Essay Questions for Stanford Class of 2014 (entering Fall 2012):
Tell us in your own words who you really are. Answer essay questions 1, 2, and two of the four options for essay 3.
* Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?
o The best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them.
o They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you are—and they also convey how you became the person you are.
o 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.
o 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.
* Essay 2: What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford?
o Use this essay to explain your view of your future, not to repeat accomplishments from your past.
o You should address three distinct topics:
+ your career aspirations
+ the role of an MBA education in achieving those aspirations
+ and your rationale for earning that MBA at Stanford, in particular.
o The best examples of Essay 2 express your passions or focused interests; explain why you have decided to pursue graduate education in management; and demonstrate your desire to take advantage of the opportunities that are distinctive to the Stanford MBA Program.
* Essay 3: Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years.
o Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
o Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
o Option C: Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative.
o Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined or established.
Your answers for all of the essay questions cannot exceed 1,800 words.
You have your own story to tell, so please allocate the 1,800 words among all of the essays in the way that is most effective for you. We provide some guidelines below as a starting point, but you should feel comfortable to write as much or as little as you like on any essay question, as long as you do not exceed 1,800 words total.
* Essay 1: 750 words
* Essay 2: 450 words
* Essay 3: 300 words each
* Use a 12-point font, double spaced
* Recommended fonts are Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman
* Indicate which essay question you are answering at the beginning of each essay (this does not count towards the 1800 word limit).
* Number all pages
* Upload all four essays as one document
* Preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is true to the original
* Save a copy of your essays
Round 1- October 12, 2011
Round 2- January 11, 2012
Round 3- April 4, 2012