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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 09:09
Does anyone know if MIT admissions process is anything like rolling admissions? I submitted my application on October 1, but I'm still waiting on a recommender to submit his recommendation. If it's anything like rolling admissions, I need to give him a call.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 09:23
I tried again today and had no problems with the app forms.

Submitted R1 (still waiting for one recommender that seems to wait until the last minute though).
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 16:46
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2009, 12:58
No rolling admissions, get that recommendation letter in by the deadline. I know the adcom folks can be a bit forgiving, but I wouldn't count on it.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2009, 13:08
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[/quote]

Setting the stage is certainly a key piece, I know most of the adcom folks and they work damn hard since they read every application with their small staff. If you can capture their attention and pull them into the story, all the better. I'm sure they get quite a few cookie cutter essays. One of them told me they read up to 10 apps a day between the deadline and interview announcement.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2009, 09:03
I like these essays a lot. Applying R2 if I don't hear from Stern R1 by early Dec...
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2009, 16:18
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I like these essays a lot. Applying R2 if I don't hear from Stern R1 by early Dec...


keep in mind that Sloan R2 = R3 at other schools.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2009, 16:25
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No rolling admissions, get that recommendation letter in by the deadline. I know the adcom folks can be a bit forgiving, but I wouldn't count on it.


Great! Thanks!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2009, 20:42
clarksdv2 wrote:
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


Setting the stage is certainly a key piece, I know most of the adcom folks and they work damn hard since they read every application with their small staff. If you can capture their attention and pull them into the story, all the better. I'm sure they get quite a few cookie cutter essays. One of them told me they read up to 10 apps a day between the deadline and interview announcement.[/quote]

Hey clarks .. thanks for confirming. I tried my best and hope they like it. Thanks for comfirmign that we need to set up the stage... I was discussing this with one of my friends and he said i am wasting words for sth that is not being asked. But I see your pt that this is a prerequisite.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 22:48
In creating the cover letter, how critical is it to minimize overlap between other essays? I realize its best to diversify, but my biggest impact on an org is also one of my biggest professional accomplishments. I'd rather put my best foot forward in the cover letter.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 23:05
unhedged, I am (procrastinating from) writing the cover letter right now :roll:
My current plan is to detail my biggest impact, and then just list my accomplishments. Cramming all this and showing fit with MIT in 500 words is quite a challenge! I am actually concerned about being redundant between the cover letter and my resume, but I think it is expected since the resume is a list of qualifications and accomplishments.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 03:49
Recommender still hasn't completed the recommendation form. Guess it's time to send him another reminder, since there's only a week left. Hope he completes it before the deadline.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 07:25
What does the previous post mean that R2 at Sloan is like R3?
Does their acceptance rate drop significantly? Any numbers for that?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 07:47
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What does the previous post mean that R2 at Sloan is like R3?
Does their acceptance rate drop significantly? Any numbers for that?


Sloan only has two rounds, so R2 is like R3 at other schools that have 3 rounds. And yes, your chances drop significantly.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 07:52
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What does the previous post mean that R2 at Sloan is like R3?
Does their acceptance rate drop significantly? Any numbers for that?


Sloan only has two rounds, so R2 is like R3 at other schools that have 3 rounds. And yes, your chances drop significantly.


According to Adcom, they typically get half of each class from each round. R2 is usually larger than R1, so it is a bit more competitive, but I don't think it is quite the same as R3 at other schools, where you are basically competing for a handful of unfilled seats.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 09:43
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In creating the cover letter, how critical is it to minimize overlap between other essays? I realize its best to diversify, but my biggest impact on an org is also one of my biggest professional accomplishments. I'd rather put my best foot forward in the cover letter..


IMO Dont worry about the redundancy. You have to put your best foot forth with cover letter. And then explain them in detail in other essays. For ex.. I expanding my two accomplishments in my other essays.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 10:50
I am also pushing for R1. Started my app on Sunday. Hope to finish by Sunday. My recommender probably is attending the Sharepoint Conference - so will need him to submit pretty soon as well when he comes back on Fri.

I had one question for essay 1 - "you went beyong what was defined, expected, established, or popular". My example does not have the popular aspect of the question. It just talks about what was defined, expected and established. My act definitely was popular. Does this really make a difference?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 11:02
adabass wrote:
I am also pushing for R1. Started my app on Sunday. Hope to finish by Sunday. My recommender probably is attending the Sharepoint best practices conference - so will need him to submit pretty soon as well when he comes back on Fri.

I had one question for essay 1 - "you went beyong what was defined, expected, established, or popular". My example does not have the popular aspect of the question. It just talks about what was defined, expected and established. My act definitely was popular. Does this really make a difference?


The question says: defined, expected, established, or popular. Because it says "or", it does not need to address all of these points.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 23:50
adabass wrote:
I am also pushing for R1. Started my app on Sunday. Hope to finish by Sunday. My recommender probably is attending the Sharepoint Conference - so will need him to submit pretty soon as well when he comes back on Fri.

I had one question for essay 1 - "you went beyong what was defined, expected, established, or popular". My example does not have the popular aspect of the question. It just talks about what was defined, expected and established. My act definitely was popular. Does this really make a difference?


Wow looks like people are quick here. I just started on Essay 1 today. Looks like this is gonna go down to the wire too.
good luck !!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2009, 00:19
Are people counting the headers and signatures in their word counts for the cover letter? MIT is very specific on limits for the resume and essays, so I am being extra careful to be under the limits... I wouldn't be surprised if they automated word and line counting of submitted materials somehow.
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