The 2015-16 Yale SOM Essay Question

May 27, 2015

Last week, we announced the application deadlines for the upcoming year. Today, I am excited to unveil the Yale School of Management essay question for the year.

The 2015-16 Yale SOM essay question

The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent.

(500 words maximum)

If this essay question looks a lot like last year’s question, there’s a simple reason: it is. After evaluating last year’s application and discussing what changes to make for the upcoming year, the admissions committee came to the conclusion that this question really gets to the core of what Yale SOM is about and embodies our founding mission of educating leaders for business and society. So we decided that we would keep this essay question in place for another year.

We also decided to keep our sliding-scale application fee intact for the upcoming year. We launched this fee scale last year to recognize that many of our applicants come from countries that do not pay on the same wage scale as the U.S. and from industries that are not as remunerative as some others. We also have many applicants who apply to our Silver Scholar Program as college seniors. In an effort to be sensitive to these differences, we offer a reduced application fee for applicants whose total annual compensation is less than US $20,000, and a further reduced fee for applicants whose compensation is below US $10,000.

Our online application will be available on July 1, 2015, and we will provide further updates as that date draws closer. In the meantime, we invite you to join us for one of our summer events starting next week, and you can tell us more about yourself to receive personalized invitations.

Bruce DelMonico
Assistant Dean and Director
Admissions Office
Yale School of Management
165 Whitney Avenue
Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
203.432.5635, Admissions Office
203.432.6380, Visitor Center
fax 203.432.7004


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Bruce DelMonico

Assistant Dean for Admissions