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MIT And Indians [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 23:31
[ If this discussion does not belong here, then I request moderators to please move it. I did not post it in the desi discussion thread only because I welcome takes of all people in the know, desi/ non-desi]

Last year while researching schools I came across this rumour that Sloan is not very desi freindly ( esp. Indians applying from India). I did not research the school further. This year I am seriosuly considering applying to MIT. But the desi student profiles I could find are either who share indian names but were born outstide of India ( majority) or did grad education in US and have been in US for long ( might have been US perm resident by now, dunno). Still, I could not find any person who actually applied from India and got in. I am sure there are, but anyone has any idea how many Indians attend MIT who joins straight from India? Thanks.
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Re: MIT And Indians [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 05:05
I believe collegesenior applied directly from India and got in (however he chose to defer his admit).
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Re: MIT And Indians [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 05:58
21% od Sloan students hold citizenship from Asia....breakdown, not sure. But if you visit Sloan's MC Club website, you will see the desis are represented.

It also seems like they have a fairly active South Asian Business Club:

http://sloansabc.pbwiki.com/

Perhaps contact the club directly and ask just!
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Re: MIT And Indians [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 09:52
I think the real issue isnt race but its career. MIT applicants come from engineering at a much greater rate than any of the other top schools...from what I remember its insanely biased towards engineers. The vast number of Indian applicants are engineers, so that alone makes it that much tougher. I think for all engineers MIT is very very difficult, not limited to Indians.
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Re: MIT And Indians [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 09:55
I would say this. Indians can and do get in. But as you go up the rankings, pedigree in work experience and of your UG school counts more and more. If you are a non-IIT UG, then you better have a grad degree from the US.

Most indians who get into the top schools are ABCDs who have better diversity than the swadeshi applicants and/or women applicants(since they enjoy lesser competition and because all schools are trying to attract more women) and/or non-tech applicants(say advertising, medicine, manufacturing etc).

This again doesnt mean Indian IT folks who dont fall under the above buckets dont get in at MIT. Some do, but chances are extremely slim.
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Re: MIT And Indians [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 10:28
Thanks everyone for responding. Yes I had checked the consulting club members, but there are two things I have noticed: 1. The event calender is not updated since 2006, it seems, so I dunno how updated other info are and 2. There are desi origin people, but I was wondering how many straight land up their from India.

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I would say this. Indians can and do get in. But as you go up the rankings, pedigree in work experience and of your UG school counts more and more. If you are a non-IIT UG, then you better have a grad degree from the US.

Most indians who get into the top schools are ABCDs who have better diversity than the swadeshi applicants and/or women applicants(since they enjoy lesser competition and because all schools are trying to attract more women) and/or non-tech applicants(say advertising, medicine, manufacturing etc).

This again doesnt mean Indian IT folks who dont fall under the above buckets dont get in at MIT. Some do, but chances are extremely slim.


Thanks Prasad. Now, I realize my mistake of not going for MS abroad :cry: ( A non-iit engineer here , did not go for MS even after having decent GRE). BTW, I may not be in the IT people ( did masters in economics after BE and now an econometrician employed in a consulting company). But I am afraid I was still clubbed with the engineer crowd, because in the feedback from Tuck they told me how my engineering degree was relevant and all but they never mentioned anything about my grad degree. Seems, my essays could not act as a differentiator.
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