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Nyu Mba Essays 2011

 

NYU saw apps rise by 4% for the Class of 2019, with a GMAT score up to 714. We also named them Runner Up in our 2017 Radcom of the Year Awards!

 

New Fashion / Luxury and Tech MBAs at Stern

If you’re in a hurry to get your MBA done, and you’re looking to take full advantage of the known strengths in specific sectors that Stern offers, one of these could be the perfect match for you.

The Tech MBA and the Fashion & Luxury MBA are both one year long, matriculating in May, so you can minimize your time out of the workforce in these fast-changing industries. (see below for all deadlines).

We’ve been coaching BSers to jump on the Stern advantage for these sectors for years, and now there’s an even more attractive opportunity to do so. We expect admissions to be somewhat more flexible for these two programs at least during this first year of inception, as the school builds momentum and app volumes. There are no other comparable programs to the Fashion MBA; Cornell has the Tech MBA which is the only other of its kind after this NYU one.

Make the most of your chance and pick up our NYU Stern application guide for insights and strategies!

 

2017 NYU Stern Full-Time MBA Essay Questions – Class of 2020

They’ve gone and switched things up fairly radically here too! Stern was a school like Stanford: They had the same questions in their MBA app for eons. Now, though, Stern is showing what they’re made of: They’re using the practices of innovation within their admissions process and they’re inviting applicants to do something different!

Three required essays for 2017 :

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (500 words):
    • What are your short and long-term career goals?
    • How will the MBA help you achieve them?

    This is an awesome, straightforward question. Why do you even want an MBA? That’s what they need to know. (Our Career Goals App Accelerator is perfectly suited to helping you identify the framework for this!)
     

  2. Essay 2 – Program Selection (1 or optionally 2 essays, 250 words each):
    • Primary Program: Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application. Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you. (250 words)
    • Optional: Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s). (250 words)

     
    This is your chance to pitch them on “Why Stern” and also why are you selecting this program — or these programs. It’s going to be tough to lay out proper justification for multiple alternates, and it’s going to be a hard sell to convince the adcom that you’re a fit to more than 1 alternate anyway. You’ll need to navigate this carefully, BSer! We’ll cover it all in the Stern guide.
     

  3. Essay 3 Personal Expression aka Pick Six:

    Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

    • A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
    • Six images that help illustrate who you are.
    • A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

    Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.
     
    EssaySnark has been saying for ages that a non-written Personal Expression submission to Stern is best, and now they’re officially telling you the same! And, they’ve given a beautifully structured set of instructions (which BTW is basically the same guidelines we’ve long been advocating to BSers who are trying to build a good non-written essay for this school or for Booth or MIT). These directions could not be more clear. The best part is that this is your chance to share who you are. Time to sort through your social media feeds and find some good representations of that!!

    We recommend making this a 7-page PDF, create it in PowerPoint, write your caption in a large font, make it succinct, and use lots of white space so that the reader can skim through and see at a glance how you’re representing yourself. And have we mentioned The Strategy of Authenticity lately? Well, that applies to a visual essay too!

They’ve also got an optional essay of up to 250 words, which is quite short, but it’s only to be used if necessary to lay out some specific circumstance from your profile or your past.

Why all these changes? Well, one reason is that NYU has fallen out of favor among MBA candidates. This is reflected in the data. The average GMAT score for the Stern Class of 2018 went down — it’s a much more reasonable 710 again. (It had been up to 721 for the Class of 2016.) We discussed these changes here. This is good for you but not so great for a school that’s trying to maintain its prestige factor in the marketplace.

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Stern is not sitting on its laurels!!! (How many other lame cliches can we throw out at you here?)

 

In Fall 2014 we named NYU
as our #1 favorite business school and now you can see why they remain a top choice from our side!

 

NYU Stern MBA Recommendations and the EQ Endorsement

Big changes here in 2017! Stern has a new “EQ Recommender” where they’re making a very big point about the value of EQ in their candidates.
In the Professional Recommendations, Stern is asking the same four questions that a handful of other schools are asking (not the identical questions that Columbia asks, though). They are reasonably straightforward but you still may want to pick up our Recommender’s Instruction Sets if you’re applying here based on this new evolution with the EQ Recommender.

