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Mar 17, 2007

Not Admitted

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This year was the most competitive ever for MIT admissions. Admitting just 12% of applicants means that we had to turn away many, many incredible students. For those of you who fall into this category, this is an open forum for you to talk.

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Well, it was worth a shot, anyway, right?

Posted by: Carly on March 17, 2007

Where can I download the Fall 2008 application materials?
grin

Posted by: Greg Courville on March 17, 2007

just didnt get in

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

U know what, I honestly don't care. Well, logically I do a little bit, but screw them.

I got into the ivies anyhew.

Posted by: Har har on March 17, 2007

:'(

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Your loss.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

*nods* It was very much worth the shot.

Alas, I didn't get in either, but I feel pretty good about my second choice (which I'm going to go confirm in a few minutes.) Congratulations to everyone that did get in, and I hope things go well for you!

Posted by: Daniel on March 17, 2007

oops

Posted by: Stephen on March 17, 2007

it's pretty sad

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Waiting on Caltech.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I can't believe it! I'm trying not to be sore about it, but I at least expected to be waitlisted! Well, I guess they didn't want somebody who was better at arts and music...I'm not as strong in math and science...
To all the other nonadmittents- I'm sure there's other colleges that accepted you, as I was to the Ivys, so don't feel too bad...

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Yeah... oh well.

Posted by: Nikhil on March 17, 2007

=( oh man...

Posted by: Disappointed on March 17, 2007

It was worth a shot. I still love this school with all my heart.

Posted by: Colleen on March 17, 2007

at least its over!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Well, seems I share the fate of everyone else who will be posting a comment here. I didn't go in with high hopes, and so I'm not too disappointed (just a bit wink.

I think I'm going to go celebrate St. Patty's day. That is, after I shovel all the snow that was dumped all over the place (I live in Erie, Pennsylvania).

PS - Still waiting on the Carnegie Mellon letter...anyone else know when those are coming out?

Posted by: AJ on March 17, 2007

well, it was worth a shot, but who cares? I'll see you guys in four years for graduate.

Posted by: karl on March 17, 2007

I'm not checking my decision until it comes in the mail, but let me post here anyway =D

Posted by: Nikhil on March 17, 2007

MIT's biggest loss ever. I am going to get into more than two Ivy Leagues anyway. So I don't care.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

damn.

Posted by: Adarsh on March 17, 2007

it would have been nice to get in
but oh well
at least it'll make choosing where i want to go a little easier later on... i think...

Posted by: Andrea on March 17, 2007

I can say that it was for the most part an incredible ride, despite the fact that it's been cut short. Having a taste of what MIT is like is truly rewarding and I probably expect to stop every now and then for another taste. Sincerely, I would like to thank all the bloggers and admissions staff members for considering me to the degree I believe they have.

@ other denied admissions students: I encourage you all to look towards other schools we've applied to [though we may have all fallen for MIT]. I've always been known in my school and my circle of friends as the student who had the great stats, grades, and was leader of clubs, a student who went through multiple heart failures and a heart transplant during his 11th grade year (but still managed to go to school 3 days a week prior to transplant and returning 3 months after, to finish both semesters with full course loads). I really feel I did everything in my power to show my drive and will to learn. I do feel crushed but it makes me happy that there is a school that could deny admission to me in the sense that it must truly offer admission to people who are truly remarkable.

Anyways, I'm as healthy as ever, and there's always gradschool ^-^.

Best Wishes In All Endeavors Everyone! (And thx again MIT)

-Justin Alexander Kim

If anyone would like to talk my email is [email protected]

Posted by: Jkim1789 on March 17, 2007

denied...well, i kinda expected it, as did a lot of you. it's ok though! i have a lot of great schools to choose from and i will survive

Posted by: alyssa on March 17, 2007

What does it take to get into this school?

Posted by: Andrew on March 17, 2007

well i tried, i know what killed me... they ddnt find my scores for the standardized tests in time, and they wernt able to hear how i was going to build an ir satilite this summer with nasa... Oh well, at least i know they didnt accept me for who i truly was... ill try next year ea, and maby then they will have some more insight to who i truly am.

best of luck everyone, and no matter where you get accepted;

Lets give MIT a run for its money.

Posted by: Lendz on March 17, 2007

dsiahvgoasbf

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Oh, well... not going into debt now!

Posted by: Chad on March 17, 2007

Even though not admitted, I want to thank Bryan for emailing me on Thanksgiving evening...that's right folks...THANKSGIVING EVENING with a clarification before my alumni interview the next day.

These guys do live and breath their jobs and the MIT application process was one of my more enjoyable. Thanks for the trip MIT even though my destination will be elsewhere!

Posted by: Hughes on March 17, 2007

I didn't get, but who cares. Who wants to be with a bunch of GEEKS anyway...I'll just be living it up at Georgia Tech in the fall.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

hmmm, darn, oh well. I'm proud of myself for at least applying though, we all should. Heck, if you didn't apply, you wouldn't have even had a chance, so everyone take the time to grieve a little, then cheer up!

Posted by: jon on March 17, 2007

Well in four years I will hold the same number of MIT degrees that Ben does

Posted by: Chin on March 17, 2007

I'm not admitted but I'm OK smile MIT for me is a dream, and applying is a part of the dream. I have many other dreams however, and I will keep going with my life.

Congrats for those who are admitted, and for those who aren't, like me, keep your hopes up smile

Posted by: Tania on March 17, 2007

this is truly an MIT experience...

Posted by: chattjj on March 17, 2007

well, its really unfortunate and sad, especially for intwrnationals, especialy for indians.how many indians did you accept this year? and how many applied?

Posted by: kk on March 17, 2007

Hey Everyone!

I didn't get it, but I am not really sad. It just changed up my plans a little. I still got accepted into other really good schools. But now, I am stuck waiting for my second choice, CalTech, and its super hard to get in there.

Best of luck to everyone!
-Jamal

Posted by: Jamal on March 17, 2007

I didn't get in, but who wants to be with a big group of GEEKS for the next four years of their lives...I'll just be living it up at Georgia Tech in the fall!!!

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

I fully agree with Carly: It was worth a shot. I know its a weird sentence but: I was wondering whether anybody other than me was wondering whether we could be told of some specific examples of the "compelling reasons" that led to a student being admitted.

The worst part of the decision is that we are not even given a hint as to what led to our rejection!

Anyway, congratulations and good-luck to all the admitted students and thanks to Mr.Ben, Matt Sir and the entire admissions committee for doing a great job (no sarcasm!).

PS: Happy St.Patrick's Day!!!

Posted by: Jalpan Dave on March 17, 2007

So that's it. Well, I must say I'm very disappointed...>_So that's it. Well, I must say I'm very disappointed...>_< but I still love this school and I believe I still have chances to get in for years to come~~*

Posted by: Jess Ko on March 17, 2007

Even though not admitted, I want to thank Bryan for emailing me on Thanksgiving evening...that's right folks...THANKSGIVING EVENING with a clarification before my alumni interview the next day.

These guys do live and breath their jobs and the MIT application process was one of my more enjoyable. Thanks for the trip MIT even though my destination will be elsewhere!

Posted by: Hughes on March 17, 2007

well i tried, i know what killed me... they ddnt find my scores for the standardized tests in time, and they wernt able to hear how i was going to build an ir satilite this summer with nasa... Oh well, at least i know they didnt accept me for who i truly was... ill try next year ea, and maby then they will have some more insight to who i truly am.

best of luck everyone, and no matter where you get accepted;

Lets give MIT a run for its money.

Posted by: Lendz on March 17, 2007

Well in four years I will hold the same number of MIT degrees that Ben does

Posted by: Chin on March 17, 2007

I wish I didn't know why I didn't get in.

Posted by: Katherine on March 17, 2007

This is truly an MIT experience...

Posted by: Chattjj on March 17, 2007

They're gonna wish they had me!! I'm gonna go far.

Posted by: Jakob on March 17, 2007

I'm used to failure... But I'm not down.
I'll be back as a transfer, I promise you that!!

Love you all.

Thanks!

Posted by: Ashesh on March 17, 2007

whatever

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

hmmm, darn, oh well. I'm proud of myself for at least applying though, we all should. Heck, if you didn't apply, you wouldn't have even had a chance, so everyone take the time to grieve a little, then cheer up!

Posted by: jon on March 17, 2007

I'm used to failure... But I'm not down.
I'll be back as a transfer, I promise you that!!

Love you all.

Thanks!

Posted by: Ashesh on March 17, 2007

Does this mean I lose my MyMIT account?

Posted by: Dan Ehrman on March 17, 2007

I'm used to failure... But I'm not down.
I'll be back as a transfer, I promise you that!!

Love you all.

Thanks!

Posted by: Ashesh on March 17, 2007

there's always grad school?

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Failed. However, it worth a try right?

If anyone want a talk with me, add [email protected] please

Anyway, thank you MIT, at least you once gave me a dream and gave me the chance to pursue it.

Posted by: Lemon on March 17, 2007

Damn....It hurts a bit not getting in....:(
My friend didn't get in either..
so that hurts more....
Oh well....I already got into somewhere else...
So I'll just apply again for grad school...heh

Posted by: Alex on March 17, 2007

hey ppl!!! as we say in our class, in hindi...
"HOTA HAI". this means "it happens" and oy yes everything does. Being rejected is n experience in itself...savour it...it is a part of ur life.
enjoy it da best u can.move forward and do ur best.

Posted by: SRK on March 17, 2007

ouch.

it wouldnt be as bad if i didnt have to wait another two weeks for ALLL the other decisions...

Posted by: weigs on March 17, 2007

Didn't get in. Oh well, I was kinda expecting it!

Posted by: Akilez on March 17, 2007

Congratulations to everyone that did get in, and I hope things go well for you!

Thanks, Daniel. I wish the same to everyone. MIT has rejected me for the second time. I don't know which college I would attend.

I will achieve my goals without a brand name.

Posted by: Vineet ‮ on March 17, 2007

Even though not admitted, I want to thank Bryan for emailing me on Thanksgiving evening...that's right folks...THANKSGIVING EVENING with a clarification before my alumni interview the next day.

These guys do live and breathe their jobs and the MIT application process was one of my more enjoyable. Thanks for the trip, MIT, even though my destination will be elsewhere!

By the way, you probably made the right decision ;o)

Posted by: Hughes on March 17, 2007

I can't believe I didn't get in. My dream was to study at MIT. I'm the best student at my school... perhaps the fact of being a Colombian...
Anyway I'll not give up!!!
I'll be back

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

well i have joined the list too. i knew i wouldnt get in but still i think it was worth trying for mit. maybe still have a chance to apply to mit for masters smile but though i know it wont be same as undergrad life.dejected :( congrats to all the ppl who got in. have fun in college. i will too in another college though. to those who didnt get in..........there are many things in life worth more value than a college admission smile good luck for other admissions and everything in ur life ahead smile

Posted by: reddy on March 17, 2007

cAN WE ANYHOW KNOW WHAT LED TO OUR REJECTION??

THE CUTTING EDGE WE DIDNT HAVE???

IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO GET IN???

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

Hey... it hapeens, congrats to all who got in. As for us here, let's take this as an experience; we've all obviously been tops or damn near the top of our classes, with only success to bask in. But here is a new experience, so let's just learn with it... however... moping is alright for today... but ONLY today. : D

Posted by: Don the Third on March 17, 2007

So that's it. Well, I must say I'm very disappointed...>_So that's it. Well, I must say I'm very disappointed...>_< but I still love this school and I believe I still have chances to get in for years to come~~*

Posted by: Jess Ko on March 17, 2007

Yep, a deferred deny. Well, I suppose life will be easier now. I will get more free time. ^_^

To those of you who were not accepted: Thank you for trying. I am sure you will make your stand in the world in your own special way. Just be sure to not let your dreams escape you. Best of luck in your futures, meaning: do not die early.

To those of you who were accepted and just wanted to see what is on this page: Congratulations on your admission; Best of luck to you as well. Make it a goal to improve the world with the resources presented to you. Thank you.

To those of you who were waitlisted and just wanted to see what is on this page: I am sorry that you have to wait even longer to see if you will get into the school. I hope that you make the decision accurately and quickly. Best of luck in your future as well.

I wonder if the courses MIT offers will be updated well in OCW, then those not attending will be able to get the resource material also. Just a thought, but I do not know too much about OCW. raspberry

Posted by: Felix on March 17, 2007

a word of warning to everyone...dont visit/read the admitted blog...it's quite painful :(

Posted by: weigs on March 17, 2007

:( game over...

Posted by: mw on March 17, 2007

O well, it was worth a shot...

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

lot's of dreams broken.
:'-(

Posted by: Mrinal on March 17, 2007

i honestly didnt expect to get in. but i gave it a shot anyways. now i know. congrats to those who made it! and the ones that didnt make it: life goes on. there are a lot of other schools out there. hope for the best. best wishes you all.

Posted by: sum0102 on March 17, 2007

hi
CONGRATS to all that made it.

Its not the end of the road for those who didn't.

I'm just glad I was considered and NB. its not the last you've heard of me.

Best wishes to ya'll wherever you go.

Posted by: N.G. on March 17, 2007

merely a bump in
the road.

but it was cool
to apply.

Posted by: rachel on March 17, 2007

Even though not admitted, I want to thank Bryan for emailing me on Thanksgiving evening...that's right folks...THANKSGIVING EVENING with a clarification before my alumni interview the next day.

These guys do live and breathe their jobs and the MIT application process was one of my more enjoyable. Thanks for the trip, MIT, even though my destination will be an elsewhere yet to be determined!

And everyone else who is in my position? Six months to a year from now you will be so happy to be where you will then be but, then again, life is what YOU make it.

Posted by: Hughes on March 17, 2007

Why on earth didn't I get in? Why wasn't I admitted??? What more were you looking for? Your loss!

This is what's going through my mind right now. I know that I said I would be mature and handle the decision well, but I have to admit that I am finding that very hard to do at the moment. I was so shocked I burst into tears. I feel like screaming and crying myself into an sleep, but that won't do me much good, will it? I really didn't expect to be so angry and upset.

Anyway, I'm not crying right now, and I will sign off saying that I did have hope, and that I am crushed, but not dead. smile

Posted by: Guyomar on March 17, 2007

merely a bump in
the road.

but it was cool
to apply.

Posted by: rachel on March 17, 2007

To Mrinal and others,
This isn't the end of your dreams, this is just a closed door. You are all bright, talented, and wonderful young people. There will be many other open doors along your future path.
Best regards to everyone here.

Posted by: Parent on March 17, 2007

Do you know what's more stressful than waiting for an MIT decision?

Posted by: Dan Ehrman on March 17, 2007

:(

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I hope my letter contains something more sincere than this generic letter: The Admissions Committee has completed its review of your application, and I am so sorry to tell you that we are unable to offer you admission to MIT.

Please understand that this is in no way a judgment of you as a student or as a person, since our decision has more to do with the applicant pool than anything else. Most of our applicants, who like you are among the best in the world, are not admitted because we simply do not have enough space in our entering class. This year we had over 12,000 applications for less than 1500 offers of admission, from which will come our 1000 freshmen. Since all of our decisions are made at one time and all available spaces have been committed, all decisions are final.

Despite what you might think, the admissions process is not an exact science. Our applicant pool is more self-selected than most, with a very high percentage of top students, virtually all of whom have distinction in demanding academic programs as well as outstanding achievement in their lives outside of the classroom. We evaluate each applicant’s materials carefully and select those we judge to be the best match for our community.

I am very sorry to bring you such disappointing news when you have worked so hard. You are a terrific student, and I do wish you the very best as you continue with your education.

Thats pretty much all i can ask for now..
Chin up guys + girls smile

-Justin Alexander Kim

Posted by: Jkim1789 on March 17, 2007

Hey everyone........ :(
It feels pretty bad I had to join this list...though was kinda expecting it since I am an international and only 1 person gets admitted from my country each year. Oh well, life goes on I guess......
Goodbye to everyone in this blogging community, I had a great time reading the blogs and responses and I hope to meet some of you later in life.

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 17, 2007

Like I said up there ^ (do you know what's worse than waiting on an MIT decision?)...

Getting your decision on backwards day.

Posted by: Dan Ehrman on March 17, 2007

At the end of my alumni interview, my interviewer gave me a talk about how "it doesn't matter which school you go to," "you can be happy anywhere," etc. Basically, the whole pampered rejection talk. I can't say that what he said makes the rejection softer, but when you're told in November that you'll probably be rejected, you can't be very disappointed when decisions come out months later.

Posted by: syzygy on March 17, 2007

Hey everyone........ :(
It feels pretty bad I had to join this list...though was kinda expecting it since I am an international and only 1 person gets admitted from my country each year. Oh well, life goes on I guess......
Goodbye to everyone in this blogging community, I had a great time reading the blogs and responses and I hope to meet some of you later in life.

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 17, 2007

I was denied, I expected it, and I don't think it's a big deal. All I can do is echo what the rejected letter said. Getting into MIT (or whatever your dream school is) isn't a particularly important thing in life. Being denied admission isn't a judgment on your character, nor is it some kind of "huge mistake" or "big loss" on MIT's part. Lots of very very capable people apply to MIT, so if you're in my boat, and didn't get in, just take it in stride, and keep doing what you're doing. Kudos to those who made it, and kudos to those who are good sports about their rejections. My only raspberries go to people who are sour about their rejections, such as

"I didn't get in, but who wants to be with a big group of GEEKS for the next four years of their lives...I'll just be living it up at Georgia Tech in the fall!!!"

Please folks, keep it positive. That's all.

Posted by: Youlian Simidjiyski on March 17, 2007

Hey everyone........ :(
It feels pretty bad I had to join this list...though was kinda expecting it since I am an international and only 1 person gets admitted from my country each year. Oh well, life goes on I guess......
Goodbye to everyone in this blogging community, I had a great time reading the blogs and responses and I hope to meet some of you later in life.

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 17, 2007

well...was expecting it.... I dun know why do I run out of luck only for this case when it comes to college...anyways MIT you're not gonna get freedom from me so soon....I'll try agan for TRANSFER...and if u wudnt let me in from there, then may be POST GRAD....OR Ph.D. or may be R&D...anything!!! but u'll need me one day for sure....

Posted by: ketan on March 17, 2007

I got rejected last year, so this isn't really a place for me, but whatever. I promised Ben last year that I would keep him updated, and I have, and he encouraged me to write something to all of you about how being rejected to MIT was a good thing (like I claimed last year). I had a whole long letter written about it, going point by point about the benefits of not attending MIT. Well, I decided that was worthless as it didn't really say anything and I'm sure someone would dismiss it anyway. Instead, let me say this:

MIT can't be the best at everything. It's not the end all, be all school. You will all be able to go somewhere where you learn a lot and have fun doing it. Your life isn't ruined by not being accepted.

It's ok to get upset. You don't have to hide your emotions and say "Oh well, I was accepted to 2 Ivy's" or anything. It's ok to be upset. Just realize that there's so much more to come.

Therefore, I encourage all of you to go celebrate the day when everyone's Irish as best you legally can. I will be tailgating at my friend's rugby game with other friends, despite the freak snowstorm we got.

Good luck to all!

J. Clark Poland
Truman State University '09
Rejected MIT '10
jcarkeys.deviantart.com

Posted by: J. Clark Poland on March 17, 2007

Yeah... Whatever. My credentials exceeded MIT's average admissions statistics, and I got rejected. I guess its because my Dad's not a billionaire or a rich aristocrat. If I learned anything, its that things are not what they seem, and you will be judged not by your merit, but by your background and ability to pay (why else would I get bullied in to sending in my parents tax forms). To sum it up, don't be too hard on yourselves. Chances are, you have what it takes, but just aren't a part of the establishment. To get in, you must either be the next Newton, or filthy rich. Good luck to all of you who did not get accepted, and remember, MIT isn't the sole shining pillar of education it implies it is. Just another rich geek school.

Posted by: Rejectee on March 17, 2007

Hey everyone........ :(
It feels pretty bad I had to join this list...though was kinda expecting it since I am an international and only 1 person gets admitted from my country each year. Oh well, life goes on I guess......
Goodbye to everyone in this blogging community, I had a great time reading the blogs and responses and I hope to meet some of you later in life.

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 17, 2007

MIT U turned down my app!
SAD!

I hope Caltech and Stanford give some more respect to my application

Posted by: MIT on March 17, 2007

okay .there is one thing i really hold against the office.

why dont u simply put up on the international page site that you will admit only 5 indians or near that every year. in short if youre indian and dont have internaitonal olympiads dont apply and waste you time.i think the office can be frank about such issues, becaus application costs money and for mortals like us 70 dollars is a lot of money and three days is a lot of time.
I mean come on matt or ben can you tell me how many indians you accepted this year WHO DID NOT HAVE OLYMPIADS (INTERNATIONAL )?? i know you rejected a lot of them with olympiads (my freind for example ..who had three diffferent olympiads at the ntional level. )
i am sorry for being harsh matt, but it is just an opinion, because a lot of my freinds andi wasted a lot of time on our applications after looking at the encouraging words on your website(like:we view everything in context)

If you did veiw everything in context, dont tell me you dint find indians who matched MIT. I am sure you did. you just din want too many indians or chinese for that matter.
I mean in an application pool for international i am sure that 80-90% are indians and chinese. Doesnt this mean they desreve atleast 50 seats out of the 100 for intnls. or atleast 30? 5? that is ridiculous matt, really ridiculous.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Looks like I get to prank on the other team :D

Posted by: x on March 17, 2007

REJECTED!! But I guess it was expected :(

I still remember someone's post at CollegeConfidential about how heartless MIT decision (rejection) letter are from last year, and it was even then that I felt that I would be having the same feelings as those of the author of that post, and indeed there are bits and pieces of these feelings especially at the text of the decision..alas!

