Dec 6 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous
I've ducked out of committee for a moment to let you know that, as the title says, we will be releasing Early Action decisions online next Saturday, 12/14, at 12:14 PM ET.
To check your decision on the 14th, visit decisions.mit.edu and log in with your MyMIT username and password.
In order to verify that you will receive a decision on the 14th, you should visit decisions.mit.edu 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 »
Nov 30 2013
This summer I wrote a bloggerGuilt script to help me keep track of posting patterns on the blogs. But when I ran it earlier this morning, I realized that I was in the lower half of the distribution of blogs by various metrics, meaning I myself had been a bad blogger.
I'll spare you the various excuses and instead try to make it up to you. I'm sitting at home in New Hampshire on my couch in the sun, alternately working on neglected projects and napping while my mom watches old movies and unpacks Christmas decorations. Tomorrow I'm moving, and then we're starting to meet in Early Action committee, so I'll be reading applications instead of comments.
But for the next ~12 hours or so I will try to answer any question you ask below, about admissions or anything else really. You can also consider it an open thread to post interesting things you've recently learned, read, or watched. It's a holiday weekend, and I think most of our American readers will probably be lazing around... read the post »
Oct 17 2013
It’s mid-October in Cambridge, which means the days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing color, and several thousand people are in the process of applying to MIT. The latter of these changes is always accompanied by questions, so I wanted to take a moment to answer some of the more frequent ones we’ve seen arriving in our inboxes recently.
How should my teachers prepare and submit their letters of recommendation?
First, you should review our detailed guide to submitting letters of recommendations, as it answers most of the questions that students have.
The upshot is that we require three letters: one from a math/science teacher, one from a humanities/social studies teacher, and one from a guidance counselor. Find the teachers who will be able to advocate most compellingly on your behalf and have them send letters to us. It's pretty simple.
We accept letters through the following submission methods:
- Fax, to 617.687.9184
- Mail, to MIT... read the post »
Sep 3 2013
Here at MITAdmissions we try to be transparent as possible about our process. This includes publishing admissions statistics beyond those contributed by MIT Institutional Research to the Common Data Set (i.e. what powers the US News & World Report and other rankings systems).
Now, I've blogged before about how the dangers of reading too much into admissions data as being predictive or revealing:
What's happening here is a fundamental confusion between our admissions process and the results of that process. When we say that the admit rate for students with a 750-800 was 15%, it does not mean that the chances of a given applicant who scores between 750-800 if 15%. It means that those students whom we chose to admit included 15% of those who scored within the 750-800 range. It's a subtle distinction, but an important one in understanding the agency of admissions.
Think of it as the difference between a living thing and its fossil. A fossil isn't the plant or animal itself: it's... read the post »