NYU has changed its essay questions 1 & 2 and added an optional essay question to its application. Its signature #3 remains to vex, stimulate, and challenge applicants.
NYU’s words below are in black. Mine are in red.
Application Deadline* Decisions Released
Round 1 December 1, 2006 February 15, 2007
Round 2 January 15, 2007 April 1, 2007
Round 3 March 15, 2007 June 1, 2007
The admissions committee requires three personal essays. These essays give you the opportunity to provide insight into your character, experiences and goals. Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be withdrawn if it is discovered that you did not write your essays. Please note the following:
- Essays 1, 2 and 4 must be submitted online, double-spaced, in 12-point font.
- Please adhere to the word limit for each question.
- Label the top of each essay page with the following: name, date of birth (month, day, year), essay number and page number. For example, "Joe Applicant, January 1, 2000, Essay #1, Page 1."
- Proofread your essays carefully.
- Make sure you have fully answered the essay questions.
- Be genuine in your essays — tell us about the real you.
- Follow the essay instructions, including word limits and font size.
- Have someone who knows you very well and someone who is much less familiar with you read the essay questions and your answers. Then have them provide you with candid feedback.
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?
Stern wants to know about your career decisions in the past, your reasons for an MBA now, and your plans for the future. This is a classic goals question. Show the logic behind your career development — and that path can but does not need to include a misstep along the way — and how an MBA at this point in time will help you achieve your short and long-term goals.
The part of the question asking about your "career goal upon graduation" is a critical one. Are you realistic about where your past experience plus a Stern MBA can take you? Stern doesn’t want people in la-la-land, who will be impossible to place.
Finally make sure you answer all elements of the question within the word limits (not guidelines). No, no adcom member sits there and counts words, but the readers can tell when you are significantly over. "Significantly" in my book is more than 10%. Write succinctly.
Essay 2: Fit with Stern
The NYU Stern community is one of our strongest assets. Please answer the following questions about community:
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?
(b) How would you contribute to our community as a student?
(c) How will you benefit personally and professionally from the Stern community?
Have you attended MBA fairs? Stern receptions? Have you visited campus, corresponded or talked to students and recent alumni? Reviewed Stern’s web site and printed material. Talked to possible employers? Read blogs of current NYU students? If you take any of those steps, let Stern know what you have done and how that research clarified for you both how you would contribute and how you would benefit by being part of the Stern community. Notice that C asks how you would benefits personally and professionally.
All submissions become part of NYU Stern’s permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. Do not submit anything that must be played or viewed electronically, that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.
Bribes don’t work either. Candidates can get very creative with this essay and use different media (other than culinary and electronic), but for the majority of you who will convey your ideas in words, think of how you describe yourself in a social setting, meeting people for the first time. If it’s the first day of class or a mixer early in the pre-term, how would you break the ice? Would you try to set up a tennis game or golf match? Would you find someone to explore NYC’s museums? Or do you hate museums and prefer the outdoors? What would you say if you were in the campus coffee shop and sat down with some new classmates? Could you create a dialog? A short skit?
Listen to Isser Gallogly, Executive Director of MBA Admissions, discuss Essay 3 on Public Radio’s "Marketplace".
Essay 4: Additional Information (optional)
Please provide any additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. These may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information.
An explanation must be provided in Essay 4 if:
- You have been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation or required to withdraw from any college or university.
- You have ever been convicted of a crime.
- You cannot provide a recommendation from your current supervisor.
Obviously if you fit into one of the categories described in the 3 point above, you need to write this essay. If you don’t fit ino the above categories and have something you want the admissions committee to know that isn’t part of the required essays, then you still should write this optional essay.
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