Nyu Stern Essay Questions 2016 Holidays

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We encourage everyone to attend the NYU Stern's Military Veteran's Event in the fall.  It will give you a chance to network with current student veterans, meet members of the Admissions Committee to get unfettered advice on the application process, sit in on a class, and get a feel for the culture of the Stern community.  This event is held in the fall every year so please check back for an exact date.  

If you cannot make this event, or if you want to visit more than once, please do not hesitate to reach out to your respective service community Admissions Officer.  We will set up meetings with members of the Admissions Committee, pair you up with student veterans that recruited into your desired career path, and do everything we can to help you get admitted.


Like most things in New York City, hotels are expensive.  That's why there will always be a couch for anyone who needs a place to crash.  Just reach out to your respective service community Admissions Officer with the dates you will be in town and they will coordinate the rest.  

If you desire to stay at a hotel then we would recommend staying near one of the subway lines that has a station near NYU (A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, R, and the 6).


There are three airports that service the greater New York City area: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark.  The most convenient with regards to public transportation is Newark since you can easily jump on the New Jersey Transit and take it right in to Penn Station.  JFK also has a public transportation option that will take you in to Manhattan.  If you plan on taking a cab than JFK or LaGuardia are definitely closer, but traffic density determines which will be cheaper.  Cabs charge a $52.00 flat rate to drive to Manhattan from JFK while fares from LaGuardia can range anywhere from $35.00 to $70.00.

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Our Stern essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.

Your essays must be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be rescinded if you did not write your essays.
Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • What are your short and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?

Essay 2: Program Preferences
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".

Essay 3: 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.
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.

Essay 4: Additional Information (optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

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.


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