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MIT Sloan -- Current student AMA

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New post 04 Apr 2017, 20:05
AMA -- pasted from post I made in WSO

Given round 2 results are just out (congrats AdMITS!) and inspired by a few of the other people (@"Masterz57" @"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at MIT's Sloan School.


I went to an ivy undergrad, and did the usual finance IBD route. Wanted an early out of finance, so decided to apply to bschool, namely HSW and Sloan. Got into Sloan and one of the three, but eventually opted for Sloan due to the strong startup culture here that was not present in the competing offer (am aiming to start a company before I graduate). I have an offer in [IBD/consulting] for the summer, which I am taking as a backup in case the startup plan fails - and to fund the initial seed of the company.

Sloan Culture (yes, stealing @"OpsDude"/@" Masterz57" format, but I thought it was good)

Location: Cambridge/Boston is an amazing city to live in. I am actively considering moving here permanently post-graduation given its strong employment prospects, startup scene (perhaps a #3 behind Silicon Valley/Alley?), and (very slightly) lower cost of living compared to SF/NYC.

Networking: Sloan is just the right size I feel of ~400 kids. I personally know everyone in my class and we can all more or less fit in a couple WhatsApp groups.

Students: definitely the draw here as Sloan's culture is very "nice", especially compared to my undergrad days. Sloanies help other Sloanies, and it's part of the reason why I'm writing this AMA.

Social Life: unfortunately, this is where the extroverts would say we lose out to the other school across the river. Sloan, being part of MIT, has a slightly more academic vibe, so we don't go out on Sunday evenings. But Wednesdays - Saturdays are all fair game; so one night less compared to comps.

Recruiting - key differentiating point

Sloan does extremely well here. I don't know anyone who was actively seeking a summer internship who didn't get a position in their industry of choice (of course not everyone gets into GS, but those who sought IBD positions "at least"* got into the elite boutiques).

*Some actively chose EBs over BBs

The same for consulting, and tech/startups, which is Sloan's strong suit.
For tech, a couple points: you do not generally need to code to get jobs at AMZN/FB/GOOG/MSFT, as long as you display a passion for their products. Sloan also has a great startup scene, with one of the best (if not the best) startup accelerator program, through a collective resource pool of competitions, such as the $100k challenge, or the MIT Delta V (delta V = acceleration... geddit?) summer accelerator. Many of my peers are doing the exact same thing I do, which is to hold a summer [IBD/consulting/big company job] on the side, while doing a startup, and hoping the startup succeeds, but yet with a good fall back. I feel this is something unique to Sloan and perhaps to a degree, Stanford - but that's more West Coast.


I have yet to meet a person who is cut throat academically. People are here to learn. They are passionate about learning, but not about grade grubbing. Sloan is one of the few places where Nobel Prize winning professors teach as well, and it's amazing to walk down the same hallways and not geek out when you meet Robert Merton.

Happy to take comments/questions from here on out.
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New post 20 Dec 2017, 15:37
Thank you so much for doing this! I really appreciate the detail and thought.

I've been admitted to Sloan and was hoping to get some more information about the experience of partners there. I'm not sure if you have a partner there with you, but I was wondering if you have any insight on the integration of partners into the Sloan community. Do they commonly come on social trips? Audit classes? Attend school events? Generally feel welcome by the school and the student body?

Thank you again!
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New post 21 Dec 2017, 07:42
Thanks for posting this - it's super helpful!

You mentioned that Sloan is more academic and that students generally don't go out on Sundays -- which is totally fine by me. But, I'd be curious to hear more about the social scene -- what have your past few weekends looked like? What have been your favorite social events, both on and off campus? How often do you spend your weekends on campus versus off-campus in Boston/Cambridge versus traveling to other cities?

Also, do you feel like you (and others you know) have become close with your class as a whole or do people tend to cluster into more intimate circles?

Thanks again!!
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New post 23 Dec 2017, 08:32

Cheers for posting this at a pretty critical time!

What has been your least enjoyable part of your time at MIT Sloan so far?

How supportive were the school with helping to find funding for the course?

Are there any significant costs or expenditures that I'd need to prepare for?

Sorry for bombarding you with questions, I've just been admitted to LBS,Saïd and Sloan for next year's MBA programmes and I'm trying to figure out where to go.

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New post 24 Dec 2017, 05:55

Thanks for the AMA!

One thing I've been looking for but can't get a clear answer on is what is the culture like for non traditional students? I'm particularly coming from nonprofit and international development, and I've heard Sloan is great for social impact-- but I don't have any specifics to point to. Any thoughts on how many non traditional students you see, how they like Sloan, what their career prospects are?
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