Here’s what your EQ Recommender needs to answer:

  • Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant’s emotional intelligence. (250 word maximum)

You must use a different person for your EQ Recommender as you do for the two Professional Recommendations. This is an application requirement, and it gives you a greater opportunity to share varied perspectives on who you are with the adcom. This will not be an easy choice!! If you’re stuck, you can plan out your options and ask for input from EssaySnark with our Letters of Recommendation App Accelerator.

 
 

NYU Stern Deadlines 2017-2018

Stern used to have four rounds (Round 2 was in November) and this season they’ve gone back to three again .

  • Round 1:
  • Round 2:

We don’t list last-round deadlines on the blahg because you really should not be applying then. Hit NYU F/T in one of their first two rounds for the greatest chances.

HOWEVER: If you’re aiming for one of the shorter-format specialized programs in Tech or Fashion, then it’s different! In late November 2017, they announced a third deadline for these two programs!!

  • Round 1:
  • Round 2:
  • Round 3: January 15, 2018

Normally, Round 3 is to be avoided, but in this case, as it’s a new program and a smaller one, then it’s fine to submit then.

And even more innovation at NYU: You can apply to ANY of the flavors of MBA at NYU Stern SIMULTANEOUSLY. They took the practice that Stanford recently implemented where you can do a joint app to both the GSB MBA and their MSx program, and went even bigger with it. For NYU, you should pick the program that you’re most interested in and apply by that program’s deadline. In your app, you’ll be able to select any of the other programs that they offer as alternate interests. This makes total sense! It’s more like how the Wharton Lauder application or the MIT LGO application works: If the Stern adcom decide that you’re not the best fit to your first choice program, they’ll still consider your application for your alternates.

What you need to do is be very strategic on a) which program(s) you’re going to target (we do not suggest naming them all!!!!), and b) how you’re going to position yourself as a possible fit to more than one, if that’s the route you choose with your app.

The NYU Stern SnarkStrategies Guide includes a complete discussion of these options.

 
 

EssaySnark Guidance

 

EssaySnark has reviewed a fair number of NYU essays on the blahg over the years. Here’s a couple from past seasons for your review. Even if the questions were different, the gist of your pitch will need to be similar:

 

For Reference: NYU Stern Past-Season Questions

Included in case anyone wants to see what they asked before – it’s been very consistent from year to year!
Click to view 2016 questions



As we expected, NYU is sticking with the tried-and-true with their application this year: One very generous career goals essay (meaning, it’s long enough for you to capture some useful detail for the adcom) plus their classic Personal Expression essay. The only difference in this year’s requirement is simply some clarification on how to communicate what you’re submitting if your second essay is not a standard written “essay.”

Two essays:

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 words):
    • Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?
    • What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?
    • What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

     

  2. Essay 2 Personal Expression (500 words if written, other constraints apply if non-written form):

    Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

Even though they’ve asked for specific elements to be included in a structured manner, Essay 1 should not be broken out into three separate essays. Way back in 2013 they had the three questions marked “a)”, “b)” and “c)” which implied that they wanted the answers separated. They don’t. They’re just using separate bullets for the subquestions to make sure that you realize that each should be answered in your essay. You should do that by writing it as an essay – to do otherwise makes it look like a report or something. The Stern SnarkStrategies Guide explains this and other important advice for constructing your pitch to NYU – which we’ve updated for 2016 even though the questions have not changed! We got you covered.

You should also study the guidelines offered by the Stern adcom themselves on their website .

Want to picture yourself at NYU? What better way than the NYU Coloring Book!

[end Stern 2016 questions]



 
Click to view 2015 questions


2015 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

Yay to Stern! They have gone back to their roots. They’ve simplified their requirements by focusing in on the two questions that make them Stern: A very well-crafted career goals question, and their classic “Personal Expression” essay, which is now required. For the past two years it was optional, and applicants could choose a “what if?” type question about an alternate career path – which we never felt was that great. (If you’re curious, we post past-season questions below.) Kudos to Stern for taking it back to basics.