Anyway, Ben, and/or whoever read my application, thanks for your time in reading (and reviewing, if i made it to that level) my application. Thanks!

I guess that was as close to MIT I will get. The application was Dream>Fervour>Hope>Expectation>Tension>Reality :(
And here it ends!

Again, thanks to all of you, and my regards!

Posted by: Jawwad on March 17, 2007

I'd posted this on CC, but I thought I'd cross post this here. It's the first time I'm posting here, and probably the last, but this is my way of saying 'thank you'.

I'm posting this at least in part because I think a few MIT Admissions officers read this forum, and in part just for CC in general.

I'm an applicant to the class of 2011, I've just been rejected, as I suppose have most people , but I still can't help feeling what I feel, so I'm posting this thread.

Like most of the applicants here, I'd fallen in love with MIT early in the application, (the blogs had much to do with that). Here's to Matt, Mollie, Bryan, Jessie, Mitra, Sam, Melis, Anthony, Laura, Lulu, Jess, Keri and all the others. You've made all of our journeys magical, wondrous occasions.

You've helped each of us in some way, made us laugh, cry, and just enjoy the application process a little more.

Thanks for the jokes, for the insane stories, and most importantly, thanks for making us, just numbers in the applicant pool, feel like part of MIT.

To the Admissions Officers, all of you, (on behalf of my twin Kaushik (k_twin) and myself):

We know you're probably resting right now from the roller coaster that the past few months have been for all of us, but we'd just like to thank you as well. We know that regardless of the outcome, you've read our applications with dedication and perseverance, and we thank you for that. (We also thank you for MIT Idol, but that's another story )

To those who've been accepted, congratulations. Treasure what you've received, and just well freak out a bit, you're going to MIT!

As for us, well, we'll live. The 29th and the 1st still await.

P.S: There's always Grad School!

Regards, from an MIT Applicant.

Posted by: Shrivats on March 17, 2007

continued. from"ridiculous..really ridiculous"


Ok matt here goes. What if i was from Namibia? wouldnt i be a sure admit? with the qualifications that i posted above, if I was from the arctic circle, i would have been a sure admit. Thats the point. you simply dont want asians. why not matt? If you truly aim towards high class education and building leaders of the world, you wouldnt bother about the kind of people who applied.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I'm really sad that I wasn't accepted at MIT, and I must say that I was quite despondent upon first hearing of it.

But in retrospect I'm glad I applied - it helped me to understand myself better (reading my essay on finding value in the negative just raised my spirits); and, more importantly, it helped me make some new friends.

I'd call that a silver lining.... wink

Posted by: Venu on March 17, 2007

dissapointed but expected it. Why don't you reject 70% of the EA's rather than keep them stressed out with no chance of acceptance?

Be that as it may, this is the best admission department of any of my son's choices.

Thanks

Posted by: parent on March 17, 2007

OH Well....
SH*T happens....
My whole process wasnt so ceremonial anyway.
all rushed and stuff (SATs were good though)
I guess it was never meant to happen.
mm.....
Glassy dreams lie shattered in my eyes,
Now and again, the shards sting.
:'(

Posted by: Hemaang on March 17, 2007

kinda expected...but still stings a bit...this is the first decision i've gotten and its a rejection. oh well...my heart goes out to all the others on the thread..

Posted by: Abseen on March 17, 2007

You know how they deal with those kind of things.
They try to coat it with a sincere apology,
then they wrap it up with layers of tissue papers, soft and fluffy,
then they put it into a little box,
and, finally, they put it under your pillow.
For days and nights, you sleep on it, and you dream about it.
Sometimes your dream looks happy, sometimes sad,but always fuzzy.
You don't know what's in that box, you are obsecessed with it, but you don't want to know.
It feels like that the little box has been there forever.
Its content is an eternal speck of dust, insignificant but unchangeable:
whether you open the box or not will never change the thing inside.
When you, with trembling hands, decide to unwrap the box,the air you breath thins out.
At last, when you see that speck of dust,like thousands of people before you,you let out a little cry.
You know it is just dust.
You stare at it and the dreams you've had for days and nights all burst at once.
Their corpse flow upstream to gather at one point in your throat so it becomes swollen and itchy.
And, at the same time, the weight of your soul diminushes.
Not much, it only loses a tiny speck of dust,
a little dust who dies with the thought that it isn't wanted.

Posted by: Donna on March 17, 2007

Anonyomous @ 01:01 PM -
Man! You're unhappy with 4-5 Indians! From most other countries (including mine) They admit only 1 person. So what if most of the applicants are indians or Chinese? People from other countries deserve a fair chance. How could you think so selfishly?
By the way, it costs money to apply from all other countries as well and there are many other poor/middle-class applicants out there too!

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 17, 2007

Rejected... but thanks for the experience... I'll definitely try again at some other time in life... maybe for something totally different... all the best to everyone else who didn't get in... best of luck with all your other pursuits!!

Posted by: Abhinav on March 17, 2007

They're gonna wish they had me!!

Posted by: Anurag on March 17, 2007

unfortunate...yes

end of the world...no

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

its ok.. Life will go on!!!

Posted by: yohini on March 17, 2007

Oh well, I really worked hard to get the missing application fee and other materials in. A lot of $$$ went into it. So I am feeling slightly bad but at the same time hoping the other schools I applied to accept me. The whole process of sending credentials over and confirming them, and getting in missing materials half across the world whereas my parents were totally short on finances was very hard and frustrating. I just maintained a degree of optimism and didn't react much, hoping for daylight.

Anyways, congrats to those who got in.

Posted by: Tsubie on March 17, 2007

i think i like the california weather better anyways

o well, it was a good try

grad school perhaps

Posted by: wyles on March 17, 2007

That was selfish indeed Anonymous, I am an international indian here at MIT, Class of 2010, I didnt have any of those olympiad stuff, its very true that they look at your application based on your circumstances, and trust me its not the end of the world to not get in at the first shot.

Posted by: Indian'10 on March 17, 2007

""okay .there is one thing i really hold against the office.
why dont u simply put up on the international page site that you will admit only 5 indians or near that every year. in short if youre indian and dont have internaitonal olympiads dont apply and waste you time.i think the office can be frank about such issues, becaus application costs money and for mortals like us 70 dollars is a lot of money and three days is a lot of time.
I mean come on matt or ben can you tell me how many indians you accepted this year WHO DID NOT HAVE OLYMPIADS (INTERNATIONAL )?? i know you rejected a lot of them with olympiads (my freind for example ..who had three diffferent olympiads at the ntional level. )
i am sorry for being harsh matt, but it is just an opinion, because a lot of my freinds andi wasted a lot of time on our applications after looking at the encouraging words on your website(like:we view everything in context)
If you did veiw everything in context, dont tell me you dint find indians who matched MIT. I am sure you did. you just din want too many indians or chinese for that matter.
I mean in an application pool for international i am sure that 80-90% are indians and chinese. Doesnt this mean they desreve atleast 50 seats out of the 100 for intnls. or atleast 30? 5? that is ridiculous matt, really ridiculous. ""

--you are correct, there are restrictions on how many international students they accept. but how are you so sure that 80-90% of intl applicants are indian or chinese?

and if you think you wasted your time applying, why did you bother? you knew only 5 people got in last year.


""Yeah... Whatever. My credentials exceeded MIT's average admissions statistics, and I got rejected. I guess its because my Dad's not a billionaire or a rich aristocrat. If I learned anything, its that things are not what they seem, and you will be judged not by your merit, but by your background and ability to pay (why else would I get bullied in to sending in my parents tax forms). To sum it up, don't be too hard on yourselves. Chances are, you have what it takes, but just aren't a part of the establishment. To get in, you must either be the next Newton, or filthy rich. Good luck to all of you who did not get accepted, and remember, MIT isn't the sole shining pillar of education it implies it is. Just another rich geek school.""

-- a WHOLE LOT of people have credentials that "[exceed] MIT's average admissions statistics". it's not just you. it's not about the SAT scores and grades.


""I hope my letter contains something more sincere than this generic letter: The Admissions Committee has completed its review of your application, and I am so sorry to tell you that we are unable to offer you admission to MIT.""

-- They don't have time to go over with every applicant what went wrong.


""cAN WE ANYHOW KNOW WHAT LED TO OUR REJECTION??
THE CUTTING EDGE WE DIDNT HAVE???
IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO GET IN???""

--Sorry, hope you calm down!

Posted by: Arthur on March 17, 2007

what a waste of time i should have applied to caltech, since about 2 years nothing good had happened to me, all my dreams or aspirations had not come true, but why? i dont belive in destiny but i would want to belive to make this easier

Posted by: me on March 17, 2007

well i know why I did not get in.......I'm too poor (that's why u ask me to apply for scholarship/submit my parents tax return....). To all of u rich people....who said money is not about everything????ha ha ha...

Posted by: ss on March 17, 2007

I have to give props to all of you who have taken this rejection with grace, as I am trying to do right now. Too often, when things don't go our way, we try to justify our own positions by belittling others (in this case, the MIT admissions office). Like many of you, I honestly believed that I had a great chance of getting in, and quess what? I did have a chance. But so did thousands of others, and therein lies the difficulty with which MIT dealt with while choosing their next class.

If any of you are truly as amazing as you thought you were before reading your decision (and I'm sure you are), take pride in the fact that you will be successful anywhere. Be appreciative of the fact that you CAN go to college, when most of the U.S. population cannot.

A big thanks goes out to the admissions personnel for considering me.

P.S. Anonymous @ 1:14 pm- I'm African-American and a female =]

Posted by: Janice on March 17, 2007

Well this rejection has charged me up greater than ever, I will work EVEN harder in the next four years. Though my rejection has a lot to do with the meagre 110 International Quota...but nevatheless I'll make sure the next time I apply to a top school, I am at the top of my trade.I'll see then how they come up with lame reasons and pathetic stories of being a good match.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

I admire your positive attitude Janice. I believe all those things too, but I'm still pretty disappointed.

Posted by: Guyomar on March 17, 2007

I'm out.

Posted by: Sarab on March 17, 2007

Well, I'm in the same boat as you all.
I'd just like to say that I respect MIT's admissions staff. It has been very classy the whole way through, especially in giving us rejected students a forum to express our own concerns, even if I personally don't have much else to say.
Anyways, thanks MIT and good luck to all!

Posted by: Jesse on March 17, 2007

Well, i didnt get in. I guess my 113 in AP Calculus didnt matter at all. oh well.

to others: If you are interested in an AP Calculus Study guide I'm making, click the link on my name.

Posted by: Evan on March 17, 2007

Yaar mujhay rejection aaa gaye hai. I will not be erased after all (main mit nahi jaoonga). What are my chances of getting in as a transfer if I get into any of the ivies? (i've already got a likely letter from Cornell).
And yes, I STILL LOVE MIT!!!

Posted by: Islu/Pakistani on March 17, 2007

Thanks Guyomar, and trust me, I'm disappointed too. smile

Thanks for the study guide Evan. Haha!

Posted by: Janice on March 17, 2007

wow evan, your study guide rox

Posted by: alyssa on March 17, 2007

It s cool, take it easy... you can go and watch naruto or do something u like , remember their is school on monday.Thanx to admission they had a lot of work...So yeah every1 take care.grin
Ps:u can apply as transfer or take a gap year and try again.

Posted by: jonathank on March 17, 2007

life sucks, sigh...

Posted by: A.......C....... on March 17, 2007

I will get gold at IMO 2007 and IOI 2007 smile

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

people's true characters really do emerge in times of defeat...

although "defeat" isn't really the right connotation for this situation.


chins up, everyone

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

It's like something I had looked forward to has just disappeared. Just like a mirage, it vanished once I got there. Now I know how it feels like to get a rejection letter from a college but that's all. This will not affect my goal in life. Thanks for all the admissions officers and fellow applicants for helping me have a great experience on this board. :D Best of luck to you all!!

Posted by: LauraK on March 17, 2007

Hey all,

I'd like to share how I read my decision in case it helps someone else deal with this event or any others.

I woke up kind of late, since I was volunteering at the phones for my local TV station with my school's JCL (funny how the admissions process makes you think to drop specific names...). I'm based on the west coast, so the decisions came out at 9am for me but I didn't check until 9:33am. Checked my email first, then I turned on Gavin Rosdale's "Adrenalin" [great workout music], then I checked the website and got to that wonderfully calming "are you sure you want to know" page. Then I stopped. "make sure you want to find out online". That made me pause: why wouldn't I?

I lifted Amelia (my macbook pro) off my lap and took some deep breaths. I don't usually go in for breathing to reduce stress (baking and karate work better for me) but after about 20 breaths the static in my head started to clear. I found there were about 3 important things that could come out of me checking my decision. 1) I would fin out if I got into MIT [the basic fact of the matter]. 2) it would tell me how I measured up. When I heard myself think this I grinned at my silliness. Every communication I've had from admissions officers has told me that there are tons of amazing, fantastic students who don;t get accepted and it's as much a numbers game as anything else. Therefore judging my worth on the College Yardstick (which probably goes Ivies, 2nd tear, Cal university system, state systems, JC, refrigerator college) was futile. The final thing I would see is how the decision effected me. Would I regret busting my butt in O Chem or Calc? Would I feel bitter about all of the time I dedicated to college applications which could have been better spent writing or singing?

I signed in. I don't know if anyone else did this, but even after the meditation and breathing I was still too wired to read English I scanned for--something--on the page and found it "sorry" on the 3rd to last line. Something clicked and I settled into the knowledge I would not be going to MIT. I still liked myself, I still respected MIT and I didn't regret busting my butt for O Chem because I didn't do it for MIT.

Just remember: breathing is good, you are special and life goes on.

From Jessica

Posted by: Jessi on March 17, 2007

Oh well.... as many have already said...it was worth a shot!...Although I was a bit disappointed, because all the numerous blogs by everyone from MIT, especially Matt and Ben, made MIT seem so near that I guess I sort of forgot that there was still a decision to be made....anyways I'm really glad that I applied...It was one of the most important and memorable experiences of my life.
And the funny thing is that MIT was actually the one college that I had really tried for....my whole application package got lost by the admissions office and I had to get it together all over again and believe me, it wasn't easy. Countless phonecalls to the MIT Admissions Office and Financial aid office, spending half the night trying to get my grandfather's old fax machine to send dozens of documents to MIT..but I really have to say one thing: MIT has DEFINITELY been the most helpful college that I know of... and so what if they didnt accept me atleast I was good enough to be able to apply.... as one last thing... I would really like to thank Miss Diane Stillman of the MIT Admissions Office for bearing with my incessant emails and phonecalls and eventually getting every bit and piece of my application back in my file all over again. Matt, Ben or anyone from MIT if you're reading this please tell her that Anoushe Hassan is extremely grateful for everything that she has done.
And now that this has become my biggest blog entry ever, I would like to say one last BYE to MIT. Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Anoushe on March 17, 2007

Yes, Im out!
However, let me take this opportunity to thank the MIT admissions office for taking us through the application process so smoothly! These blogs have been a part of my last couple of months, and although I'm not a frequent commentor, I have been a regular reader.
I'm not as down as I thought I'd be, for I realize that MIT was probably just not the right fit. Though i've fallen in love with the school, as someone before me mentioned, the 29th and 1st remain! Moreover, grad school remains too;)

Once again, thank you Matt, Ben and the others for your fantastic blogs!

Posted by: Ranganathan on March 17, 2007

Very sad.

Posted by: Zin on March 17, 2007

-- a WHOLE LOT of people have credentials that "[exceed] MIT's average admissions statistics". it's not just you. it's not about the SAT scores and grades. "Arthur"

Thanks for making my point. MIT lies. I am dually enrolled taking quantum physics and higher math, got perfect scores on SAT subject tests, and above average (MIT) SAT 1 scores, my GPA is well above a 4 point, and MIT decided that I'm not good enough. Looks like the biggest factor, being rich an famous, is missing. Well, its their loss. Life goes on for me. Just because US news says MIT is good, doesn't mean it is. There are other, better schools out there.

Posted by: Rejectee on March 17, 2007

I'm still online, reading the comments from others like me, who are disappointed, sad, and trying to make sense of the rejection. I think though, that it's time for me to say goodbye. It's time for me to move on. smile Take care everyone, congratulations to those of you were admitted (if you are reading this) and good luck to all.

Posted by: Guyomar on March 17, 2007

sighh i reallllllly wanted to get in... :(

but thanks to all the staff at MIT for giving us a chance, and thanks to all the bloggers who've made me laugh out loud countless times...God, i'm gonna miss these blogs, its gonna be so weird reading them knowing i was rejected...

anyway best of luck to everyone

Posted by: sarah on March 17, 2007

Like I had promised, I checked my decision on my PDA smile

It was expected. I don't think anyone out there was certain for an offer of admission. My EC told me very frankly the grim reality for applicants back in November.

Anyway, Good luck to all.

Ayman J. Singh

Posted by: Ayman J. Singh on March 17, 2007

*hugs* for everyone

Posted by: Eileen on March 17, 2007

To all of you that were rejected, CALM DOWN. There are a lot of good schools in the nation. You just have to suck it up and be proud of what you have done. If you decided to apply to MIT, then you know you are just not the average student. Don't be posting offensive messages in this blog because you never know if you will find yourself in the situation of transferring or applying for grad school here. And to many of you that posted that MIT lies, that you have to be rich to get in. THat's a lie. I am really poor and I got in early action because of what I am really. I admit I had good SAT scores and a 4.0 GPA, but many of you have that. What makes the difference is how you present yourself. Do you think by having all this competitions and excellent SAT scores, you are going to get in? That's not enough. MIT is looking for someone who cares about the community, about themselves, not a robot who the only thing that did in high school was studying.

Posted by: Jose on March 17, 2007

:((((((((((((((( end of world... can i apply again for next year's intake?

Posted by: Derek on March 17, 2007

I really think you all should step back and think about this decision. I realize as an MIT student it's a bit easier for me to say this, but I'm sure you'll be happy with wherever you end up. In a year, you won't care that you didn't get into MIT, you'll only care that you're happy at whatever academic insitution you're at. And as far as having famous/rich parents, it just isn't true. I only know a handful of kids here who are actually filthy rich, and you know what they're still brilliant. Anyone who wants to talk can feel free to IM me at juiceboxgang88 (AIM).

Posted by: Scooter on March 17, 2007

Rejected from MIT...

But hey! Likely letter from Cornell came in the mail today, including scholarship finalist notification.

Life really couldn't get better than that. :D

Posted by: AD [Cornell '11?] on March 17, 2007

Didnt get in, but admissions have been rough this year and sometimes the schools have to get tough regarding who they have space for and such. I guess one can try to look at this as an oppertunity rather than a setback- there are many great schools out there, and from what Ive heard college truly is what you make of it, not where you go.

Thanks MIT for considering my application, the admissions process was very smooth and well administered. Good luck to everyone else on their other college desisions!

Posted by: Alexandra Kuhajda on March 17, 2007

To all of you that were rejected, CALM DOWN. There are a lot of good schools in the nation. You just have to suck it up and be proud of what you have done. If you decided to apply to MIT, then you know you are just not the average student. Don't be posting offensive messages in this blog because you never know if you will find yourself in the situation of transferring or applying for grad school here. And to many of you that posted that MIT lies, that you have to be rich to get in. THat's a lie. I am really poor and I got in early action because of what I am really. I admit I had good SAT scores and a 4.0 GPA, but many of you have that. What makes the difference is how you present yourself. Do you think by having all this competitions and excellent SAT scores, you are going to get in? That's not enough. MIT is looking for someone who cares about the community, about themselves, not a robot who the only thing that did in high school was studying.

Posted by: Jose on March 17, 2007 02:17 PM


MIT does lie. You are either 1. an admissions officer trying to convince everyone that MIT loves poor people, and doesn't care if you can pay or not. 2. You are a mascot. All schools must make a good image for themselves by pretending that they accept poor people, and just to show it, will admit a few to "make a statement" and "show good will", or 3. You are a genius and far surpass everyone here who was rejected.

Posted by: Rejectee on March 17, 2007

lol thanks eileen, this sounds weird but i actually felt better cos of ur virtual hug!

Posted by: sarah (again) on March 17, 2007

For some reason I had this thought in my head that I would get accepted. I thought it was a fixed deal for me. Now, after reading my "denied" letter, I realize how stupid I was to think this. Nothing is fixed. Everything can change, and it will. I am moving on with the fact that whatever had to happen did happen. But I am still very disappointed. I know I can make a good future somewhere else, and I will. To everyone else out there who were denied: I know it has been said before but you have to forget and move on. You will not gain anything by keeping your mind on the disappointment, because you just will be wasting time. And the time will not come back. Good luck to all with whatever lies in your future, and goodbye.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Was it worth it?
The answer is NO!

