Tuck carefully considers all parts of your application. Information provided below will be considered in the context of the rest of your application and does not necessarily prevent you from being admitted to Tuck. Have you ever been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a criminal offense (other than a minor traffic violation), or are there such charges currently pending against you? if yes, Please explain the circumstances. (textbox, 200 words)
    If you need additional space, please use the optional essay.

Program and Interests

  • Share your short-term goals. (textbox, 50 words)
  • Share your long-term goals. (textbox, 50 words)

Other Employment Information

  • Have you had any gaps of longer than 2 months in your employment history? if yes, please explain below. (textbox, 200 words)


  • for each activity, Description of Participation (textbox, 50 word limit)


  • for each award, Description (textbox, 50 word limit)


The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself. For additional essay writing resources, see the essay tips article!

First-time MBA applicants and re-applicants are required to complete essays 1 and 2.

Essay 1: How do you plan to use the Wharton MBA program to help you achieve your future professional goals? You might consider your past experience, short and long-term goals, and resources available at Wharton. (500 words)

Essay 2: Essay 2: Taking into consideration your background – personal, professional, and/or academic – how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Required Essay for all Reapplicants: Please use this space to share with the Admissions Committee how you have reflected and grown since your previous application and discuss any relevant updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, and extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

Optional Essay: Please use this space to share any additional information about yourself that cannot be found elsewhere in your application and that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee. This space can also be used to address any extenuating circumstances (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (500 words)

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

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