‘DURING INFO SESSIONS THEY SOUNDED VERY ARROGANT AND LOOKED EVERY DISINTERESTED’
One after another commenter piled on. “Yeah,” wrote another, “staff at that school made me drop it from the short-list. During info sessions they sounded very arrogant when answering questions and looked very disinterested like they wanted this to be over ASAP, and mind you, this was in a different country, so they had to travel all this way to act like they don’t care…It seems that they also have the worst recruiting among M7 schools. This was mentioned to me by multiple alums/recruiters/hiring managers during events at my school, unprompted.”
Several commenters also expressed disappointment with Sloan students. “Of all the current students I met at events and reached out to, Sloanies had the lowest percentage of students who wrote me back,” complained another. “At a student panel at Sloan, when asked ‘what’s the most significant change Sloan brought to your career?,’ one student proudly said, ‘now people assume I’m good at math which I’m not.’ We all thought it was a joke…It was bizarre.”
“OMG,” responded mbathrowaway1637r90, “this is so f…kin like my experience. I signed up for an on-campus group coffee chat with a current student scheduled right before the class visit. I was ten minutes late but it wasn’t a one-on-one chat so it wasn’t as if I kept the host student waiting. There was already a bunch of people seated around him. When I reached and asked if I could join, the student was rude and asked me if I was even at the right table.
‘I GOT BY FAR THE LOWEST RESPONSE RATES FROM CURRENT STUDENTS AND ALUMS WHEN I REACHED OUT’
“After the class visit, there was a student-led panel discussion kind of thing,” the person continued. “It was fairly standard but I kept getting a pretty arrogant and pretentious ‘MIT Sloan is the best and we don’t care about any other school’ vibe from all three students…I did not get this vibe from any other school I visited…As others have also noted, I also got by far the lowest response rates from current students and alums when I reached out via email or LinkedIn. Hell, even the so-called ‘student ambassadors’ barely responded. I got no responses at all from a club I was interested in even after three emails to three different people at the club. Considering how open students at peer schools are to chatting with prospective applicants, I wondered if Sloan is even a business school.”
Yet another commenter who said he was deciding between Wharton and Sloan as a round two admit, claims to have chosen Wharton “largely because of this sh-t. I’m not an international student, either. I didn’t want to be a part of a program that treats its students like this. I genuinely felt bad for the internationals on the admitted students’ slack chat.”
Still another confirmed the many complaints about the school. “I had similarly poor experiences with the admissions team,” wrote skjiaj. “The interviewer (AdCom) seemed entirely disinterested and kept ordering food while I was trying to answer questions. I received an offer, but the poor experience of dealing with their team through the rest of the process (monosyllabic answers to emails, frequent non-responses) left a bad taste in the mouth and I ended up taking a different offer. That being said, students seemed nice so hopefully (it) won’t affect your experience.”
‘IF I CAN’T GET MY VISA, I’LL BE HAVING A $200K COURSERA MBA’
However scathing the supporting comments have been, most fail to approach the anger expressed by the original poster who started the thread. “While Harvard, Wharton, Tuck allow deferment, especially for students who can’t get (a) visa in time, my school just outright says no. If you can’t get a visa in time, get your ass on the computer at midnight every day and watch us spend your tuition fee on fancy school merchandise…If I can’t get my damn visa on time, I’ll be having (a) $200K Coursera MBA without internship rights in the U.S., making my admit decision the worst decision ever.”
Most business schools are granting deferments, as they always have, on a case-by-case basis. Only Harvard Business School has publicly announced that it would offer a deferment to any admitted student who wanted one and the consequence of that decision is that HBS will enroll its smallest class of just 720 students since the early 1950s during the Korean War.
“Most laughable,” he adds, ‘while every single school out there already sent out their I-20 form, our school still has not…WHAT THE F..K? I’m paying $200K in school fees and you can’t send a single piece of paper to me????? Someone on Slack asked admissions and received a ‘sorry no update form’ reply. WTF is that? Where’s the accountability? We would all not be able to get to the U.S., not because of embassy closure, not because of COVID travel restrictions, but because my school admission office can’t do their job????”