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Hey Everyone - Welcome to the MIT Sloan Class of 2015 Applicant Thread!! The admissions season is upon us, and Sloan has joined the charge, releasing their deadlines and essay topics for 2012-2013. In the coming months, I'll try to keep this thread as up to date on everything Sloan as I can, but to start things off, here's a cache of information on Sloan for both this year, and past years.

MBA Program Application Deadlines and Important Dates - for August 2013 Entry:


Round I
Application Submission
  • Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 - 3 pm ET
Decision Release
  • Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Reply By
  • Friday, Mar 8, 2013

Round II
Application Submission
  • Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 - 3 pm ET
Decision Release
  • Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013
Reply By
  • Friday, May 24, 2013

*Reapplicants may submit their applications by the Round I or by the Round 2 deadline. LGO reapplicants must submit their reapplications by the LGO deadline.
**Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview.

MIT Sloan Real time Applicant Summary


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Detailed Applicant List





Application Elements


    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. Essays
    4. Letters of Recommendation
    5. Transcript
    6. Test Scores
    7. Application Fee

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1. Cover Letter


Please prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA program. Your letter should describe your accomplishments, address any extenuating circumstances that may apply to your application, and conform to standard business correspondence. Your letter should be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions.


2. Resume


Please prepare a business resume that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. The resume should not be more than one page in length (up to 50 lines).


3. Essays


We are interested in learning more about how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response. Please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years.

In each of the essays, please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

Essay 1: Please describe a time when you had to convince a person or a group of your idea. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
Essay 2: Please describe a time when you overcame a personal setback. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Supplemental Information (Optional)
The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us or your future classmates to know about you. This may be in written or multimedia format. Please do not use Flash Media Player, and include a URL where it can be accessed online. Written essays should be 300 words or fewer.


4. Letters of Recommendation


MBA applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Professional recommendations are preferred from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept mailed recommendations. Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each.

Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:
  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
  • Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
  • Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
  • Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.


5. Academic Records (Transcripts)


Please scan and upload copies of your academic records. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.

Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide an official transcript from each school attended. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection in our decision or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.


6. Test Scores


The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken after September 1, 2008 will be considered. The TOEFL or IELTS is not required for MBA or LGO applicants.

MBA GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-41
MBA GRE School Code: 3791


7. Application Fee


MBA Application Fee: $250.00

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CLASS PROFILE


Full-time students in newest entering class (2010-2011) that are:
Female: 38 %
International: 38 %

Students from following regions:
Africa: 1 %
Asia: 18 %
Europe: 8 %
North America: 64 %
Latin America and the Caribbean: 9 %

Percentage of U.S. students in newest entering class that are:
African American: 8 %
Asian American: 24 %
Hispanic or Latino American: 15 %
Native American: 1 %
White (Non-Hispanic): 46 %
Chose not to report: 6 %

Percentage of U.S. students in newest entering class who are from the following regions:
Northeast: 52 %
Mid-Atlantic: 9 %
South: 9 %
Southwest: 7 %
Midwest: 5 %
West: 18 %

Work Experience
Mean months of work experience of newest entering class: 58
Median months of work experience of newest entering class: 60
Middle 80% range of work experience of newest entering class in months:
From: 36
To: 96

Age
Median age of entering class: 28
Mean age of entering class: 28

GMAT score distribution (incoming class):
Average GMAT Score: 710
50th Percentile (median): 710

(Official Class Profile Page: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/student-exp ... rofile.php)

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Can someone tell Sloan to quit sending out chat invites. They're giving me heart attacks every time I see them.

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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 11:16
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No offense, and I have no doubt that you guys are really smart, but reading some of the english on this forum makes me cringe. Especially for a degree that places a large emphasis on effective communication. I hope you all paid a consultant to fix your essays!

This comment is completely uncalled for. Typos happen, and sometimes, you start typing a sentence and change track midway, without editing out some words. The forum is open to all, and at least for me, is somewhere where I don't really have to worry too about proofreading (enough of that goes into the essays).
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 20:02
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Guys, have quite a few friends who are currently first and second year students at MIT Sloan... the feedback they have considering all other students/applicants of their time FROM THEIR REGION, and after some friendly discussions with adcoms is:

1. For applicants from lesser represented countries (Brazil, Hong Kong etc), invites typically go out in first week of January. So have a great Christmas!
2. For applicants from higher represented countries (US, India), invites should have gone out already, and will go out for the rest of this week. Less than 5% will be invited in the first week of January. After this, if any invites go they are mostly waitlist type.