If you did not get admitted then you:
* Wasted money applying, take the extra tests MIT requires, etc...

* Lost a lot of time. You will never get back that time.
Also, you could have used that time to get ready for other collages that accepted you. Giving you an advantage over the other students in the school you were accepted.

Everyone likes to sugar coat everything, if you know you did not get accepted then answer this: Why was it worth your time and money? Was it the the sweet sense of rejection?

Who has your spot?
Your spot is not always taking by some one better then you. The spot taken up could have been taken by someone just as good, or worse then you.

Why the admissions lottery MIT?
What exactly limits MIT from accepting more students? They have the money to expand the school and the resources to get more then enough over qualified staff to teach everyone. Why not accept students qualified for acceptance?

My personal thoughts
I will go to another high level school that costs less, then transfer later. If you want something enough then you can eventually get it as long as you have the time. Although, it would be nice to go to MIT right away first year.

Ego mos peto MIT nonnullus dies! ( I will go to MIT some day! )

Posted by: Kevin on March 17, 2007

i really cant believe you accepted a girl that just has good grades and likes to go party and didnt accpeted a guy who is makin good projects like nuclear fusion ¬¬ thats very sad i cant believe richard feynman studied at mit i think those days admission office selected the most promising students (if party is the future of the science i apologize)

Posted by: reject on March 17, 2007

Yeah I didn't get in either. But at least it was worth a shot. Thanks Ben and the rest of the admissions staff for putting so much effort into the application process. Thanks for wording the letter so nicely too. McGill in Canada simply said: "Rejected - Below Admissions Minima" :| Congrats to all the people that got in, Good luck to all those wait listed and thanks to the admish pplz for all your hard work time and care.
Anonym 4rm Jamaica

P.S. to Anonymous.
Yeh its kinda sad for us arts pplz isnt it. I at least thought my essay would have weighted something more.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

hii you all
I'm Shaima.. from Saudi Arabia..
and I got rejected..
honestly I thought I would react a little bit better but I was laughing at the beginning but now I feel disappointed now..
oh, well..
I guess I'll be going to another University which will welcome me..
good luck you all in your studies..

Bebye smile

Posted by: Shaima on March 17, 2007

REJECTED WITH A CAPITAL R___well you get the idea...

Posted by: Prateek on March 17, 2007

Just noticed a few mistakes in my spelling. I wounder why there is no edit button?

Posted by: Kevin on March 17, 2007

well, I guess I'll have to go to a school with dorms that don't allow cats...

Posted by: kelps on March 17, 2007

I'm very sad because I couldn't make it.
I live in Iran, I'm leader of a big council in meddle east
but I have no choice more than MIT
I wish I live in America maybe I could make it.
I'm very disappointed
because I don't like to waste my next year to waite for MIT response.
Our new year is on wednesday
I don't know What is the best to wish?????
I just hope
MIT tell me why I turn away??????

Posted by: Mohamad on March 17, 2007

"MIT lies. I am dually enrolled taking quantum physics and higher math, got perfect scores on SAT subject tests, and above average (MIT) SAT 1 scores, my GPA is well above a 4 point, and MIT decided that I'm not good enough. Looks like the biggest factor, being rich an famous, is missing."


I'm devastated that I don't get to live across the hall from you :(

Posted by: lulu on March 17, 2007

guess they are globalizing education now too

Posted by: JG on March 17, 2007

good luck in whatever you may choose to pursue, everyone!

Posted by: lulu on March 17, 2007

Ahh, deferred and then rejected. As my friend George Hotz once sang, "When a girl rejects you there are more fish in the sea, but I can assure you there's only one MIT". Hahah what a wicked rhyme. Anyway, it's all good, I got into all of my safeties and I still have about a 65% chance of getting into at least 1 of my other top 7 schools. Plus this gives me an opportunity to beat MIT at next years ACM ICPC smile

Cheers and no hard feelings,
Val Karpov

Posted by: Val Karpov on March 17, 2007

I checked my decision at work today. they could not offer me a spot in the class of 2011...I was angry at first. Then my anger turned to plain disappointment. Something weird happened on the way home. I couldn't help but feel glad that I was rejected- not because I don't want to go to MIT, but because by facing rejection from my number1 school I'm no longer scared of checking decisions from my (6) other schools. Heh interesting thoughts from other reject-ees. Finally, what if I had gotten admitted, but someone who was more qualified than me was denied a spot? Onward with college decisions!

Posted by: Kevin K on March 17, 2007

ahhh... i dunno exactly dissappointed am i... but doesn't feel that bad...!!! my life is still the same... my friends still love me... my enemies still hate me... i still want to get into a good university where i might reach great heights... i am still upbeat... usually, it takes more than just a rejection to knock me out...!!! although i must admit that it indeed came as a shock... i was really expecting that i would get through... moreover, i am not that used to rejection... i have studied in one of the best schools in india after clearing the admissions process in my first attemt...!!! but it's not the end of the road... life goes on... i've got so much more happening... MIT is one place i thought i would be able to connect with... but... maybe that wasn't meant to be...!!! i dunno if its true or not... but i would really like to believe that there's proabably something better in store for me... i mean... maybe i am destined for bigger and better things...!!! and u noe wat??? i aint gonna battle destiny...

Posted by: Ashwani Gupta on March 17, 2007

i didnt even get an interview

Posted by: Bob on March 17, 2007

Well-such is life-we can't always have what we want-or sometimes, what we think we want.

My child has so much to offer--incredible intelligience and work ethic, notable leadership abilities, intellectual curiosity, an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and musical talent and creativity as well. But rejected--truly MIT's loss--not his. He will be fabulously successful and will impact the world with or without an MIT education.

Good luck to all admitted.

Posted by: A Parent on March 17, 2007

everything i did and i tried.....

Posted by: J on March 17, 2007

i was a bit disappointed, but no biggie. thanks for keeping us so well informed about everything about mit and admissions. i'll try back for grad school!!

Posted by: Jeff H on March 17, 2007

I guess that's what some people call "life with ups and downs..." I feel emotionally deprived , but I will soon recover because that's what smart people do. That has been a good lesson to me...

Posted by: turnef on March 17, 2007

After all it was quite a interesting experience to go through the US application process. Of course getting admitted to MIT whould have been awesome but i think if you guys really love what you do, you can become successful anywhere.

Whish you all good luck!

Posted by: Zhaohai on March 17, 2007

Please do not be clouded by anger or frustration of not getting accepted. Criticizing the decisions of the Admissions Committee only shows insecurity. Please refrain from writing lies about accepting only rich kids and some poor people to show that MIT cares. Do not let anger speak, for it will only hurt you. Think deeply within your minds, if you were accepted what would you be saying about MIT and the Admissions Committee?- In stead of writing MIT does lie, would you be writing MIT speaks truth?? Instead of Writing There are other, better schools out there would you be writing MIT is the best??
Only think before writing and know that the truth will always be the truth.
One last thing working hard at anything will not guarantee success; however, not working at all will guarantee failure. To work extensively at anything will not bring applauses or successes in life; it will only satisfy the I. Thus, live life to help others, and do not be hampered or degraded by not getting what it is wanted and acting foolishly.

Posted by: Yoshi on March 17, 2007

Oh well, It was defiantly worth the shot and now all of us can go on to be the top of the class at every other school.

Posted by: Scott T. on March 17, 2007

i woman told me once that sometimes god tells her things about people and sudently she told me, "you are not gonna be what you wanna be, but you are gonna save a lot of people" well i dont believe in god or anything that cant use scientific method to demostrate itself, but im starting to think she was right or its just a coincidence because i didnt get into mit and thats was what i wanted to be a mit student,

Posted by: yo on March 17, 2007

I shall have my revenge!

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Well I am sorry for myself and the fact that MIT rowing will continue to the only Div III team in Div 1

Posted by: geoff on March 17, 2007

Congratulations all for passing through a rite of adulthood! and you all passed with flying colors....because you are all going to influence your world, even if you didn't go to MIT.

Where will you be 10, 20, 30 years from now? That is the question. You are all capable, and loveable, and the world will be affected by your presence in it.

Our generation defers to you (eventually). What will you do? That is where your focus lies!

How exciting! Embrace it!

Posted by: challenge parent on March 17, 2007

I really hate how subjective the whole admissions process is. I know for a fact I am qualified for MIT, just as many of you are. It's terrible that instead of expanding, MIT has chosen to decrease it class size. I'd just like to know who thought it would be better to deny more students based on superficial characteristics, but who still have obviously shown that they are as capable as anyone admitted. I am so frustrated right now.

I am glad that MIT has prided itself on having a diverse community. But, just because of the superficial facts, (I'm a white male from a homogenous suburbia) doesn't make me less likely to add my own unique experiences and encounters in life to a diverse community shaded ultimately not by color of skin, but by experiences in life.

Anyways, no hard feelings to anyone because that's not the way I live my life. Congratulations to everyone who applied because I know for a fact everyone who applied was without a doubt an amazing, amazing student. I am moving on with the acceptances I have and the ones I will get in the coming weeks and I hope everyone is. I am sorry that this had to happen and as much as it's a "sore loser" type of thing to say, I really do believe that I am a great applicant & MIT is at a loss for denying me.

Joshua

P.S.:
"You know... I'll bet those golden tickets make the chocolate taste terrible."
-Charlie Bucket

Posted by: Joshua L. on March 17, 2007

I already said goodbye before but I just wanted to add something incase it makes someone out there feel better. Being rejected does not mean you lost to yourself. It does not mean you are not intelligent, or creative, or a good person. You are brilliant. For many people, being rejected by MIT means losing to numbers, losing to statistics, and losing to not having enough space in the entering class.

Posted by: The Anonymous from 2:33 PM who is now posting agai on March 17, 2007

**********************************
holy crap
this is so dull!!!!!!
what!!! did you do a RUFFLE or sth???....
i just wish that i can know what i LACK...
but just for the record i really worked super super super hard to get to MIT (particulary to MIT), and even though i really don't care. well it's absolutely the worst news i ever heard since 1989 but i really don't care now.... good job for all the admitted students.
and thank you for rejecting me!!!!!
that's really crap i GOT rejected. not even waitlisted.......

i really should be lacking just everything ACCORDING to MIT admission officers!

am hoping you just feel that this is FAIR....
it's your loss anyways!

yeah, and I have one advice for students
DON'T APPLY TO MIT PEOPLE, cause you'll be 100% rejected!!!! it's just a matter of disappointment and we don't need no disappointment.

i know i might sound rude, arrogant, or whatever...but i just believe in myself so i'm not bragging..

I LOVE YOU "A PARENT"

Posted by: Amjad on March 17, 2007

Getting rejected did make my college decision much easier. Now I know where I am going by default and I don't have to worry about it anymore. This is actually a platinum lining of the cloud for me.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

And so I finally join the masses of people rejected. I only wish the best for those who got accepted, and would like to exten my support to those who got waitlisted and cut out. No amount of paper defines you. =)

I was initially disappointed, but relieved to find that I no longer have to follow in my brother's footsteps. Not having that choice takes a load off my shoulders and tells me that, whatever happens, I'll be doing something new and original.

Thanks to all at MIT and those reading (yes, YOU!) for supporting us.

Now I can only hope my friend got in...

karen

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Got into Harvard anyway... Yay!

Posted by: Virginia on March 17, 2007

Yeah, silver lining can be so odd at times...
Now I don't have to make a huge decision about where to go, since MIT doesn't actually offer a program in what I want to study (although I might change, I know), and, even though I grew up in Silicon Valley, living right in the middle of Boston (Cambridge is the same thing, pah) isn't exactly something I'd like right after high school.

I wish, though, that I hadn't reminded myself about how great MIT is after they sent that "you can check.." email... heh. oh well. ^_^

I also wish, somehow, that the admissions weren't as great. I truly don't mind if I get into Stanford or not because they treated me like a disgusting bit of slime throughout the entire process: here, though, their kindness just makes it impossible to whine and complain.

Apparently that doesn't hold true for everyone, though. ^^

Curiously enough, I can't even remember what I wrote for this essay. Odd.

Posted by: thoughts on March 17, 2007

Getting rejected was a little easier when I had a 50,000 dollar scholarship waiting in the mail from my safety.

Posted by: dale on March 17, 2007

hey have u guys heard about hess's law. you probablky did use it when writing ur Chem Sat subject test. Ok now let's ride on and see how it applies in real life. The las: The same energy change occurs no matter the route taken for a chemical reaction to go to completion. Same thing in life, there are several ways in which you can accomplsih something. For those who did not get in as freshmen maybe transfer would do, maybe graduate, maybe phd might be the time u'll make it. u just have to work very hard so u could make ur dreams no matter what. Hey do not think i'm an MIT sutdent right now i've always dreamt of being one and i hope one day God would help me get it. If i never get in there is not much I can do apart from doing what I know how to do as well as i can. You just have to bear it not everyone can get in. Even if MIT takes in 4000 students not everyone would still make it so better stop the curses and damning the institute but live by ur dreams and work for it. Have a good time hope you get admitted into ur toher schools. (Take note SAT scores never tell who you really are. So even if you get perfects in both tests it does not guarantee MIT admission. You got to step up and tlak abt urself in the essays like someone who reasons.)And for those who think MIt takes only rich students those are lies i have a couple of friends who are in there on good scholarship and are also very brilliant. Stop the curses guys and get something to do.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I'm only disappointed because I know I could have done better. I've been betrayed by so many factors: myself, my teachers, the school system in general. Everything.

I've been a gifted student from a young age - and that was one of my downfalls. I live in a third-world country, where extracurricular opportunities are limited; therefore, I cruised through school at an A-grade, and there was nothing to help expand my horizons.

The egalitarian schooling system through which we all pass has been designed to cater to the mediocre. I've never had to work, and as a result I am now unable to - yes, it sounds as though I'm playing the blame game, but it's something I have noticed: my peers who I'd class as 'average' have the ability to work hard, the most intelligent, however, do not.

It's a cruel irony that what attempts to be fair to all, that is, the education system, culminates in the ultimate meritocratic institution: university.

The most gifted are held back in school, the least gifted suffer from being forced to learn what they do not love and what may be beyond their scope. The mediocre are those who benefit the most.

In attempt to be non-discriminatory, schools, ironically do just the opposite. Is an intelligent student who is mocked by his classmates being served well by the system? How about a remedial student who is likewise mocked? In England, they chose to make schools 'comprehensive', eliminating the different levels: Grammar Schools, Secondary-Moderns, etc. Why? To prevent students from feeling that they go to an 'inferior' school? Instead they are collected together with the brightest of students and as a result, feel even more inadequate. Any dunce knows people don't have equal abilities, why try to avoid the fact? You don't when it comes to university level.

My application was lacking. I had few extra-curriculars, and no interview. The interview was, of course, my fault. However, I was never given opportunities for many extra-curriculars; no way MIT could have known though.

Now, I won't talk go into detail about how those around me could have helped but didn't. How no teacher ever tried to push me to my limit; how my parents focused fully on my brother. Or perhaps, worst of all, how I let if all happen - the primary fault, of course, does lie with me.

Nevertheless, if my physics teacher hadn't skipped lessons; if I had just once had the same physics teacher two years in a row - all those little things may have made a difference.

Now, I have classmates who have made it into a whole host of universities (Harvard and such). Not to be immodest, but I'm still regarded as the most intelligent of them (even they think so). Yet, due to a flawed education system, an imperfect admissions system and my own personal failings, I have, for the first time, been harmed - and this time, there is no easy fix.

But hey, they say undergraduate studies ain't that big a deal.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Haha..after some chocolate and a long nap, I feel much better now smile Thanks to the admissions office for giving my application a thorough read (which I'm sure it did). And thanks to all the bloggers on this blog! I guess I wouldn't be hanging around here too much anymore..Good luck to everyone!

Posted by: Jess on March 17, 2007

*shrugs*

I was actually feeling okay/meh about it until I read this page.. eh.

Hmm... funny. Now that I think about it, I don't even remember what it said...

Mmm.. MIT, if only..

Posted by: Kevin on March 17, 2007

Hi guys....I feel so sorry that I have to write my comment in this blog...JUST DO NOT CARE AND GO AHEAD BECAUSE IT IS NOT END OF THE WORLD....I hope we all will reach better targets....BYE FOR SOME TIME....

Posted by: ME on March 17, 2007

It was worth a shot. Just like the transfer application and graduate applications will be!

Posted by: Nikodem on March 17, 2007

to all of you who got rejected and DARE say that only the rich and famous get into mit...or that you are so fabulous...but mit didnt accept you:get over yourselves!!! people from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels come to mit...if you need financial aid, mit will provide it (they ask for your tax forms to start the financial aid process early...from mit directly "As with US citizens and permanent residents, we consider every student for admission without regard to his or her financial need. ")....so you did not get in because you are not wealthy...as for being "way above mit standards"...have you ever considered that having pure talent is just not enough? here at mit, education is a team effort...we all work together...and if you really think that you are that good...you will not be a good part of the team...and probably not be very successful in life, since who wants to work with arrogent folk? maybe you are qualified in respect to intelligence...but nothing else...so please! to all those reject...take it as it is...it stings, yes, but if you are really as good as you think you are...youll find success everywhere!

to all those rejected who are taking it in good grace: i congratulate you for taking it as a proper adult would. im sorry that you did not get it...but i am sure that with your maturity and intelligence, you will succeed wherever you go...never forget to dream, since that is where the power of humanity comes from!

Posted by: protecting mit on March 17, 2007

Damn, my rant above was much longer and whinier than I expected. It's just that everyone's always expected so much of me...

Posted by: Long-winded rant guy at 4:29 on March 17, 2007

Quote:
"I didn't get, but who cares. Who wants to be with a bunch of GEEKS anyway...I'll just be living it up at Georgia Tech in the fall."

@ Anonymous:

I like geeks. I think they're sexy.

And as a Georgia resident, I don't think that going to Georgia Tech is a very good way to avoid geekiness, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Iam on March 17, 2007

Ah well, doesn't feel as bad as I thought.

Posted by: Daniel on March 17, 2007

Hey everyone:
For all the brothers and sisters who cried or shared their joys in this blog, you must have experienced a lot since this noon. All thoughts had come in to my mind after reading the posts. You guys must have cared about MIT so much that even if rejected, there still remained pains or disappointments. To me, an superficial person in life, none of you had lost your life in this battle. Still, you cared, and that's what mattered. You hope that you will continuously working hard to show that you worth the school's decision before and hereon. MIT had no longer been a school, it's a spirit, and everyone wanted to have it. For those of us who never had the chance, it's a spirit to be worshiping on-- the consistent of hard work and generous mind. And for those of us who had been rejected, we should also remember: Mens et Manus.
Good luck everyone to your rest of college careers.

Posted by: Qiji Wang on March 17, 2007

Why do MIT applicants think so highly of themselves? It said it black on white on the decision letter that they had very few spots to offer and many many great applicants. Frankly, you should have been aware of the odds all along the application process. Plus, getting rejected at the undergraduate level isn't a big deal.

Yes, you got rejected, but you got rejected by the best in the world.

Posted by: UP on March 17, 2007

wow i think my dad took the news better than me...

anyway before we all start beating up ourselves just remember to live in the present and plan for the future before you whine about the past

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I thought I was the perfect student for MIT. I pore over science mags and websites and books everyday. I finished reading the physics textbook by the second week of school. Last year I often stayed after school just to hang in the chem lab and work on cool experiments I found in an old book my teacher had. I have beakers scales and all sorts of flasks in my garage. After wrestling practice, I would literally run to the metal shop to work on our FIRST robot until late at night, and then come home and read and do my homework and work on my debate cases. My reading SAT score was in the highest 25% of those accepted last year and my math score was in the middle 50. I really thought I had a good chance.

Was it the essay? I thought mine was pretty good.
Did I not have enough volunteer work? How much was enough? Should I have compromised some of my other activities and volunteered at the clinic?

I suppose that there are lots of people like me who applied and were rejected, and for that reason I shouldn't be bitter or too disappointed.

One of my friends was actually admitted in December. I know I'm more qualified than her. I have higher SATs, grades. I'm literally the president of the clubs that she’s a member in. I tutored her in Calc. She doesn't really pay attention in class. But she’s a Hispanic girl.

Sure, affirmative action or quotas or other methods of increasing diversity in a white washed system work on a macro scale. But I thought admissions were supposed to be a personal process. On average, being a Hispanic female may be a disadvantage, but it wasn't for her. She lives two blocks away from me, and drives a more expensive car than I do.

Maybe I'm snapping to judgment. Maybe her essay was awesome. But I have no idea how a last name can cause an admissions department to overlook 'B's in math and science subjects.

Who knows. Maybe if I would have taken that multivar calc class or joined boy scouts or won the science fair or studied just a little harder for the SAT or rewritten my essay, I would be writing a decidedly different post in a different forum right about now.

I don't even know what I'll do with that picture my mom hung on the wall with me standing in front of MIT when I was in middle school.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Anyone know where I can apply as Janitor?

