How to Get into NYU Stern School of Business

NYU Stern School of Business seeks students who best exemplify Stern’s core value: IQ+EQ. Stern’s admissions committee prefers candidates who demonstrate strong intellectual ability, superior interpersonal skills, and a desire to create value for business and society.

What is IQ + EQ?

Your intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from your GMAT or GRE designed to assess intelligence. Emotional intelligence is distinct from IQ. “Your EQ is the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them,” Harvard education professor Howard Gardner explains.

Who is the Perfect NYU Stern Candidate?

NYU Stern seeks students with IQ+EQ, a proven track record of success, a high potential for future leadership, and a well-articulated plan to achieve their career aspirations.

  1. Applicants come from a variety of professional backgrounds, such as consulting, financial services, entertainment, consumer products, nonprofit, and technology. No industry is favored over another.
  2. NYU Stern’s admissions Committee evaluates work experience not only in terms of years, but also in regard to depth and breadth of an individual’s experience, responsibilities, and progression. Although academic work and internships do not count toward professional work experience, we review all work experience as part of the admission decision.
  3. Post-university work experience is not required to apply.
Applications on the Rise at NYU Stern

Applications continue to rise at NYU Stern, from 3,696 two years ago to 3,773 in 2016 and now 3,927 in 2017, a 4% increase. That, in part, explains another boosted metric: the school’s higher enrollment of women, which has reached 38% (up from 35% last year). Another likely reason for the rise in female MBA candidates: Stern’s new Advancing Women in Business scholarship, through which the school is expected to distribute $1 million to Class of 2019 members.

NYU Stern Business School Class of 2019 Profile

Applications Received3,927
Admissions Rate21%
Undergraduate GPA Range (mid-80%)3.12-3.81
Average GMAT Score720
GMAT Score Range (mid-80%)650-760
NYU Stern School of Business Admissions Requirements

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. Stern evaluates each candidate holistically across three dimensions:

  1. Academic Profile
  2. Professional Achievements & Aspirations
  3. Personal Characteristics
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?

This is a ‘get to the point’ essay. Use your past experiences to explain your goals and why they are achievable given your history. Be specific about your target companies when discussing your short-term goals. Discuss how an MBA from Stern will uniquely prepare you to accomplish your goals. If there are classes or student groups that are crucial to your career goals, feel free to weave them into this essay. For tips on essay writing refer to this article.

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.

Here is your opportunity to get a little creative. The “Pick Six” essay question mimics the way that many of us communicate through social media: in images, memes, tweets and similar. While there is no wrong way to answer this, here are some suggestions:

  • Let your pictures tell a story by threading a common theme throughout
  • Demonstrate fit with Stern and NYC
  • Show your uniqueness. Is there something particular to you (talent, interest, passion) that you want to share?
  • Show off your EQ. Are you a natural leader? Do you have experiences where you’ve had to work through difficult situations? Focus on the Character portion of the ‘3 C’s above’
  • Do you give back? What are your core beliefs? Can also tie to ‘Character’
  • Get a little silly – there is nothing wrong with demonstrating your personality
Essay 3: Additional Information (optional)

(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Just by its presence in Manhattan, Stern is all about a unique view of the world where brains and character matter. Don’t be afraid to show them off to NYU.

Check the Status of Your Application

You can check the status of your application at any time on your application status page. Your application status page indicates any missing application requirements, and you are able to upload outstanding or supplemental materials directly to this page.

  • You will receive an email confirmation once you have submitted your application. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been received.
  • Initial notifications will begin shortly after the first application deadline and continue on an ongoing basis.

Initial Notification

If your application was complete by the deadline, you will receive an initial notification no later than the initial notification date for that deadline.

Initial Notification possibilities are as follows:

  • An offer of admission (Part-time MBA only)
  • Interview invitation*
  • Waitlist offer
  • Denial of admission

*The Admissions Committee conducts a very limited number of interviews for the Part-time MBA program. The majority of Part-time MBA program admission decisions are made without an interview.

Key Dates

For key dates refer to Top MBA Deadlines & Essay Prompts.

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