Stanford Essay & Recommendation Questions 2014-2015 INTAKE

Essay Questions

We request that you write two personal essays.

Essay Length: Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1,100 words. Suggested word count – Essay A: 750, Essay B: 350

Formatting: 12-pt. font size, Double-spaced, Recommended font types: Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman, Indicate the question you are answering at the beginning of each essay (does not count toward the word limit), Number all pages, Upload one document that includes both essays

Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?

A strong response to this question will:

Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
Reflect the self-examination process you used to write your response.
Genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
Be written from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.

Essay 2: Why Stanford? Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

A strong response to this essay question will:

Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.

Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.


Questions We Ask Your Recommenders

  1. How do the candidate’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

A maximum of three pages
Double spaced
Formatted using 12-point font (Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman font recommended)