Posted by: Nick on March 17, 2007

In all honesty, I was anticipating getting that rejection. I kept trying to tell myself that I wouldn't get in so that it wouldn't hurt as much.

this morning, i woke up early and tried to go back to bed. i couldn't. so i showered, dressed (in green of course), and took a seat my my desk in fornt of my laptop. as i checked decisions.mit.edu, i felt like i was going to throw up. i entered in my name and password and for a split second, i paused before i hit that button. despite what I was preparing myself for, the last thing that popped into my mind was single ray of hope...that perhaps when i opened my eyes to read the following screen, a big congratulations would meet my eyes. i clicked the button, and i opened my eyes. it felt like the little light in my heart burned out. i read the letter and i realized that i was not admitted into the mit class of 2011.

it was just like getting my mites rejection letter, but (as i said in an earlier post) like 1000 times worse. i closed my laptop and i went upstairs to eat breakfast. my parents still do not know that i have been rejected. what keeps flashing through my mind is me having to go to school on monday and having to tell everyone that i did not get in, since practically everyone knows decisions came out today and that i applied. i feel like i've let all those people--those who were rooting for me--down.

did i cry? honestly? no. am i upset? definitely. i don't know, but i guess it is just really hard for me to accept that the road end for me here. i find myself not knowing what to do with myself.

with so many talented students applying and everyone saying that there just weren't enough spots, but you-re all amazing students, i can honestly say that i still feel like it was because I was not good enough for mit, i did not meet their standards as a good enough person (which is really what "the match" sounds like to me), that I was not accepted. was i good enough, really? am i really a good student? for mit, i'll never know (maybe not never, but you know).

and it is true that we all need to move on with our lives and start thinking about our other colleges, but don't you think (those of you telling us that) that we need at least a little bit of time to "grieve" and come to terms with rejection? of course we do. duh. but for me, now, I don't think i can handle another rejection. i am not praying that columbia seas will accept me, but truthfully, i don't think that will happen. and so what do i have for myself now? UW which is 20 mins away? (granted its still a good school) I really thought that i was meant to leave seattle. now i don't know.

i wanted to do great things with my life and i thought that undergrad at mit would be the best way for me to do so. i'm not going to stop hoping and working towards my dream. no. that is one thing that i know will never happen.

i thought that i was capable of making it at mit. I knew i was. thats was what i was hoping mit would give to me though. i obviously knew that i was no where on the same level academically as the kids who got admitted, but i did not think that i was far off. i hoped to mit would help bring me up to their level. in return i felt that the atmosphere and community at mit, that the students who i would have met, would have seriously benefitted from my personality (i guess mit didn't see that in my essays). and when the numerous people i talked to about mit told me that it was not about the test scores, i hoestly felt that my decent grades and my massive personality would get me through. apparently not.

ok, so i've rambled on for quite a bit now. i'm almost done--prosime...

i dont know. inevitably, all of us can't help but feel horrible about not getting in. this decision probably changed the life plans of many of you (esp those who only applied here). i myself and praying to God that Columbia SEAS accepts me. if not, then i don't know what i will do.

i guess i'm just naiive. i was always the kid who got everything. I applied to contest and programs and i always got them. I always strove for the best, and i succeeded in conquering it. now though (as with last spring and mites) i strove for the best and i did not get it. and its just the harsh reality of life that we won't always get everything and that our paths will not always be carved out on stone.

i will leave this blog (at least for a while) with this that i just could not help but remember as i got my rejection notice. it is the first part of "a ream deferred" by langsotn hughes...

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?

i know mine won't. you will hear great things from me as i continue my intellectual endeavors (wherever they may lead me...hopefully to columbia). mark my words...i will make significant contributions to the scientific community. and even if i don't get credit for anything or do not manage to follow through on this promise, know that i will spend my life working towards this goal (as well as my goal to have an amazing family). so until then, keep it real.

and to the some 11,000 of you who did not make it, work hard in this world to make mit regret their decision.

to the some 1500 of you who did make it, work hard at mit to justify mit's decision and so that each and every one of us 11,000 knows that it is because you truly deserve it that you took our spot.

i see great things from the entire class of 2011. no matter what you do, just remember to work hard and work to contribute to the world. and remember...money and fame come after service.

peace mit.

Posted by: Josh V on March 17, 2007

to anon @ 5:16 pm: box it until grad school?

As a random note, did anyone have the foresight to capitalize on this rejection?

I'm top in my class, one of the top (classical) brass players in the state, and people thought I had the best chance of anyone in my town.... but I still had my doubts, so I bet money that I wouldn't get in. It worked - so I'm somewhat sad, but I have some nice cash. And, had I gotten in, I would've been so overjoyed it wouldn't have mattered.

*sheepish grin* Always make sure the worst possible outcome still benefits you in some way!

Posted by: i need to stop posting on March 17, 2007

Anonymous who thought she was a perfect choice........can i talk to u? plz post ur email addy here. i really think it was unfair to reject you. I am talking of the anonymous who posted a couple of posts before me and posted at5:14 PM

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

This is my first post...I'm not going to lie I feel pretty worthless right now; I've never been good with self esteem...but right now I'm just waiting to hear from Yale and Georgetown...I've always been afraid that I'm just like everyone else and I just didn't want to admit it to myself. I feel like that's what MIT was saying to me...even though I know it wasn't meant like that. An admit from Yale or Georgetown would probably make me feel better though raspberry

Posted by: Becky on March 17, 2007

Ah well, better to have tried and gotten rejected than not applying and spending the rest of my life wondering what if...

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

HI, everyone,
As someone who has been rejected in the past, I can only imagine how much this might hurt. It probably feels awful, no getting around it. But here's a thought, for what it's worth. My Irish mother used to say, "when the door closes, the window opens. So look for the open window, Girl." And I have found this to be true.
Things always have a way of working out, sometimes in the most unlikely of ways. Hold faith that the Universe has a plan and that everything always works out for you. And it will.
All the best,
Marilee Jones

Posted by: marilee jones on March 17, 2007

If the person who posted at 5:14 has good judgment, which I feel they do, then that is quite a testament to a flawed admissions system and the failures of affirmative action.

The only basis for skewing a decision in one's favour should be socio-economic status (as to assess the opportunity they had), not some arbitrary quota for admitting certain numbers of certain races. That, if anything, is racism. Even if not intended in a malicious manner.

Posted by: Long-winded rant guy at 4:29 on March 17, 2007

For those of you who are being mature about not getting in, congratulations.

For those of you who are criticizing the race of your friends, criticizing your teachers, etc. maybe think twice about why MIT rejected you. Look at your attitude. It's not a positive one if this is what you're saying. I can see why MIT wouldn't want to admit you.

Posted by: ACurrentStudent on March 17, 2007

Well I suddenly realized why most of you here didn't make it. You fit perfectly in the category "nerd". And what do you do when MiT rejects you? You whine like some 10-year old kid. Be a man. (or a woman wink) and suck it up.

MiT does not want nerds. They want people with a social life as well.

Posted by: GoGoGO on March 17, 2007

Guess what, GoGoGO and ACurrentStudent, you are making unnecessary generalizations regarding the applicants.

Posted by: lima beans on March 17, 2007

For all of you out there saying, "it's destiny", "move on with life", "rejections are a part of life". That's so much easier said than done.

Some of us have been rejected all our lives despite being more than qualified. If this is your first rejection in life, be happy. For those who are continually being rejected and had MIT as one of their last hopes to make it big and don't get that either, it's much more devastating than you can imagine.

Though for me it's more like, heh, Story of my Life. My destiny - to fail.

Posted by: Anon on March 17, 2007

@ACurrentStudent - is it a good thing to turn a blind eye at what may be the truth? If someone truly has received the short end of the stick, then they should not ignore it. If being positive is ignoring what may be a very real issue, then being positive is a highly counter-productive.

Some have undoubtedly been wronged by the system; after all, no system is ideal.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Another thing to note: MIT is not losing out of anything when it rejects you. It's not our loss; MIT made no mistake when it tossed you out. You may be full of yourself, but the finest research institution in the world will not miss yet another whiny undergrad prospect. Really, get over yourself. The kind of arrogance that those claims portray is exactly why you're in the reject pile.

The other side of this, of course, is that MIT could probably replace a lot of its student body (probably including me) without losing too much quality. But c'est la vive, and too bad if you didn't win the lottery this time around.

Posted by: Some guy on March 17, 2007

stop removing my bitter posts, being rejected is hard enough you know. or maybe you don't know.

Posted by: Yeh on March 17, 2007

by the way some people are reacting, you'd think MIT was an angel from heaven picking people to save from an armageddon or something. in all honesty, we're not going to die because we won't be attending MIT this fall.

to those of you who are being bitter - of course no one wants to be rejected. of course everyone wants to hear the reasons - what was it about me that wasn't "good enough"? and of course it's heartbreaking to not be able to attend that one dream school.


but who are the people that rise to become leaders and truly succeed (and i'm not talking money)? people who have all those amazing credentials like so many of you...as a matter of fact, many of you are probably wayyy overqualified in such terms. but more importantly, successful people are those who have character. people who know to accept a closed door, and actively look for an open one. people who make their own lives better by being proactive about it.

MIT didn't decide your fate in life, or even in college. it's what YOU do from this point on that will display your character and maturity.


easier said than done, i know. i'm going through the mental anguish of being rejected...feeling like i was somehow missing something...that things were unfair. i could EASILY make a list of possible factors leading to my rejection similar to many of those listed in the comments above, but i won't. because that's not the point.

we just need to accept the fact that we won't be headed to MIT this fall. it's a fact, so don't be bitter and immature about it. no one's questioning your abilities, nor your credentials, nor your worth as a student/person. just because other highly competitive colleges accept you doesn't mean that you were "good enough" for them, but not for MIT. MIT has created its own unique class of 2011, and you will now go on to create an amazingly talented class at a different, and still incredible, school.

among other things, everything that you've done has shaped you into the person you are now, so put all those talents to good use. your attitude is what makes your experience in college, no matter where you go. YOU make your college experience, so let's all take the time to accept this decision and be mature about it. enough criticism about MIT's admission decisions.


...end of sermon.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Can't you guys have some compassion for us? I'm sure those of you posting recently know what it is like to be rejected. We are all just trying to cope with this reality and learn to accept it. Maybe we do sound whiny, but really, I think we are really just here to vent. Listen to us or not, but I think it is good therapy to let our emotions out, even if it may not be taken in the best light.

So guys, please show us the courtesy and respect that we deserve.

and Yeh, I believe what you said was said in anger. I truly do believe that if there is a road block in one path in our lives, other paths will make themselves open to us.

Again, yes, easier said than done (or should I say easier said then believed). Keep on dreaming. We're not failures...

Posted by: Josh V on March 17, 2007

It blows my mind that some people are taking rejection this personally. Do you think that by going to MIT, suddenly everything is blossoms and wonders? A good student is a good student no matter where he goes; no matter where you go, your hard work, not your school, will decide for you. When you're 10 years into a career, do you think anyone will ask you where you studied? Chances are that people will want to know where you worked and what are your abilities. Some people in this world don't even the means for elementary scholarship - you should be more than satisfied.

Posted by: UP on March 17, 2007

Dude, you have NO idea how many people out there have been looking for OPEN DOORS all their life due to continual rejections. These rejections can even be simple rejections like not getting a job at KFC and can also be other devastating ones like not getting into an undergraduate medical school. I, for one, continually and very actively look for open doors, all of them have shut on me. This really sux, especially when you know you're good enough. It just comes as another blow on top of many bruises that already exist and then the loss of hope is inevitable.

Posted by: Yeh on March 17, 2007

Thank you eveyone at MIT office of admissions. My daughter was not accepted. Lil dissapointed but tomorrow will be another day and hopefully after a few months the application process will start again. Chin Up everone!

Regards,

FNB

Posted by: FNB on March 17, 2007

UP - what is wrong with you.

- When two certain candidates apply for a job: One with an average of C from MIT, and one with straight A's from Stanford. Who do you think gets accepted? MIT is almost as good as Harvard, so you really cant say "do you think by going to MIT, suddenly everything is blossmos and wonders?" - COZ IT IS. As long as you can work hard and survive at MIT - you WIN. I'm not saying other uni's won't provide blossoms and wonders, but MIT will provide those just that little bit more.


Think about it.


p.s. i fully agree Josh V - we are indeed here to vent our anger

Posted by: Yeh on March 17, 2007

losing hope is never be an inevitable fate. that's what you make it. i'm not saying it's easy in ANY way. seriously rejections just suck, and it hurts. SO bad.


but knowing what you yourself are capable of and putting it to use in the best way that you can is what defines your character. it's good to rant if it blows off some steam and lets you think straight again, but don't rant at the admissions office. they dont' deserve that, and neither do you.

end of sermon II. wink

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

You know, a lot of people are writing as if MIT (and Caltech) are the only schools in the world. Let me tell you this right now, they are not as amazing and perfect as you all are making them out to be. I was deferred at Caltech, and just got rejected from MIT. I'm still waiting to here from Caltech, but I've already made the decision not to go, even if I do get in (even if it came with a full scholarship). They have no balance in their lives. They spend almost all of their time working, and although many go on to do great things, they don't get to enjoy their college years. They won't get the chance to cheer on a Division I sports team, or go to University with people from many different schools and majors. I'm going to be immensely proud of any school I go to, and I consider most of the other schools I applied to better than MIT, even if they have less Nobel Laureates or a lower US News ranking.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007


ha... I cried my eyes out for an hour (silly girl) but I still don't feel quite comforted.. I guess I'm not mature enough yet.

I wish I could be lifted up from where I am right now, and land on another planet, even heaven, that'd be nice No worries about my "other" plans, my disappointment at myself, what people would say about me..

Wishing for the best for everyone. By the way, I really liked Donna's poem - so there are a lot of talented people who are rejected as well.

Posted by: Emily on March 17, 2007

lol Denied!! o well this has not been my week.
O well going with second choice and see if i get accepted as transfer student. Dont give up that easily.

Posted by: AMC on March 17, 2007

Its good to be happy about your other schools, but MIT is still a good school. Am I sensing some sour grapes here? haha. kidding. but yeah, good luck anonymous. (i probably won't go to caltech either if i get in...but that was just because i never had any intention of going when i applied...my parents wanted me to apply there...and i'm not diggin college in cali)

ps: no need for the haters to come and "put us in our places". chill.

Posted by: Josh V on March 17, 2007

T'would be nice if the International acceptance rates rose a little. for future thought, plz MIT?

Posted by: Anon International on March 17, 2007

God has a place where He wants you to be.Someday you'll understand why you ended where you did. Besides, think about the thousands of very successful people and top leaders and brilliant(CEOs, Presidents and others who didn't go to MIT). I encourage you to go out and make a difference in the world no matter where you are. When you're on your deathbed, the last thing on your mind would be, "where's my MIT degree?". You'll want to be surrounded by the people who's lives you've touched.

Again, God closed this door for a purpose. He needs you elsewhere, perhaps out of Boston. You'll discover why sooner or later.

Posted by: brother of a reject on March 17, 2007

I love how MIT stressed how it isn't personal (as does pretty much every site), and then some come on here and say, "you didn't get in because you're so arrogant! They knew that! They hated you!"

Interesting.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

Maybe it's none of my business, but I'd like to say that just applying says something about you. It means that you are the kind of person who is hardworking, sincere, and ready to tackle the kind of work that GA Tech, Caltech, RPI, the Ivy Leagues and other impressive schools will lay on you. I know it hurts to get rejected, and a lot of you were hoping with all your hearts to get in. It shows in the sadness in the posts. But it also reveals how important your passions are to you. A lot of you, probably all or close to it, will go on to be very successful in your chosen field. And I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to apply.

I can't say 'don't take it personally.' You'd have to be superhuman not to wonder "why not me?" But I have chatted with some of you; I know how very smart you are and I suspect that if there were another 500 slots available MIT would gladly take 500 more of you. You are all smart and talented, and please believe I'm not trying to sound like a dry recording when I say that, knowing you guys, you'll end up more determined than ever to make a difference in the world.

Please don't be more distressed than you can help.

Good luck, guys.

Posted by: A puzzled fan of Heinlein on March 17, 2007

Maybe it's none of my business, but I'd like to say that just applying says something about you. It means that you are the kind of person who is hardworking, sincere, and ready to tackle the kind of work that GA Tech, Caltech, RPI, the Ivy Leagues and other impressive schools will lay on you. I know it hurts to get rejected, and a lot of you were hoping with all your hearts to get in. It shows in the sadness in the posts. But it also reveals how important your passions are to you. A lot of you, probably all or close to it, will go on to be very successful in your chosen field. And I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to apply.

I can't say 'don't take it personally.' You'd have to be superhuman not to wonder "why not me?" But I have chatted with some of you; I know how very smart you are and I suspect that if there were another 500 slots available MIT would gladly take 500 more of you. You are all smart and talented, and please believe I'm not trying to sound like a dry recording when I say that, knowing you guys, you'll end up more determined than ever to make a difference in the world.

Please don't be more distressed than you can help.

Good luck, guys.

Posted by: A puzzled fan of Heinlein on March 17, 2007

Some people here have some serious self esteem issues - at both ends of the term. Sorry to be blunt, but if you fall in that category you should be looking for psychiatric before an admission to MIT.

Posted by: UP on March 17, 2007

Oh yeah, can we please keep it secular? Please don't expose your beliefs.

Posted by: UP on March 17, 2007

UP, that was completely unnecessary...

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

UP, read my earlier comment and tell me if i'm not right

Posted by: Yeh on March 17, 2007

Yeh, that was NOT COOL. even if you were rejected...

(that post justifies what UP said!!!)

same anonymous as above

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

As part of my ritual, I still haven't checked and am waiting til I get the mail.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I believe I was rejected anyway.

Posted by: Laylo on March 17, 2007

josh v -
hey! i'm the person with the crush on mit from a few weeks ago...and although i didn't get in, i am still totally in love with them and i appreciate everything you said earlier! you made me feel a lot better

Posted by: anonymous on March 17, 2007

best wishes, "crushin on MIT".

Posted by: Josh V on March 17, 2007

So, Yeh, correct me if I'm wrong, is money all you want in the end? You want to go to MIT so you have better job opportunities? Allot of successful people didn't have to go to MIT, or any school of the likes, to get where they are. In fact, most didn't. If you really think that your life is going to "hit or miss" over MIT's decision, then you need much maturing. If you had a shot at getting into MIT, you certainly have one at success.

Posted by: UP on March 17, 2007

Ben Jones, may you please email me? I'm heartbroken, I don't understand why I was rejected...

Posted by: anonymous on March 17, 2007

I tried it hard, and that's all it matters. I didn't get in, which means I am not who I expected to be. but it's all right, that's life.

Posted by: Carol on March 17, 2007

Josh V, I completely agree with your comments--I've had similar experiences with certain friends "of color" of mine. Caltech would be amazing, but I feel like its really important to leave Calif and get to know more about the world. After all thats what college is--an opportunity to experience something new, different, exciting.

I truly had accepted the fact that I wasn't getting in...yet when I pressed that button I felt crushed--I guess there was some repressed hope in me. I was more shocked than anyone, but I cried! Jeez, what a girl, huh? But anyway, trying to numb the pain with stupid bollywood movies and thai food.

Sigh...Ah the agony of hope.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I didn't feel too bad because I was kinda expecting it... Well.. until I read the comments.
I know this is a harsh experience for me, but I am only down, not dead.
I am going out for a walk... or rather an exercise.
Good luck to everyone!

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

Bollywood movies are the worse to numb the pain... I cried when I watched Devdas

Posted by: Anonymous on March 17, 2007

I think I'll be safe with Dilwale:) greatest movie ever

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

If you want to rant, then please read this:

To the best of my knowledge, I received a fair hearing and I was not among the best ~110 bidders. But I was appreciated. I thank the admissions officers and other staff for their time.
MIT has rejected me for the second time = A professional, empathetic analysis has found that I am not among the best matches, or that there is simply not enough space. If you ever truely respected something for more than name, then acknowledge what it says to you. If I continue, I am probably just going to quote the letter. But please, respect it.

If you were full of adoration and then excitement, despair, anger et cetera then wake up: your emotions did not DO anything, and they can bring no good. They are capacities, but not your main utensils.
You still have a life and a mind. Use those instead. I'm not saying you should repress, but rather that you should think. Good Night.

Posted by: Chandresh on March 17, 2007

I guess the " ERAU or MIT" process that acceptance to this school would have brought on is now eliminated. Good Luck all of you and stay strong. I know alot of you feel the way I feel ( like crap) but don't worry, life goes on

Posted by: Colleen on March 17, 2007

Chandresh who are you?

Posted by: Nick on March 17, 2007

Umm...I never made any comments about "friends of color" Anonymous.

Please don't confuse me with whoever made that other comment. I don't really think it is right to gripe about admissions based on race as that other person said (how a supposed unqualified person person of color was admitted over him/her, a more qualified, im guessing, caucasian person). I don't think the admissions system is like that at all or do i think that affirmative action is like that. I am a student of color too so yeah...never made that comment. But if you still thought my other stuff in my hella long post was worthwhile, then thanks.

Peace Anonymous.

Posted by: Josh V on March 17, 2007

Darn. This really reminds me of my 11th grade admissions. I could not get into my dream school and I spent half a week crying. I was posted to some school that I did not even know about nearly ninety minutes of bus travel away. And yes, ALL of my old friends made it to my dream school. I picked myself up, used the Jedi mind trick(Vaapad Form 7) to fuel my rage into proving that I can do well in the new environment. Well, 2 years later, I was valedictorian of my school, won the debates national championships, made a lot more good friends, found a damn hot girlfriend and yes, thrashed my old friends in the 12th grade exams big time.

