Does your staff re-examine their previous application(s)?

Yes, we have access to them but they are not the primary focus of the evaluation.

Describe how the financial aid process works and what admitted students can expect in terms of scholarships, assistantships, and loan guarantees.

Our CitiAssist loan is guaranteed by the School — for international students as well — so everyone who gets in qualifies for that aid and can attend.  We also offer some merit-based scholarships. We also have an unusually high amount of assistantships available that range from $5,000 to $18,000.  About 50 slots exist per semester.  They are competitive, but a great source of financial help if you get one.

How helpful do applicants generally find a campus visit?

VERY.  I think most people know the value of the curriculum but they are very surprised by the close-knit and down-to-earth student body.  We really are a special place and almost everyone comes away impressed.

How does their visiting campus influence your view of their candidacy?

We often see their applications improve because they know more about us and are excited, but there are no special “bonus points” given for visiting.

Do you have any special instructions or advice for applicants who wish to visit the Sloan campus?

Sign up on the web for our Ambassadors Program — we will introduce you to student hosts, take you to class, lunch and give you a “day in the life” view of the School.  Our goal is to give you a glimpse of the community at work and play, not put on a show.  Also, the students don’t report to the admissions office and we wouldn’t want them to: so you get a very candid sense of the School this way.

What specifically should IT applicants do to differentiate themselves in their applications?

One common failing is spending a lot of time convincing us you are an excellent IT person.  We want to know about your management skills and achievements.

Can you briefly describe the housing situation for your students?

We have a brand new graduate dorm on campus, as well as married student housing with day care on site that overlooks the river, and some of the nicest neighborhoods in Boston are 5-10 minutes away by Train: Beacon Hill, Harvard and Central Squares, Back Bay, etc.

What distinguishes MIT Sloan and its students?

Everybody is smart, but everybody is down to earth and interested in more than their own careers. They are interested in the world around them and in their peers, and they have a global vision of industry.

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