Nyu Stern Mba Essay 3

 

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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NYU Stern School of Business

NYU Stern’s School of Business today (June 12) unveiled the most dramatic changes to its MBA application in many years. Among other things, the new application requirements will assess candidates on “fit” with the school’s culture by adding what Stern is calling an emotional intelligence (EQ) endorsement from a colleague or peer and a new “Pick Six” essay that requires candidates to submit six images, such as pictures, charts, infographics or artwork, along with six short captions to best express who they are to the admissions committee.

Also for the first time, NYU Stern is allowing candidates to apply to all of its MBA program options, including the school’s two new one-year specialized MBAs in tech and fashion and luxury, in one application. Even students who want to apply to Stern’s part-time MBA can use the same application. Last year, 3,773 candidates applied to Stern’s full-time MBA program. The school admitted 872 applicants for an acceptance rate of 23.1% and enrolled 390 students into the Class of 2018.

“These are the biggest changes we have implemented in any year that I’ve been here and we hope it’s a little bit industry shaping, changing the way things are done,” says Isser Gallogly, associate dean of MBA admissions and innovation, who had been in Stern admissions for 14 years. “We believe these changes will help applicants more effectively communicate to the committee who they are as a person, which programs best suit their goals and how they demonstrate EQ. Additionally, these changes are much more in keeping with the ‘social media’ style of communication of today’s applicant. Applicants communicate with much more than words these days and visual elements now play a dominant role.”

THE NEW EQ ENDORSEMENT REQUIRES A SPECIFIC COMPELLING STORY

NYU Stern’s Isser Gallogly, associate dean of MBA admissions & innovation

NYU Stern says that it already screens and selects students who possess both intellectual as well as emotional intelligence-–what the School calls IQ + EQ. The new MBA application will now require an EQ endorsement in the form of a testimonial provided by an advocate of the applicant that illustrates a specific example of demonstrated EQ to the admissions committee. Unlike typical professional recommendations, which are frequently restricted to supervisors, the EQ endorsement might come from a team member, colleague or friend, for example, who can best attest to the emotional intelligence of the candidate. Anyone outside an immediate family member can endorse an applicant.

“It’s a brand new idea and a new concept,” says Gallogly in an interview with Poets&Quants. “We are looking for students who are not only capable academicaly but also capable in leadership, managing teams and having emotional intelligence. So we really asekd ourselves what can we do to get more insight into a person’s emotional intelligence into their character.”

The EQ endorsement differs from the two professional recommendations Stern continues to require. Endorsers would be asked to provide one specific compelling example that represents the applicant’s EQ.  “LinkedIn has people endorsing you in certain skills,” says Gallogly. ‘This is a similar concept. But we want them to provide a specific story rather than just tell us about their EQ. We want to get behind the assertions that someone is a great leader or a team player. We are hoping to get a more more insight into what this person brings to the table that you cannot get from a personal recommendation.”

DITCHING THE PERSONAL EXPRESSION ESSAY IN FAVOR OF A PICK SIX

Stern also believes it’s a chance for more humble candidates to get an advocate to make a case for them. “Sometimes applicants can sell themselves short,” reasons Gallogly. “They don’t want to say something that could be perceived as bragging. Some are a bit more modest. Sometimes people can’t see their own skills objectively. I feel these EQ endorsers can do that a bit more than applicants themselves. It’s only in rare occasions where a professional recommendation will move an application to a whole other level. I feel like the EQ endorser may be able to do that for the applicant to a greater level.”

Stern also tossed its famous creative essay in favor of what it is calling a “Pick Six” essay. For more than 15 years Stern has featured a personal expression or “creative” essay in which applicants could use just about any means imagined to express who they are as a person to the admissions committee. This year, in an effort to provide additional direction to applicants and create more consistency in the evaluation process without compromising expression, Stern is replacing it with “Pick Six.” Candidates will submit six images, such as pictures, charts, infographics and artwork, along with six short captions to best express who they are.

“We are basically evolving the essay,” explains Gallogly. “It’s kind of like creative essay 2.0. We thought it would be helpful to the applicant to provide a little more structure around it, a little more consistency and it would help us on the evaluation side without getting in the way for them to become very creative. It’s a little like Instagram and social media. The images can be just about anything, a photo or a word cloud or emojis or the picture of a painting and then short captions so we understand why that is meaningful to the applicant. This is how people are communicating these days so I think they will find it to be very familiar and comfrotable but also extremely expressive. I think applicants are going to love it.”

LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH NYU STERN’S ISSER GALLOGLY

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