And now I have been rejected again from MIT. But no big deal. Its the same ole all over again. I hope, my fellow rejectees, instead of questioning why we did not get in and feeling sad, we pick ourselves up and I am very sure, with our skills, we will attain our final dreams wherever we go. God will recompense us with twice the amount that we have lost. I wish you all the best wherever you go. God bless >_Darn. This really reminds me of my 11th grade admissions. I could not get into my dream school and I spent half a week crying. I was posted to some school that I did not even know about nearly ninety minutes of bus travel away. And yes, ALL of my old friends made it to my dream school. I picked myself up, used the Jedi mind trick(Vaapad Form 7) to fuel my rage into proving that I can do well in the new environment. Well, 2 years later, I was valedictorian of my school, won the debates national championships, made a lot more good friends, found a damn hot girlfriend and yes, thrashed my old friends in the 12th grade exams big time.

And now I have been rejected again from MIT. But no big deal. Its the same ole all over again. I hope, my fellow rejectees, instead of questioning why we did not get in and feeling sad, we pick ourselves up and I am very sure, with our skills, we will attain our final dreams wherever we go. God will recompense us with twice the amount that we have lost. I wish you all the best wherever you go. God bless >_<

Posted by: Mohan on March 17, 2007

I'm actually quite pleased that I was not admitted...I don't really want to travel across the nation right now. This just means that there's less pressure on me to go.

Good luck, you guys.

Posted by: Matt K. on March 17, 2007

I have a comment to make regarding the admissions process; I hope that someone from MIT admissions reads this comment so they may be alerted to something that should be fixed before next year's applicants begin the process of trying to get into MIT.

MyMIT page told me my interview was waived because no EC lived in my area. Regardless, I wanted to have an interview if it could be arranged. Like a lot of you guys, I read these blogs by the admissions officers, and it occured to me that I could indeed arrange to have an interview with a not-so-nearby EC. Granted, they had to be available and willing to do it, but I was willing to travel just about anywhere in Louisiana or Texas to meet one. Naturally, I wrote all this and more in an email to the Admissions office. They did not respond. I wrote them an identical letter requesting an interview with a distant EC (if possible) a month later, and still; no reply. I never heard anything from the admissions office, and I was forced to complete my application in December with no interview.

Now, the site told me "no big" basically; the Admissions people will understand if no EC was available to interview me. However, I showed a great interest in being interviewed, and I requested this of the admissions office every time. Why they ignored me, I do not know. However, I recommend that in the future, the office pay more attention to their emails. Granted, they must get a lot, and some few messages might escape their attention. Even so, for that select few missed, an interview might make the difference between acceptance and rejection (or even wait-listing and rejection).

Thanks for taking my unfortunate experience into consideration. And as for this topic, you can assume that I was rejected as well.

Posted by: Alexander on March 17, 2007

Mohan, this is your second chance to do what you did all wrong. This is your chance to take rejection as an opportunity to grow as a person instead of seeking revenge. Perhaps that is why God has placed you in this situation yet again - you did not learn your lesson the first time. I am not saying you should not try to improve yourself, but there's more to life than who comes out with tropies and a hot girlfriend.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I took the time to read everyone's comments in this blog and I am amazed at how some people are not being very civil about their decisions. Some are just being total sour grapes and seem to have lost all sense of reasoning. I know it is very upsetting, but really, do you need to be so bitter and illogical? I really admire those who take this so well. My respect goes out to the ones who tell others to look on the bright side and encourage them to enjoy what's ahead. I hope everyone here realize that there's so much more in life than to get accepted to a school. No matter what school you go to, you'll still find it enjoyable and unforgettable. While it is ok to be upset, you shouldn't let it interfere with your life and you shouldn't post comments like these "Yeah... Whatever. My credentials exceeded MIT's average admissions statistics, and I got rejected. I guess its because my Dad's not a billionaire or a rich aristocrat. If I learned anything, its that things are not what they seem, and you will be judged not by your merit, but by your background and ability to pay (why else would I get bullied in to sending in my parents tax forms). To sum it up, don't be too hard on yourselves. Chances are, you have what it takes, but just aren't a part of the establishment. To get in, you must either be the next Newton, or filthy rich. Good luck to all of you who did not get accepted, and remember, MIT isn't the sole shining pillar of education it implies it is. Just another rich geek school." Of course your credentials were good and there are many others with good credentials as well and just because yours were above the MIT's mid 50 range doesn't mean you're automatically in. By the way, MIT admits people who are poor too. They have need based financial aid for a reason. If everyone admitted were billionaires then finaid wouldn't exist. It's totally useless to bash MIT and those who got admitted. Even though everyone here is upset and sad, we all know that comments like these are not true and it gets on everyone's nerves. Why not use this blog to post uplifting messages instead of illogical rants that just piss everyone else off?

Posted by: kimBo on March 17, 2007

Nick: "Chandresh who are you?"

Contact me at splendidsceth at yahoo dot com . It is an interim address [if we seem to be friends I will give you my other adress], but please do not spam it.

Posted by: Chandresh on March 17, 2007

LOL. You are right. Anon at 09:09. But my point is that, who knows? You would be having a more fulfulling life elsewhere than you are fated to in MIT. I know that I did not get in because as an international applicant, I did not have anything tangible to show except for my word that I am interested in something. The school I was posted to gave me a lot more than I knew I would have gotten in my dream school. True, my initial reaction was anger. But it laid the track down for me to achieve something great. Time goes by, and you sober up. You will forget your anger but you would have built enough momentum by your initial anger to do well. That is my point. Again. God bless >_LOL. You are right. Anon at 09:09. But my point is that, who knows? You would be having a more fulfulling life elsewhere than you are fated to in MIT. I know that I did not get in because as an international applicant, I did not have anything tangible to show except for my word that I am interested in something. The school I was posted to gave me a lot more than I knew I would have gotten in my dream school. True, my initial reaction was anger. But it laid the track down for me to achieve something great. Time goes by, and you sober up. You will forget your anger but you would have built enough momentum by your initial anger to do well. That is my point. Again. God bless >_<

Posted by: Mohan on March 17, 2007

sigh... I IMAGINED MY SELF CELEBRATING WITH MY FAMILY. But sometimes you can't get everything you want. MIT THANK YOU for giving me such an experience. I hope to go to MIT someday.

Posted by: Green on March 17, 2007

sigh... I IMAGINED MY SELF CELEBRATING WITH MY FAMILY. But sometimes you can't get everything you want. MIT THANK YOU for giving me such an experience. I hope to go to MIT someday.

Posted by: Green on March 17, 2007

Congratulations Everyone!

As a parent, I have followed these blogs for the past few months and I have learned some valuable lessons listening to all of you.

My son received his decision of "not accepted" today. Many of you have been calling it "rejected", but I would like to remind you that YOU WERE NOT REJECTED, MIT could not possibly accept ALL of you!

I don't know any you, but I do know my son. He is a wonderful person, exceptional in so many ways; kind, honest, sincere, gifted, creative, funny, fun-loving, studious, hard-working and loving...in addition to having fantastic marks, SAT scores, extra-curricular activities....etc.

This entire process of applying to American Universities has been a humbling experience for me. I can't help but feel that if my son was not accepted, then the applicant pool must have been OUTSTANDING! Not being accepted to MIT does NOT undermine the credentials of my son.....it simply means that this world is filled with exceptional and special people.

If any one of us were to sit on the admissions committee, we would probably find hundreds of applicants who equalled our SPECTACULAR children.

Based on my knowledge of my son, who was "not accepted", I can only assume that ALL of you are very special and gifted people as well. I am certain that you would not have gone through the process of applying to MIT if you were not worthy of attending this fine institution.

So give yourselves a large "pat on the back" for a job well-done. You are amazing people and I agree with previous bloggers that you will ALL amount to something!

Similar to you, my son awaits decisions from other universities and colleges. Hopefully, most of you applied to multiple institutions. You may feel sad and disappointed, but please don't feel REJECTED!!!!! MIT can't take everyone!

If they could, I am sure they would increase their enrollment. Part of what makes the U.S. College experience so extraordinary is the fact that classes are small and students have the opportunity to get to know their professors. This would not be possible with a freshman class of 10,000 students.

I would like to praise MIT for their success in making the admissions process seem more personal. MIT is the only university my son applied to in which I felt I developed a personal relationship with admissions staff, current and prospective students. What a wonderful service you offer to prospective students and their families. Thanks for all the time and energy you spend communicating with us!

In the next few weeks ALL of you will be accepted to other colleges. It would be nice to know where you end up going. I hope you will continue to blog here with your future successes. I have to agree with many of the previous bloggers who feel that in the end, everything works out for the best.

I know my son would have thrived at MIT, and that he is a GREAT match for the school, however I also know that going to MIT would have been an incredible amount of work and I worried about his ability to have a balanced life. Although we are all a little disappointed (who wouldn't be), deep down inside, I am thinking that perhaps he will get into a school that enables him to have a little less work and a little more fun (even though at the moment, he appears to find fun and pleasure in working).

Good luck everyone! You are all such special people!

Posted by: Another Parent on March 17, 2007

Congratulations Everyone!

As a parent, I have followed these blogs for the past few months and I have learned some valuable lessons listening to all of you.

My son received his decision of "not accepted" today. Many of you have been calling it "rejected", but I would like to remind you that YOU WERE NOT REJECTED, MIT could not possibly accept ALL of you!

I don't know any you, but I do know my son. He is a wonderful person, exceptional in so many ways; kind, honest, sincere, gifted, creative, funny, fun-loving, studious, hard-working and loving...in addition to having fantastic marks, SAT scores, extra-curricular activities....etc.

This entire process of applying to American Universities has been a humbling experience for me. I can't help but feel that if my son was not accepted, then the applicant pool must have been OUTSTANDING! Not being accepted to MIT does NOT undermine the credentials of my son.....it simply means that this world is filled with exceptional and special people.

If any one of us were to sit on the admissions committee, we would probably find hundreds of applicants who equalled our SPECTACULAR children.

Based on my knowledge of my son, who was "not accepted", I can only assume that ALL of you are very special and gifted people as well. I am certain that you would not have gone through the process of applying to MIT if you were not worthy of attending this fine institution.

So give yourselves a large "pat on the back" for a job well-done. You are amazing people and I agree with previous bloggers that you will ALL amount to something!

Similar to you, my son awaits decisions from other universities and colleges. Hopefully, most of you applied to multiple institutions. You may feel sad and disappointed, but please don't feel REJECTED!!!!! MIT can't take everyone!

If they could, I am sure they would increase their enrollment. Part of what makes the U.S. College experience so extraordinary is the fact that classes are small and students have the opportunity to get to know their professors. This would not be possible with a freshman class of 10,000 students.

I would like to praise MIT for their success in making the admissions process seem more personal. MIT is the only university my son applied to in which I felt I developed a personal relationship with admissions staff, current and prospective students. What a wonderful service you offer to prospective students and their families. Thanks for all the time and energy you spend communicating with us!

In the next few weeks ALL of you will be accepted to other colleges. It would be nice to know where you end up going. I hope you will continue to blog here with your future successes. I have to agree with many of the previous bloggers who feel that in the end, everything works out for the best.

I know my son would have thrived at MIT, and that he is a GREAT match for the school, however I also know that going to MIT would have been an incredible amount of work and I worried about his ability to have a balanced life. Although we are all a little disappointed (who wouldn't be), deep down inside, I am thinking that perhaps he will get into a school that enables him to have a little less work and a little more fun (even though at the moment, he appears to find fun and pleasure in working).

Good luck everyone! You are all such special people!

Posted by: Another Parent on March 17, 2007

Sorry for the double post. I am a first time blogger and accidentally pressed the post button twice!

Posted by: Another parent on March 17, 2007

I'd be lying to say I wasn't disappointed, but I can live with being rejected from MIT.

Perhaps grad school? =)

Posted by: Mike on March 17, 2007

I love the idea of seeing posts of where the MIT non-admits get accepted. My daughter has been accepted to UCLA, and Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. While UCLA is a bigger name school, she thinks UCSD is a better fit and will most likely go there. She is very excited about all of her choices.

Posted by: YetAnotherParent on March 17, 2007


I wanted to study physics at MIT, but I guess now I can't. It truly sucks to be deferred then rejected. And being rejected from first choice makes me feel truly disappointed...

Posted by: anonymous on March 17, 2007

Reading this page, I see that a lot of you really are wonderful people. I would be feeling so lost and alone if MIT hadn't posted this page...it is comforting knowing that others are going through the same thing, and seeing how we all react differently. Personally, I never felt angry, only worthless. Yes, I am one of those people with "emotional problems," as another blogger posted earlier. It's just nice to know I'm not the only one raspberry I hope that you all make it into wonderful schools, and thank you so much for the posts of encouragement. Mohan, your story filled me with much hope for the future. Thank you all, and thank you MIT.

Posted by: Becky on March 17, 2007

Not the end of the world, I'll just go to a different college where I won't have to work as hard and I'll finish higher in my class. Could be worse smile

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

I feel sorry for all of the above posters with "emotional problems" who have allowed MIT to make them feel worthless. At this time more than ever I am very grateful for the confidence I have in myself and my abilities. Regardless of what MIT says, or any college for that matter, I still know I'm the best. In my 18 years of life I have yet to meet my intellectual match; my only regret is that MIT has refused me such an opportunity.

Posted by: 0 on March 17, 2007

where r kanika and madman?.....
well....i'm also here....got out of my house the moment i woke up and rushed down to check....
but whatever.....

@Josh V.. hi.....nice attitude;)

alright everybody please help.....abroad i applied only to mit....silly i know...it wasnt over confidence...i just thought i wouldnt leave my country for another school....so can u all please help me n tell me which other good colleges i can still apply to?i'll be searchin but i think its better when i hear it from someone......

thankyou matt,ben and everyone at admissions....still think u rock

Posted by: Arwen on March 17, 2007

where r kanika and madman?.....
well....i'm also here....got out of my house the moment i woke up and rushed down to check....
but whatever.....

@Josh V.. hi.....nice attitude;)

alright everybody please help.....abroad i applied only to mit....silly i know...it wasnt over confidence...i just thought i wouldnt leave my country for another school....so can u all please help me n tell me which other good colleges i can still apply to?i'll be searchin but i think its better when i hear it from someone......

thankyou matt,ben and everyone at admissions....still think u rock

Posted by: Arwen on March 17, 2007

hey guys,
i know u guys r dissappointed but still please lets think that mit admissions made the best possible decision for all the applicants and for our future as well. maybe we were not meant to be happy there. i know for many its ur dream school. keep trying, apply for transfer smile and hope u get in. and truly LIFE GOES ON!!!!!!!!! it feels bad to get a rejection when usually u have been winning all along in school life but just lets face it now smile good luck . i m sure many of u will make it to greater heights in life, achieve many more things. and u know what rejection makes u stronger !!!!! i know it may not be something to be proud off at present

Posted by: hopeful on March 17, 2007

Good Bye Forever..... I will never come again..... One day you will regret for rejecting me.

Posted by: The madman who makes people fly aka Captain SS Wan on March 17, 2007

Hey, Josh V. you sound pretty awesome. I pretty much agree with everything you've said. I'd like to talk to you more. E-mail me at [email protected] if you want...

Posted by: XITed on March 17, 2007

y'all just rejected your next Will Hunting

"I mean, you're sittin' on a winnin' lottery ticket. You're too much of a [pansy] to cash it in..."
--Chuckie

Even Chuckie was smart in that movie...
y'all should've heeded his advice

Posted by: anonymous on March 17, 2007

If you aren't going to college somewhere you like, then you haven't done a proper search. MIT is a reach for everyone and it is your own fault if you don't realize that and plan accordingly.

Posted by: anon on March 17, 2007

I'm just pissed because now I actually have to pick a school to attend (I am the most indecisive person on the face of this planet).

Oh well. There's nothing we can do except apply as transfer students or graduates. *sigh* It's been great getting to know you guys. Good luck to everyone, and I hope you're happy wherever you end up!

-K

Posted by: K on March 18, 2007

I can't believe people are disappointed! IT SAYS IT CLEARLY THAT SPOTS ARE VERY LIMITED!!! YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE ODDS!!!

Posted by: UP on March 18, 2007

Well let me tell you something, my wonderfull daughter Maria was rejected and i could not look at her face as she cried for over an hour.
These MIT people are missing out on a wonderfull person who had an a amazing scholastic record. She had 2350 on her SAT's and she received 5's on her Physics and Chemistry AP tests along with scoring 760 and 780 on those subject tests. She did this while having a 4.3 GPA and playing softball.
What more do they f***en want, I ve worked two full time jobs to support her and her education. This was her dream school and these bastards destroyed it by choosing bunch of foreigners and they neglect the kids that have born and bred in this great nation. Shame on You!!!

Love you Maria you are the best daughter a mother can ask for!!!

Posted by: Enraged Parent on March 18, 2007

Relax. MIT's glory was based on Boston high tech startups financed by Harvard MBAs and defense research money. The crimson boys have moved their high tech investmens to asia and the defense budget will be recovering from Iraq for years. MIT's raison d'etre is gone. Go sign up for a college with a future. Go do great things for the world and remember Isaac Hughie's motto: "never hire a graduate from a college that rejected you".

Posted by: A.G. on March 18, 2007

Enraged Parent, somethings cannot be gauge with numbers. Unfortunately, high scores to not assure you a spot at MIT. I am willing to believe that your daughter was a very capable student and would have performed remarkably if she were to study at MIT. There are many variables in the admission process, and undoubtedly the most important is luck. If it was not your daughter, it would have been someone just as qualified. I know for certain that the person who rejected your daughter must have had a really tough decision to make. This said, cheer up. A rejection from MIT doesn't lead to a dead end. As long as your daughter keeps on working hard and is led by a strong motivation, she will succeed.

Posted by: UP on March 18, 2007

And it's always a plus to remember that MIT has been slipping in the ratings system for the past couple of years. I think this will continue on until MIT's no longer considered a great school.

Enraged Parent:

I know how you and your daughter feel. I've taken a number of GRADUATE courses this year and I still didn't get in (I didn't even expect to).

Nowadays, you can't get into MIT with just grades and test scores (and even ECs). The most important part of an application is the personality behind it. But judging a personality with a few sheets of paper is... well, difficult... probably impossible. MIT doesn't realize this and does its best to be fair, when it is IMPOSSIBLE to be fair using this method.

Thus, decisions tend to be a bit arbitrary. I know that it hurts to be rejected (it actually hurt more to be deferred in December), and I know this will take a few weeks for your daughter to get over, but look at this as a growing experience. Sometimes you work extremely hard for a goal and don't get it, meanwhile seeing a lot of people who haven't worked as hard reaching that goal. It sucks, but it's life. It's unfair, but it's life. What else can we do but accept rejection and continue on our paths toward greatness? That's the one thing that the rejected applicants need to do here. Forget your grudge, and continue doing the things you enjoy (science, in this particular situation).

You're probably in a lot of pain seeing your daughter this way, but after a week or so of mourning, your daughter will get over it and you will, too. There are many other great colleges out there, and I'm sure your daughter was admitted to some of them. Keep your mind on the bright side and forget MIT entirely. (Try not to be too angry at MIT either -- their jobs are awfully tough.)

Posted by: Jonathan on March 18, 2007

Enraged Parent, grow up. To cuss on a college admissions board (even with clever * marks)due to denied admission is something that I might expect of a 17- or 18-year-old, but not an adult who should have more perspective. Be an example for your child, for goodness' sake. MIT is simply not big enough to accept every excellent applicant; that's life.

And excellence is about more than numbers.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Sorry but this cracked me up!!!
This letter appeared in the New York Times and was written by Mr. Paul Devlin after receiving numerous rejections.


Dear Admissions Committee:
Having reviewed the many rejection letters I have received in the last few weeks, it is with great regret that I must inform you I am unable to accept your rejection at this time.
This year, after applying to a great many colleges and universities, I received an especially fine crop of rejection letters. Unfortunately, the number of rejections that I can accept is limited.
Each of my rejections was reviewed carefully and on an individual basis. Many factors were taken into account - the size of the institution, student-faculty ratio, location, reputation, costs and social atmosphere.
I am certain that most colleges I applied to are more than qualified to reject me. I am also sure that some mistakes were made in turning away some of these rejections. I can only hope they were few in number.
I am aware of the keen disappointment my decison may bring. Throughout my deliberations, I have kept in mind the time and effort it may have taken for you to reach your decision to reject me.
Keep in mind that at times it was necessary for me to reject even those letters of rejection that would normally have met my traditionally high standards.
I appreciate your having enough interest in me to reject my application. Let me take the opportunity to wish you well in what I am sure will be a successful academic year.
SEE YOU IN THE FALL!
Sincerely,
Paul Devlin
Applicant at Large

Posted by: AMC on March 18, 2007

this is for enraged parent

it's very disappointing to hear students blame the "diversity" of MIT's admission's process for their rejection. but to hear it from a parent is ever worse. personally, i was rejected as well, and i did NOT cry for over and hour. when one door closes, many others open, and it's time that both she and you realize that. i am and african-american, although my parents are orginally from africa and jamaica, and it just disappoints me to hear such disrepect. anyone and everyone in this country as well as throughout the world is entitled to a decent education. and trust me *enraged mom*, if she's as fantastic as you make her out to be, she'll be successful whether she attends MIT or not.

good night and good luck to all
of those who've been rejected.
it is NOT the end of the world.

