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Between most of the admission consulting websites, I have seen suggestions that one should submit a multimedia-type original item for the optional question on the MIT Sloan application, or a written essay that adds further information to your application.

Does anybody with strong knowledge of the application process know if it would be more beneficial to post a GPA explanation essay (downward trending GPA, and MS Grad GPA of 3.33)? Is it possible to do both, or is the optional question a one-or-the-other scenario?

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Between most of the admission consulting websites, I have seen suggestions that one should submit a multimedia-type original item for the optional question on the MIT Sloan application, or a written essay that adds further information to your application.

Does anybody with strong knowledge of the application process know if it would be more beneficial to post a GPA explanation essay (downward trending GPA, and MS Grad GPA of 3.33)? Is it possible to do both, or is the optional question a one-or-the-other scenario?


I've gone to a Sloan info session and asked that exact question to an adcom member. She said we can use the space for both. And since there's no word limit, we should still use some discretion about how lengthy to make the essay with additional substance. And the additional substance should not be about why MBA or why Sloan, since they'll get that in the interview. They just want to know more about you beyond the typical application components.

On a separate note, I wish bschools would just rename the "optional essay" to "Issue Statement" or "Optional Statements" since they want it to be brief. The word "essay" makes you think you need to write in detail.

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Thank you, that's great to hear!

Do you have any idea how to present both, given that they're in one text box in the application? Should there be some sort of heading?

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tgaucher wrote:
Thank you, that's great to hear!

Do you have any idea how to present both, given that they're in one text box in the application? Should there be some sort of heading?


I was wondering the same thing, but hadn't seen the application before that info session I attended to ask it that day.

Sloan is having an online webinar next week, so you got a chance to ask live and get an immediate response:
https://applymitsloan.mit.edu/register/MBAChatAug262015

(I literally received the invite to that chat the second I went to respond to your reply.)

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tgaucher wrote:
Thank you, that's great to hear!

Do you have any idea how to present both, given that they're in one text box in the application? Should there be some sort of heading?


I have a concrete answer to your question after attending the Sloan Ambassador Program event today. Adcom said that additional portion about yourself, whether in writing, a video, blog post, etc, must be read within around a minute, so it can't be too long. You can basically separate this portion from actual statements about your gaps all the same way with a line space in between to separate them. For example, you possibly spend 2 sentences talking about a low GPA, then leave one line break between that and your paragraphs about yourself or a link to your blog post or link to a video or whatever medium you have that in. If it's a link to something online, obviously let them know what you are trying to show them before presenting the link.

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