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Leveraging the broader MIT community. With their main building in a far corner of the Institute campus, many MIT Sloan students tend to stay focused on their business school experience and are generally autonomous from the rest of the MIT student body. However, the school has made great strides to integrate deeply with its parent institution and better leverage the MIT brand. It asks students to refer to the program as “MIT Sloan” rather than just “Sloan,” and has encouraged greater participation in multidisciplinary courses, labs, clubs, and events. It has now has two web pages focusing on how cross-campus integration enhances the student experience. MIT Sloan is one of the few elite business schools to allow undergraduate students to take classes side-by-side with MBA students. While this adds a layer of diversity to the classroom experience, it is worth noting, since not every MBA candidate is eager to include undergrads in the educational process.
Facilities. The early 2000s saw a boom in business school construction worldwide, and MIT was no exception. Opened in fall 2010, the 215,000-square-foot building known as “E62” is the flagship of the MIT Sloan campus. Considered the greenest building at MIT, E62 includes 35 breakout rooms, numerous gathering spaces, classrooms, and the Siteman Dining Room, overlooking the Charles River and the Boston skyline.
Housing. Some MBA programs offer significant on-campus housing or the vast majority of students live in a few buildings nearby. Sloanies are a bit more spread out. About one-third of students utilize MIT graduate student housing, which offers a location near campus, better affordability, and interaction with many classmates. The other students live off campus, often preferring the Beacon Hill area in Boston or the Central Square and Kendall Square neighborhoods in Cambridge. The campus is located in Cambridge, so these areas are quite close. The key to getting around Boston is to live near a T (subway) line to make commuting easier.
Popular hangouts. Beacon Hill Pub (known as BHP) is Sloan’s favorite dive bar. It’s located on the Boston side of Beacon Hill, and Sloanies are known to take over every Wednesday night. The Muddy Charles Pub has been located on MIT campus since 1968. Many students go to hang out, grab a beer, and sometimes do homework. For those students who want to show off their best moves, Middlesex Lounge, Havana Club, and Phoenix Landing are popular dance clubs.
Clubs and activities. The Action Learning philosophy extends beyond the classroom to extracurricular opportunities run by Sloan students. Among the roughly 60 student clubs and numerous other activities are some of the largest U.S. conferences run by students, such as the Venture Capital Private Equity Conference and the Sports Analytics Conference.
C-Functions. When you speak with Sloanies about the events that are critical to their MIT Sloan experience, inevitably you’ll hear about C-Functions. These are weekly, informal after-hours parties held every Thursday where all students are invited to embrace the school’s diversity and learn about other cultures. Each C-Function features a new theme, such as “Japanese C-Function” or “LGBT C-Function.” The evening begins with a performance and continues with free food and beer throughout.
Other events. Besides C-Functions, popular Sloan events include Fall Ball and Spring Fling, formal galas organized by the student activities committee, student treks over the Independent Activity Period (IAP) and spring break, study tours that incorporate a strong educational component, and spontaneous weekend trips, including those to far-off places like Iceland!