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MBA Program Review
My Sloan experience
January 12 | 2016
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     By Aringo 753 340
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

Aringo

Review by an Aringo Admissions Consultant who has attended Sloan




What is special about MIT?
a. The spirit of MIT – the university has a soul, and for me that was the most amazing thing
b. Focus on entrepreneurship, being a hub of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking not only from the MBA classmates but also the brilliant minds from the engineering schools
c. No peer pressure to join stereotypical MBA jobs like consulting or ibanking, a lot of new ideas and pursuits are encouraged
d. Focus on team work
e. Tolerance for failure

MIT has introduced the optional/video essay. I would recommend attempting the video essay if possible because it gives an opportunity to showcase something very different about the candidate, and create an informal setting to learn more about who you really are. It reflects the spirit and energy of the school as well.

As for the atmosphere in the school, there is a palpable sense of mutual respect and admiration amongst all students, no one is ranked or called out for either being from a wealthy background or having certain brands on their resume. The students love the way in which selection process happens and assume there must be something wonderful about everyone who is there. Sloan is not transactional. There is no fee for every mixer or interaction, a lot of things are school sponsored and encourage everyone to come out and get to know each other and do stuff together.

As for the area, Cambridge is a university town. Lots of brilliant young minds, the vibe is very young, entrepreneurial, energetic and optimistic. Accommodation is expensive but unaffordable. Boston/Cambridge has a nice cultural vibe. Lots of art events to attend, very pro-diversity and liberal. Winters are cold and snowed under but its not windy like Chicago so its quite beautiful if you ask me.

Who will enjoy the program?
Someone who is liberal, looking for a genuinely engaging experience versus just doing bschool as a resume check point. Someone with an inquisite mind and proactive nature and doesn’t expect to be spoon fed or handheld all the time. Folks with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology will do very well here. Those who need structures not so well.

Tips for candidates:
a. It is particularly important to be yourself in the Sloan application, they are not impressed by arrogance or make-believe.
b. Highlight what you are passionate about in life and what makes you who you are
c. Show a clear passion for the school, do a lot of research in detail about courses and activities that would benefit you
d. Understand what the Sloan mission is all about, they really believe in it, and mean it. The focus on ethics, diversity and advancement of management principles is very deeply ingrained in the school
e. Higher analytical ability, passion for data, technology, new and efficient way of doing things, challenging status quo are all great things to have for Sloan.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Faculty is all about high thinking. Focus is on bringing out the essence of a concept, encourage open debate and discussion, provide a spectrum of perspectives. Assignments and learning are for the most part meaningful and relevant. If you don’t like a class, you can opt out late into the semester and it won’t reflect on your academic record which is just wonderful.

About job placement process

Saying you are from MIT or MIT Sloan opens almost every door. Its really upto how focused, proactive and determined you are
Career office is very good when it comes to consulting, finance, tech and increasingly marketing jobs. They organize a lot of workshops, coaching sessions etc. Very helpful.
Career office not that great in traditionally non-MBA sectors like media entertainment, fashion, etc.
There are some opportunities to get part-funding for doing social impact internships, but not as much as some other peer schools
McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Genentech, Deloitte, J P Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citi, love Sloan, there’s definitely a few more that I’m missing.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Admissions Team


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1 Commented by Ergenekon on January 14, 2016
Great review!!! Thanks a lot!!! I think you meant accomodation is expensive, but affordable.
2 Commented by kulamani on June 17, 2017
I really love MIT, but I dont know i will get admission or not ? as i am not having that money to get into any US school. it's my dream school, but as per above remarks i really thanks to them who puts such comments and it's really give some amount of energy to me to try at least in this life...rest god only knows....thanks again...
MBA Program Review
Amazing Experience so far!!
October 03 | 2017
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By maas 1 0
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

So far it has been an amazing ride! It is like Disney World for adults. Sloan admissions staff are very picky, but they do an amazing job of getting humble, down to Earth individuals with simply amazing/impressive backgrounds. Honestly the students here are so amazing. The ocean system (cohorts) are awesome I love my ocean!!

