Chris Peterson SM '13
Mar 14 2017
MIT Regular Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2021 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, 20,247 students applied to join the MIT Class of 2021. As of today (inclusive of Early Action), we have offered admission to 1,438 students.
These 1,438 students are truly exceptional. The admitted Class of 2021 includes musicians and mathematicians, farmhands and physicists, rocketeers and raconteurs, from Albania to Zambia 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... read the post »
Feb 24 2017
MIT senior Lilly Chin just won the College Jeopardy championships! And she was ahead by so much at the end that this was her final Jeopardy answer:
I have been privileged to know and befriend some of the best and brightest minds in America and around the world. But right now, I don't think I've ever been prouder to be an MIT Admissions officer.
CONGRATS LILLY YOU ARE THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. WE ALL LOVE YOU LOTS.
edit: more Lilly content posted this morning includes this MIT News article about her win and a great interview, posted by Jeopardy, and featuring Lilly as she sat in her extremely tricked out dorm room on Tetazoo in East Campus:
also, some Lilly Reaction GIFs from the r/Jeopardy subreddit
Also, it is Because Of Lilly that MIT suddenly had a custom snapchat filter activated on campus last night:
I think one of the bloggers who knows Lilly is going to do a longer interview of her with lots of good questions... read the post »
Feb 16 2017
Early this morning I got a text from my friend and former student Jeremy R. '16 with a link to a new McDonald's commercial for their new Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal, or STRAW. It's a clear send-up of Jony Ive's breathless product launches, complete with pictures of prototyping sessions and fluid analyses with subtitles like "real engineers, doing real engineer stuff." Jeremy instructed me to look a bit after a minute into the video. I generally listen to Jeremy, so I did.
That's when I saw it.
Can you see it?
That is, of course, an MIT class ring, or so-called brass rat, a touchstone of MIT culture with a long and illustrious history. They're easily recognizable and are sometimes even used intentionally in media as a sort of wink-and-a-nod that a character attended MIT, perhaps most famously, as Matt once... read the post »
Jan 12 2017
If you've walked down the Infinite before, you've probably seen doors. A lot of doors. And a lot of them with letters on them, like this one:
What you probably don't know is that, since 1994, all of the letters on all of these doors have been hand-lettered by one man, Glenn Silva. He's painted my name at least five times since I've been here as we've redistributed personnel throughout the rooms that make up the admissions office.
Most people around campus know Glenn, by sight if not always by name, but the many people who pass through MIT don't. However, the School of Engineering just posted a short video about Glenn and his time and contributions to campus, which are highly visible even while his labor is not.
As someone who believes recognizing and celebrating maintainers is just as, if not more, important than doing the same for innovators, I wanted to share it here so that our visitors could see and appreciate Glenn's art; and see, the next time you visit campus,... read the post »
Jan 4 2017
The admissions process develops seasonally and repeats cyclically. From the panoptic point of view of our office, we can tell, almost feel, the stress of the process as it gathers, crests, and breaks, partially because when it does, it breaks over us, and our office is deluged with emails, phone calls, and blog comments, to say nothing of spillovers to sites like Quora, College Confidential, and /r/ApplyingToCollege.
A snapshot of our incoming email traffic to the main admissions [at] mit [dot] edu account sent over the last 90 days. That's ~22.5k new cases, with an average response, from a human, in around a day. You can see the massive spikes at the EA and RA deadlines.
One question we are often asked at this time of year (i.e. right after the Regular Action deadline) is what applicants should do now that they've hit the submit button. The simple answer is to fill out the FUN Form and otherwise just sit tight until March. It's good advice, but hard to follow,... read the post »