More than 5,800 people applied to Stanford's full-time MBA
The school accepted 8%. What set those 8% of applicants apart
who were rejected or wait-listed?
I really struggle with how to articulate this. What it comes
down to is
someone who views the application process as an experience
in and of itself typically produces the strongest application.
reflection is important. But people -- and I'm guilty of this --
dedicate time to it. So the application process is a rare
life. Applicants shouldn't just go through it with the goal
a school but with the mindset that they want to learn more about
-- learn more about their values, crystallize their
identify the experiences that they need to make an impact on
those experiences may or may not be business school.
attitude manifests itself through the consonance of the
I mean that applicants are able to relate their values to their
or see the connection between their aspirations and their
There's a sense of harmony in the application when we
it. In those cases, the person we get to know in the essays is
we expect to meet based on their activities, recommendations,
That's extremely powerful.