Culture & Campus Life
What MIT Sloan Is Known For
A social community. The student body at MIT Sloan is known to be highly social, collaborative, and down to earth. Sloan students love to go out together, travel, help each other in team projects, etc. The collaboration is tangible, even during recruiting: Sloan students are competitive within themselves, but not with each other. Because of MIT’s reputation in engineering, Sloan tends to receive a large number of applicants with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) background. Particularly if you’re coming from these fields, be sure to highlight your ability to connect well with others to ensure you showcase a good cultural fit with the school.
The “friendlier” school in Cambridge. We’ve met numerous Sloanies who have attended parties and other social gatherings with Harvard Business School (HBS) students, only to find that the HBS students didn’t know each other! Given MIT Sloan’s smaller, generally friendlier atmosphere, this often comes as a big surprise. These experiences highlight the difference between MIT’s class of about 400 students and Harvard’s of more than 900.
Heritage. Sloan’s history began in 1914 with a single course: Engineering Administration. In 1950, a $5M gift from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation established the “School of Industrial Management”; the name changed to “Sloan” in 1964. Through the years, some of the top names in business have taught at Sloan, including Myron Scholes and Fischer Black.