MIT Sloan Acceptance Rate, Deconstructed
Clocking in at just 12.1%, the MIT Sloan acceptance rate in 2021 was the second-lowest of all MBA programs— just behind Stanford GSB and neck-and-neck with Harvard Business School. With its relatively small 450-person class size, the Sloan School of Management is one of the highest-ranked MBA programs worldwide and the most exclusive. (In 2020, COVID-related adjustments skewed admission rates, giving MIT an unusual 22% acceptance rate. But percentages have since settled back down.)
The MIT Sloan School of Management has a multi-faceted appeal. Its location in the heart of Boston’s finance, health sciences, and tech industries is one of the school’s strengths, and students frequently collaborate with peers at Harvard’s Kennedy School. MIT is naturally a go-to brand for applicants with solid tech bona-fides.
However, Sloan is making significant efforts to diversify its class in terms of industries and demographics. Women in MIT Sloan’s incoming class increased from 35% in 2015 to 46% in 2021. Moreover, the bulk of pre-MBA industries for admitted applicants includes consulting (23%) and financial services (23%), with technology representing a slightly lower percentage of admits than in past years.
Drilling Down on the MIT Sloan Acceptance Rate
To help demystify the MIT Sloan acceptance rate drivers, we evaluated SBC client data from the 2021–2022 season. Our findings show that admit patterns have increasingly relied on qualitative aspects, as seen in Sloan’s unique Cover Letter format. MIT also seeks a broader range of applicant attributes, emphasizing data analysis skills and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
An applicant’s history of tangible achievement is a major driver for MIT Sloan. It can be even more predictive of admissions success than rigid categories such as grades or test scores.
SBC consultant DeeDee, a former MIT Sloan admissions committee member, says, “MIT Sloan is tech-focused and looks to solve the world’s problems in new ways. I always sensed a special something, a spark, in the candidates I recommended for admission that set them apart. It’s a sense of self not everyone has.”
The SBC process:
To preserve anonymity for our client pool, we’ve deconstructed each of our client profiles across these criteria:
- Test scores
- Other distinguishing factors
To get started, our consultants shared client attributes for each of these criteria. Next, we aggregated the outcomes for MIT Sloan admits according to personal, extracurricular, and professional domains. Finally, these visuals showcase the kaleidoscope of qualities found in MIT Sloan admits across a sampling of recent SBC clients.
A recent MIT Sloan admit and Stacy Blackman Consulting client shared this sage advice: “Don’t get lost on a tangent, opining on your big ideas for how the world should be—that will come after school—focus on you and what you’ve done to mould the world you’re in.”
She added that her SBC consultant “helped highlight the unique elements of my personality, story, so that my goals shined through. My SBC consultant reviewed my entire application—not just the essays but also my resume, data form, recommendation letters etc.—and squeezed out every opportunity to differentiate myself. She had a direct working style, which I appreciated, and used my time well. SBC was instrumental in getting me into MIT Sloan.”
For more inspiration, check out our HBS and GSB dual admit study here. Also, see Harvard Business School Acceptance Rate, Deconstructed, and Stanford MBA Acceptance Rate, Deconstructed.
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