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Oct 29 2013

Answering Your Questions: EA Deadline Week

Posted in: Process & Statistics

With our November 1 Early Action deadline looming (Friday!), we're here to answer your questions.  How can we help?  Answers below in the comments.  I will try to update this post with FAQs.


Adding some answers to FAQs...

  • Early action applications should be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time on November 1. There is some amount of grace period, but I strongly suggest you submit your application well in advance of the deadline.
  • Your school/teachers may submit their materials after the deadline. We are much more flexible and understanding with teachers and schools.  Your recommendations do not need to be in our office by November 1. They can arrive and be processed well after this date and you will still be fine.
  • Please allow two weeks for the processing of all submitted materials.  If something was submitted for your application less than two weeks ago, don't worry about it.  We are processing thousands of documents right now.
  • If you need to switch from EA to RA, or... read the post »

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Aug 28 2013

Your Questions

Posted in: Process & Statistics

I can't believe I've been blogging as an admissions officer at MIT for 9 years.  Over that time, I've periodically opened up the comments to your questions, and then tried to answer them (this is now much easier with the advent of threaded comments).  Directed questions that can be answered relatively briefly are best; those questions with answers that can be found easily on the website or that require a long, philosophcal answer are not ideal for this format.  Otherwise, ask away!

Let me give you a brief update from campus...  The Class of 2017 has arrived and is doing OrientationClasses will begin next Wednesday.  The Red Sox are in first place.  And MIT Admissions recruitment travel season has begun, with our first meeting tonight in Orlando; we'll finish in a month in Chicagoland

Finally, let me leave you with a photo from this week's annual East-West Water War -- it ran in The Tech with the caption, "West Campus forces rally behind their wooden duck as they rush the... read the post »

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Apr 30 2013

Decision Day Eve

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Tomorrow is May 1, otherwise known as the Common Reply Date. This is the day by which admitted students need to let colleges know their enrollment decision.

If you're still undecided: How can we help you make your decision? What more would you like to know about MIT? What are your lingering concerns? I am available, as are all of the bloggers, to field questions below in the comments, all the way through midnight tomorrow...

If you haven't yet replied: As soon as you've made up your mind for sure about whether or not to attend MIT, please let us know your decision through the online reply form at MyMIT. You can reply any time today (April 30) or tomorrow (May 1); the formal deadline is 11:59pm on May 1.  You have three choices: tell us you're enrolling this fall (Yay! Welcome officially to the MIT Class of 2017!), that you're declining our offer of admission (it's okay, we know you're making the best choice for yourself), or to request a deferral/gap year(s) before enrolling at... read the post »

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Apr 26 2013

Getting Back to Normal

Posted in: Life & Culture

It has been a rough couple of weeks in Boston and at MIT.  Wednesday's memorial service for Officer Collier has helped us to heal.  And tonight, we'll take another step in getting back to normal.

Tonight is the annual MIT Spring Concert.  Every April, students bring a major musical act to campus for a huge concert. Going back half a century, the MIT Spring Concert has hosted some of the biggest bands ever, including the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, Aerosmith, R.E.M., and more.

This year's headliner is Macklemore.  You know, this guy:

The concert will be in MIT's Johnson Athletic Center.  The band Ra Ra Riot will open the show.

While the Spring Concert is not the only venue for major bands on campus (e.g. Nirvana played at the annual Steer Roast in 1990), it has quite a list of bands that have played it:

2013: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis / Ra Ra Riot
2012: The All-American Rejects
2011: Jason Derülo / Janelle Monáe
2010: N.E.R.D. / Super Mash Bros.
2009: Ben Folds /... read the post »

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Apr 19 2013

Tragedy for MIT and Boston

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It has been a tragic week here.

On Monday, the Boston Marathon was bombed. Among the dead was 8-year old Martin Richard. Among the injured were Eric and Ann Whaley.

Last night, an MIT Police officer was killed on campus, apparently by one of the Marathon bombers.

As of the time I write this (8:15am on April 19), one of the bombers is reportedly dead, and another is reportedly on the run in Watertown, a city that borders Cambridge and Boston. MIT and Boston people are following the news on the local ABC affiliate, boston.com, and Reddit.

In light of these events, MIT has cancelled classes today, and is urging employees to stay home. The Office of Admissions is closed today, April 19, and our information sessions and campus tours are cancelled. You can read more on the MIT homepage.

There are some nice stories coming out of this. For example, MIT sophomore Emily TenCate almost immediately put together an initiative to buy all of the MIT Campus Police officers breakfast this... read the post »

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