Two essays:

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 words):
    • Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?
    • What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?
    • What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

     

  2. Essay 2 Personal Expression (500 words if written, other constraints apply if non-written form):
    Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

The only change that we can detect from this (besides that they are now requiring these two essays and only these two, without an alternate that you could do instead) is it appears that they’ll accept YouTube submissions and other online video for Essay 2. Used to be, you had to mail in a DVD if you had a video to submit. So in that sense, they’ve joined the 21st Century!

In terms of actually constructing your answers, please note that Essay 1 should not be broken out into three separate essays. Way back in 2013 they had the three questions marked “a)”, “b)” and “c)” which implied that they wanted the answers separated. They don’t. They’re just using separate bullets for the subquestions to make sure that you realize that each should be answered in your essay. You should do that by writing it as an essay – to do otherwise makes it look like a report or something. The Stern SnarkStrategies Guide explains this and other important advice for constructing your pitch to NYU.
[end Stern 2015 questions]



 

Click to view 2014 questions

2014 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

These are AGAIN identical to what they asked last year.

(Please click the 2013 Questions link to see the archived essays – they were literally exactly the same in 2013 and in 2014.)

 

For the best advantage in preparing your strategy for this school – including an in-depth discussion of the times when Essay 2 Option A is best and when it might not be, and how Option B (Personal Expression) can be perceived by the adcom – check out the NYU Stern MBA Strategy Guide, exclusively from EssaySnark!
[end Stern 2014 questions]



Click to view 2013 questions

For reference: 2013 Stern Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

These are identical to what they asked in 2012 — except that you don’t
have to answer them all now.

Two essays:

  1. Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 words):
    • Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?
    • What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?
    • What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?
  2. Essay 2 – Choose One:Option A: Your Two Paths (500 words)
    • Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?
    • How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?
    • What factors will most determine which path you will take?

    Option B: Personal Expression (500 words if written, other constraints apply if non-written form)

    Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

One point to make: Essay 1 should not be broken out into three separate essays. In 2013 they had the three questions marked “a)”, “b)” and “c)” which implied that they wanted the answers separated. They don’t. Write Essay 1 as one essay. The Stern SnarkStrategies Guide digs into how to do it.
[end Stern 2013 questions]



 

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Hey there future New Yorkers!

Admissionado back once again with fresh, off-the-shelves essay analyses for NYU Sloan's 2017 application! We wanted to jump in and give you a head-start on those essays questions jog that imagination, and give you a few tips and tricks to get started on your Sloan essays to get you started on the best foot this year. Soooooo, without further ado:

NYU Stern School of Business MBA Essay 1


What are your short and long-term career goals? How will the MBA help you achieve them? (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Analysis


If there’s such a thing as a garden variety MBA application essay, this is it.

Start with getting our BUY IN. On what, you ask? On the importance of your idea; on the opportunity itself; on your will to succeed. You’ve got some options here, but for us to engage, we need to buy in.

Part 1 – Generally, it’s best to establish the opportunity at hand or the thing that needs to be fixed or improved. There are two sides of the same basic coin. In your opening, explain the status quo (how things are today). Then sell us on why there’s a cooler version of this. Either a solution to a problem or a game-changing result that comes from exploiting a ripe opportunity. Once you’ve done that, give us a big picture taste of your long-term vision, the peering-into-the-horizon-one-liner version. This sets the stage, gets us excited, provides a frame, and compels us to lean forward a bit and root for your success. (75-100 words)

Part 2 – Take us through the battle plan now. This should read like a recipe with several steps or a military combat strategy. It should be utterly logical and it should seem achievable. We should develop a sense along the way that each step builds on the prior one, or at the very least, is progressing toward something. And it should be evident that you know what you’re talking about and that you’ve researched it. You’ve got to show that you’ve done enough homework to have a sense of what’s required for success, before claiming your ability to succeed. That’s the crucial point. Being realistic and sober here will count far more than issuing lofty-SOUNDING goals. We want success to feel inevitable based on the “calculations” you’ve laid bare here. (100-125 words)

Part 3 – Move from the short-term into the longer-term aspects of your aspirations. Try to avoid naming the job or the job title in your dream vision. Instead, focus on what the RESULTS will be. If and when you succeed at the thing you’re hoping to succeed at, what changes? Who is affected? What does that “After” picture look like? And why does that inspire you? This will help you cut to the “what’s powering you” aspect of your long-term goals. Again, don’t try to impress us with the idea itself. Instead, impress us by convincing us that it’s meaningful to YOU. Sell us on THAT. (There’s a difference.) (75-100 words)

