Career Prep Applicant FAQs

Find answers to common questions about eligibility criteria, the application process and the Career Prep program:

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Application FAQs

I am having difficulties with my application. What can I do?
For technical challenges, please contact tech support via the SM Apply website. For questions about application content, including transcripts and essays, please email us at

What is the advantage of applying early?
Applying early can increase your chance of being accepted into the Career Prep program. 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 or MS Word format. Please use the naming convention: Last Name_First Name_Transcript.pdf, or Last Name_First Name_Transcript.doc.

Can I submit an unofficial transcript?

When will I be notified if I am admitted into the program?
Candidates who apply before November 15 may receive decisions on a rolling basis. Candidates who apply on or right before the November 15 deadline will receive decisions in December or January. Candidates who apply by February 15 will receive decisions in March. Admissions timelines may change slightly based on application volume.

What makes a strong application for Career Prep?
In addition to fulfilling the eligibility requirements and application checklist, strong applications demonstrate that a candidate has leadership experience and potential, career goals that fit well with the program, goal orientation, “scrappiness” and potential for active participation in Career Prep.

How can I watch informational sessions about Career Prep?
Click here to access past information sessions about Career Prep. You’ll hear advice on submitting a strong application, and you’ll learn how Career Prep can help you break into specific industries including tech, finance, and consulting.

I don’t see a track for my ideal career path. What should I do?
It is encouraged to pick a track that best fits your industry interest/major. However, we do have an undeclared option.


Eligibility FAQs

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 would 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?
To be considered for the program, candidates must be in good academic standing. The average GPA of a Career Prep fellow is around 3.5. Candidates with a GPA below 3.2 are encouraged to address their academic history in the optional essay and take steps to raise their GPA in subsequent terms.

Can I participate in Career Prep if I am not Black, Latinx, or Native American?
MLT’s mission is to equip and empower Black, Latinx, and Native American individuals to realize their full potential and achieve outsized impact as senior leaders who transform organizations, communities, and society. Eligible candidates for Career Prep must identify ethnically and racially as African American/Black, Latinx, or Native American.

Do I need to be a business major in order to apply to Career Prep?
No. The program is open to all undergraduate majors, including STEM and Computer Science. A candidate’s major does not determine eligibility, rather, MLT considers how well the applicant’s career goals align with Career Prep’s programming.

Can I apply to Career Prep if I am in a five-year program?
Yes, as long as you graduate within the dates provided in the eligibility requirements. 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 am not a U.S. citizen?
MLT Career Prep requires fellows to be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (includes DACA participants).

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 our eligibility requirements.


Program FAQs

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 or payment plan. Lodging and meals at seminars are provided for all Fellows, thanks to sponsorship from our 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. 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 would miss more than one seminar are considered ineligible for Career Prep. Fellows with unexcused absences from events may be dismissed from 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, seminars will 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. 

How do I switch between program tracks in the program?
We encourage you to pick the track that best fits your interests/major. If you are undecided or open to learning about several industries, there is an undeclared option.

If at any point during the application or onboarding process your program track preference changes, please complete this form:

Update your Track Preference