The above refers to average applicants like me, not the super stars (built and sold facebook, or scaled seven highest peaks kind)...

So guys who like things black and white, and from the US like me, good luck for the next two days. If you dont get an invite just like me, suck it up, and play life well. We will rock the universe in a different way, and show these metrosexual idiots in AdComs how to live a real life...

And for God's sake, please stop asking questions on "Should I have submitted video". Reason: When submitting the application, you either A. considered all options and took a wise decision to submit or not submit video. Then be a man, and stick by your decision. OR B. You couldnt decide properly, and didnt submit. In such a case, better start questioning your decision making ability, realize what is wrong, and take a better decision next time.
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Got the result yesterday and am not invited :(

Anyways since I was planning to release some stuff of my application (the optional essay) in case I am rejected here it is ...

Maybe somebody can use it as a thought provoking impulse.

Since the whole application process for an MBA is really dry and MIT states on various occasions that it has a big emphasize on community and honors humor I figured why not making a funny video that shows my personal side.

So here it is ...

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So I had my Sloan interview today. I think I might just be the last person Sloan interviewed for R1. Well R2ers, hope this helps you -

1) Started with my resume - tell me about your current position, we discussed my role etc.
2) Tell me about a time you had to take others' interests into account.
3) Tell me about a time you had to lead a team.
4) Tell me about a time when you set a goal for yourself.
5) Why MBA? Why Sloan?
6) My questions to him.
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I am ecstatic to report that I've decided to matriculate at Sloan! This fall can't come soon enough!
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HI Guys, I went to the healthcare conference last night, the adcom said they only sent out the invitation to a small group and international. Majority will be send out next week. Interview will be in Jan. I guess they will send out many of them before xmas which make sense. Good luck all!
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Just got the call! Wow. What a feeling! Good luck to everyone else today!!
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I got the call! Can't believe it!!! This whole thing feels so much more real now that I've been admitted at my top-choice school.
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Just got off one of those MIT Adcom chats. They said Latin America and Asia interviews for R1 were going to occur in the region, the first two weeks of January. They didn't mention where, it sounds like they're still planning their city tour out.

US interviews are being held in SF/LA and Cambridge, with plans to go to SF/LA (again) in January. Cambridge invites for the rest of the country will just be rolling.

They also said that the timing of invitation has nothing to do with the strength of the candidate or the likelihood of admittance.

Getting off that chat made me feel a lot better about everything. Answers might have been political and there might be some secret, behind the scenes recipe they're cooking, but I'm going to stop stressing and try to sit tight.

They also said that they'll try to update all the applications before Jan 29. So if you got rejected at least you won't have to wait till the day of to be told.
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For all of you who are fretting over whether or not you made the right call with your Supplemental essay (Did not submit, submitted PPT instead of video, submitted video instead of PPT, submitted a love letter instead of a ring, etc), here's something to (hopefully) help cheer you up:

MIT Sloan AdCom have a very (and I mean VERY) scientific way of grading applications based on certain attributes. Obviously, only AdCom know the full set of attributes, but the commonly quoted ones seem to be 'Intellectual Skills', 'Work Success', and 'Influencing'. This has been their tried-and-tested formula for years, and though they do make certain intuitive calls, those are more the exception than the rule. Once they grade every application, they invite the top 20% for interviews, and admit around 50% from that pool.

Now, the question on everyone's mind is - 'How are AdCom going to grade the supplemental essay, especially when it is format-independent?"
The answer is, they're not. Plain and simple. Check out the following excerpt from mbaMission's interview with Rod Garcia -

"mbaMission: MIT Sloan has introduced a multimedia option into the application. Can you tell us more about that?

RG: Yes, this was a response to this generation. It will give us a new opportunity to see something an applicant has done. Still, it is not scoreable. It might be interesting to see, and it might influence our gut, but it is not a factor in our metrics."

