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About NYU Stern

Much like New York itself, NYU Stern has changed a lot over the years. In fact, “Change: Dare it, Dream it, Drive it” became the tagline and the school’s “Call to Action” in 2019 has been a significant influence on the curriculum since its inception. Though the Columbia Business School may disagree, Stern is the business school of Wall Street, and was even located near Wall Street until the early 1990s. NYU’s move to Greenwich Village lodged it squarely within one of the world’s centers for artistic creation and near Silicon Alley with the second highest concentration of internet start-ups in the US after Silicon Valley. It is also no surprise that the school has such strong ties with the fashion industry, luxury brands, and the world of entertainment and media. In addition to the two-year MBA program, they also offer a one-year Tech MBA and Fashion & Luxury MBA.

With some of the best finance professors in the world, Stern’s influence extends far beyond Wall Street, with experts shaping public discourse on globalization, entrepreneurship, the digital world we live and shop in, and the realms of media, fashion and culture. A constant stream of influential guest speakers offers fresh perspectives.

Strengths And Specializations

Finance, entertainment, media and technology, luxury marketing, real estate, strategy, big data, entrepreneurship

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants: 3,553

MBA Class Size: 324

Tuition: $164,652

Post-MBA Careers

Sector: Finance 34.4%; Consulting 31.2%; Technology/Telecom 17%; Entertainment/Media/Sports 4%; Starting Own Business 0.3%

Top Recruiters: McKinsey, Amazon, Credit Suisse, BCG, Google, Goldman Sachs, Strategy&, EY Parthenon, PwC, JP Morgan, Bain,  Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, PJT Partners

Avg Base Salary: $161,475

Salary Increase: 134%

Employment in 3 months: 94.1%

NYU Stern Rankings


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.62

Avg. GMAT: 733

International Students: 44%

Female Students: 45%

Deadlines for 2023-2024: R1 – Sept 18, 2023, R2 – Oct 18, 2023, R3 – Jan 18, 2024, R4 – Apr 18, 2024

Sources: NYU Stern, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News


Short Answer: Professional Aspirations

What are your short-term career goals? (150 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

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? (350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)


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 (aka “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 help 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 3: Additional Information (optional)

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

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