For those considering to apply to Stanford GSB, or those who are working on their "Why Stanford" essay, I highly recommend spending the time to research and network with current students, alumni, and faculty, and most importantly - to get a feel for why this program is the best fit for you.
What is Stanford gsb known for?
One of the best ways to get an impression of what makes Stanford GSB unique is to simply go visit. The campus is simultaneously beautiful (perfect weather, blue sky) and full of energy. The students are bright, ambitious, diverse in every way imaginable, and yet extremely friendly. And the alumni network is nothing short of legendary. So what makes Stanford GSB such a great place to get an MBA?
Stanford GSB embraces ITS location in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Stanford is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, home to some of the biggest technology companies in the world — including major players like Apple, Google, Salesforce, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. This location not only offers you access to top talent but also allows you to network with some of Silicon Valley’s most influential leaders and investors, many of who are alumni themselves.
Stanford GSB has a strong entrepreneurship program and access to resources.
Stanford GSB is known for its strong entrepreneurship program and access to resources. The school offers everything from an Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series (a series of lectures by successful entrepreneurs) to a dedicated Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Stanford also provides students with an excellent network of alumni entrepreneurs who can help them navigate the startup world, whether they want to start their own company or join one founded by someone else.
Stanford faculty are outstanding teachers, practitioners, and researchers
Stanford's faculty are among the most distinguished in the world, and their research and teaching is top-notch. The professors include Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as pioneers in fields such as artificial intelligence, medicine, and genetics. They come from all over—the United States, Asia, and Africa—and bring rich perspectives to both our curriculum and our community.
Over the years, Stanford GSB students were lucky to learn from practitioners like Andy Grove, Eric Schmidt, Irv Grousbeck, Andy Rachleff, John Lilly, Peter Wendell, Condoleezza Rice, and more.
Personal growth through interpersonal interactions.
Stanford GSB believes that personal growth occurs through interpersonal interactions, so the school places a strong emphasis on helping students develop their soft skills. There are a number of leadership classes that deal with such skills. The most famous ones are Path to Power and Interpersonal Dynamics, also known as "Touchy Feely".
The people of Stanford GSB are unique, and not just in their academic pursuits. They’re diverse in many ways: culturally, ethnically, economically, and professionally. They’re smart and talented. But where they shine is in their willingness to help each other out with anything from resume feedback to career advice or just lending an ear when someone needs it most. The student experience at Stanford isn't just a learning experience—it's an opportunity for you to connect with other driven individuals who will be your lifelong friends.
Another thing that makes Stanford GSB unique is the small class size, which makes it possible for everyone to get to know each other. I wish you success in applying to what I believe are the best business schools in the world today—you have something incredibly special ahead of you.