So there. You may have the most killer Supplemental essay, but that will only help swing their gut feel about you, and not influence your metric score in any way. Similarly, you may not have submitted a supplemental essay at all, but you may still feature in the top 20% of applicants. The bottom line is, the supplemental essay does not 'scoreably' influence your application. Of course, once you land the interview, it may influence whether or not you get the call - but that panic and mania is for another day.

Sit back, relax, spend time with family, and enjoy the holidays. Or if you're like me, shut yourself into a closet and cram out essays like there's no tomorrow. Wait, today IS the 21st of December.

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Dear Father in Heaven,

May I be admitted to MIT SLOAN Today - you know I NEED a spot in the class!!

And as many that NEED a spot in the MIT SLOAN class, may they hear the good news today also.

AMEN!

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admitted!! uhuuuuuuuuuu.

can´t believe it. just got the call.
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Well, last year it was 0%, considering no one was taken off the waitlist.


Well, that's not entirely true, because a lucky handful of R1 waitlisters were accepted last year in R2. Maybe around 10?



Hi all!

I found out that a Sloan MBA student committed suicide last year because of the pressure. I am considering Sloan, but I have to admit that I am shocked at the discovery. All business schools are a lot of work but I never heard about anybody committing suicide at a top business school. Maybe after all, Sloan is not that good? The purpose of business school is to build your network and improve your skill set. How could a business school drive its students to suicide?


That is an unfair and unqualified analysis. It is sad enough that someone with their entire life ahead of them resorted to suicide; it is entirely unreasonable however, to pin the cause for their actions on the business school. Have b-school students never committed suicide before? Does this reflect on the school, or its culture, or its rigor?

I don't want to dwell too much on this subject, but if you'd read each article on the unfortunate event carefully, you'd note that the student had worked for 5 years in Investment Banking on Wall Street - on paper, she was well equipped to handle the rigor and pressures of business education.

Business schools are tough - the application process, the experience, recruitment - all aspects of it. I believe however, that this prepares you for a tough, competitive, cut-throat world once you graduate. This does not mean that b-schools are like boot camp, where only the fittest will survive and all others will perish.

Every current student and alumnus I have spoken to has told me the same thing - Your b-school experience is what you make of it. It will be incredibly challenging, but also be an awesome life experience.

A student committed suicide - let us leave it at that. Any attempt to dissect her motivations or deduce her compulsions will be an insult to her memory.

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I am ecstatic to report that I've decided to matriculate at Sloan! This fall can't come soon enough!


Congratulations! It must feel terrific! How did you make your decision? Haas vs Sloan vs Tuck seems like it could have gone any which way.

Great question! I'll try to lay out my rationale as clearly and concisely as possible. Keep in mind, though, that this was a very personal decision and is therefore by no means gospel.

Important Things for Me
Consulting recruiting
Sense of community
Hands-on consulting projects (preferably abroad and at little-to-no cost to me)
Global brand


Sloan vs. Haas
Between Haas and Sloan, I felt Sloan offered everything Haas offered (e.g., a strong community, emphasis on innovation, strong West Coast presence), but was better for me in a few key ways. To name one thing in particular, placement at top consulting firms is stronger at Sloan, which was very important to me. Also, when I originally applied to all my schools, I thought I wanted a strong general management curriculum. However, over the last few months, I came to realize I really want to get back to my quant roots. Also, international travel and hands-on consulting experiences are incredibly important to me. Sloan, given MIT's motto of mens et manus, has really put a staggering amount of resources into action learning classes like India Lab, China Lab, and Global Health Delivery Lab. That really spoke to me.

Plus, I am originally from the Bay Area and have tons of friends out there. While you may think that would be a point in favor of Haas, I was actually very hesitant about going back there for business school. After all, I will be spending $150K+ on school, so the last thing I want is to be tempted (or feel pressured) to fall back into old social circles and fail to throw myself fully into my school's community. For all these reasons, between Sloan and Haas, Sloan was the easy choice for me.

Sloan vs. Tuck
I actually agonized about this decision for a few weeks. I really love Tuck, too, specifically because of its incredible community. Plus, both schools are aces for consulting. That said, the more I thought about what I wanted to get out of school, the more I realized Sloan was actually a better fit. On top of the different curricular focuses (general management vs. quant/action-learning), I realized that I would rather have a one-semester core than a full-year core. Also, I think I would like to move back to California within the next five years, so it is important to me that Sloan and MIT are more well-known on the West Coast.

