Stanford at a Glance

Class size 417

Applications 8,116

Admissions rate 6%

Applicant yield 85%

Average GPA 3.73

Average GMAT score 737

Female students 41%

U.S. Minorities 29%

Key deadlines

Round 1

Application due 19 Sep 2017

Notification 14 Dec 2017

Round 2

Application due 10 Jan 2018

Notification 29 Mar 2018

Round 3

Application due 4 Apr 2018

Notification 31 May 2018

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Stanford Class Profile

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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Academics: What Stanford GSB Is Known For

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.

Admissions: The Essays

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.”

Admissions: The Interview

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.