Part 4 – Briefly establish what’s required in order for you to start achieving success toward your short-term goals. Then (also briefly) convince us that you have MOST of that stuff, but not all of it (because if you had all of it, why waste time with an MBA?). Clearly, something is missing. There’s a gap somewhere. There are skills that need sharpening. You’re LACKING something. Make us HUNGRY for you to fill those gaps because you’ve done such a good job here laying out that you’re oh-so-close for success but not-quite-there-yet. (50-75 words)

Part 5 – Now that we’ve laid THAT groundwork, walk us through specifically how aspects of a certain kind of MBA training will meet YOUR needs specifically. Be smart here. Talk about how not just ANY MBA will be helpful toward your goals (that isn’t true is it?), but that only an MBA that has A, B, and C specific traits will help your specific X, Y, and Z needs. Then, for bonus points, cite very specific ways in which NYU meets those needs in particular. But don’t dwell on them because they haven’t asked for that here. They want to know – instead – that you “get” what an MBA is, and why it’s important for YOUR success given YOUR goals. The person who “gets that idea” is the one who is likely to succeed over the person who can write the best love letter to NYU.

NYU Stern School Of Business MBA Essay 2


NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.

A. Primary Program Preference (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application.
Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you.

B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s).
An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate “N/A”.

Analysis


Alright folks, as for Part A., surely you’ve visited this page on Stern’s website. In 250 words, make a clear, matter-of-fact case for why the program you’re choosing meets your needs best. Avoid selling YOU here (you have the rest of your application to pull that off). Here, it’s simply a matter of drawing a simple connection between the size and shape of a particular NYU MBA program and you and your needs specifically. Don’t overthink it. 250 words isn’t a lot, and honestly, you may not even need all of them.

As for Part B., the only way to screw this up is to make your ambitions in life seem flimsy. If there’s an alternative that makes perfect sense for you as a logical Plan B, make that case here. But make sure the logic is bulletproof and doesn’t weaken the rest of your arguments elsewhere in your app.

NYU Stern School Of Business MBA Essay 3


Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
Six images that help illustrate who you are.
A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

Analysis


It’s three sentences to tee the whole thing up and then a single sentence for each picture to help explain and bring them to life. Let’s figure out what they’re looking for here.

“Describe yourself.” To succeed at this exercise, one should be able to GLANCE at your six images (without ANY accompanying words) and be able to make some accurate predictions about who you are as a person. The closer that viewer’s “guess” is to what you’re actually like in real life, the better the execution. In fact, imagine that’s the challenge in itself. An adcom member reviews your six pictures and then says, “Okay, when I meet this person they’re going come across THIS way; they’ll be the kind of person who in THIS situation or would make THAT choice; it’s the kind of person who probably has THIS kind of story; if he were among the Game of Thrones cast, he’d be the ABC character” … Then when you meet, the Adcom member says “Wow, s/he’s exactly as I imagined.” All that means is that whatever you communicated in those six picks was unbelievably efficient and effective in conveying something about who you are, and what you’re all about.

What stuff are we conveying then? It includes hints of your:

Personality
Character
Quirks

Everything else BEYOND that? Is gravy. If you give us other stuff but neglect those things, then you’ve probably shanked it. This is not your resume. This is not a 6-page PowerPoint of your “Billion-Dollar Idea.” It’s six images that allow us to CAST you in the perfect movie role “because we understand who you are so well from the pictures.”

One quick word about drawings and infographics: don’t pack so much stuff INTO a single image that it defeats the point of the exercise. The whole point is to try to reduce you to your essence through an ECONOMY of expression. Otherwise, you could write an essay in really small font, take a picture of that essay, and include it here. See how that’s missing the point? It would be like watching a movie where it was just a continuous scroll of the screenplay, rather than a picturization OF the screenplay. Embrace the medium here folks. Understand the intention behind limiting it to (A) images, and (B) only six of them, total. It’s about high yield. That’s where the creativity comes into play.