However, it wasn't until AdMIT Weekend that I was able to make my final decision. Although Sloan "checked more boxes" than Tuck in terms of what I want out of school, I wasn't willing to sacrifice a strong community to achieve my goals. Unsurprisingly (and I'm sure aerien felt the same way about Yale), what really made the difference for me were the people I met. Whether speaking with current students or fellow admits at AdMIT Weekend, I really felt an overwhelming sense of community. That amazing sense of togetherness and community, combined with the "checked boxes," really made the decision easy for me: Sloan had to be my choice.

All three schools are fantastic and I am incredibly grateful to have been able to make this choice. For me, MIT was also the "one that got away" for undergrad, so I'm thrilled to close that loop and make Sloan my home for the next two years (and beyond!).
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Anyone joining the chat earlier today? Is there any new information?


I sat in on the online chat last night – the adcoms were very helpful, though most of the questions were from Round II applicants. A couple things that stood out, at least to me:

For us Round I applicants: It seems a little early, but one admissions member mentioned that interview invites should start going out “sometime next week.” So there’s that.

For Round II applicants: The party line from admissions regarding the supplemental essay/video seems to be that it won’t hurt you if you don’t do it. HOWEVER, reading between the lines I think you’re missing a big opportunity if you leave that section blank. The committee wants to learn something about you that they can’t get out of the rest of your application (if I recall correctly, one committee member went so far as to suggest a preference for audio/visual materials over essays -- though people who then asked about writing an essay were assured doing so wouldn’t put them at a disadvantage…). It all comes down to presenting yourself as a compelling and unique applicant, and it seems like the adcom likes this feature as a new way to get to know us.

So I’ll offer this advice to anyone working on Round II: convince yourself that the optional essay/video isn’t really optional. I was planning to skip the supplement until I figured I might as well come up with something, and I’m glad I did*. It might not get me admitted, but at least I feel like I presented myself in a more complete way.

* It should go without saying, but you should still prioritize the rest of your application over the supplemental part. Don't sacrifice required essay quality to throw together a supplemental video -- but if you have the time, sit down and brainstorm a unique way to present yourself to the adcom. If it's a video, great. If it's an essay, that's good too. If it's a photo of your cat Mittens in an MIT sweater that you knit, well... share that at your own risk!
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Just wanted to offer some encouragement to all R1 applicants anxiously awaiting for interview invites!

I got my invite in mid-January. Invites didn't start rolling out in full force until mid-December. Soooooo sit back, relax and enjoy the holidays. Seriously, there's nothing else you can do at this point...
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Schools: MIT (Sloan) - Class of 2014
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Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 06:45
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Belka wrote:
ruisca wrote:
I received my invite last year on Dec. 16 and interviewed mid January. I'll be happy to answer any questions.



Could you please share your interview experience? Was it mostly behavioral questions or "why MBA/ why Sloan?" questions?
Any tricky questions?

Thank you


You can find online some of the questions that Sloan asks just by doing an easy search. Most of the questions are behavioral and I would recommend you glance over them. Just read the questions and think of some stories in your life that would relate but DO NOT prepare answers (That would make your answers seem unnatural and rehearsed). What I found during the interview was that when I was asked one question, the story I picked and formulated ended up answering 3 at once (I guess because I had that list of questions in mind).

For example with a question such as: "Tell me a time when you asked for help" you can talk about a project that you took up but had difficulties completing the task on time and therefore had to ask someone for their help. But you can also answer questions such as "what's your greatest weakness" "something you have done that you are proud of" "how would your coworkers describe you" just by the way you frame your answer.

I am not saying that is the way you should go about your interview but I found that it helped me feel like I have used the interview time effectively to paint as big of a picture of myself as possible.

Just remember, if you got an interview YOU ARE QUALIFIED. What the interview does is see if you can communicate and if you FIT THE CULTURE. So the best way to prepare is come to campus and meet some of the students.
Re: Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants   [#permalink] 06 Dec 2012, 06:45
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