What I love about Sloan is that there is sooo much to do. Constant innovation in every activity, class, project. But the SOCIAL LIFE has been unbeatable. Sloanies love to travel, go out and get to know each other. BHP bar every Wednesday, C-Functions (Beer Consumption Functions) on Thursdays, Treks to all over the world (with more than half the class going on these treks), Pre-Function (Trip before Orientation - I got to go to Prague) ski trip, balls, Oktoberfest, Clubs, retreats, the list goes on and on.

I can't say enough about my classmates. I feel like I am studying with the next set of billionaires. Definitely a big entrepreneurial culture (even if you are not an entrepreneur like me). The access to the rest of MIT is amazing, having the MIT email alone has given me incredible power to network not just with alumni, but CEOs and entrepreneurs.

I came from NY with a Finance background, the finance professors are top notch (already met a handful of MIT finance Nobel Laureates) and being taught by one at the moment. I am so happy that I chose Sloan, I want to stay in Finance, so it was not an easy decision (I was also accepted at 2 other Finance Heavy M7 schools). But I definitely made the right one!!

About professors, classes and curriculum

Sloan has only one core semester which you take with your "ocean". It is lots of fun, and VERY flexible after Core. School makes sure to pack the core with top notch professors.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
MIT Sloan first year
January 13 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By jibazet 1 0
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The first semester at MIT Sloan School of Management exceeded my initial expectations. What I valued the most of these first 6 months is the people I met. Everyone is extremely collaborative and supportive. If applying to consulting, there is a great community of both first and second years that will dedicate a lot of time to helping others. Another thing I loved is the innovative and technology driven culture. There is always something new going on around campus and most things are free for every student to access. One suggestion I would make to future applicants is to talk to many people from the schools you are applying. It is better to find your perfect fit than to drive your applications by the rankings.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Facilities

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
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     By ezuk711 1 0
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Having just finished the first semester of my first year, I think MIT Sloan does a great job of challenging you through the Core classes. There were times where I was frustrated by the forced teamwork, or the ambiguity in assignments, but looking back on it, those experiences were where I really developed the most. I credit Sloan with not being afraid to put their students in positions of discomfort, as they realize that real world situations rely on your to embrace discomfort and seek it out to really grow. I am certainly looking forward to continuing my growth through choosing my own classes from here on out.

About job placement process

Consulting is by far the most common recruiting path among first years. I would guess that about 80% of my class has either worked in consulting before or want to recruit for it. That common thread is a great connector among pretty much the whole class.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
Love Sloan
January 08 | 2017
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By bcya100 27 9
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Having researched the school and interacted with plenty of classmates before school, I came into Sloan with high expectations. But I have to say that the school has exceeded them all. Two things have especially stood out for me: the opportunities and the people. I knew that attending MIT would open a lot of doors, but I am amazed on a daily basis how many doors have been opened for me and how much companies and people value and respect the MIT brand. Additionally, the variety and breadth of classes that a student can take is outstanding.
But it's the people that make Sloan what it is. Everyone is super friendly and accessible - always willing to help with classwork, networking, or advice and support for personal issues. I knew coming in that I would be involved in the community, but the energy is infectious and you end up doing four or five times the activities and events you thought you would.
I cannot say enough good things about the school, best decision I have ever made.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Tons of variety and opportunities. The professors are super engaging and interesting, and the short core curriculum gives you the freedom to explore a variety of fields and interests.

About job placement process

Sloan has a quiet period for the first month of core where companies cannot contact students, allowing the students to get their bearings with school and social life before diving into the recruiting process. Once that starts, you are wined and dined by top companies on a daily basis, and there are more opportunities than students.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity


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MBA Program Review
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     By helvcn 26 7
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The classmates are very humble and friendly. You will work with a core team of 7 members in the first semester.

The school has a ton of resources if you want to start your own company. For the recruiting, it has a very structured process for IBD, consulting and technology. Sloan is the target school for all major consulting firms and investment banks. The competition for IBD jobs is significantly less intense than peer schools as there are less applicants.

