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Chris Peterson

Feb 11 2015

Jon and me

Posted in: Miscellaneous


Last night, Jon Stewart announced his plans to leave The Daily Show, which he has hosted since 1999. The news shocked his studio audience and his far-flung fans. Maybe that was the case for you. It definitely was the case for me.  

I was 12 when Jon Stewart began hosting TDS, but the first episode I really remember watching was the night of September 11th, 2001. I was a freshman at a new school in a new town in a new state; in fact, I was still living in an extended stay hotel with my family because we hadn't yet been able to move into our new home. My world, which throughout my (privileged) childhood had seemed like a stable and comprehensible place, had suddenly exploded into almost unintelligible complexity both locally and globally. On that night, and many that followed it, Jon Stewart was one of the people who helped me pick up the pieces and start to make sense of them again.

I watched TDS nearly every night in high school, alone, with my brothers, or with my best... read the post »


Dec 15 2014

Next Steps For the Deferred

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants, Process & Statistics

On Saturday we released decisions for Early Action (EA) applicants. There was a definitive resolution for those students who were admitted or denied in EA. Deferred students, however, will have to wait a little longer as we reconsider their cases in Regular Action (RA). 

I've had a number of deferred students write in with questions so I wanted to post a quick entry that answered some of them publicly. 

What new stuff should I send? 

The only "new" thing you need to send in is the February Updates and Notes form. You'll use the FUN form to tell us your midyear grades and anything new that has happened or will happen. As always, you can send us stuff via email or mail, but the FUN form is the best way to update us. The FUN form is due by February 15th. 

You may still submit a supplemental portfolio, but you do not need to; I would only consider this if you were planning to do so during EA but ran out of time. If you are retaking tests in December or January, you may also... read the post »


Dec 13 2014

MIT Early Action Decisions Now Available Online

Posted in: Miscellaneous

MIT Early Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2019 are now available at

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You can log in using the same username and password that you use to log in to your MyMIT account. There are no interim screens, so you should be sure you are ready to receive your decision online before logging in to

6519 students applied for early admission to MIT this year, and we have offered early admission to 625. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,512 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Our early admits hail from 49 states and more than 474 high schools. Though they all do different things - coding and cosplay, biology and ballet, fashion and fusion - they are united by rigorous academics, high character, and strong match with MIT's global mission and educational modus operandi.

We deferred 4456 applicants. These students will be reconsidered without prejudice in Regular Action. Deferred students do... read the post »


Dec 8 2014

Trashion 2014

Posted in: Life & Culture

When people ask me what I do, the easy answer is that I'm an admissions officer. If they ask me what an admissions officer actually does, though, it can be a harder question to answer. Our profession requires no special tools beyond reading, writing, and making decisions, i.e. basic literacy and cognition. Fundamentally, a good admissions officer is not defined by their mastery of rare tools, but by their mastery of common tools. Yet since rarity of skill and rarity of tools are so often and easily conflated, it's hard to translate our professional skills to make them legible to a lay audience. I don't operate heavy machinery or conduct biological tests or throw a ball really fast. I just make decisions about stuff.  

This is why, if and when people ask me precisely what it is that I do, I sometimes say that I judge people for a living. While I had no formal background or training in judging people, I have been judging people for some time now, and it is the task for which I am... read the post »


Dec 5 2014

MIT EA Decisions To Be Posted Saturday, 12/13/14, at 15:16 ET

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I've put down my burrito long enough to tell you, as the title says, we will be releasing Early Action decisions online next Saturday, 12/13/14, at 15:16 (3:16PM) ET.

To check your decision on the 13th, visit and log in with your MyMIT username and password.  

In order to verify that you will receive a decision on the 13th, you should visit and log in with your MyMIT username and password. I recommend you do this now. Strange things happen to people who don't verify they will receive their decision! 

If you've forgotten your MyMIT password, you may use our automated system to reset it. Simply visit MyMIT and click on the lost password link. There is a similar link for forgotten usernames. If you're having trouble using our automated username/password recovery process, please email mymitpassword [at] mit [dot] edu with your full name and mailing address. But please, be nice to our office, and don't email that link unless you've tried... read the post »