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Jul 26 2016

Our 2016-17 Application Essay Questions

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants, International Applicants

As the summer rolls on, we're starting to get a lot of questions from prospective applicants about what essay questions will be on our application this year. Although our application does not go live for another few weeks, I know many of you are eager to start thinking about how you'll answer these questions.

Our approach to application "essays" is not a single, longform essay, but rather five short-answer questions where we try to get to know different aspects of each individual. Here are this year's questions:

  • We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. (100 words or fewer)
  • Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words or fewer)
  • At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s... read the post »

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May 11 2016

Class of 2020 Wait List Decisions

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It's been over a week since the May 2 reply deadline, and we know many of you have been awaiting news about our wait list. 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. This year, we had a record-high percentage of admitted students choosing to enroll at MIT (also known in admissions parlance as the "yield") of over 74 percent, which left very little space to admit students off of the wait list.

Today, around 5PM Eastern Time, we will email all students on our wait list their admission decision. Out of the 437 students on our wait list, 26 were offered admission. At that point, our wait list will close, and we will not be admitting any additional students for the Class of 2020.

We have seen all the wonderful updates that many of you have submitted, and appreciate the time and... read the post »

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May 2 2014

It’s May 2nd. Have you replied to your colleges yet?

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Process & Statistics

The college admissions process is often compared to dating. It's a dance that happens between students and colleges where the power dynamic shifts back and forth several times; one courts the other, then the other courts the first, and so on.

We spend time and money trying to identify the right students who could be great candidates for our institutions, and do all kinds of outreach--traveling the country, visiting high schools, giving presentations, campus tours, sending brochures and emails...all in hopes that they'll apply to our school. We wait in anticipation to see the applications roll in.

Students enter into the application process, picking and choosing which colleges they want to apply to. For those whom we are lucky enough to receive their applications, we read them, learn about their lives, fall in love with many, but can only choose a few. Applicants wait with bated breath to hear back, nervous and anxious, constantly hitting refresh to find out their decision.

The... read the post »

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Apr 7 2014

Wait List Confirmation Form

Posted in: Miscellaneous

If you were offered a place on our wait list in March, you should have received an email from us last Friday about completing the Wait List Form. Whether you wish to remain on MIT's wait list or not, please complete the form and submit it by April 25, 2014.

In the meantime, be sure to enroll in another college/university by May 1 (even if it means making a deposit). There won't be further news on the wait list until mid-May, once we know how many students have enrolled and thus, how many more students we will be able to admit to the Class of 2018. If you have any questions about the wait list, refer to this post for some helpful tips and advice. 

If you were wait listed, but did not receive an email with instructions, check to make sure it's not in your spam folder. Otherwise, send an email to admissions [at] mit [dot] edu with your name and Application ID and we'll get back to you.

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May 13 2013

Wait List Decisions 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 »

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