Stanford GSB Admissions Deadlines for 2012-2013

Following Stanford GSB’s recent release of its admissions essays for the 2012-2013 admissions season, Stanford has just released its application deadlines for the coming year. Not too many changes, although the school’s Round 1 deadline keeps creeping a bit earlier. This can make your job seem tougher, but there is also a benefit in the grand scheme of things, which we discuss below.

Here are Stanford’s admission deadlines for the coming year, followed by our comments in italics:

Stanford Graduate School of Business Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 3, 2012
Round 2: January 9, 2013
Round 3: April 3, 2013

The biggest change this year is to Stanford’s Round 1 deadline, which comes nine days earlier than it did last year. Along with HBS, which has moved its Round 1 deadline into late September, Stanford continues its creep toward earlier and earlier Round 1 deadlines year after year. (Five years ago, Stanford’s Round 1 deadline was October 22.) While this can sometimes make Round 1 applicants anxious, the upside is that they will all be notified no later than December 12, which gives them plenty of time to gear up Round 2 applications if they don’t get a fat envelope from Stanford.

The school’s Round 2 and Round 3 deadlines have barely changed. As we wrote a while back, Stanford has gone on record more than once to make a point of inviting applicants to apply in Round 3. While no one is saying that your chances are as good in Round 3 as they would be in Round 1 or 2, if you’re reading this in early 2013 and are wondering if you absolutely must wait till the fall to apply to Stanford, know that the admissions committee will still review GREAT Round 3 applications with a very open mind.


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