Haas Class of 2025 Essay Analysis

Haas released its 2022-23 application questions. Questions are generally the same, with a slight adjustment to the wording of essay 2.

2022/23 essay questions

Essay 1: What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words)

Essay 2: What kind of leader do you aspire to be and why? (300 words max)

2022/23 essay question analysis

Essay 1

Similar to Stanford’s essay 1, the key to making this a great essay is answering the “why” to whatever topic you choose. This will be hard given the tight word limit, so choose a topic that doesn’t require much explaining about what it is. If you cannot explain what makes you feel alive in 50 words or less, consider another topic. Also, be honest about what makes you feel alive, rather than choosing something that sounds "cool". Your authentic passion for what makes you come alive will be easier to convey if it is actually true!

When explaining why your activity makes you feel alive, bring the reader into your story by referencing the five senses; it will help your explanation be more memorable for the reader. Also try to weave in how the “why” helps you with other successes in your life. Has your activity helped you build key relationships you discuss elsewhere in your application? Given you the courage to start a business or negotiate for more responsibility at work? Something else?

Essay 2

A tweak from last year's question, this question still looks to probe how you plan to build your leadership skills. The topic you choose doesn’t need to be a weakness or a gap you are looking to fill; instead, it could be a strength that you are looking to build upon to differentiate yourself from other top-performing peers.

A key challenge remains articulating something different than what other applicants write. “Enhance my communication skills” and “Learn to build empathy with diverse peers” are relevant, but won’t differentiate you from the experience others will have at Haas. Instead, focus on leadership characteristics that directly tie to your stated goals (i.e. refine my negotiating and influencing skills to earn funding for my business idea). The more specific you are in the examples of Haas experiences you will use, the easier it will be to be more memorable to the Admissions Committee.

Those Haas no longer explicitly asks how you will use Haas to build those skills, we recommend trying to weave it in as much as space allows.

2022/23 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: September 22, 2022; Decisions: December 15, 2022

Round 2: Application deadline: January 5, 2023; Decisions: March 23, 2023

Round 3: Application deadline: April 6, 2023; Decisions: May 11, 2023

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