Stanford Class of 2025 application


Stanford GSB has confirmed their application questions for the 2022/23 application cycle. You can find more details on their questions here.


As in prior years, Stanford is looking to learn a number of things about you through the application process:

1. What matters to you – what motivates you to your core?

2. What you aspire to do – how do you aspire to drive change in the world?

3. What impact you have had on your communities?

4. How your experiences and background impact your perspectives?


Essay questions

Stanford’s iconic essays remain the same for another year. The first question “What Matters Most?” suggests a 650 word limit and “Why Stanford?” has a suggested 400 word limit (1,050 words total). The school also offers applications the opportunity to submit up to three essays highlighting positive impacts you have had.


What matters most to you, and why?

Instructions from the GSB: For this essay, we would like you to reflect deeply and write from the heart. Once you’ve identified what matters most to you, help us understand why. You might consider, for example, what makes this so important to you? What people, insights, or experiences have shaped your perspectives?


Each year, Stanford’s question #1 is one of the most challenging questions for many applicants across any school. It is also where our clients often learn the most about themselves.