Mikey Yang '05
May 13 2013
Posted in: Process & Statistics
It's been nearly two weeks since the May 1 reply deadline, and I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting news about our wait list this year. During this time, we've been waiting for all our admitted students to submit their final decisions so we could figure out whether or not we could go to our wait list this year.
Every year, we always plan on admitting students from the wait list. However, this year, we saw an unprecedented, record-breaking percentage of admitted students choosing to enroll at MIT (also known in admissions parlance as the "yield"). This year, our yield is going to be around 72-73 percent. Last year, it was 70 percent; the year before, it was 65 percent; the year before that, it was 64 percent.
Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to admit anyone off the wait list this year. This is only the second time in the last eight years that we have not been able to go to our wait list.
Today, at 5pm Eastern Time, we will notify all remaining... read the post »
Mar 12 2013
Things are getting fast and furious as we head towards Thursday, but I thought I'd take a tiny break to post a little something. I've already had a lot of "bleary eyed" moments in the last few weeks (my eyes are actually pretty sore as I type this), which reminded me of the post I wrote a couple years ago (see below).
As someone commented on Lydia's recent post, around this time of year there are usually a bunch of "pre-pi-day" posts with various thoughts, comments, and advice before the decisions go out. Lydia's is one such post that is worth a read. I've collected a few others from over the years that I think are worth perusing, too (though it is by no means an exhaustive list):
Me, March 16, 2011: Bleary-eyed
David duKor-Jackson, March 13, 2012: To whom much is given...
Lydia K. '14, March 8, 2012: As We Approach Decision Day
Anna H. '14, March 10, 2011: I Challenge You
Chris M. '12, March 13, 2010: Decisions, Decisions...
I will admit this may not qualify as a... read the post »
Jan 3 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I wanted to follow up with more details about the Regular Action deadline. Other than a few hours of downtime on December 31st, it seems that most students were able to successfully submit their online applications. I did mention that we would be flexible with the deadline, and as such, we've extended the deadline to submit your MIT Part 1 and 2 to tonight, January 3, 2013, at 11:59pm EST. You should click the final "submit" button for your online application by that time, but we strongly suggest you not wait until the very last moment!
To submit Parts 1 and 2, log in to your account on MyMIT. You can also go there to download teacher recommendation forms and the secondary school report form.
To reiterate a few other things mentioned in previous posts by Labs and others (because it's worth repeating):
Dec 31 2012
***EDIT, 12/31/12 1:49PM: Of course, no sooner than I post this, it looks like the site is back up again! Thanks again for your patience - feel free to post comments here if you encounter further issues.***
It looks like some applicants are having issues accessing MyMIT - we're seeing some unusually heavy user activity today (even above and beyond what we had originally anticipated). We're aware of the problem and are working as quickly as we can to resolve it.
If you can't log in, don't worry; we'll be flexible with the Regular Action deadline, and will post more details in the next few days.
As previously posted, most MIT staff are out of the office today and tomorrow for the holiday, but I'll do my best to update this post as soon as I hear any further news from our friends in IS&T. In the meantime, thanks for your patience, and check out this post for some answers to your frequently asked questions. Have a happy new year!
Mikey... read the post »
May 4 2012
Posted in: Process & Statistics
As the May 1st reply date has passed, I know many people on the waitlist are anxious to hear an update. Although a few things are still settling down, we wanted to give you all an update as soon as possible.
Each year, we always plan on admitting students from the waitlist. However, this year, we saw an unprecedented, record-breaking percentage of students enrolling from our admitted student group (around 70+ percent). Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to admit anyone off the waitlist this year. This is the first time in the last seven years that we have not been able to go to our waitlist.
Today at 5pm Eastern Time, we will notify all remaining students on our waitlist via email that we will not be able to offer them admission. At that point, we will consider our waitlist “closed” and do not expect to admit any additional students this year for the Class of 2016.
I know many of you have been sending in additional materials, and we have seen all the wonderful... read the post »