Posted by: appalled on March 18, 2007

yes i am bored and just posting random stuff
THE COLLEGE REJECTION LETTER
By David Nyhan
This is the important thing: They didn't reject you. They rejected your resume. They gave some other kid the benefit of the doubt. Maybe that kid deserved a break. Don't you deserve a break? Sure. You'll get one. Maybe this is the reality check you needed. Maybe the school that does take you will be good. Maybe this is the day you start to grow up.
Look at some people who've accomplished a lot and see where they started. Ronald Reagan? Eureka College. Jesse Jackson? They wouldn't let him play quarterback in the Big Ten, so he quit Illinois for North Carolina A & T. Do you know that the recently retired chairmen and CEOs of both General Motors and General Electric graduated from UMass? Bob Dole? He went to Washburn Municipal University.
The former minority leader of the United States Senate, Tom Daschle, went to South Dakota State. The speaker of the US House of Representatives, J. Dennis Hastert, went to Northern Illinois University. Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, took a bachelor's degree from Jamestown College. Winston Churchill? He was so slow a learner that they used to write to his mother to come take this boy off our hands.
I know what you think: Spare me the sympathy. It still hurts. But let's keep this in perspective. What did Magic Johnson say to the little boy who also tested HIV positive? ''You've got to have a positive attitude." What happens when you don't keep a positive attitude? Don't ask.
This college thing? What happened is that you rubbed up against the reality of big-time, maybe big-name, institutions. Some they pick, some they don't. You lost. It'll happen again, but let's hope it won't have the awful kick. You'll get tossed by a girlfriend or boyfriend. You won't get the job or the promotion you think you deserve. Some disease may pluck you from life's fast lane and pin you to a bed, a wheelchair, a coffin. That happens.
Bad habits you can change; bad luck is nothing you can do anything about.
Does it mean you're not a good person? People like you, if not your resume. There's no one else that can be you. Plenty of people think you're special now, or will think that, once they get to know you. Because you are.
And the admissions department that said no? Screw them. You've got a life to lead.

Posted by: AMC on March 18, 2007

Dear Enraged Parent,
I have read on these blogs that MIT accepts about 110 international students out of the about 1500 students that are accepted. I do no think that accepting 1400 out of 1500 students from the United States qualifies as "neglect." MIT is (or, was) a dream school for many of the applicants, but there are hundreds of amazing schools in "this great nation," and you need to encourage your daughter to find another school. Since your daughter has an "amazing scholastic record," (it is much more impressive than mine) she will no doubt do great in college, so you can't let a setback like this ruin her future.
There are reasons why some applicants were accepted and others were not, and unfortunately we will never know why we were not accepted. MIT looks for intelligence, enthusiasm, and humility in its applicants, and if your daughter is similar to you, she needs to be humbled.

Today's news was depressing, but don't blame MIT. The admissions office has the burden of choosing a freshmen class from 12,000 brilliant, studious, and involved students. MIT's website is one of the most resourceful admission websites I have ever seen, so just be glad that you have a place to find relief in everyone's sorrow.

We, too, were not admitted.

Posted by: Max on March 18, 2007

Agreeing with the other Anon and Appalled.

Our rejection doesn't make us bad people - and doesn't make MIT any lesser an institution, either. Stop being bitter, people. It's among the top colleges in the world - it's hard to get in to! Had your daughter been accepted, I'm sure you wouldn't be cussing out admissions. So our lives aren't going to turn out exactly as we pictured them. It's about different directions, not spiting the other guy in the face. Just wish the other the best, and move on with your life.

If you can't get the grapes, don't call them sour - just go get some other dang grapes.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

dear everyone,

why are you posting?

yours truly,
mike

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

MIT you made me so upset that yesterday night, after reading about my rejection, after an hour of crying or so, I REALLY had a chest pain, a pulsating chest pain.

By God's Grace everything became normal, after about 10 min. I am just 18 [EIGHTEEN THAT IS! ], and this really bad, that I had to experience the FIRST chest pain, at this small age.

MIT might as well, start a program, to help reduce world population, by inducing beautiful ambitions, and dreams, and then heartlessly rejecting them, and shattering all their dreams and ambitions

:'(

Diamond is the hardest substance, and my determination is harder then that, I will get in some time later in MIT, of course, that is for sure!

Posted by: Some one from India on March 18, 2007

College admissions is about brand marketing. They need the correct blend of students to match the image they want to project. They need to be highly thought of by the government, alumni and parents in order to attract research grants, donations and next years kids. If they had 100% white males or they had 70% black women people would think less of the MIT brand. They spend money and effort marketing the college to attract 12,000 applications just so that they have the numbers to allow them to play the selection game. They are not a educational branch of Mother Theresa'a mission. They are a private financial institution. Their first priority is the continued wellbeing of MIT. Sadly their task involves breaking the hearts of 11,000 wonderful teenagers but that is the price they are prepared to pay.

Posted by: M.T. on March 18, 2007

No wonder MIT accepts so few... most of the applicants are insane.

Posted by: UP on March 18, 2007

Tell me, M.T., if MIT WAS about the best and brightest, would any less hearts be broken? The fact is, they have limited space for many, many wonderful applicants. They have to choose. If you want to believe that they choose for all the wrong reasons, go ahead, as believing that you were wronged seems to be satisfying for you.

However, one must ask, why did you apply in the first place if MIT is just about "brand marketing"? What does that make you? A gullible consumer?

I, for one, think applicants need to stop degrading the school in order to give THEMSELVES more credit.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

At this hour,I don't feel as bad anymore.

I was never really angry to begin with.
Like somebody has mentioned before (sorry, I just read this thread from where I left it, that's about 10 hours of entries...so I don't have all the names in my mind), I was just crushed, ok, shocked by the thought that I am not good enough. Seriously, this is the first time somebody, well, some institution pointed out that even though I may be one of the best in my environment, there are other people capable of amazing things out there, and the reason we are here is because the number of potential matches clearly outnumbers the spots availble.
Ok, that risks to sound as a carbon copy of some other amazing students have posted here. But I must emphasize that this is truly what I am feeling.

Donna
P.S.
Special thanks to Josh V.
You've helped me overcome my paranoid fear of "inferiority" without knowing it. It's not what you wrote,(of course, all that rings true to my ears and I will agree by nodding non-stop). For me, knowing that even great persons like you are also not admitted really put an end to my egoistic grief. If you don't see an objection, I would like to know you as a pen pal. Contact me at pengdonna at gmail.com.
Thank you again.

I wish a bright future to everyone.

Posted by: Donna on March 18, 2007

lol UP you are funny, yeah most of these people are acting insane right now.

I wonder if they would wish how they are feeling right now onto someone else. I know it sucks but if it wasnt you then it would have been someone else. Things dont always go as planned, just find another college and go through you school, get a job and live through life. Stop wasting your time crying over it, because when it comes down to it All the whining in the world wont change their decisions lol

Posted by: AMC on March 18, 2007

Hey guys,

I was denied just like the rest of you. For anyone who is upset, check out the link below. I hope it helps smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhAjrIAFiJ0

Posted by: Anthony on March 18, 2007

lol Anthony that video is soo funny

Posted by: AMC on March 18, 2007

Me again.
I guess I am not completely "healed" yet, because my eyes get kind of sore when I return to the top of this post and see the "admited" thread's link.
Sign...

Posted by: Donna on March 18, 2007

Donna, it's been... what, 10 hours? And you're not "completely healed"?

Just give it time =)

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

I said all college admissions is about brand marketing not just MIT. I didn't say MIT used the wrong reasons or that I was wronged. I understand their reasons and accept them. I just wish all colleges would drop the hogwash of how much they care about the kids they have to reject. Any kid who seriously thought they were good enough to get into MIT will easily find another wonderful college.

Posted by: M.T. on March 18, 2007

Congratulations to those who were accepted. To those who were not, don't be bitter; the last thing thing people want hear is a whiny pompous child who wants the world to revolve around their splendor. Apparently you're not that awesome (I wasn't),so please get over yourself. To those of you who are taking your rejection amiably I applaud your maturity. Once again congrats to those who were accepted and rest assure I'll be taking another crack at MIT next year.
And a personal congratulation for my buddy RJ, you deserved it.

Posted by: WR on March 18, 2007

To the enraged parent and those responding to her.

seriously. chill. everyone is a little "off" when they are filled with such emotion. enraged parent, let me tell you. as an applicant, I would have killed to have your daughter's test scores and grades (heck to even have the opp to take those Ap science classes). be thankful that you have such an outstanding daughter for a student.

everyone else. its good to speak your mind, but can i suggest you be kind about it? i'm not asking you to lie, but everyone here is kind of sore about not getting in, and whether or not you are not in and are extremely bitter, are a current/admitted student, or a third party reader of this blog, i think it is safe to say that most people here are just sad.

its going to take time. time. that is what we need, so don't be too quick to judge us and tell us to move on with our lives. we all move at different paces.

something i learned from my senior transitions retreat was the 5 stages of grief (which can also be the 5 stages of transition).

most everyone will experience:

DENIAL
ANGER
BARGAINING (this kind of like the first stage of acceptance where one begins to consider the options now that rejection is definite)
DEPRESSION
ACCEPTANCE

realizing that MIT is no longer a possibility for next year is definitely a transition that each one of us 11,000 will need ot make and some of us may take longer to get to acceptance. so for those of you who are quick to write us off and being emotionally crazy or whatever, please consider this.

I'm going to say this again for everyone who may not have seen my other post...

to the 11,000 of you who were not accepted by mit today (along with me), work harder than you ever have, do not give up on your dreams, and prove to yourself that you are a capable student. Prove to yourself through your hard with that, had you been given the opportunity, you would most certainly have thrived at MIT.

to the 1500 of you admitted, work hard, make the most of your 4 years at mit, and cherish your time there. Prove to the rest of us that your spot in the class of 2011 was well deserved.

and as always...never work for the sake of working. always have an idea of what lies at the end of the tunnel. NEVER STRIVE FOR FAME OR MONEY. STRIVE TO CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING TO THIS WORLD, AND THE OTHER TWO WILL FOLLOW.

ps: hey XITed. thanks for the support. if you have a facebook, feel free to contact me there/add me. I'm always down to talk (see! thats just my personality shining through! haha.)

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504969570

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

and Thanks Donna.

you can get at me at the facebook above too if you want/have one!

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

hey someone from india,
i know how it feels to get rejected. after working hard, i got rejected from stanford, cried for ten mins and then went on with life. i know mit maybe ur dream school and in the midst of boards, u may feel disheartened, but still i know as an applicant to mit, u must be exceptionally good. smile there r so many other dreams to pursue. smile a famous saying for u-
when a dream shatters, do not be afraid to pick one of the pieces and start all over again smile so good luck with u future and u reach greater heights than u ever dreamed off. i also felt like u, that i have rejections at such an early age, but rejections help u grow. remember what ur parents used to say when u were young-if u fall, u grow more. smile

Posted by: someone on March 18, 2007

MIT was my first choice, but I'm not nearly as disappointed as I thought I would be. There's nothing like Pictionary with some friends to put life in perspective. Congrats to everyone who got in.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

I just wanted to add this one last point here. I know that if I were a US citizen, I would be a sure admit, with the qualifications I've got. I read an entry in the open thread during EA where this admitted student mentioned that all his/her scores were in the 600s except for one in the 700s. If this were the case, what was wrong with me with most sores in 700s and two 800s (those of you who say that SAT scores aren't everything, I had quite good extra-academics as well, and excellent teacher recs). My insides are bleeding. May I ask the admissions commitee that don't you think it is totally unfair to take just 100 internationals out of 1500 students? Even 200 would be much more fairer. Why deprive some unusually talented students just because thay belong to a different place, when all you're looking for is talent?

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 18, 2007

interesting comment by Hopeful (not any more). Let me try to answer your rhetorical question.

SATs scores are just like vitals signs--they show that you are alive but they don't show you are thriving. Now are you going get a number one draft pick by only looking at the guys heart rate and blood pressure, or his overall performance?

Posted by: Jimster on March 18, 2007

Hey, lol, we should have a monument erected "The Unknown Rejected" in memory of all those rejected people whose name we shall never know.

Posted by: Lupe on March 18, 2007

And what if this hypothetical draft pick has perfect stats in every category, but for some inexplicable reason he is not drafted? Has he not a right to question the integrity of a system which has clearly done him an injustice?

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Well, after a few more hours, I feel a little better. But I'm still extremely disappointed.

To UP: I think most of us who wanted to go to MIT didn't want to go for money. We wanted to go for the biometric fingerprint scanners on dorm room doors, dynamic professors, beakers, telescopes, and mass spectrometers.

And I feel we have every right to be bitter, at least for today. To take the failure of something I've worked so hard to achieve with an "Oh well" or some stoic front would be an insult to teachers who wrote my reqs, my parents who helped me edit my essays, and to my own sense of self.

So maybe tomorrow I'll feel differently. I'm going surfing with some friends. Offshore winds, four foot swell, perfect conditions to forget about all this stuff for few hours. Hopefully I'll feel better by then because right after that it’s back to the grind.

And to admissions officers: I know that your jobs are darn hard. I know that you try your best, and I'm sure that putting some applications on the rejection stack was just so difficult (I hope mine was). Thank you for taking the tough job, reading our apps, and putting some real effort into it.





I still don't know what I'm going to do with that picture.

Posted by: Anonymous who posted at 5:14 on March 18, 2007

Thank you, all of you, for posting because we are human with emotions which we all share. We are frustrated, upset, and angry, or maybe not, but we all applied. I would feel worse if I had not (even though it was, too be technical, a waste of time due to the lost time and money used in the application process) I greatly admire those of you who are taking your rejection well. I actually felt stronger emotions while waiting for the decision then I did upon finding I was rejected, maybe I am just in shock. For those of you who blame or lionize the admissions committee, they are people doing their best at an extremely difficult job. They are not omniscient, and they do not have months to get to know each of us individually. They probably did make some "mistakes", and by mistakes I mean not accepting students who would have made a greater contribution in one way or another than students who were accepted. The admissions officers are not perfect, but I would like to thank them sincerely for all of the effort that they put into making the admissions process personal and selecting the best students for MIT.
As for myself, I am from California and MIT was the only out of state school to which I applied. Not being accepted will make things easier in the regard that I will be closer to my family wherever I end up going whether it be Berkeley, UCLA, or UCSD to where I have already been accepted or Harvey or Stanford which I am waiting for. My mother has a brain tumor so remaining close to my family is important. I believe that whatever happens it is God's will, and we can only work our hardest. If you disagree with my religious philosophy I pray that one day your heart will be changed. Congratulations to those of you who were both accepted and denied for you are all wonderful, intelligent people, and if you are not then I still congratulate you for applying. Thank you for taking time to read what I have to say. This is my first and last post on the forums here, but I have enjoyed reading your posts. As my grandfather used to say, que sera sera (whatever will be will be). Best of luck wherever life takes you. God bless.

Posted by: Scott on March 18, 2007

I hafta agree with Hopeful, the competition among Internationals is so much fiercer. grades aside I'm sure there are many Internationals with much more to offer than some of the us citizens admitted, but because the competition is so much fiercer between them they don't get a chance. I'm not bashing US students btw, please don't miss my point

Posted by: Anonymous on March 18, 2007

One day they will know they made a mistake..

Posted by: anupam on March 18, 2007

I think I'm more upset that I spent so much time on the app than my grief over being rejected. I was kind of expecting the rejection, but it kind of hit me that all that hard work went down the tubes. The Mit app was the first one I did, it was the first college I visited, it was the first I had an interview with, and to think all that has come to waste upsets me.

Posted by: Gary on March 18, 2007

I'm really disappointed. This doesn't make me feel too good about the decisions I still need to get back.

I guess tenth in my class is just not good enough.

I also guess the Polytech class of 2011 will be kicking MIT's booty raspberry

That last statement was only bravado. I'll be working as hard as I can and applying for transfer every chance I get.

Pathetic.

Posted by: Vick P. on March 18, 2007

"i really cant believe you accepted a girl that just has good grades and likes to go party and didnt accpeted a guy who is makin good projects like nuclear fusion ¬¬ thats very sad i cant believe richard feynman studied at mit i think those days admission office selected the most promising students (if party is the future of the science i apologize)"

Excuse me, but I don't see what's wrong with having good grades and HAVING A LIFE at the same time. I guess they value people that are able to keep a balance in their lives and party and have fun while being a great student at the same time, because most of the admitted people I know (and myself) are like that. But that's just me.

To Joshua L. -- The golden ticket made my chocolate taste even better.

To the Enraged Parent -- What a great attitude to assume, really. Your daughter might be a wonderful person and all, but she should know that by applying to MIT she could be rejected, so you should be comforting her instead of posting comments like that.

And to the rest of you -- Sorry you didn't get in, I bet it feels awful. Just out of respect for the rest of us, please stop posting mean comments. Most of the admitted people (at least the EA's) don't look like they're rich, most of us are pretty normal people. Heck, I don't even have enough money to get to CPW (but these nice people are paying for my plane ticket, go MIT!)... And numbers aren't everything, so don't think you didn't get in because of bad SAT scores. I didn't even get a 2000, which must be pretty pathetic by your standards, and I still got in. And I saw a post that said something along the lines of "some of the people that took our spots are probably not as good as us" or something like that... Newsflash! THEY'RE NOT YOUR SPOTS. THOSE SPOTS BELONG TO THE C/O '11 STUDENTS THAT CHOOSE TO ENROLL. Just... don't be so bitter. You'll be happy wherever you end up, and this is a learning experience. At least you took the risk! Everybody values that a lot. You shouldn't feel bad for not getting in, you should feel bad for those that didn't even try and will always have to live with the "what if".

Posted by: milena on March 18, 2007

Enraged Parent,

Don't let any of these posters tell you to chill. Your story touched us and you are absolutely right: even though your daughter had the wrong skin color and was born in America, she deserved a spot

Posted by: Anonymous on March 18, 2007

Anon, which "us" are you referring to? How is some bitter woman cussing out an admissions board touching, exactly? Sour grapes.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Hi everyone . I am from India. MIT was a dream school for me and I always wanted to go there ever since i was in 8th grade. So rejection was a big disappointment for me . I have my 12th grade Board Math exam in a couple of days and i am not able to concentrate. But i know i will have to pull up my socks and work hard for my exam

Now waiting for decision from cornell otherwise georgia tech here i come. Any comments on georgia tech ?? Is it a good engineering school??

Posted by: Amrinder on March 18, 2007

Funny how the foreigners are saying that it's unfair that they choose so many Americans, and the Americans (like Enraged Parent) blame the denial of her daughter as due to the selection of too many foreigners.

GET OVER YOURSELVES. None of us had some "right" to getting accepted - and as a couple of people have said, scores (and being able to throw a ball) aren't everything. Stop the name-calling, the threats of revenge - let it hurt for a while and move on!

Posted by: Karen on March 18, 2007

Haha.. That annonymous person up there with the admitted Hispanic friend. Sure, the only reason you weren't admitted was because a Hispanic took your place.

Maybe you just weren't good enough.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Why do we international students want to go overseas to study? Is it because it is more rigorous? Or is it because of the qualifications? Whatever the reason, I request all of the international students not to go to US for work just because they pay you better. Stay at home. Develop and inject into your country whatever attracted your fancy in US. Try to create an MIT back home so that at least future generations of international students will be less inclined to apply overseas and go through a painful rejection. I got rejected this time round. I guess that I will be doing my UG in India.

Posted by: An indian on March 18, 2007

To anonymous who posted at March 3:01 AM:

Actually... nope. If I was waitlisted maybe I could make a legit claim to that. But I wasn't even in the top 500 runner ups. And I got rejected for the same reason everyone else did- the buck stops with the admissions officials and they thought that for some or several reasons I wasn't good enough.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 18, 2007

i am done...and i am happy..REJECTED....with the assurance that i am a terrific student and a wonderful person...glad....really *10..glad...

Posted by: kanika on March 18, 2007

It's a numbers game for Internationals.

MIT accepts either one student or no students from my country.
Nobody got admitted this year.

Maybe it's because I'm from a French education system. Or maybe it's because of something else.

But what am I to give more than ranking 1st on 350 students, skipping a grade, a 2300 on the SATs, and excellent teacher recommendations? Is it because I didn't build a robot when I was 10?

I don't know what it was, and I will probably never know.

This is the message I got online:

The Admissions Committee has completed its review of your application, and I am so sorry to tell you that we are unable to offer you admission to MIT.

Please understand that this is in no way a judgment of you as a student or as a person, since our decision has more to do with the applicant pool than anything else. Most of our applicants, who like you are among the best in the world, are not admitted because we simply do not have enough space in our entering class. This year we had over 12,000 applications for less than 1500 offers of admission, from which will come our 1000 freshmen. Since all of our decisions are made at one time and all available spaces have been committed, all decisions are final.

Despite what you might think, the admissions process is not an exact science. Our applicant pool is more self-selected than most, with a very high percentage of top students, virtually all of whom have distinction in demanding academic programs as well as outstanding achievement in their lives outside of the classroom. We evaluate each applicant’s materials carefully and select those we judge to be the best match for our community.