In terms of the academic, you can choose up to 3 courses in either Harvard or other departments from MIT. And the one-semester core really helps me to customize my MBA experience.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By coblin 27 3
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

MIT Sloan is the business school for people who have hesitations about joining an environment of Type A, hyper-competitive students -- something business schools have unfortunately become known for. This is supported by three driving forces:

1) Admissions intentionally selects to create a down-to-earth culture
2) No strong requirement (but introspection still required!) to know your career path post-MBA
3) Sloan is always humbled by the engineering presence in the entire context of MIT

Starting with the culture, the famous Rod Garcia, who has led the MIT Sloan admissions team for longer than almost any other business school, is known and highly respected for his ability to pick the right candidates to fill the seats at MIT Sloan. The result is a cohort of humble (instead of proud), collaborative (instead of competitive) and accomplished (although you wouldn't know it if you met them at a party) students. This means, despite lack of non-grade disclosure, the cohort is more than willing to share with everyone else, maximizing learning and development opportunities for everyone. The cohort is encouraged to be proud of being the best "team" material, based on the thesis that teams, not individuals, are what drive business and action in the real world.

In an environment that does not start with a facetious post MBA goal, everyone is encouraged to take risks, with no baggage or excuses, further contributing to the shared struggle and culture described above.

In a way, this culture is necessary, in an environment such as MIT that is so dominated by the engineering schools, who will always remain skeptical of the business school students. The culture goes a long way in connecting these faculties, and can claim to have one of most well integrated entrepreneurship centers, reaching across Sloan and engineering rather than in individual silos.

However, this culture does not come without its opportunity costs. While the focus is internal, and maximises the enrichment of the student cohort, it does not perform as strong at representing and boasting its advantages to the public. As a result, Sloan probably ranks 1-3 spots below where it belongs on most business school rankings, if that matters to you. But it doesn't seem to matter to the students who apply and are ultimately accepted into Sloan's collaborative culture.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The one-semester Core is a great common bonding experience for the whole class, and is brief enough to provide space for 3 semesters of electives. However, the challenge of staffing the core subjects with enough high quality lecturers diminishes the experience of Core subjects. This is in stark contrast to my experience with elective subjects, which have a very high quality. Part of this challenge could be mitigated by streaming students or allowing waivers from certain subjects -- for example, all students need to take economics, accounting or statistics even if they have majored in it.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Culture & Student Support

Admissions Team

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking


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     By dailydose 25 5
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Two things have made my experience at Sloan great: 1) the fantastic culture embodied by the student community and 2) the variety of interests and expertise available at MIT.

Students here take their learning seriously but don't take themselves too seriously. You will find that there are few if any "hidden agendas" when it comes to collaboration and group work. People are genuinely interested in your personal experiences and look to learn from their peers.

Additionally, there's a lot of cool stuff happening at MIT. I don't think this needs much explanation. What's even better is that there's a constant push to commercialize all this cool shit, so the entrepreneurship environment is hopping and there's a lot of seed money to be spent with very low hurdles for grants.

About professors, classes and curriculum

1-term core, which will be repetitive for those who have a business undergraduate but overall, a necessary step to get everyone equipped with the same basic toolkit. I can't imagine having to go through a 1-year core when the entire program is only 2 years.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
MIT Sloan 2nd Year Review
November 26 | 2016
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     By sbula 1 5
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

I chose MIT Management Sloan School based on my interest and the school's strength in tech management. I am enrolled in the Enterprise Management Track, which I have found useful in gaining experience tackling real business problems by incorporating what we've learned in class and leveraging our diverse experiences.

The program has met my needs, goals, and expectations as I was able to land an internship with a big tech company through MIT Sloan's on-campus recruiting process. Furthermore, the classes I have enrolled in have helped me develop a well-rounded perspective on management, particularly as it relates to technology and innovations in the tech space.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Awesome experience at Sloan!
November 25 | 2016
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     By khatia_ch 16 21
This review is for: Sloan
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

There is literally so many things to do, I barely sleep. I am currently working on couple of school project with REAL companies internationally as well as working with different clubs and conferences.
People are super humble and smart, a little bit nerdy!
We al dream to become entrepreneurs and think about long-term future.
We are excited about technology and new trends.
We partner closely with other schools and take classes there. Cambridge/Boston is a great location!

As you come to Sloan make sure you get involved in as many activities as you possibly can. Meet new people and be open to new ideas. You never know where will Sloan take you. Try to get executive positions in school clubs, organize conferences and take part in case competitions.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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