Stern Transfer Essay

Located in the heart of New York, NYU Stern is one of the top business schools in the nation. Indeed, the purple school consistently ranks in the top 5 of undergraduate business programs, and each year only about a fifth of all applicants are accepted. More than just a strong background in business, Stern students also enjoy access to the Big Apple, which means vast internship opportunities and plenty to do for fun. To develop a global perspective on the topics they are studying, around two-thirds of all Stern students spend a semester abroad in cities like Shanghai and London, where they continue to learn about business and the differences in cultures across the world.

In general, it is widely circulated that NYU Stern tends to care more about applicants’ objective stats (SAT, GPA, etc.) than NYU CAS does. However, if your essays aren’t up to par, then you still might be unconfident about the likelihood of your acceptance. As such, Admissions Hero is here to help you tackle NYU’s supplemental essay.

NYU is global, urban, inspired, smart, connected, and bold. What can NYU offer you, and what can you offer NYU? (200-400 words)

This prompt, despite its assertion that NYU exemplifies a variety of cool-sounding adjectives, is at its core still just a “Why X School?” essay. This means you’ll want to research what exactly it is about NYU Stern that attracts you enough for you to apply to it—maybe it’s the experienced faculty who possess real word experience? Maybe it’s a specific educational track offered by Stern that no other schools provide? Regardless of what you decide, remember to be specific in your answer. Give examples of things that you like about NYU, and do your best to be as detailed as possible. Bonus points if you can point to evidence of your interest in those things from high school—instead of just talking about how you think NYU’s Finance track is best for you, why not show it by recounting your experiences in your school’s Value Investing Education club?

The other side of this question is what you can offer NYU. To address this question, you’ll want to introspect and emphasize what exactly makes you unique. A good angle to approach this answer from is to point to instances where you have been involved in your high school community and then suggest that you will be similarly active in the NYU Stern community. For example, maybe you inspired your classmates to participate in one of the most successful canned food drives in your school’s history. NYU adcoms would certainly be interested in hearing about your participation, since the details you mention will imply that you will bring that same level of energy to the college environment. Remember, colleges want a robust and active student body, so anything you write to suggest that will bode well for “what [you can] offer NYU.”

Since NYU’s writing supplement is relatively short, this blog post is consequently not very long. However, after reading these tips you’ll be well on your way to crafting a great NYU supplement.

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“What makes [Wharton] tough is the mentality ... not necessarily the course material,” College and Whartonsophomore Stephen Cho said. It’s not Cho’s 7.5 credits this semester that make school challenging, but ratherthe social pressure.Transfer students identify the grade curve, which is present in most classes, to be the source of much of the competitive culture. While emphasizing team building and orative skills, Wharton simultaneously pits students against each other by placing grades on a bell curve.

After finishing his freshman year as a biological basis of behavior major on a pre-med track in the College, Cho added a health care management and policy concentration in Wharton. He has chosen toundertake both degrees in the pursuit of integrating the management and medicinal facets of healthcare.

“For me I see it as ifI can pull it off and just suck it up for the next few semesters ... I feel like it will be worth it,” Cho said.

Cho often finds that this heavy workload comes at the expense of his extracurricular pursuits.He does not attribute his demanding workload to the rigor but the quantity of classes that he is enrolled in.

Being a student in both the College and Wharton has made the the cultural distinctions between the two schools apparent to Cho. He has noticed a difference in the way students in the Collegeand Wharton engage with their course material and each other.

“The mentality [in Wharton] is definitely less collective,” Cho said. “If I am in my BBB class, even though it is curved, it is a lot more collaborative.”

When sitting in his BBB classes, Cho is mainly concerned with understanding the material. But in Wharton, Cho feels that he must be aware of the social and political climate of his class and align his comments accordingly.

Despite the social and academic pressures that accompany a dual degree, Cho said it has made him aware of the variety of subcultures at Penn. He has applied this knowledge to managing the organization he created,MEDlife.

“Being more hyper-aware of the cultural backgrounds that people come from in terms of the school they’re in within Penn [has] helped me take a more personal interest in the people that I am trying to manage,” Cho said.

But what draws Cho to Wharton can have the opposite effect on other students.

After a year away for medical reasons, College sophomoreDalton Noakes returned to Penn with a different perspective. The former Wharton student realized that he wanted to work in the non-profit sector and that the values and curriculum of Wharton no longer aligned with his academic interests or future career goals.

“After a year on medical leave, I just didn’t care about it at all anymore. I hated all of my classes and the thought of taking four years of finance, accountingand the like was not appealing in any way,” Noakes said.

Even though Wharton’s culture may seem novel and overwhelming, those who staygenerally deem the competitive atmosphere to be conducive to real world preparation and personal growth.

The shock of Wharton competition can be even more severe for external transfers.

Wharton junior Ma Lang left the Stern School of Businessat New York University after her freshman year upon being accepted to Wharton. Coming from an entrepreneurial background, Lang could not pass up the social and professional opportunities that are thought to accompany acceptance into one of the top business schools in the country.

“Being able to navigate your way through Wharton is almost like a means of personal triumph,” said Wharton junior Jordan Palmer, a transfer student from Elon University.

At their previous institutions, transfer students may have grown accustomed to being academic and extracurricular leaders. Upon enrollment into Wharton, students realize that their classmates are equally motivated and accomplished.

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“I have to strive way harder,” Lang said. “At Wharton, I learn that every person around me is my teacher.”

“Personally, Wharton taught me to be comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Palmer said.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the name of Stephen Cho's organization as MetLife, rather than MEDlife. The DP regrets the error.

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