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Stanford GSB 2014-2015 Deadlines, Essays, Recommendations

DEADLINES ESSAYS Essay Questions for the Class of 2017 We request that you write two personal essays. The personal essays give us glimpses of your character and hopes. In each essay, we want to hear your genuine voice. Think carefully about your values, passions, aims, and dreams prior to writing them. Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? ... Read More »

Skype MBA Open House, Saturday, May 17th, 9 pm EST/6 pm PST

Michele and I will be trying something new and hosting a Skype MBA Open House on Saturday, May 17th at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST. The session is for potential clients, and we’ll answer any questions you have about the application process in general or your specific situation or concern. We can help you strategize early for things like: 1) low ... Read More »

Result: Waitlisted

It seems unfair after waiting so long for an MBA adcom’s decision that you have to wait some more, but at least you’re still alive. At this point and assuming the school in question is still on your list, there are essentially four things you need to do: 1) Stay calm. A waitlist decision can cause a lot of anxiety ... Read More »

New Website! Bear with us.

Welcome to the new Elite Essays website! We’re updating it to make it easier to view and use. We’re still working out some bugs and we’ll be tweaking and populating it over the next few days and weeks, so keep checking back to see the improvements.  Read More »

Thoughts on Columbia Essays 2013-2014 (Class of 2016)

I like the increased confidence and focus that I’ve been seeing in Columbia’s application; over the past two years they’ve moved away from the generic “Why Columbia” in their goals essay, and instead asked applicants to connect their goals and themselves to specific aspects of the program. Last year that was the Cluster System. This year it’s New York City ... Read More »