Stern Class of 2025 Essay Analysis

Updated: Jun 15


NYU Stern has released its 2022-23 essay questions, having kept the same prompts from the previous application cycle.


2022/23 essay questions


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


Essay 1: Change: _________ it (350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font) In today’s global business environment, the only constant is change. Using NYU Stern’s brand call to action, we want to know how you view change. Change: _____ it. Fill in the blank with a word of your choice. Why does this word resonate with you? How will you embrace your own personal tagline while at Stern? Examples:

  • Change: Dare it.

  • Change: Dream it.

  • Change: Drive it.

  • Change: Empower it.

  • Change: Manifest it.

  • Change: [Any word of your choice.]

Essay 2: Personal Expression (a.k.a. "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.