What series of six images SUM to complete the most complete (and compelling) HINT about who you are? They don’t all need to interconnect on an individual level. Meaning, if Picture #1 is a photograph you once took of a SCENE IN NATURE that you really love, it doesn’t mean that Pictures #2–6 all need to conform to that general rule. The key is that they need to “sum” to something coherent. Even if the conclusion is that you’re a completely chaotic and random person, it’s possible for your six pictures to tell THAT story. Whatever it is, it needs to “work” though. If multiple people walk away with multiple impressions, chances are, it is weak. There are no points for the “everyone’s opinion is equally valid” nature of admiring abstract art. If anything, it’s the exact opposite challenge here. Your task is to make it so that multiple people are forced toward a very similar conclusion about who and what you are. Now, it’s possible that some may LIKE what that is, and others may not… the key is that they can at least all agree on what it IS.

Lots of ways to approach this so we’re just going to give you a taste of a few, but truly, there are many many many solid ways to go about it:

[1] A narrative. If you want to tell us about an evolution of sorts that shows us who/what you are TODAY compared to who/what you were “six iterations” ago, that could be cool. Six shades of YOU, where Slide 1 is You.0, then Slide 2 is You.1, etc. The idea here is that we learn something about you through the CHANGES over time. And the images don’t have to be of YOU, per se. It’s possible we can learn something about you through the evolution of your hobbies, or some other means. Lots of room for creativity here.

[2] Or, it can be a recipe for how to create “you.” Slide 1 is ingredient #1. (Imagine the possibilities, they are endless for what could go here.)

[3] You are what you eat. Six slides of foods that somehow represent every aspect of who you are: Slide 1 – Thai Green Chile Peppers (fresh, hot, unafraid to be scalding when need be). Slide 2 – XXXXX ?

The possibilities really are endless. It could be a hand-drawn comic strip that stitches together a simple story that tells us everything we need to know about who you are through a comical tale. It could be six things you’d spend money to acquire if you won the lottery. See how it’s endless? The trick is, with ANY of these ideas, it needs to convey something very clear about who you are, such that we could make some predictions about you based on those six images (and the accompanying theme/captions).

There’s not really a “wrong” way to approach this, other than the one which looks like a glorified resume, or an attempt to impress us somehow. It says more about your self-confidence, in fact, if there’s a conspicuous LACK of that instinct…

NYU Stern School Of Business MBA Optional Essay


Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL or any other relevant information. (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Analysis


Lots of room here to spill something VITAL that hasn’t been captured anywhere else. Bring the lumber! What assets of yours are needle-movers in your candidacy, those that you feel haven’t had a chance to LEAP off the page anywhere else in your application? Whatever the biggest item is, drop it here. Maybe it’s a case you need to make about how COMPETENT your quant skills are despite what your test scores (or background) suggest. Maybe it’s a leadership story that is best served here, so as to allow your creative side to come alive in the “pick six” essay. Maybe it’s a walk-through of a compelling

Whatever the biggest item is, drop it here. Maybe it’s a case you need to make about how COMPETENT your quant skills are despite what your test scores (or background) suggest. Maybe it’s a leadership story that is best served here, so as to allow your creative side to come alive in the “pick six” essay. Maybe it’s a walk-through of a compelling

Maybe it’s a case you need to make about how COMPETENT your quant skills are despite what your test scores (or background) suggest. Maybe it’s a leadership story that is best served here so as to allow your creative side to come alive in the “pick six” essay. Maybe it’s a walk-through of a compelling backup plan you’ve formulated in case your main plan hits a snag. Depending on the quality of any of these, it may deserve some airtime here. Not all will, by the way. Just because this space is open, doesn’t mean you absolutely MUST fill it, in case the thing you fill it with doesn’t actually advance your case somehow. Just be mindful of that.

Depending on the quality of any of these, it may deserve some airtime here. Not all will, by the way. Just because this space is open, doesn’t mean you absolutely MUST fill it, especially in the case that the thing you fill it with doesn’t actually advance your case somehow. Just be mindful of that.

Read our team’s complete take on the idea of optional essay, including a brief (recent) history of b-schools’ relationship with it, and how our recommendations have evolved over the years, right here.

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