Chris Peterson SM '13
May 4 2018
Earlier today, we completed and released our decisions for transfer applicants who applied for entry during Fall 2018.
You may access your decision at apply.mitadmissions.org—the same site where you submitted your application. You will log in using the same email and password used to create your application account.
Our transfer admissions process was quite competitive: 538 students applied to transfer, and we have admitted 23. And as usual, we are very excited about the students we have admitted, and often chagrined about those we could not.
As a former transfer student myself (not to MIT), I know that this process can be a difficult experience. For those of you who were admitted: welcome to MIT. For those who weren't: keep on trucking. I transferred, but if I hadn't, things would have been fine. Remember, college is mostly what you make of it, here or anywhere else. Either way, I wish you the best of luck wherever you go, and whatever you do.
May 1 2018
Today is May 1, the conventional deadline for admitted students to choose their matriculating institution.
By this time, most of these decisions have been made. But, if you're reading this, chances are you still haven't completely decided. I shouldn't give you more things to read as a pretext for further procrastination...but I will.
Here are some blog posts from the archives related to this decision, the one you're nominally in the process of making. They aren't intended to persuade you to choose MIT, but to make the best choice for yourself.
Although of course you end up becoming yourself, by me (2016)
Over the last few weeks I've met, emailed, Facebooked, Slacked, or spoken on the phone with many members of the Class of 2020 who are all struggling with the same basic decision as Sam: whether to enroll at MIT or to go somewhere / do something else instead. Typically, these students ascribe this ambiguity to a set of questions they see as unanswered and/or... read the post »
Apr 30 2018
As you may know, this summer we are redesigning MITAdmissions.org. As part of that process, I polled the bloggers on blogging features and blogging processes that would improve their blogging lives. There were many great suggestions, but one in particular caught my attention, in response to a need with which many other bloggers past and present concurred (emphasis added):
Not sure if this is possible, but maybe having an anonymous way to blog? Maybe like creating a profile that any blogger can use when they want to write but can’t have the blog be associated with them. I would definitely use this feature to blog lgbtq+ content.
We talked about this proposal, and this need, at the next blogger meeting, and then on several blogger lists of current and former bloggers. Through those discussions, we realized something: though many bloggers, past and present, have identified as LGBTQ+, and were able to be open about their identities at MIT, where they felt welcome, none have been... read the post »
Apr 18 2018
Posted in: Miscellaneous
In May 2016, I wrote Denied by MIT, 5 Years Later, where I shared the story of a student we had denied in 2011, and how well he had done elsewhere. For me, this is one of the most important blog posts I've ever written, because it demonstrates in fact what, in our decisions day posts, we always say to be true:
Turning away so many kind, generous, super-smart students has been more than difficult: it has been truly painful.
If you are among them, then all I can say is that MIT is just another place. If it is amazing, it is amazing not because of some occult magick embedded in the Great Dome, but because the people here make it so. If you spend the next few years trying to make wherever you are as amazing as you can (as you are), then someday you'll look back on this Pi Day and realize it all worked out okay.
In 2014, we denied another student, whom I'll call CT. I had met her at Maker Faire and corresponded before and during her application process. After we denied her, I... read the post »
Mar 14 2018
Posted in: Miscellaneous
MIT Regular Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2022 are now available at
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 decisions.mit.edu.
Between Early and Regular Action, 21,706 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2022. As of today (inclusive of Early Action), we have offered admission to 1,464 students.
These 1464 students are truly exceptional. The admitted Class of 2022 includes archers and architects, fangirls and farmhands, whizzkids and wunderkinds, from Australia to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. Individually they represent more than 60 countries and 1,000 high schools; together, they constitute an incredible community, each contributing a set of rare skills and perspectives while holding in common the highest caliber of cognition... read the post »