I am very sorry to bring you such disappointing news when you have worked so hard. You are a terrific student, and I do wish you the very best as you continue with your education.

Sincerely,

Marilee Jones
Dean of Admissions



Did you all get this same message?

Posted by: Loubnani on March 18, 2007

...but I can't help it... I still admire MIT.

Posted by: Loubnani on March 18, 2007

Alas. :( Deferred in December, rejected now. I had a whole week to convince myself I wasn't getting in, though, so I'm pretty okay overall.

I mostly just wish I knew why I didn't get in, or at least something more conclusive than size restrictions, etc.

Plus, MIT is the first school I've heard from. I'm now officially terrified.


(And whoa, chill out, people. There are plenty of alpha-plus citizens kicking around state universities, you know.)

Posted by: Sarah on March 18, 2007

to the enraged parent:" they select a bunch of b*******s from abroad" its very shameful that u being an enlightenel(and supposedly educated) american speak in that pejorative manner. after reading ur words i am very happy that i am not coming to a nation of racists who dramatize such routine issues. believe me that noone, no mater how poor he is, with a shred of self esteem wud like to study in MIT if was treated like that...ur comments not only belittle the americans but reflect a sorry state of mind...i demand an immediate apology frm u...if ur daughter hasnt made it and so havent 11000 other guys...it does not give u any justification to go bizarre...APOLOGIZE!!

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

People, you should have realized your odds when you first applied to MIT (Especially the internationals). Sure, it is important to get emotionally involved with the application, but it should not go beyond the threshold where it may give you the feeling of 'the end of the world' when you are rejected (or chest pains like someone said). My EC told me that 'There is no applicant in this world who can say that he will be guaranteed an admission into MIT'.

Its time we all move on and start thinking about the other offers of admissions that have been piling up (I am waiting for a response from a few Ivies and CMU, otherwise might as well go to Rutgers).

Ayman Singh

Posted by: AJ on March 18, 2007

How about building another community with all who didn't get accepted????

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

I am a really poor Indian. wasted all my parents' money on SATs and sending applications. thought I will make it to the wurl's no.1.... 2080 in SAT1(cudnt afford to appear 4 it twice to improve my scores), 2150 In SAT2, 97/100 skool GPA and a bunch of EC certificates... But alas.... how will I face my mother who is waiting 4 me to deliver da gud news... Do i deserve to live?? Or shud I rather die??

Posted by: A really bad son from India on March 18, 2007

A really bad son from India on March 18, 2007 05:08 AM


I can only say smooth says doesn't make skillful sailors - not a cliche --- from my heart

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Just a moment, if anybody is going to caltech? would you mind sending a mail to sparkofblueedge at yahoo dot com?

Is not there any opportunity to explore the world in caltech (that's all what i look for)?

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

A really bad son from India -

Of course you deserve to live! You have to remember that this is not the end of the world. You sound like a smart and passionate (judging by your emotions) person - you do not need MIT to prove it. There are many roads to success and I'm sure you'll find another. Cheer up!

Karen

Posted by: Karen on March 18, 2007

So, maybe someone could help me: Accepted to Case Western, U of Rochester, U of Southern Cali, and Ohio State.

After a very difficulty two-year long-distance relationship, MIT was a next-to-last chance at my and Amelia's going to school together (she got into Mount Holyoke, two hours west of Boston). Our only other options are for me to attend USC, which if far too expensive, not to mention across the country (I'm in Ohio), or Duke (assuming I'm accepted). I know little about Duke, but I'm afraid it'll just be another of the four hellish years of highschool I've endured so far, consisting of a whole lot of preppy jocks and being ostracized for being me again. The representatives that I know of Duke aren't the best people, though.

Are we screwed?

Posted by: Trevor on March 18, 2007

Hi Ben,
I have to accept I gor rejected. But there's still IIT. I just want to say that I will come back for transfer admissions next year. The rejection just gave me more determinatin. But what were the things that I was lacking in which were necessary for MIT? Maybe if I knew them, I could improve upon them and prepare better for next year. Do reply. My e-mail is [email protected]
Ishan Sardana

Posted by: Ishan on March 18, 2007

I got rejected. Anyone going to Georgia tech??

Posted by: Amar on March 18, 2007

Around 9a.m. today, I found out that I've been rejected. It wasn't much of a surprise: to be completely honest, it would have been more of a surprise to be accepted. Thankfully, it didn't hurt that much for me because while MIT blog was (and is) my favorite blog ever, MIT was No.3 school for me, and I still have hope that I might get into my dream school, or almost equally competitive No.2 school. For those of you to whom MIT has been the dream school, this must be really hard. BUT PLEASE TRY TO CHEER UP AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE GREAT STUDENTS WITH VIRTUALLY LIMITLESS POTENTIAL!

I especially wish 'a really bad son from India' who does not sound bad at all to me good luck. I am sure your parents are still proud of you and that no matter where you end up going to college, you will have a bright future. I admire you for applying to world-class colleges despite your financial situation, and wish you all the best.

And madman, if you really aren't coming back to post, you probably will never get to read this, but best of luck to you, too! Not being admitted to MIT is not the end of the world, even if it is your dream school. I will really miss your posts, and regret that I will never get to tease you about your girl friend.

Ashesh, Josh V., Donna, Carly, Greg Courville and so many more: I am really impressed with your attitude of taking the rejection. Thumbs up for you, and hope you get into whichever school you want to go besides MIT.

I feel that I really know so many of you, having been around since last December, although I didn't post so often. I'd really like to keep in touch. If you can bear to come back to MIT blog, please post how you are doing and if you heard any good news so we can all celebrate together.
BEST OF LUCKS TO EVERYONE!

Posted by: CHEER UP! on March 18, 2007

Today, we witnessed a grave loss to us. However, this profound day marks both an end and a beginning. While we are in deep sorrow for such a loss, we must move on; we must keep following our dreams; we must go on having high hopes, and most importantly we must always look up to the sky because if we are searching for a rainbow, it is in the sky, not on the ground.

Posted by: Zyl on March 18, 2007

Hey MAtt,
This really broke my heart and my keyboard into pieces.The money I put up for completing app. requirements meant a lot to my family.

I am totally broken.

But, hey you helped me a lot and thanks for all your replies to my e-mail.

I still love MIT and one day you'll give me admission - May be to a graduate course or maybe I'll transfer next year.

But I think if I am rejected this year why the hell would I be accepted next year, - all my stats except my first year's college records wiuld be the same.

I would really appreciate if you can you spare a minute to e-mail me about your thought to my post.

I would feel better. I really worked hard and don't deserve this at all.

Posted by: you know me on March 18, 2007

Folks, please don't let this rejection destroy your lives. I'm sure most of you will get into some really great schools. Most of you will still do incredible things with your life and MIT is not the only road to success.
For those who don't know there is another world class technical school in the northeast. It's called the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and actually had a real world acceptance rate !

Posted by: the watcher on March 18, 2007

This was one of the most disheartening thing to hear. I had heard that mit looks at what you have already acheived in life and not what you are capable of. They proved it by rejecting my friend's application. This is unfair and will alwaya be

Posted by: anonymous on March 18, 2007

hi amar!
i got rejected from MIT too!!
I'll be going to Georgia Tech. If you let me know ur details, maybe we can share rooms.

Posted by: ayusman on March 18, 2007

hi amrinder!
georgia tech is a great school for engineering.
Hope to c u there!!

Posted by: ayusman on March 18, 2007

To whoever above wrote 'maybe i should have been a boy scout or won a science fair' don't bother regretting. I'm an Eagle Scout and won several science fairs, including a perfect 40 and a couple 39s at state. Still no luck. That's life.

Posted by: Trevor on March 18, 2007

Trevor, you should go to USC!! I got in and it looks like an awesome school, and my friends tell me that LA is pretty nice (never been there). Ohio state looks nice too, but USC seems a lot better smile

Posted by: milena on March 18, 2007

Incredible how many dreams a standardized page long "NO" has destroyed

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

hey anonymous
I'll be going to Georgia Tech too! Awesome School and campus life!!! can we get in touch with each other?

Posted by: ayusman on March 18, 2007

Wow, first MITES then MIT...I'm not even gonna try for graduate school haha.

But yeah, the admissions process seems a bit hypocritical. MIT claims that they look for well rounded students, yet the class they admit, and their stats say something a lot different...

Posted by: Laura-Ashley on March 18, 2007

Hey, all - please don't take this as a reflection on your personal worth. I'm speaking to "a really bad son in India" especially: of course you deserve to live! You seem to have put much time and effort into applying; the world would be a darker place without your dedication and your dreams. I know parents can place a lot of pressure on you to "succeed" but I can't imagine that your mother will love you any less; I'm sure you'll make her proud wherever your life takes you.

I was rejected from my dream high school four years ago, and though I was crushed at the time, I can't imagine that having that elite name on my diploma could have given me better opportunities or dearer friends than I have now. Though I do not mean to disparage MIT, CalTech, the Ivies, or any of the top schools in the slightest, please remember that they can't make your future: you do that yourself. And I hope that in a few years you can look back not with bitterness but with pride, because you made that effort, and that along distinguishes you. Whether you win the race or not, no one can ever tell you that you were afraid to try, that you only watched from the sidelines.

Best of luck and much happiness to you all at whichever school you choose!

Posted by: Emily on March 18, 2007

Laura Ashley (and everybody else) -- the fact that they're basically all really good students doesn't mean it's not a well-rounded class. There's people that do sports, there's people that don't. There's party animals and homebodies. GIVE US A BREAK! If you met the people that got in, you'd realize we're all great people. We're all really different and into different things, not all of us are geniuses, were just normal human beings WITH FEELINGS and it sucks to read your comments. And get over it guys, getting into MIT is not a numbers game. So stop saying you didn't get in bc you weren't smart enough. You probably are.

Posted by: milena on March 18, 2007

Steven Spielburg was rejected from USC's film school twice. Now there's a building with his name on it there. Anonymous at 5:14, a similar thing happened to my child.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

This was fun *Use some superglue to mend my dreams*. Cheer up guys its just a school, plenty of fishes in the sea(does that work for this situation?). anyway at least you have your health.

Posted by: Abass C. on March 18, 2007

"And to the rest of you -- Sorry you didn't get in, I bet it feels awful. Just out of respect for the rest of us, please stop posting mean comments. Most of the admitted people (at least the EA's) don't look like they're rich, most of us are pretty normal people. Heck, I don't even have enough money to get to CPW (but these nice people are paying for my plane ticket, go MIT!)... And numbers aren't everything, so don't think you didn't get in because of bad SAT scores. I didn't even get a 2000, which must be pretty pathetic by your standards, and I still got in."

Posted by: milena on March 18, 2007 02:43 AM

Out of respect for the rest of us? How about you leave the thread specifically designated for people who were not admitted and stop throwing it in our face that you somehow managed to get in with substantially sub-par test scores. If you can't even break 2000 on a test as easy as the SAT's good luck making it through four years at MIT, you clearly have no business being there.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

I think we can probably trust the--from all appearances very capable--Admissions Department not to have admitted anyone who didn't belong at MIT, hey?

Posted by: Emily on March 18, 2007

I think we can probably trust the--from all appearances very capable--Admissions Department not to have admitted anyone who didn't belong at MIT, hey?

Posted by: Emily on March 18, 2007 11:09 AM

This is probably the wrong thread to refer to the admissions department as very capable.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Well, I know it's hardly going to make me popular. I just don't think they deserve all the abuse they're getting--I'm not accepted either, but I think if that says anything, it's about me rather than about them, and denigrating everyone down to their dogs isn't really going to change the decision, you know?

Posted by: Emily on March 18, 2007

@hopeful not anymore:

SATS do not mean a thing and don't try to make urself feel better by putting others down.
I personally came with ([email protected] a non GPA boost competitive private school) 2250/800Math/800Phys/780Chem - even when my school doesnt even offer ap chem- and I argued enough to actually have it next year after I graduate. I'm the leader of the debate and political club at my hschool and have been on its stu govt for 6 years (since i've been there). I played an instrument for 12 years and the only reason why I don't have a sport or strong community service is that I was literally dying going into congestive heart failures. I forced myself to go to school 3 times a week despite my illness, when I got my Heart transplant in february of 11th grade I missed 2 months after. I came back in May full time, caught up in all my work over the last month and finished the semester like any other kid (with an A- avg). I've won awards, participated in the AIMES, taken rigorous courseloads beyond multi-variable calculus. I believe I'm congenial, and that my best trait is my frankness. I fell in love with MIT and all its promise as much as anyone could.
I wasn't picked. I was upset yesterday and wondered whether my supplemental project and essay got through to them before they had made their decision(I had applied EA and sent it after i was deferred). Simply put, I wasn't the best, or maybe even the most determined, but I won't hold it against the committee for not reading into my words THAT heavily. For the most part they do a wonderful job and pick wonderful people. It's time for us to move ahead and prosper.

Posted by: Jkim1789 on March 18, 2007

Incredible.... Many of you are still immature. All of you that did not get accepted will be very successful in life, no matter what school you end up in. One day all of you will look back and say to yourselves how foolish many of your comments were on this blog. It saddens after reading this blog that racism and hate still thrive in our society.Human beings..... what a "wonderful" bunch we are...

Posted by: Michael on March 18, 2007

hey sup dudes? you know what you guys can't really change anything what u've got to do now is pray that you get admitted in ur other schools and work harder so u can try MIt again. At least u have some experience so the next time maybe ur app might be far better than what it was now. so guys get some pudding and some smoothie to help soothe u and pray u get accepted in ur other schools.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

adam s. - you haven't posted yet, but i'd like to hear what happened with ur admission decision! you've been a really interesting person to follow on the blogs these last few months

Posted by: anonymous on March 18, 2007

To all the international students here, I just want to say that you faced more intense competition that anyone else, and rejection from MIT is not a judgement on your character or ability. Having read through the entire blog, I hope that many of you will still come to the United States to study, because you have a lot to offer here. Congratulations for throwing your hats into the MIT ring. Although an undergraduate education at MIT is not your path in life, a wonderful road lies ahead for you.
To the students in the U.S., you surely know that you represent the best and the brightest. Your future isn't over, it's just going to unfold a little differently than you expected. Many nobel-prize winning scientists took bachelor's degrees from state schools. Hey, I think Salk graduated from New York City College! What's important is not where you start, but where you end up. To those writing in anger, all I can say is that you're anger is understandable, because you are grieving a loss. To those who have quickly moved beyond anger, or who are able to rise above it on this blog, all I can say is that I'm sorry my daughter won't get to meet you at MIT, but I'm hopeful she may encounter you later in life.

Posted by: EA parent on March 18, 2007

RELAX EVERYONE. IT'S ONE (That's right, one(1)) SCHOOL. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY SCHOOLS THERE ARE IN THIS COUNTRY??? STOP BEING SO MELODRAMATIC AND FACE DISAPPOINTMENT IN A MATURE MANNER.

Posted by: chillaxin' on March 18, 2007

Something that I forgot to mention earlier --
It would have been fun to have one paragraph in the message that was pseudo-randomly generated from a predefined pool of sentences.

I give you an example:
This year's applicant pool was the most competitive we have ever seen. We assure you that every application was given full and equal consideration. You appear to be a highly capable individual, and we know that you will find success wherever you choose to pursue your undergraduate education. This year's applicant pool was the most competitive we have ever seen. Gwangmyeong is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

Heck, write the whole message that way. A bit of humor goes a long way, and an incoherent stream of random babble would give better closure (for me, anyway) than the carbon-copied generic rejection we got.

Something to consider for next year... :-D

Posted by: Greg Courville on March 18, 2007

Something that I forgot to mention earlier --
It would have been fun to have one paragraph in the message that was pseudo-randomly generated from a predefined pool of sentences.

I give you an example:
This year's applicant pool was the most competitive we have ever seen. We assure you that every application was given full and equal consideration. You appear to be a highly capable individual, and we know that you will find success wherever you choose to pursue your undergraduate education. This year's applicant pool was the most competitive we have ever seen. Gwangmyeong is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

Heck, write the whole message that way. A bit of humor goes a long way, and an incoherent stream of random babble would give better closure (for me, anyway) than the carbon-copied generic rejection we got.

Something to consider for next year... :-D

Posted by: Greg Courville on March 18, 2007

Hey, for those of you who are going to Georgia Tech now, join the Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2254156888

Posted by: K on March 18, 2007

The moment the screen flashed and I read the first line, I had this nauseating sense. I felt the walls crumbling down on me. And I simply blacked out.

Next thing I know, it's half an hour past the time I checked my decision and was lying cold on the floor. I gathered myself, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I shut off the lights in my room and went to bed thinking, 'They've made a mistake for sure'.

Okay, I am an international student. I totally understood the odds and the intense competition. But I also knew that MIT has a diverse student body. MIT says that they take everything in context. Hmm.. I don't know about that. Circumstances in my school were limited but I didn't leave any stone unturned.

I had thought about MIT first when I was in the 5th grade. I studied in India though. Back then it was just 'MIT' a three-letter word for me. Little did I know, that I would be in love with MIT. That was in the 7th grade. And finally I had completed the years of studying and was ready to apply to MIT.

I spent most of my time in the MIT application, evading frequent social parties and ceremonies, working on the essays and digging deep in myself. I discovered a lot about myself that I really hadn't thought of before. And with every day, I began realising the possibility of me going to MIT because I believed that I was apt for MIT. All the time I spent in this site (though I hardly blogged) and read all the suggestions that Matt and Ben , even Jess wrote, everything seemed to prefectly match me. My passion, will to contribute, help others, tutor my friends and juniors, social work, besides other relevent things, I could see my path to MIT getting shorter. For now, it seems to be a distant dream.

Okay, I am from Nepal. How many of you know of this country? Most of you have never even heard of this country. It's a neighbouring country of India. I really don't know how many Nepalese got in. I don't even know how many applied this year. All I know and bother is that I applied with all my heart and honesty following what was said in the site(Be honest, connect with us. That is all that matters-). I did, I'm glad I did. But as mentioned again, decision is final.. So what can I do about it now? RELAX!!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU PEOPLE!! This isn't the end of the road for me, though I felt like it was in the beginning of the day. Reading the blogs above helped me. So for those who haven't, go ahead.

Thank you very much to the admission officers for their time, support and suggestions. Good Luck to you all too.

Posted by: AK from NEPAL on March 18, 2007

Laura-Ashley...

i got rejected from MITES too! hurts so much more this time around though, doesn't it...

oh and maybe its just me, but the SAT's were not an easy test. haha. 1990 when you add up all my best scores...750 mathI, 670 mathII, 620 Chem, 31 ACT. but hey, I still took the risk of applying based on what all the MIT admissions officers said...that they look at things holisitcally and that it is not just your test scores (and taking that 12% risk MUST build character, shouldn't it? It shows that everyone, all 12000, are not afraid to go after what they want even in the face of highly possible defeat). I think you guys should realize that you must all be VERY amazing students to get the scores that you do...the score that I could only dream of getting!

so yeah, I can't dawg on those who said they got lower scores than the avreage because, hey, I was hoping on that same thing too.

To all you international students who are talking about underqualified US students getting accepted...rest assured, MIT did a good job about denying those in the us who probably are not up to speed with the rest of you.

To those responding to the internat'l students...come on. i know you know what it feels like for them on some level.

me personally, I go to Seattle Prep, this hella hard school in seattle (i'm not tryin to put down any other seattle schools by this though, swear!). I chose to go there freshman year because I liked the atmosphere and the academic rigor that preceded it. Now, 4 years later, i realize that the science here sucks (no honors anything let alone ap), and that I could be getting straight A's and taking those hard classes I wanted at some other schools in the area (which might have made a difference? idk). SO its kind of like international applications. People at my school excell soo much and the school is pretty hard that my light probably doesn't sine as brightly as other applicants at other schools, but i might (might, because idk) be a better student than them. so yes, that is how I can relate to international applicants and their frustrations.

PS: anyone applying to columbia seas? ohhh god. please help me to get in!! (then maybe mit for grad)

IT SUCKS THAT MIT IS THE ONLY SCHOOL WITH A COOL BLOG! Can't talk to the prospective class of 2011 at any other school! (bravo MIT, see you in 4 years?...you should save these blogs!!! I think that if you also consider personality in grad school apps, these blogs, esp this one, is the best way to learn about someone's personality!)

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

Hi ayusman. I am right now busy in my board exams . maths left - will be free on 22nd march. Just waiting for a result from Cornell and John Hopkins . Otherwise Georgia Tech is going to be my destination.

Posted by: Amrinder on March 18, 2007

For those who wonder what the criteria was for being selected:

My son waitlisted has 2390 SAT, a perfect school GPA with a patent application and good writing skills.

The point is if the 12000 applicants were shuffled and again screened you would have a differrent mix of those selected.

There are criteria that are quite fuzzy when it comes to so many talented applicants. This is where science gives up and philosophy steps in.

Life has indeterminate criteria. You are experiencing it !!

