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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 15:52
Applying in Rd 1 as well. Good luck everyone
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 08:31
Attended the Los Angeles information session last night. The alumni were out in full force: there were almost 25 alums present across a variety of interests. I met someone who did exactly what I wanted to do (energy g-lab, courses across MIT, rotational utility program in SoCal) so I can't imagine a better program for me than MIT (except maybe Haas). I hope I can convey that well in my cover letter.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 18:32
I attended both the admissions chat and Sloan on the Road yesterday, and here is some info I learned:

There are LOTS of involved Sloan alumni in SF - there were 30+ at the event
All parts of admissions are handled by adcom professionals
Last year, 4125 applicants for ~ 400 spots. 11 % admit rate. 18-19% of apps were invited to interview, so interview invite is relatively selective.
The interview is not blind, and they often seek to answer questions about your weaknesses.

Applications are put onto a scatter plot with 2 axes, demonstrated success and leadership potential. They then continue with the points that are toward the upper right of the graph. This implies that applicants' merits are quantified. I'd assume that many more schools do this, but this is the first time I've heard this publicly instead of the typical "holistic review" answer.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 20:46
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I attended both the admissions chat and Sloan on the Road yesterday, and here is some info I learned:

There are LOTS of involved Sloan alumni in SF - there were 30+ at the event
All parts of admissions are handled by adcom professionals
Last year, 4125 applicants for ~ 400 spots. 11 % admit rate. 18-19% of apps were invited to interview, so interview invite is relatively selective.
The interview is not blind, and they often seek to answer questions about your weaknesses.

Applications are put onto a scatter plot with 2 axes, demonstrated success and leadership potential. They then continue with the points that are toward the upper right of the graph. This implies that applicants' merits are quantified. I'd assume that many more schools do this, but this is the first time I've heard this publicly instead of the typical "holistic review" answer.


Yeah Business Schools should really stop being hypocritical when they say applicants should be honest and creative. They should stop touting this "holistic" bullshit and I'm glad MIT is doing lots of things differently.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 20:53
Interesting they would say that. I was late to the LA session, but when discussing admissions, I could have sworn they said holistic.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 22:04
They may have still used the phrase "holistic review" (I can't recall specifically), but the scatter plot graphing definitely means that applicants are measured along 2 metrics, instead of some nebulous subjective review. I'm sure they still look at all aspects of the application together to reach each score, so their review is holistic. Obviously the methods used to determine each score could be subjective. So yes, their review looks at all parts of the application, but they actually provided a peek into how apps are reviewed instead of giving the stock answer, and that information is useful in crafting a solid total package.

The main feeling I got was that their review process was almost scientific (they mentioned weekly scoring caliibration meetings amongs adcoms), and it is probably very difficult to overcome a glaring weakness in either of their metrics.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 22:20
Also, if anyone is interested in a chat transcript from 10/7, PM me. They stated that they wouldn't post transcripts later and participants should save it out for later review. I haven't gone through it myself because it is pretty hard to follow and very long; participant messages were unmoderated, and they would often respond to questions asked much earlier in the chat without repeating the question.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 05:56
Question on essays:

I am having hard time in deciding so hoping for some help here ....

In the cover letter Sloan ask the impact thing..

could you use the same story (social initiative in community) and expand it in detail in essay 3 (took responsibility for achieving an objective). Or should I use a diff story (talk about another social initiative that I am working in my company)?

FYI : My Recomender are anyways gonna mention the initiative that i took in my company.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 06:12
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Yes two examples are fine in the same essay if you are able to support the same idea. In a stylistic sense, I wouldn't want the examples to deviate significantly so to dilute your point.


This is little confusing.. in all their essays adcoms are asking "Please describe a time " ... do you think it is wise to have 2 example when adcom as specifically streegin for one time .
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 17:46
I am planning for R1 right now - but not sure if I can complete it on time. I had attended the MIT Sloan Roadshow in Houston. There were about 10 alums that had turned up. I remember them mentioning the same quantatative approac for evaluating applications - should expect it from MIT. :)

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 18:08
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I am planning for R1 right now - but not sure if I can complete it on time. I had attended the MIT Sloan Roadshow in Houston. There were about 10 alums that had turned up. I remember them mentioning the same quantatative approac for evaluating applications - should expect it from MIT. :)

Still 18 days to go....you should be able to do it. I still have tuck and kellogg and then I'll get to MIT

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2009, 08:30
Im in for 1st round
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2009, 16:42
ROLL CALL PG UPDATED

Anyone wants to take over for updating MIT Sloan Roll Call PG?

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2009, 21:17
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2009, 12:38
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Yes two examples are fine in the same essay if you are able to support the same idea. In a stylistic sense, I wouldn't want the examples to deviate significantly so to dilute your point.


This is little confusing.. in all their essays adcoms are asking "Please describe a time " ... do you think it is wise to have 2 example when adcom as specifically streegin for one time .


Let me be clear if you can use one example and create an essay that conveys the idea without being wordy then do that. If you can not answer the question without 2 examples, then be careful to ensure the examples are highly complimentary.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2009, 14:55
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clarksdv2 wrote:
Yes two examples are fine in the same essay if you are able to support the same idea. In a stylistic sense, I wouldn't want the examples to deviate significantly so to dilute your point.


This is little confusing.. in all their essays adcoms are asking "Please describe a time " ... do you think it is wise to have 2 example when adcom as specifically streegin for one time .


Let me be clear if you can use one example and create an essay that conveys the idea without being wordy then do that. If you can not answer the question without 2 examples, then be careful to ensure the examples are highly complimentary.


Sure thing. I am sticking with one example and in order to make it dense...I am devoting 1/3rd essay on making the stage.

for ex: For #3 - Please describe a time when you took responsibility for achieving an objective.

I have spent ~100 words settgin up the stage and how I fit in. I also explained why did I chose to take the responsibility.

Is that the right way?

thanks in advacne
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2009, 01:27
In R1.
Or might be R2... I took the decision two days ago and I'm not sure I will have enough time to pack a nice application before the deadline! I need to work seriously on these essays... :(
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2009, 12:33
Anybody else having problems with the "Optional Information" section? I get an error message. I get the same message when trying to access the application pdf preview before submission.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2009, 14:28
I will give it a try tonight. I am planning on taking an essay break and working on information forms tonight after submitting my first app yesterday.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 09:02
I had no problem filling out the information sections and uploading the documents I had ready last night. Anyone else notice how brief the application is? No activities/awards section... with essays limited to experiences from the last 3 years, I might have to put some of that stuff into the resume.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants   [#permalink] 15 Oct 2009, 09:02
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