Find answers to common questions about eligibility criteria, the application process, and the Career Prep program:
I am having difficulties with my application. What can I do?
For technical challenges, please contact SM Apply’s Tech Support. For questions about application content, including application documents (i.e. transcripts and resumes), please email the Career Prep Recruitment & Admissions Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the advantage of applying early?
Applying early can increase your chance of being accepted into the Career Prep program. The earlier you apply, the smaller the applicant pool you will have to compete with. You will be moved forward through the admission process faster and be made aware of your decision sooner.
How do I submit my transcript?
Upload your transcript to the application portal in PDF format. Please use the following naming convention for your file: Last Name, First Name (School trx.).pdf
- Example: Gonzales, Tiffany (Astor University trx.).pdf
Can I submit an unofficial transcript?
Yes, as long as it is legible and complete. If you wish to upload a screenshot of your transcript, try to condense the number of pages per institution, ensure it is legible and complete, and that it has all the information required for an unofficial or official transcript.
When will I be notified if I am admitted into the program?
Candidates will be notified of their decision, via email, four to six weeks from the completion of their Final Round tasks.
Is there a deadline to apply?
There are two rounds within the application process: Application Round and Final Round. There are three Priority Deadlines, which correspond with the completion of Final Round tasks.
September 15, 2023
October 15, 2023
November 15, 2023
February 1, 2024 (Software Engineering/Technology program track ONLY)
How do I confirm my expected graduation date?
During the final round you will be required to upload confirmation of your expected graduation date to your application. This document must be saved in a PDF format and can come from the Registrar’s Office, Handshake, your school’s student portal, or your academic advisor. If you are providing an email from your academic advisor, please save the original email as a .pdf, without making any alterations.
What makes a strong application for Career Prep?
A strong application for Career Prep begins with fulfilling the eligibility requirements and completing the required tasks. Evidence of a candidate’s leadership experience (or potential thereof), career goals that align with the focus of Career Prep, willingness to work hard, and willingness to actively participate in the Career Prep program are also indicators of a strong application.
How can I learn more about the application process?
Register for an upcoming informational session where we’ll discuss how to navigate the application process.
Can I participate in Career Prep if I am studying abroad during the program?
Candidates are encouraged to avoid studying abroad during their junior year of college. All seminars are mandatory and the Kickoff Seminar is critical to the program experience. Applicants who miss more than one seminar are considered ineligible to participate in the program. Depending on their study abroad location, Fellows may receive financial assistance to fly back for seminars.
Will a below-average undergraduate record affect my application to Career Prep?
Can I participate in Career Prep if I’m not Black, Hispanic/Latine, or Native American?
Do I need to be a Business major in order to apply to Career Prep?
Can I apply to Career Prep if I’m in a five-year program?
Yes, as long as you graduate within the eligibility period for the specific cohort. Likely, if you are in a five-year program, you should apply for Career Prep during your junior year.
Can I apply to Career Prep if I’m not a U.S. citizen?
I’m not a sophomore, but I’m graduating during the timeline for this cycle. Can I apply?
Yes, as long as your graduation timeline fits within the eligibility period for the specific program cohort you are applying to.
What are the costs associated with Career Prep?
There is a $199 non-refundable program fee upon acceptance. Students may qualify for a fee waiver. Lodging and meals at seminars are provided for all Fellows, thanks to sponsorship from MLT Partners. We do not want financial constraints to deter you from applying to Career Prep. MLT provides need-based financial assistance for travel costs. There is an option to indicate interest in financial assistance on your application.
Please Note: Your financial status does not have any bearing on MLT’s admission decision.
Are the seminars mandatory?
Yes, full participation at all seminars, in-person or virtual, is mandatory. Applicants who miss more than one seminar are considered ineligible for Career Prep. Fellows with unexcused absences from events may be dismissed from participating in the program.
Where and when are the seminars held?
When seminars are held in person, they are hosted by MLT Partners (such as Deloitte, Target, and Clorox). The locations vary each year. Career Prep events typically start on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. Fellows will receive the final seminar schedule after they are admitted into the program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions or limitations, some seminars may be held virtually or utilize a hybrid model.
Will seminars take place in a virtual environment?
Yes, events will be held virtually when it is not safe to meet in person. MLT’s experienced Events Team is constantly enhancing MLT’s ability to cultivate community and create an effective virtual environment for connecting Fellows, staff, and partners.
Do you hold info sessions about Career Prep?
Visit the Career Prep events page to register for upcoming info sessions, office hours, and other webinars about the program and its application process.
You can also view previous information sessions that are specific to CP program tracks.
How do I switch between program tracks in the program?
We encourage you to pick the track that best fits your interests/major.
Once you have enrolled in the Career Prep program, if you would like to request a change in your program track, please complete the Career Prep program track form.
Please note: The Career Prep program track form is ONLY for enrolled Fellows. If you are still in the application process (including waiting for a decision) and wish to apply to a different program track, please email the Career Prep Recruitment & Admissions Team: email@example.com.Return to the Career Prep page