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So why does Stanford GSB pose this question, and why has it continued to do so for so many years?
For my Fortuna Admissions colleague, Heidi Hillis, a former MBA admissions interviewer for the school and Stanford GSB alumnus, the question gets to the heart of what Stanford is about, and connects strongly to the school’s tagline, “Change lives. Change the world.” CAPTURE YOUR GUT RESPONSE “Stanford is looking not just for extremely bright and successful professionals, but also young people who have strong values, and who want to have a positive impact in the world,” says Heidi.
They don't want one to two thousand kids who have all gotten this GPA that ACT/SAT and play piano or are soccer stars.
They want a class of individuals who will each contribute to the vibrancy of the community and to the learning of one another.
The responses to all aforementioned questions, both past and present, are limited to 50 words.
Some questions on this year’s application were also rephrased.
“The school genuinely wants to get to know you and to understand your values.
Stanford MBAs are driven by a desire not just to excel in their careers but also to help others and to have a positive impact. Stanford specifies a 1,150-word limit to cover this essay, along with a second essay question, “Why Stanford?