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Stanford has the highest percentage (44%) of international students of any top-tier program, creating a very culturally diverse atmosphere. The GSB integrates international perspectives into its DNA perhaps more than any other U.S. school.
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Introspection. As we alluded to in the Stanford GSB Snapshot, the first year and particularly the first quarter encourage GSB students to think in a new way. Called General Management Perspectives, the first quarter coursework has the strongest emphasis on self-reflection of any core curricula we’ve seen.
Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (750 words suggested, out of 1,100 total) Despite all of the changes that have taken place in the MBA admissions essay landscape over the past few years, this question manages to hang on. Before you start to work on this essay, consider the advice that the Stanford MBA admissions team provides: “Reflect the self-examination process you used to write your response.”
Your interview invitation. As is the case with many top-tier business schools, the admissions interview is an important part of the Stanford GSB application process. With only about 900 applicants to be interviewed this year (about 14% of expected applications), merely receiving an invitation is a great accomplishment. You’ll have about a 50/50 chance of receiving an offer. In the 2014–15 admissions cycle, the GSB issued interview invitations within a four-week period starting about a month after the Round 1 and Round 2 deadlines.