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Stanford GSB Profile

Our Stanford GSB profile will supply you with the basic information you need when considering applying to Stanford. Our Admission Consultants are happy to help you decide if Stanford is the right school for you.

Application Deadlines

Application Periods: Application submitted by: Notification from board:
ROUND 1 Oct 1 2014 Dec 10 2014
ROUND 2 Jan 7 2015 March 25 2015
ROUND 3 April 1 2015 May 6 2015

Application Questions

Tell us in your own words who you are. Answer essay questions 1, 2, and one of the three options for essay 3.
Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? (750 Words) 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.

Essay 2: What do you want to do—REALLY—and why Stanford? (450 words) Use this essay to explain your view of your future, not to repeat accomplishments from your past. You should address two distinct topics: your career aspirations and your rationale for earning your MBA at Stanford, in particular. 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 one of the three 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. (400 words)

Option A: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations. Option B: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you identified and pursued an opportunity to improve an organization. Option C: Tell us about a time in the last three years when you went beyond what was defined or established.

Total Enrollment: 397
Applications: 6,618
Percent Admitted: 7%
Yield: 90%
GMAT Average: 730
GMAT Score Range: 530-790
Average Age 28
Average GRE Q Not Published
Average GRE V Not Published
Average GPA Not Published

Industry: Percent:
Biotech/Health Care: 4%
Cleantech/Energy/Environmental: 6%
Consulting: 17%
Consumer Products & Services: 7%
Entertainment/Media: 5%
Financial Services: 12%
Government/Military/Non-profit: 13%
High Tech: 10%
Manufacturing: 4%
Other: 6%
Private Equity/Venture Capital: 17%

Industry: Percent: Median Base Salary:
Consulting 27% $125,000
Consumer Products 7% $97,750
Energy/Cleantech 2% $120,000
Finance 36% $135,000
Healthcare 4% $105,000
Manufacturing 2% $120,000
Media/Entertainment 2% $120,000
Nonprofit 1% $80,000
Real Estate 1% $114,000
Technology 13% $115,000
Other Services 4% $137,500

Female 34%
International 38%
U.S. Minority 27%
Africa 2%
Asia 11%
Europe 6%
North America 64%
Latin America and the Caribbean 5%
Oceania 1%
Dual Citizenship 11%
Mean Work Experience 49 months
Mean Age 28
Total 977
Full-Time MBA 803
Executive MBA 67
PhD Program 107

School Ranking
Business Week 5
US News 1
Program Costs
Resident $113,820.00
Nonresident $113,820.00
Recommended Annual Budget (Resident) $87,081.00
Recommended Annual Budget (Nonresident) $87,081.00
Total Living Alumni 17,359
Joint Degrees
MBA/MS (Science)
MBA/MA (Arts)
MBA/JD (Law)
MBA/MD (Medicine)