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Stanford GSB Response to COVID-19

It is our responsibility to do our part to protect the public and our campus community. In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with guidelines from federal and county agencies, all On-Campus Information Sessions, Class Visits, Stanford GSB Tours, and Chats with Students have been canceled until further notice. While the MBA Admissions Office remains in operation, our physical offices are closed. Please feel free to email or call us at +1 (650) 723-2766 for assistance.

Like you, we are trying to keep up with and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 and its impacts. We are also trying to keep up with a high volume of email. We know you have questions, and we are working on answering them (see our FAQs below). We appreciate your patience and will do our best to respond as soon as we can.

Questions about admission to the MBA Program? Here’s how to find the answers.

  • Be sure to read through this site carefully. The vast majority of your questions are answered here. Trust us on this.
  • Fill out the Stay in Touch form. Then, we’ll send you updates, event invitations, and more.
  • If all else fails, complete the Ask a Question form, and we’ll get back to you.
  • If you have already started your application, and have questions, please email us from the email address that is associated with your online application. This is for your own protection; we take your trust seriously and hold your application materials in confidence.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm PT

Office Closed
25 May
29 May

In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with recently released guidelines from federal and county agencies, Stanford GSB physical offices are closed. However the MBA Admissions Office remains in operation and you can email or call us for timely assistance. Please note that we do not offer individual consultations.

Mailing Address

MBA Admissions Office
McClelland Bldg.
Stanford Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-7298
USA

Telephone

+1 (650) 723-2766

Fax

+1 (650) 725-7831

Email

mba_admissions@gsb.stanford.edu

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding COVID-19

Are you extending the Round 3 application deadline?

No, our Round 3 deadline remains 08 April 2020 at 2:00pm Pacific Time. We understand the challenges that some of you face in submitting your application on time. We also need to make sure we are able to meet the needs of all applicants as Round 3 includes defer-eligible applicants and applicants who wish to enroll directly in September 2020. We are keeping the deadline to ensure applicants who are applying for direct admission this fall have enough time to complete all of their pre-matriculation requirements and next steps related to housing, financial aid, etc. We will allow all applicants to submit required exam scores after the Round 3 deadline (see below).

What if my recommender cannot get her/his letter in by the deadline?

We understand that many people around the world have experienced significant disruptions, and that this may affect a recommender’s ability to submit his or her letter on time. You may switch to another recommender, or have your recommender contact us if they need an extension. In the meantime, go ahead and submit your application on time, even if the letters of recommendation have not yet been completed.

What if I can’t take (or retake) one or more of the required exams by the Round 3 deadline? Can I still apply?

Even if you haven’t been able to take the required exam(s) yet, we encourage you to apply. Please submit your application by 08 April 2020 following the instructions below. Once you are able to take the exam, you will be able to add your unofficial scores to your application. If you cannot submit your scores before we post our decisions on 21 May 2020 and you are considered to be a competitive applicant, we may invite you to join the waitpool until we receive your scores and can further consider your candidacy. We will accept test scores up until 01 August 2020, although we hope that test centers or online testing options will be available before that time.

How do I fill in test scores on the application if I haven’t taken an exam by the Round 3 deadline?

If you are unable to take an exam, you should still submit your application by the Round 3 deadline. You will need to enter temporary scores in the required fields in the “Test Scores” section. If you will be taking the GMAT exam, please enter zeroes (“0”) in all required fields. If you will be taking the GRE exam, please enter 130 in the required score fields and zeroes (“0”) in all required percentile fields. If you are required to take an English proficiency exam, please select the option, “I have just taken an exam”. You should also explain your testing circumstances in the “Additional Information” section of your MBA application. If you have valid test scores from a previous exam, you may also share those scores in “Additional Information”. After the deadline, once you have received your unofficial scores, please log in to your application and click on the “Provide New Information” link to submit them to us. We must receive your unofficial scores by 01 August 2020 for you to be admitted in Round 3.

Will you start reviewing my application before I send my scores?

We may begin reviewing your application before receiving your test scores. Please submit them as soon as you have them. If you are otherwise a competitive candidate, you may be invited to interview or to join the waitpool. No one will be denied *because* we do not have your scores, but if your application is not otherwise among the most competitive in our pool, you may be denied when we release Round 3 decisions on 21 May 2020 (or any time after 21 May 2020 if you are in the waitpool). No one will be admitted without scores.

Can I be invited to interview without test scores?

Yes, you may be invited to interview before we have received your test scores.

Can I be admitted without test scores?

