Stanford GSB rejected all 41 MBA applicants who attempted to view their decision status through the ApplyYourself system before decisions were publicly released. Dean Robert Joss stated in an online announcement:
"We asked the applicants whose ApplyYourself accounts were accessed to contact us with an explanation. We reviewed each individual statement that was submitted to determine whether the applicant had undertaken the action, and if so, what was his/her intent. Not all of the candidates in question were otherwise competitive for admission. Of the competitive applicants, none of those who gained unauthorized access was able to explain his/her actions to our satisfaction. This was then a negative factor in our decision-making."
I can't help but wonder how the competitive applicants could have explained their actions to Stanford's satisfaction. Dean Joss did not even hint what a satisfactory explanation would be.