Stern MBA Recommendation

I Letter of Recommendation
II Notbale Recommendation Questions
III Assessment Grid

You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.

Download NYU Stern MBA Recommendation Questions 2016-17

This recommendation form is for the NYU Stern MBA 2016-17 application season. Generally speaking recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2017-18 application season. When the 2017-18 application goes live (summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.

NYU Stern requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations. Recommenders can either copy and paste their answers to the recommendation questions directly in the online form or upload a Word or PDF document.

Professional recommendations are strongly preferred. One recommendation must come from your current supervisor – if not provide an explanation in the Professional section of the online application. Recommendations should come from individuals who can objectively assess your professional performance and your potential for success in Stern’s MBA program and in your future career. Recommendations from family members, family friends and close friends are discouraged. Submitting more than two recommendations is not encouraged but is allowed. Please carefully consider whether additional recommendations add value and a unique perspective to your application.
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Before you ask someone for a recommendation it’s best to understand what types of questions the school will put to them. Asking the CEO of your company for a recommendation may be tempting, but will he/she be able to convincingly convey your strengths and weaknesses to the Stern Admissions Committee? The best recommenders are those that have observed you interacting with others on a regular basis.

After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Stern application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Stern’s online recommendation form.

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I NYU Stern MBA Letter of Recommendation

Please respond to the following questions, using specific examples when possible.

Recommenders can either copy and paste their answers to the recommendation questions directly in the online form or upload a Word or PDF document. There is no word limit.

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (no word limit)

  2. How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (no word limit)

  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (no word limit)

  4. (Optional) Is there anything else we should know? (no word limit)


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II Notable NYU Stern MBA Recommendation Questions

Aside from the typical questions Booth asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.

  • Is the applicant currently employed by your organization?
  • Are you an alumna/alumnus of the NYU Stern School of Business?
  • Please make your overall recommendation regarding this applicant’s admission to NYU Stern
    • I strongly recommend this applicant for admission
    • I recommend this applicant for admission
    • I recommend this applicant for admission with some reservation
    • I do not recommend this applicant be admitted


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III NYU Stern MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid

Please use the scale in the drop down menus to rate the applicant in relation to his or her peers.

The NYU Stern assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:

  • Outstanding (top 5%)
  • Excellent (top 15%)
  • Good (top 1/3)
  • Average (middle 1/3)
  • Below Average (bottom 1/3)
  • Unable to Judge

The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:

  • Analytical/Quantitative Ability
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Maturity
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
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