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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2014, 23:42
Do they actually read the optional essay? It seems that most mba consultants recommend not to submit anything for the optional essays, unless you have something unusual about your profile to explain.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2014, 00:30
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Do they actually read the optional essay? It seems that most mba consultants recommend not to submit anything for the optional essays, unless you have something unusual about your profile to explain.


It depends which school and what question. Some schools outright ask you to explain extenuating circumstances in the Optional essay (the question will explicitly say this). Other schools (such as MIT Sloan and specifically the question this year) allow you to get creative in the Optional essay.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2014, 00:31
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Do they actually read the optional essay? It seems that most mba consultants recommend not to submit anything for the optional essays, unless you have something unusual about your profile to explain.


It depends which school and what question. Some schools outright ask you to explain extenuating circumstances in the Optional essay (the question will explicitly say this). Other schools (such as MIT Sloan and specifically the question this year) allow you to get creative in the Optional essay.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2014, 23:51
It's been a while since the last post. Just shaking up the thread.
I hope everyone's on track to submitting a strong app.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2014, 07:00
FROM Sloan Admissions Blog: How the MIT Sloan Admissions Team Evaluates our MBA Candidates
Throughout our recruiting trips this summer, our Admissions Team has been asked a very popular question: “What exactly are you looking for when reviewing my application?”

Our goal has always been to make the application process as transparent and upfront as possible, so I want to share how our Admissions Team evaluates our MBA candidates. We use a competency model that helps us to assess the data and to quantify the track record of success that is presented in your application.

We evaluate characteristics on two dimensions:  Demonstrated Success and Personal Attributes.  For Demonstrated Success we look for evidence of academic abilities and professional success.  Personal Attributes we look for include; ability to work on a team, ability to challenge the status quo or solve complex problems, innovative ways to make an impact, and a drive to achieve goals.

Our evaluation process, which includes a required face-to-face interview by invitation only, helps us to get to know you and to give us a better idea of how you have acted, felt or thought in specific situations.  It also gives you an opportunity to get to know us better as well.

We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications.  We have a professional Admissions Committee (no students or faculty). They will read your entire application. We encourage you to respond to the optional question to tell us more about yourself.

We hope this was helpful in completing your application!  We look forward to receiving it!

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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 01:15
Finally done with my essays, heading up to the optional one.

Seems like I'm on track for round 1.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 06:09
Hello everyone. It is definitely way too quiet in here for a fun school like MIT Sloan!

While I hope it means the competition is slim this year, I'm sure it's down to the deadline creeping up!

I'm offering a bit of motivation care of MIT Sloan Admissions (in case not already seen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGJL7ciQC94

Enjoy and best of luck!
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 08:28
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Thanks for the info session in NYC last night, very informative....also, really great mix of both traditional and non traditional alumni speaker backgrounds/career paths.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2014, 21:05
Hi guys,

For some reason I'm unable to figure out how to upload/submit my essays on Sloan's app.applyyourself.com portal. I'm not able to find the essay/resume links on the navigation side-bar (screenshot attached). Am I missing something?

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For some reason I'm unable to figure out how to upload/submit my essays on Sloan's app.applyyourself.com portal. I'm not able to find the essay/resume links on the navigation side-bar (screenshot attached). Am I missing something?

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Start filling up your application. In the beginning it will ask you which program you are applying for. Once you choose MBA for 2015, there will be an additional section added to the panel which will read "For MBA Applicants only". You can upload your essays there.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2014, 20:22
The Resume instruction reads - We highly encourage you to follow the résumé template provided in the résumé upload section under MBA Applicants Only.

Is anyone using other formats or sticking to the one provided by MIT?
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2014, 20:51
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The Resume instruction reads - We highly encourage you to follow the résumé template provided in the résumé upload section under MBA Applicants Only.

Is anyone using other formats or sticking to the one provided by MIT?


The template puts Education before Experience, which I find unusual. I'm not following the template. I think the template has been extracted from one of the current or past MBA students of MIT, applying for jobs.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2014, 21:38
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The Resume instruction reads - We highly encourage you to follow the résumé template provided in the résumé upload section under MBA Applicants Only.

Is anyone using other formats or sticking to the one provided by MIT?


The template puts Education before Experience, which I find unusual. I'm not following the template. I think the template has been extracted from one of the current or past MBA students of MIT, applying for jobs.


Yes. It is the template used by MIT students. I generally felt that since MIT adcom is familiar with this format, they may be able to read our Resume more thoroughly (and know where to look for what info) than in other formats which may take them more time to read.

