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How to Write Stanford GSB Application Essays that get You Accepted
Discussing your entrepreneurial side in your Stanford application essays is essential, but it should be recognized that all applicants will do so as well. Thus in order to differentiate yourself it will be necessary to be specific about your actions and ideas and how they stand to impact society. Also, be sure to describe in detail particular instances you have had to work with a team in both extracurricular and professional settings.
It is also extremely important to demonstrate how you will contribute to the diversity that exists at Stanford. Many qualified students are denied admission because they fail to do this despite being competitive in all other respects. So take advantage of the lack of a word limit to your essays and tell your story in a logical and clear manner, making clear your interests and unique experience.
Examples of essay prompts previously used by Stanford SBS:
1. What matters most to you, and why? (3 pages, double-spaced)
2. What are your aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them? (2 pages, double-spaced)
3. Short Essays. Answer two of the questions below. (1 page, double-spaced for each answer)
a. Tell us about a time when you empowered others.
b. Tell us about a time when you had a significant impact on a person, group or organization.
c. Tell us about a time when you tried to reach a goal or complete a task that was challenging, difficult, or frustrating.
d. Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.
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