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What does it take to get into the Stanford MBA program?

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What does it take to get into the Stanford MBA program?

Postby xuanh231 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:47 pm

Stanford and HBS both look for similar set of skills. You will need to be able to demonstrate leadership skills, strong academic background (GPA and GMAT), international exposure (a big +) and naturally an excellent career progression and career potential. That’s what we all know.

However, HBS and Stanford are looking for different people (and this is confirmed by the very low number of dual admits). Stanford takes a lot of pride in their collaborative and multidisciplinary approach. One in five of their MBA student is pursuing a dual degree in another school for example. That’s a very high figure. You must somehow be able in your application to show them that you take this kind of approach (at work for example). Be aware not to force it (it has to be subtle). Also, 18% of Stanford MBA grads become entrepreneurs. No other top school in the U.S. can claim such a high figure. In other words, while the experience surely ignite an entrepreneurial spirit in some, we can assume without any doubt that the Admission Committee is looking for applicants with such an entrepreneurial mindset (that doesn’t mean that they look for entrepreneurs but instead look for people who take ownership of their actions). Creativity. If there is one word to be associated to the Stanford MBA, I would pick this one. They love creativity because creativity is the sine qua non condition to generate ideas that will have an impact. Finally, the Stanford GSB Alumni community is very strong. To create a strong community requires to recruit people that will be part of this. I would recommend you to go on LinkedIn and try to connect with a few Stanford MBA Alum and have a chat with them. You got to understand them. It will help you understand who Stanford is looking for in terms of personality.
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