Also, putting Education section at the top or the bottom is a much debated issue. After asking a lot of people, I have decided to put mine at the top.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2014, 07:00
FROM Sloan Admissions Blog: Round I Deadline around the Corner- Advice for MIT Sloan MBA Applicants  
There is only one week left until our Round 1 Deadline, Tuesday, September 23rd  at 3  p.m. ET.  We are looking forward to receiving all of your applications!

If your application is complete, or close to being finished, you might be wondering – what is the advantage of applying in Round I?

By applying in R1, there are more opportunities for your application to be reviewed. Typically 10-15% of R1 candidates are wait listed or deferred to Round 2. These applicants are then re-evaluated along with R2 candidates, giving them a second chance to be invited for an interview or given an offer of admission.

I want to give some last minute tips and advice for completing your application (please note, some of these are technical, but my goal is to clear up any confusion):

The online application:

▪ In order to upload files, you need to complete the self-identifying aspects of the application and press save.

▪ The PDF preview may not show your entire application, but the admissions team will have received all of your information and data.

▪ If your undergraduate institution did not provide your class rank, please leave the field blank.

Transcripts and courses:

▪ Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation need to be written in English.

▪ If you took AP Calculus in high school and tested out of a college math requirement, you should fill in the grade box with “AP.”

▪ If a class does not have Calculus or Microeconomics in the title, do not include it in the Calculus or Microeconomics box.  We will view this data on your transcript.

▪ If you are a double major, please choose one major to list for your GPA.

▪ If you do not have a major GPA, please leave it blank – do not self-calculate.

▪ If you have an international GPA, please report it as it was given to you and include the scale.

Required information:

▪ Self-report your GMAT or GRE score in your application,  and make sure to send the official score to us as well.

▪ I strongly suggest that you use the résumé template provided in the application.  You may use an alternate format, as long as you keep it to one page and provide all of the required information.

I encourage you to respond to the optional question.  It is another opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from others.

I also want to share this recent blog posting from one of our first year MBA students with you http://mitsloan.mit.edu/student-blogs/mba-2016/words-to-2017/

I hope this information is helpful to you.  It will be a nice feeling to press “submit!” on your application.  On behalf of the entire Admissions team, we are excited to receive your applications and to get to know you.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at adcom@sloan.mit.edu or 617-258-5434.

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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 02:40
Closing in on a week until the R1 deadline!

How's everyone doing?
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 05:35
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Closing in on a week until the R1 deadline!

How's everyone doing?


Done, Dusted, and Submitted :beer
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 09:53
Submitted for R1!
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2014, 10:00
FROM Sloan Admissions Blog: MIT Sloan Admissions Hosts Diversity Weekend
I wanted to make you aware of a great opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and community at MIT Sloan:  Diversity Weekend. Diversity Weekend is open to prospective candidates who are interested in learning more about the inclusive environment at MIT Sloan.  The two-day event is Thursday-Friday, October 2-3.  Attendees will learn more about the campus, community, mentorship opportunities, admissions tips, and more.  They will hear from Admissions representatives, students and faculty.  It is an event not to be missed.

The application to attend the event involves a simple sign-up process and we ask that interested participants register by September 26.  I am including the link below:http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events/mit-sloan-diversity-weekend/

Denise Castro Baily ‘15, a current MBA/HKS dual-degree student has shared her thoughts on Diversity Weekend: “Diversity Day was the perfect introduction to life at MIT Sloan! The students were so welcoming, and the warm and inviting nature of the school confirmed everything I had heard about MIT Sloan. It only took a few hours on campus, with students, and in classes for me to know that MIT Sloan was a special place – and more importantly, the place for me to get a MBA. The fact that Sloan works so hard to put this special event together and that it has such high visibility with faculty, staff, and administration was evidence to me that MIT Sloan truly values diversity and makes an active effort to embrace it.” To hear more from Denise, watch this video interview http://youtu.be/DYkBCgRGyXo

I hope that you will join us for this informative event. Fall is the perfect time to visit campus, and I look forward to meeting you!

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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2014, 10:07
Man I''m shocked it was as low as 1/3 to 1/2 of people who used the optional essay last year. That seems crazy, why would you not do it if you're serious about the school? I've got everything filled in but still working on my video....going to be short and sweet.
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Re: Calling all MIT-Sloan Applicants(2015 Intake) -Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2014, 06:06
About to submit. I just noticed that ECs and activities are not included in the online application? Anyone else notice this? Where is a good place to talk about them?
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