Feb 5 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous
Earlier today, Kris blogged about financial aid information we need from our early admits and current applicants. Shortly thereafter, we sent an email to these students with this information as well.
We use MailChimp to send emails to prospective and admitted students. MailChimp requires that, in the footer to each email, we include a line explaining to the recipient why they received the email, to help them distinguish desired email from spam.
The footer to that email, as all emails before it, should have said this:
You are receiving this email because you applied to MIT and we sometimes have to tell you things about stuff.
But what it actually said was this:
You are on this list because you are admitted to MIT! (/^▽^)/
Here's what happened:
We have two (well, more than two, but only two matter here) lists in MailChimp for any given admissions cycle: a list for admitted students, who receive updates specific to their admitted status, and a list for... read the post »
Dec 14 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous
MIT Early Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2018 are now available at
>>> decisions.mit.edu <<<
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.
6,820 students applied for early admission to MIT this year. This is a 4% increase from last year. Since most of these students were academically competitive and well-matched, this early action cycle was more difficult than ever for both our staff and our applicants.
Of the 6,820 who applied we have admitted 612. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,503 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Our Early Action admits hail from 49 states and 486 high schools. Though they all do different things - crafting and cartography, stargazing and sous vide, waltzing and welding - they are united by an... read the post »
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 »