Part 2: Essays, Activities, & Academics
Rather than asking you to write one long essay, the MIT application consists of several short response questions and essays designed to help us get to know you. Remember that this is not a writing test. These are the places in the application where we look for your voice—who you are, what drives you, what's important to you, what makes you tick. Be honest, be open, be authentic—this is your opportunity to connect with us.
Self-reported Coursework Form
- The self-reported coursework should be completed by students in U.S. school systems only. If you attend an international school, we'll just use your transcript.
- The information you provide does not replace your official high school transcript, which must be sent to us from your school to verify your self-reported information (in order to avoid accidental misrepresentation, it might help to have a copy of your high school transcript in front of you while completing this form).
- Avoid abbreviations, if at all possible, and enter the names of your school courses by subject area. Please include all classes you have taken and are currently taking. If your courses were taken outside of your high school (at a local junior college or university, for example), tell us where they were taken in the "Course Title" field.
- If there aren't enough spaces for all the courses you have taken, start with your most recent (current) class and work backward. You can also use the "Additional courses" section as an overflow section for any of the subject areas.
- In the "Term and/or Final Grade(s)" field, list term and/or final grades for each class, as found on your school transcript (semester, trimester, quarter, final, etc.). Use one line only per class - for example, it's not necessary to use a separate line for each semester of the same class. Place all grades for a class in the same field, separating grades with commas.