Advice for MBA Applicants: How to Master the Video Statement

We welcomed our new Class of 2019 this past week, and it was amazing and inspiring to see this group of 404 students come together for the first time!  Round 1 deadlines for the Class of 2020 are right around the corner. Questions are streaming into our office about our new video statement (pun intended)!

A few helpful words of advice that will hopefully help ease your concerns:

  • Try to relax! This simple, open-ended question is designed to help us get to know you better, so take a deep breath and tell us about yourself! What are you passionate about? What are the most important things you would like for your classmates to know about you?
  • There is no right or wrong answer! We will evaluate your response to see how you express yourself and to assess fit with the MIT Sloan culture.
  • Don’t have the directorial excellence of George Lucas or the epic, dragon-filled storyline of the Game of Thrones season finale? Doesn’t matter! Again, we care about you and your own story! So go ahead and tell us!
  • This is for our eyes only…Your video will be used for application purposes and will not be shared outside our Admissions Committee.

Watch this video if you are looking for insight (or just general reassurance) about your video statement.

A few technical points…

You will need to use an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone.  Videos should be a single take (with no editing) and should last no more than one minute. Please speak directly to the camera. We recommend using an application like QuickTime or iMovie.

For other application tips check out our youtube channel.  We look forward to receiving those applications!

Dawna Levenson

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Women’s Week Recap: Here Is What You Missed

CL0OpJLUYAAZVVR.jpg-largeI am excited about the success of our recent Women’s Week events. Over 1,000 people registered for at least one of six events! We kicked things off with a Google Hangout and then held panel discussions in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. Our events featured a mix of current students and alumnae from our MBA, LGO, EMBA, and Sloan Fellows programs. The primary objective of Women’s Week was to share the MIT Sloan experience from a woman’s perspective. Our panelists answered a wide variety of questions, from why they chose MIT Sloan, to their favorite Action Learning experience, to what to consider when choosing an MBA program. Each event concluded with networking with an expanded group of alumnae and current students. Check out our Storify recap to see more.

While Women’s Week may be over, there are many opportunities for you to experience MIT Sloan. Please join us for our Women’s Ambassador’s Day on December 3rd; you can register here. We also have many events through the rest of the summer and fall.

I look forward to seeing you on campus, and to receiving your application–apply here.