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Chris Peterson

May 14 2015

Fall 2015 Wait List Decisions Will Be Sent Today

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It's been a bit more than two weeks since the May 1 reply deadline, and we know many of you have been awaiting news about our wait list.

Today, May 15th - which happens to be the International Day of Families, as well as Teacher's Day in Mexico and South Korea - at 6PM Eastern Time, we will email all students on our wait list their admission decision, including the 52 to whom we have offered admission. At that point, our wait list will close, and will not be admitting any additional students for the Class of 2019, not even Leeroy Jenkins.

We have seen all the wonderful updates that many of you have submitted, and appreciate the time and effort you have put in to letting us know how much you love MIT. We know you will have incredibly bright futures and great college experiences, and wish you all the very best at whatever college you choose. 

Last week, I mentioned I had been a transfer student. Well, I also was a wait list student, so I've been there too. I ended up deciding to... read the post »


May 4 2015

Fall 2015 Transfer Decisions Will Be Released Today

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Process & Statistics

Today we're releasing our decisions regarding transfer applicants who applied for admission for Fall 2015.

Transfer applicants, unlike freshman applicants, receive decisions via email from our office to the address listed on their application. The emails will be sent late afternoon today, May 4th, and you should receive it seconds later through the magic of midichlorians. 

Our transfer admissions process was quite competitive: 489 students applied to transfer, and we have admitted 22. 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... read the post »


Apr 29 2015

In Memory of Sean Collier

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Today, MIT dedicated a memorial to Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty by the Tsarnaev brothers on April 18th, 2013. Sean was a beloved campus police officer, a member of the MIT Outing Club, and part of the MIT family.

It is not the first memorial dedicated to Sean on campus. Last April, under cover of night, students installed Collier's Cranes, a hack of thousands of paper cranes hung suspended inside the Stata Center by the entrance near where Sean was killed.


The memorial unveiled today is, however, the most permanent. Assembled out of 32 blocks of granite, carved from the New Hampshire quarries near which he loved to climb, this memorial to Sean will last as long as MIT does. Maybe it will last longer. 

This is a very difficult subject for me to write about, so I am going to stop and let you read a description of the memorial written by Professor J. Meejin Yoon, Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT and lead architect of the Collier... read the post »


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 »