MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Chris Peterson

Apr 8 2015

Red Bull Gives You (Paper) Wings

Posted in: Miscellaneous, MIT Facts, Academics & Research, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

Last December I blogged about judging Trashion 2014, an event where MIT students design and model unconventional outfits to raise awareness about environmental sustainability. In that post, I wrote:


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 paid; I am basically a professional Mean Girl, and I have come to be at peace with that. I have been able to transfer my experience judging people in admissions to judging people in other contexts...


Recently, my evaluative assistance was again requested, this time by Rachel W. '16, founding President of MIT Women in Aerospace Engineering (WAE). WAE is a student group that, through a variety of programs, seeks to foster a community and encourage relationships among women in aerospace engineering and to build... read the post »


Apr 1 2015

Behind The Drones

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

A few weeks ago we posted this video to announce our decision date, 3/14/15 at 9:26AM:

So now, a few weeks and a lot of press coverage later, I figured I'd blog about how and why we did it.

The Idea

According to my inbox, which is as complete a record as anything else of offbeat communications ideas we toss around the office, we first began talking about this basic idea in December 2013, right around the time Amazon announced Prime Air.


As most of you probably know, we have long sent our admitted students their decision letters in tubes, a practice that dates back to when the they contained/protected posters and has outlasted that particular media form. Since 2011 or so, the first email that all admitted students receive from the office instructs them to keep an eye out for "delivery owls," a fairly obvious nod to Hedwig et al from Harry Potter. A few years ago, Matt and I spent a solid summer afternoon trying to figure out if anyone had actually trained owls to do... read the post »


Mar 14 2015

MIT Regular Action Decisions Now (Actually) Available Online

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Update: the once-in-a-century alignment of Super Pi Day appears to have fired a cosmic EMP directly into the heart of our server farm. Working to restore flux capacitors...please stand by. 

Update 2: rotors rotating, spanners spanning, you should be able to check your decisions again. 

MIT Regular Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2019 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

18,306 students applied to the MIT Class of 2019. As of today, and inclusive of Early Action, we have offered admission to 1467.

These 1467 students are truly exceptional. The admitted Class of 2019 includes makers and marksmen, eidetics and entrepreneurs, Georgians (as in Atlanta) and Georgians (as in Tbilisi). Individually they represent... read the post »


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 »