Application Advice for Veterans

Prospective students: We want you at MIT Sloan!  Though we can never guarantee admission, we can help you create the strongest possible application.  

Veterans have a wealth of leadership and real world problem solving experience, but we sometimes have trouble communicating this to admissions committees.  We can help you translate your exceptional story into a form that will resonate with anyone, regardless of military experience.  Feel free to reach out to the veterans club so we can get started as soon as possible.  Click here to contact us. In addition below is some general advice about preparing your application.

GMAT & GRE

We recommend taking the GMAT as early as possible.  As you know, students, and especially veterans, are more than just a test score.  But it will be very helpful to get this part of the application preparation done very early on, especially if you don’t do as well as you hoped.  Don’t get too wrapped up in the hype around GMAT scores, it will help you stand out, but it will not ensure you get in.

MIT Sloan also accepts the GRE as a substitute for the GMAT. If you have already taken the GRE your scores are good for 5 years. The same applies to the GMAT.

Get to know MIT Sloan

Choosing to attend business school is an important life decision.  Since you will spend the next two years of your life at the school you choose, take some time to get to know us.  Below are some good ways to do this:

  1. Introduce yourself to MIT Sloan.  This is a great way to get on the Admission team’s radar and to find out important information about MIT Sloan, upcoming events, and the admissions process.  Click here to find out more.
  2. Reach out to us.  We can connect you with a current student who can help shed some light on his or her experience at Sloan from a vet’s perspective, as well as mentor you in your B-school journey.  This is invaluable and will be very helpful in the admissions process.  Click here to contact us.
  3. Schedule a visit to the campus.  This will give you a feel for the campus, classes, and the Boston area.  It will also give you a chance to meet up with other students.  Please let us know when you come to visit so that we can meet you. Click here to find out more.
  4. Check out some of the different forums.  Many of us found the Business Week B-School forum helpful. Click here to find out more.

Get Started on the Essays

As veterans, we have a plethora of interesting stories to illustrate how we’ve led others, changed an organization, or overcome adversity.   This is something that most applicants will not have, which is a definite advantage.  However, one thing we did not do a lot of as military personnel is formal writing.  So, get a jump start on your essays as soon as you can.  Good essays can take weeks to write and usually go through several iterations of review and editing.  You have a significant advantage in that you have been exposed to many interesting and diverse challenges and situations that differentiate you from your civilian peers; leverage these stories by starting this process early.

It is important to keep in mind that your application is a portfolio of ways for you to show the admissions committee who you are, how you think and how you work.  The same is true for essays.  Remember to vary what traits you highlight in your essays.  Three essays about leadership may be a good read, but don’t forget to use different essays to highlight other strengths like working in teams, taking initiative and being innovative, for example.

Veterans Educational Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a great way to help finance your business school education.  The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 was signed into law in early January 2011. Changes have been made to the original Act that are important for all veterans and active duty members to understand.  Below are two great sites to help explain more:

  1. New GI Bill info
  2. VA GI Bill info

Yellow Ribbon Program

MIT does participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Please check out the following website for more information.  Click here to find out more.

Guidance for Active Reservists and Air and Army National Guardsmen

For many of us, the transition from the military to business school is not the end of our military careers. Many of us, as part of our initial commitment to serve are required to commit two years in an active reserve capacity. There are many Army, Navy and Air Reserve and Guard units in the area. Please feel free to reach out to members of our club who have served or are serving in the Reserves in order to get some good guidance on how to make the transition, what to think about in terms of balancing recruiting, academic, extracurricular and reserve commitments.