Admission to the Stanford MBA Program is very competitive, and we cannot offer places to as many applicants as we would like. If you are not offered admission, we welcome you to apply again in a future application year.

Having applied in a previous year is not a negative factor in your application. We appreciate your sustained interest in Stanford and your resilience in reapplying. In fact, each year, we offer admission to some reapplicants who present compelling applications.

If You Reapply

You will submit an entirely new application, including letters of reference, transcripts, and online application. Application requirements, including essay questions and letters of reference, change from year to year; you must meet current requirements. You will also be required to pay the application fee, as we do not waive the fee for reapplicants.

As long as your test scores (GMAT or GRE for general aptitude, and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for English language proficiency) remain valid for the round in which you wish to apply, you do not need to have them re-sent by the test centers. You do, however, need to self-report them in the application. If your test scores are no longer valid, you need to retake the tests.

We will evaluate your new application on its merit in the context of the new applicant pool. Do not assume that the person reviewing your application has seen your previous one. We do have access to previous applications, however, and may choose whether to review and consider them prior to making a final decision.


  • We cannot provide feedback on denied applications.
  • Approach your application with a fresh perspective. We will!
  • Add new information that may be helpful in the admission process, and address areas of relative weakness, if possible.
  • Determine if different recommenders may provide a more insightful and thorough perspective.
Last Updated 9 Jun 2018