No, you cannot be admitted without test scores. However, if you cannot submit your scores before we release Round 3 decisions on 21 May 2020 and you are considered to be a competitive applicant, we may place you in the waitpool in order to further consider your candidacy. Please provide your test scores as soon as you have them. We will accept test scores up until 01 August 2020 for candidates who are still in the waitpool at that time, although we hope that test centers or online testing options will be available before that time.

Can I be denied without test scores?

Yes. We will release Round 3 decisions on 21 May 2020, and waitpool decisions throughout the summer. You will not be denied *because* we do not have your scores, but you may be denied before you have submitted them.

If I am able to take my test online, when should I take it? What’s the latest date I can submit my scores?

The earlier, the better. Receiving your scores early in Round 3 will help us evaluate your application fully in time for Round 3 decision notification on 21 May 2020. If we do not have your scores at that time and invite you to join the waitpool, please send your scores as soon as you have them. We will accept test scores up until 01 August 2020. It *is* possible that you would be denied from the waitpool before 01 August, whether we have scores or not.

I have valid test scores but plan to take the test again after 8 April 2020 to improve my scores. If I submit my Round 3 application without test scores, but my new scores are lower than my old ones, can I update my application with my old scores instead?

Yes. Follow the directions above for entering temporary scores in the “Test Scores” section. After the deadline, if you want to use your old test scores instead of your new ones, please log in to your application and click on the “Provide New Information” link to submit them to us. We must receive your test scores by 01 August 2020 for you to be admitted in Round 3.

Some or all of my university classes will be graded Pass/Fail for the spring. How will that impact my evaluation?

We recognize that these are unusual times, and many universities have modified their instructional formats and/or grading systems to accommodate COVID-19 circumstances. We know our applicants are active learners, and trust that you are learning both from your classes and from this experience. If you need to explain your new learning situation, please use the “Additional Information” section of your MBA application.

How will student visas be affected?

We recognize that these are unprecedented and uncertain times as the U.S. State Department has suspended routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Any admitted international student who is unable to start the Stanford MBA Program in September due to a visa issue despite his or her best efforts will be considered for a deferral to next year’s MBA class. We hope that visa services will resume again in the not-so-distant future, and we will support students through the visa process.

I’m eligible for deferred enrollment, but my graduation ceremony has been cancelled. Can I still apply for deferred enrollment in Round 3?

As long as your degree will be conferred by 01 September 2020 OR you are currently enrolled in a graduate program that you began immediately following an undergraduate or undergraduate/graduate program, you are eligible for deferred enrollment in Round 3.

I'm not eligible for deferred admission and I’m planning to apply in Round 3, but for COVID-19 reasons I want to defer. Can I do that?

If you do not qualify for deferred enrollment, you should apply for the year in which you want to enroll. For example, if you wish to enroll in September 2020 you should apply in Round 3. If you wish to enroll in September 2021 or later, you should wait to apply.

Can I visit the GSB campus to sit in on a class, take a tour, or attend an information session?

Unfortunately, all On-Campus Information Sessions, Class Visits, Stanford GSB Tours, and in-person Chats with Students have been canceled until further notice since our campus is now closed to visitors and classes are virtual for students. We have online alternatives for Information Sessions and Campus Tours, and new online offerings will continue to be added. Please register to Stay in Touch with us to get the latest news about future events, including virtual opportunities. You can also visit MBA Admission events for up-to-date information about events.

When will GSB campus visits resume?

Due to the rapidly changing nature of this unprecedented situation, we do not know when campus visits will resume.

Does visiting Stanford or attending a Stanford MBA Admissions event affect my chances of admission?

No. While we encourage you to learn more about the Stanford MBA Program to get to know us, attending a Stanford MBA Admissions event, on- or off-campus, does not advantage or disadvantage your chances of admission in any way.

How can I learn more about the MBA Program or MBA Admissions and Financial Aid online or virtually?

In addition to online alternatives for Information Sessions and Campus Tours, new online offerings will continue to be added. Check out videos on our YouTube channel to learn more about the Stanford MBA Program and MBA Admissions. You can also follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter, all @StanfordGSB.

Will you still be holding worldwide information sessions in a city near me in the coming months?

Due to the rapidly changing nature of this unprecedented situation, we do not know when on- or off-campus events will resume.

Who can I call or e-mail with questions about MBA Admissions?

While our physical office is closed, the MBA Admissions Office remains in operation. Please email or call us at +1 (650) 723-2766, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time. We appreciate your patience while we do our best to respond as soon as we can. In the meantime, for current updates on the admission process, please visit our website.

Last Updated 27 May 2020