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Short Answers and Essay

The responses to these questions help us to see a different side of you.  We ask you to answer four questions:

  1. After graduating from Stanford, what are your immediate and long-term intentions? (150 word limit)
  2. How will your Knight-Hennessy Scholars experience prepare you to realize your intentions? (150 word limit)
  3. Please tell us eight improbable facts (things that are unlikely but true) about you. (150 word limit)
  4. Please tell us when you: a) made someone proud of you, b) were most challenged, and c) did not meet expectations.  (150 word limit combined)

The essay helps us understand who you are - as opposed to what you have done - and  provides you with a rare chance for structured reflection. Think about your past and how the people, events, and situations of your life have shaped who you are today. Then tell us a story that only you can tell. The essay topic is:

  1. Connect the dots. How have the influences in your life shaped you? (600 word limit)

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What are improbable facts?

A: Improbable facts are aspects about you - experiences, beliefs, traits, skills, etc. - that  “seem unlikely but are true.” This does not mean a list of achievements. Use this as a way to show a different side of you. And have some fun.


Last updated May 1, 2020

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