Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Sustainability PM
GRE 335, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Tech Engineer
GRE 310, GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. CRE
GMAT 625, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Finance Nerd
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Marketing
GRE 327, GPA 3.8
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Wharton | Mr. Global Perspective
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Ms. Marketing Supe Latina
GMAT 720-740 (anticipated), GPA 3.1 (last two years 3.4)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Solutions
GRE 313, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. Valuation Specialist
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Commercial Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Schoolmaster
GMAT 710 (to re-take), GPA 3.5 (Converted from UK)
Wharton | Ms. Atypical Applicant
GRE 314, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. Passion Projects
GMAT 730, GPA 3.15
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Yale | Mr. Army Logistics
GRE 310, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Mr. Clown
GMAT 740, GPA 3.85
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78

MIT Sloan 2018-2019 MBA Deadlines

MIT Sloan School of Management – Ethan Baron photo

MIT’s Sloan School of Management has set a Sept. 25th deadline for round one applications to its prestige MBA program. That’s exactly the same date as last year, with decisions sent to candidates by Dec. 19th.

Sloan is giving this year’s round two applicants a bit more breathing room, moving its deadline back five days to Jan. 22, with decisions due by April 2. The third and final deadline, with exactly a month decision time, is April 8th, for notification by May 8th.

MIT Sloan’s 2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines

Sloan RoundsApplication DeadlineInterviewsDecisions
Round OneSeptember 25, 2018NADecember 19, 2018
Round TwoJanuary 22, 2019NAApril 2, 2019
Round ThreeApril 8, 2019NAMay 8, 2019

Among the elite schools, Sloan has arguably the easier application to complete, requiring a cover letter of 300 or fewer words and a 60-second video statement introducing yourself to your future classmates. Some applicants have recorded their videos in libraries (to show their love of reading), a ski lift, or, in one case, from a kayak by a candidate known for her freestyle moves.

If invited for an admissions interview, the school tosses in a brief essay of no more than 250 words that asks candidates to describe how they would work “to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse.”

The school asks candidates to take into account the following statement when writing their cover letter: “MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.”


Given Sloan’s prestige and the relatively small class of MBAs it admits each year, the school’s MBA program is among the most highly selective in the world. Last year, Sloan admitted just 11.6% of its applicants, making it the third most selective behind only Stanford (5.7%) and Harvard Business School (11.0%).

Some 5,798 candidates vied for Sloan’s 404 classroom seats, with the school admitting 670 of the students who applied for admission. Applications rose slightly by just 91 last year but it followed a monster, breakout year for Sloan which then received 1,453 more applications than the previous year.

The school’s GMAT average slipped by two points to 722, with scores ranging from 690 to 760 in the middle 80% range. However, this average remains a nine-point improvement over the past three cycles before the year-earlier period. At the same time, 722 tied Sloan with Dartmouth Tuck for the 9th highest GMAT average among top-ranked American programs last year.

Sloan has also reported its GRE scores by range. For the middle 80% of the enrolled students who submitted a GRE, the quant range was 159 to 170 while the verbal range was 154 to 169. The average undergraduate GPA for the latest incoming class was 3.49. Entering students boasted average work experience of 4.87 years, with a very wide range of zero to 15 years.


“Visit, if you can! It’s difficult to adequately convey in conversation the energy of the student body – you really need to experience it for yourself. Because Sloan is a smaller program, fit with our collaborative environment is essential. Also, really familiarize yourself with what Sloan has to offer. It is unique from other MBA programs in so many ways, and the more you can articulate how you will grow from the amazing opportunities it offers, the better.” — Faye Cheng, Class of 2018 MIT Sloan MBA now working as a senior associate consultant for Bain & Co. in Chicago

“It sounds clichéd, but focus on being yourself in your application. Use the application process as an opportunity to think through the narrative of your life thus far and where you hope to be in the future. Furthermore, use your story to show what motivates and excites you. Business schools want to get to know the genuine you, not your impression of what you think they are looking for. Sharing your genuine self means they are more likely to see your unique value and that you are more likely to end up in the right school for you.” — Isabelle Cox, Class of 2018 MIT Sloan MBA now working as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group

“Be authentic: write about and speak to where your true passions lie (and hopefully, what you have the most depth in), no matter what the subject. It was family decision to choose MIT. I saw that Sloan offered an environment for me to develop in an interdisciplinary fashion within a culture that would constantly provoke me to evaluate my career direction. Specifically, I came in with a passion for entrepreneurship and “making”. My peers are bright, humble, and have deep and diverse interests. They are authentic and do not back down from holding me accountable to my values. Coupled with an open-minded administration, I feel that MIT Sloan trains leaders that will not be constrained by our current paradigm of management.” — Jason Liu, Class of 2018 MIT Sloan MBA now working as a senior associate consultant at Bain & Co.



About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.