Posted by: Parent on March 18, 2007

Sigh... my friend and I checked together and we both got rejected. Male international applicants... :( Thought they needed some people talented in music lol! o well... life goes on

Posted by: Cobra129 on March 18, 2007

THAT WAS QUITE COOL. I FEEL VERY BAD BUT WHAT ELSE CAN ONE DO. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT MIT IS MY BIGGEST DREAM AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE SO. ANY FOR NOW I WILL GET INTO A FIGHT FOR THE TRANSFER 2008 FALL. CAN MISS THIS CHANCE ANYMORE.

Posted by: cham on March 18, 2007

Ah, a 2390 on the SATs. Gee, I'm glad to see your son is really making a difference in the world, because obviously his top-notch SAT scores mean that he's been doing community service, right? Or that he's truly passionate about something? That he's a caring person?

Many have said it before - it's more than numbers.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

hey everyone. I must say I'm surprised you all are taking this well. I thought I would take it in badly but I didn't. Everyone- dont give up, we're gonna come back for grad school!!!

Posted by: anon on March 18, 2007

I'm sorry that you guys didn't make it. I haven't checked my status yet but I don't think I got in either.

Posted by: lv on March 18, 2007

One girl from our high school was accepted early action. Another boy found out yesterday he was waitlisted. Our school is in Silicon Valley and it's large, with more than 2,500 students. Their parents are often scientists and engineers. I know both students who applied to MIT, so here are their stats. Both scored 800s on the SATs and a string of 5's on the AP tests. Both are on the list to be valedictorians (perfect grades, always). Both presented research at the local science fair, won prizes on the math team, and held leadership positions in school organizations. The girl took a quantum mechanics class at Stanford when she was 15, and she finished multivariable calc there by her senior year. Her science projects were also not team projects with other people, they were her own. She actually presented her research at a national science conference this year (and got to miss a week of school). The boy had a medical internship with Stanford hospital the summer of his junior year. Here's my point -- they both are basically geniuses. Of course, so are a lot of you. There's more, though. Neither of them is arrogant. In addition to everything else, the girl played varsity tennis at the school for three years. She also climbed mountains in the spare time in her summers. The boy played in the band, I think. So why did she get in while he was waitlisted? Was it the tennis? The mountain climbing? Getting accepted at a science conference? Why was he waitlisted? I don't know. At our school, everyone thought they'd both get in. But for those of you wondering what the competition was like, I hope I've painted a fairly accurate picture. I can say one thing for sure. No one at our school would ever say, "She got in because she's a girl." It's just that we also figured this year, MIT would take two.

Posted by: Teacher on March 18, 2007

What does it mean to be more than numbers? Why can't someone have high stats and be passionate for something, yet still be rejected by MIT? I dunno, I got the rejection yesterday after returning from an EC that I love to do and after I got the rejection I ran off to a 3 hr session of dance. My stats are in the top .5-1% in the nation, valedictorian and everything that I am involved in, I am passionate about.

I didn't get accepted, and that's ok. But it's just that one other in my school was, and a different one was waitlisted. What's the main difference between our applications? Research. Does MIT really investigate the applications enough to realize the opportunities that each of us have? Yeah, we're all in the same area, but one of my parents never graduated from college and the other got an AA degree. I had no idea that research on a decent level was even possible for a high school student until too late into my junior year. I just feel that MIT could have dug a bit deeper into my application to see that I do have a passion for the subjects I excel at and the ECs that I devote my life to.

I've been working nonstop for the last 4 years and it just is a major let down to click a button and learn that it wasn't worth more to MIT. I just keep replaying the scenario that I'm sure went on.. they had the 3 top applications from our school -- gave one an acceptance, the other a waitlist, and then I got the rejection.

I'm a firm believer in taking whatever God hands me and working with that, it's just hard for me to not feel shortchanged because of my circumstances. I've done the best that I can over the last four years and am extremely proud of myself, I just wish MIT could have acknowledged that with an acceptance.

This is not meant in any way to demean the acceptance of a great friend of mine, I just needed to get this out of my system. After this rejection, the scenarios going through my head of ending up at my state university is just really hampering my attitude.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 18, 2007

Hello-

I guess I wasn't so surprised that I didn't get in. College admissions officers do two things when they make their decisions: figure out who is a good match, and from that pool figure out who will make the most of their time at the school. I think I might have fallen out in the former. Throughout high school, I spent my time focussing on the liberal arts and music rather than the sciences. While MIT's programs in the liberal arts are nothing to be balked at, my impression is that most all students interested in MIT have some interest in the sciences. For me, my interest was just forming, as my high school's science programs are not too great and the liberal arts seemed like the natural route.

I guess MIT wasn't the right school for me because I didn't feel anything when I saw the rejection note. Though I feel as though I put together a really solid application, it is probably for the best that the adcoms saw that MIT wasn't the place for me.

Congratulations to the accepted!

Posted by: Anonymous on March 18, 2007

Anon - Adam S is waiting for the decision to come in the mail, that's why he hasn't posted yet =)

Posted by: Melissa on March 18, 2007

I feel your pain. My son was not admitted either. By the very fact that you have applied to MIT, you must know that you are among some of the very best on the planet. You will do great things wherever you end up. Just remember that Albert Einstein was first rejected from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He went on to become the greatest physicist of all times.

A father in pain

Posted by: Anonymous on March 18, 2007

Anon @ 11:06 - you don't think she's good enough for MIT? You don't think she'll thrive there? Big deal. Obviously admissions felt a bit different, so your words mean nothing.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Hey Anon - Yep, just wanted to confirm what Melissa said. I'll be getting my decision Mon or Tues in the mail. I'd like to find out in the mail because it seems more personal & real, I suppose. I dunno. =)

I'll be sure to post my decision either way. I'm pretty nervous. ^_^

Posted by: Adam S. on March 18, 2007

Your self-restraint is really impressive, Adam!

Posted by: Emily on March 18, 2007

hahaha if MIT would have accepted me i would have been angry. I do not deserve it therefore at least the staff made some smart decisions

Posted by: Xin on March 18, 2007

Hey everybody,

My EC told me getting into MIT involved a lot of luck =)

I'm sure a lot of use are just as qualified as many of the admits =P Limited spots, you know, especially for us int'l hopefuls.

Well, there are plenty of opportunites elsewhere!

Arthur

PS. The people who have posted rude and hateful comments: we know why you didn't get in.

Posted by: Arthur on March 18, 2007

Yossarian here...

heh, I was thinking about doing what Adam's doing.

I'm not angry. Just more a melancholic resigned. I was really looking forward to living life as I had pictured it on the tour. Waking up in the morning and going to the gym. Doing a few laps around the pool. Going to classes, and laughing with the professors. Seeing the Boston Symphony. That kind of stuff. Vaguely dissapointed, but I know there's nothing more I can do. A few of my friends are at MIT, class of '10, and I was really looking forward to getting back to them.

I guess that rant isn't really helping things. So far, I know of one other person who got accepted...and he is a much better candidate than I am. RSI alumni, USAMO qualifier, AP State Scholar...I'm glad he got in. Shows the Admissions Committee was really doing their job. As such, there's nothing that I can really do now, except wait for decisions from the other schools. *sigh*

Good times guys. It was fun while it lasted.

Posted by: Yossarian on March 18, 2007

Hey guys,

I've been writing/back spacing through comments to each of you because your pain is apparent and I really feel for you all. It might be best, though, if you just read this (assuming you haven't already):

http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/misc/miscellaneous/guest_entry.shtml

I promise it's going to be okay.

Posted by: Christina on March 18, 2007

christina,

are you the same christina that got waitlisted last year and then got in?

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Yep!

Posted by: Christina on March 18, 2007

The sun is shining
But today we cry
I saw the pain in his eyes when he told me
"It's over."
We'll laugh again
When the redbud blossoms and the dogwood blooms
But today, we cry

Posted by: Another Sad Dad on March 18, 2007

oh em gee. christina, i think your input on the waitlist would be most welcome on the respective thread.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

The Show must go on!!!

Ankit Chandra
Gaborone, Botswana

Posted by: Ankit Chandra on March 18, 2007

Yeah Josh, I'm applying Columbia-SEAS. pretty nervous too haha.

...and btw, I didn't think that my comment was very immature, more insightful.

Posted by: Laura-Ashley on March 18, 2007

Laura, it may have seemed insightful to you, but not so to others. Look at the statistics for the Class of 2010 - they don't all have 700+ SAT scores, they're not all from the same place, or have the same extra curriculars. What evidence do you have for your "insightful" comment?

Posted by: Karen on March 18, 2007

It has been a great ride, although I'm pretty sure I am still in denial. Oh well, life goes on. (And there's always graduate school)

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

can i have a refund for the really expensive application fee? haha

Posted by: jessica on March 18, 2007

Before I leave here forever, I would like to add that Princeton & Harvard rejected Einstein.

Think how stupid they feel now.

Think how stupid MIT will feel later wink Mwahahaha

Posted by: Jessica on March 18, 2007

Yes, I'm sure Princeton and Harvard regret their decision every day. Can't you see how downhill they've gone since then?

O.o Just what are you trying to prove?

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

When my son was deferred EA-I told him it was because he was not nerdy enough for MIT. I was right.

You will all succeed wherever you land--MIT is not the only game in town. Marilee Jones studied at Rensselaer and she's doing fine.

Good luck.

Posted by: A Parent on March 18, 2007

i just found out an old friend got accepted...good for her but i am so jealous!!!!!

Posted by: anonymous on March 18, 2007

Laura-Ashley...

Never said your comment was immature, nor did I ever mean that in anything I said. Not here to judge guys, just here to share my own thoughts and feelings about not being admitted.

well anyways, I HOPE WE BOTH GET INTO COLUMBIA SEAS!!!

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

Wow, A Parent - to write off all the accepted students as "nerds" is kind of immature, don't you think?

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Wow, Anonymous @ 6:23 - to respond in your manner and to essentially attack another blogger is kind of immature, don't YOU think?

And I know that I was just perpetuating the immaturity, but it was to prove a point. It doesn't feel good to be called out like that, does it? So you should just hold off unless you have anything constructive to contribute. Thanks.

btw...MIT students can be "nerds" but I'm sure not all of them are. and there is nothing wrong with being a nerd anyways...

Posted by: Another Anonymous on March 18, 2007

I know I shouldn't, but this denial was a blow to my esteem. I expected to get rejected, but nothing can compare to the real thing. I feel pretty worthless. I've lost a lot this year, and this adds to the list. I've kinda lost the will to do anything, and my trip in a few days for spring break doesn't excite me anymore. I am trying to get excited about my second and third college choices, but nothing comes close to the insane rush I felt when thinking about MIT. *sigh*. I don't think I'll ever do anything amazing with my life.

Posted by: Alyssa on March 18, 2007

Another Anon, the Anon didn't really attack the parent. In any case, he's right. That's a parent. A parent needs to have a little more maturity than an 18-year-old applicant.

And while being a nerd isn't bad, saying, "oh, my son didn't get in because he wasn't NERDY enough" is certainly not respectful. I think MIT students are worth more than that response. I realize the thought of not being "nerdy enough" may be comforting to the son, but perpetuating this sour grapes reaction in everyone else isn't worth it.

The only way we'll really move on is to just accept it, without degrading those who were accepted. Devaluing others doesn't hurt them, it just makes you a worse person.

Posted by: Karen on March 18, 2007

Another thing to note: MIT is not losing out of anything when it rejects you. It's not our loss; MIT made no mistake when it tossed you out. You may be full of yourself, but the finest research institution in the world will not miss yet another whiny undergrad prospect. Really, get over yourself. The kind of arrogance that those claims portray is exactly why you're in the reject pile.

Posted by: Some guy on March 17, 2007 06:17 PM


Thanks for the heart-felt sympathy. And I know that any MIT admissions officer would disagree completely with your statements. To say that "MIT is not losing out of anything" in rejecting 11,000 of the 12,000 applicants is just plain stupid. It appears that you think too highly of yourself and the other accepted students. As you later note, you are far more expendable than you would like to think.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Not checking till the mail comes. smile
I'm probably saving myself another trip to this blog.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

"I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy... "

Mean Girls...HAHAHAH LMFAO. but true...

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

Oh and Alyssa, you WILL do something amazing with your life. I know you feel pretty down now, but it will get better.

And when you do invent/discover something, it will mean so much more because you know that on your way to greatness, you had to overcome this huge hurdle of rejection from MIT. You'll know you did not have the amazing MIT education you had hoped for, but you still made it...

rooting for you (even though i don't really know you)! What are your plans now?

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

"Supplemental Material submission deadline has passed".

Yeah, no kidding.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

I read most (didn't have time to read all) of the responses above, so this might have been answered before, but bear with me. I am really curious as to whether the rejection letters are all the same (with a small name change according to the student addressed), or are they each unique?

Posted by: Peter on March 18, 2007

And how about the acceptance or waitlisted letters?

Posted by: Peter on March 18, 2007

@Anonymous 6:14

I don't think they (the people who refer to the list of famous brilliant people who were rejected from colleges) are trying to prove anything.

They're trying to show that being rejected from a college like MIT does NOT reflect your self-worth or intelligence. They make decisions on intangible factors, and that's OK. We'll move on.

Still, it seems like some people are a bit too quick to "defend" MIT. But that's OK too.

smile

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

They're the same; they're also paper copies of the notification available online.

Posted by: Emily on March 18, 2007

does any1 know where i can find a copy of the acceptance letters?

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Josh V.-

I'm not sure. Like a million other MIT applicants, I am waiting to hear from Stanford, but I doubt I'll be accepted. If not, I have 3-4 other choices, which are all great, but yeah. I think I want to study physics, (or some related field), so MIT seemed like a good match. How about you?

Posted by: Alyssa on March 18, 2007

@ Anon, 8:34pm

Obviously, we'll all be OK despite not going to MIT - however, saying MIT's going to really suffer from us not going there is a bit arrogant and more than likely untrue. All I'm saying is that, on both ends, things are going to be alright - and I'm not going to hope MIT "regrets" the decision.

I applied to a school that I would be proud to attend. So yes, even if I can't go there, I'm going to defend it. As someone else mentioned earlier, it would be a discredit to MYSELF not to.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

LOL! wow. what can brown do for you?!? hahahahahha!

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

Raheel, and others like you - Do you think you have some RIGHT to attend MIT? That your scores should have assured you a place?

I had good scores - but I would've been FLOORED if I'd gotten in.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

It seems there are people monitoring the blogs, because I've seen some posts disappear..

Posted by: Karen on March 18, 2007

Raheel, hit me up on ESEA if you ever want to CS together. I'm rF^Hitman.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2007

I have been reading the posts, and I have tears streaming down my face. You are ALL bright and talented, and there is no school that can take that away. I was rejected by my 1st choice school, and it hurt, because my brother was there. But I loved my university, and met my husband, and have a great life. Don't let one rejection define you-you are all great! Good luck in your futures! I promise this pain shall pass.

Posted by: a parent on March 18, 2007

i just want to take this time to thank mit wholeheartedly for this blogging experience. without the support of everyone here, i think a lot of us would be a lot worse off. i love the parents joining in for added ingisght, and yes, even the accepted people showing sympathy. it really means a lot to me! mit isn't the bad guy here, i know they really care and wish they could've accepted all of us

Posted by: anonymous on March 18, 2007

Karen,

Thanks for "getting it". The comment was made to be comforting to my son since he is, in all other ways, well qualified. Nerd is more an affectionate than derogatory term in our home.
Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Posted by: A Parent on March 18, 2007

Hey Laura-Ashley and Josh V. -
I'm applying to Columbia - SEAS too! :D.. what a crazy coincidence would it be if we all got in?? haha :D good luck to you two :D

and to everyone else here, too, of course :D

and I would also like to thank the admissions committee for giving my application consideration and for setting up this blog site - I wish my other schools were this cool (though they are cool in their own right, etc, etc. )

Good luck everyone!

Posted by: theresa on March 18, 2007

To everyone who's posting negative comments,

Chill. Life is good. Besides, it doesn't really matter where you go to school, you still have the same opportunities (well, maybe MIT's women aren't as attractive as other schools despite affirmative action, but it's all good smile ) if you look for them, and you will succeed anywhere if you just have the drive to. Also, what is the point of getting upset? You're just hurting yourself. Accept it, go out and watch a movie, do some math, eat a big lunch, enjoy yourself. You're a senior! Don't waste one the best times of your life being down over one somewhat decent college rejecting you. Here's a quote from the former superintendent of my school district, Dr. John Grieco:

"The true joy of life is the journey. Don't become obsessed with calculating the steps to achieve goals. Instead, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less, and enjoy the presence of the people around you."

Cheers, thanks to MIT, and best of luck to everyone,
Val Karpov

Posted by: Val Karpov on March 18, 2007

i'm looking forward...

Posted by: Jenny on March 18, 2007

caltech caltech caltech caltech caltech!!!!!!!!!!!
All of you who got rejected should have applied to caltech which has a quality of education that is equal or even better than MIT's. And their admissions focus on what counts: grades, scores and math/science related EC's. Social life and well-roundedness are not necessary as in MIT. Its too late now, but if you are a junior, especially a geeky and nerdy junior like me who would rather spend time creating a flourescent rabbit using recombinant genes than participating in a sport or school government, caltech not MIT is the place for you. caltech will reward not punish your geekiness

Posted by: anonymous on March 18, 2007

Anonymous - not so sure about that. It really depends on the yield rate, which changes every year.

Posted by: Christina on March 18, 2007

Hey, I gotta agree, at least it's over with. Haha, I must say I was a little full of myself........expected hands down to get in, and then not even waitlisted. Ah well, it was worth a try. The price tag was probably too high for me to actually attend anyway, I was just hoping to be able to say I got accepted. Congrats to those who got in or at least got waitlisted, and sorry to those who didn't! Peace!

Posted by: Colton Myers on March 18, 2007

So how about I've decided to torture myself and not look at my decision online. I'm waiting for the mailed version. Yes, stupid i know. But i'd rather open a rejection letter than a rejection email and a rejection letter. Best of luck to all of you though, hope things work out for you!

Posted by: Adam C on March 18, 2007

Ha, Adam C, I'm doing the same thing!
The idea is that if I get rejected (most likely) I'll have something to destroy/burn.
If I get in I have something to toss in the air that isn't a keyboard.

Posted by: Laylo on March 18, 2007

Alyssa--

I applied to Stanford too! Wow. it would be interesting to see where everyone who was not admitted applied to. But i applied to 9 schools including MIT because my counselors suggested it with the competitive status of the schools i'm applying to (which was good because now i'm just not sure of where i'll end up) as of right now, I got into this pharmacy school on boston (MCPHS) which is pretty much no 9 on my list. and UW (Univ of WA). not really diggin stanford or caltech (I want to go east)..then waiting on Columbia SEAS (OH GOD PLEASE!), tufts, bu, harvard....yeah. oh and i DEF want to do biomedical engineering!

YAY THERESA! I Hope the 3 OF US GET IN!!

thanks a parent @ 9:36.

anynomous ranting about caltech...i applied to caltech, but i kind of like how mit and my other schools look at other things than grades/scores (how else will i get in? lol)

oh and if anyone else want to know more about me, just click on my name..its my facebook. message/add me.

Posted by: Josh V on March 18, 2007

Josh -
haha yeah. i'm not 100% stuck on the east coast, considering every school i applied to is in a different state, spanning the entire continental united states. i probably should have applied to caltech, but i didn't really know much about it back then, so i didn't.
i didn't apply to bu or tufts for different reasons: bu was too urban for me, and tufts had a TERRIBLE looking physics building. considering that's my passion, it didn't bode well. my safety school (that now i may end up at) is the university of michigan. *gasp* state school, but i'd be in the honors program, and if i did well, i really could go anywhere from there...

Posted by: Alyssa on March 18, 2007

Anon ranting about Caltech, plz tell me thas sarcasm? Grades more important than the ability to relate to people? The world would be very dull indeed :( Plus I wouldnt get in anywhere :D
Hey who else is applying to Stanford? Anyone knows where I can find stats about their admissions? [esp. international]
Ny1 applying to Harvey Mudd?

Posted by: Anthony on March 19, 2007

Adam C--
i'm also waiting for my decision in the mail--the not knowing is slowly killing me though!
i live out here in california--the other side of the country from Massachusetts--so it takes practically a week for the mail to get here from cambridge...good luck to you though!

Posted by: Jessica on March 19, 2007

alyssa I wish you luck - you sound like you've got a lot of good things going for you :D

--of course I wish luck to everyone else too :D --

Posted by: theresa on March 19, 2007

Horray for Adam C and Laylo! That's what I'm doing too and for the exact same reasons. High fives for being awesome! =D

Posted by: Jasmina X on March 19, 2007

uhh...i'm praying that that post is a joke...

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

Val Karpov said: "well, maybe MIT's women aren't as attractive as other schools despite affirmative action, but it's all good smile"

Hey. Watch it. *glare*

Geek girls are hot, and you know it.

Posted by: Laura on March 19, 2007

IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

I'm only a small part of a lasting cycle. There are many whom are vastly smarter than me that have been rejected, so I guess it's not that bad.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

talk about getting lead on.

Posted by: Virat on March 19, 2007

For those here not accepted, might I suggest applying to South Harmon Institute of Technology!

AHAHAH! But seriously, if you guys are still down about this weekends new, go to your local video store and RENT THE MOVIE "ACCEPTED". It is definitely a hilarious pick-me-up movie! GO WATCH IT! It will make you feel so good about yourself...

Posted by: Josh V on March 19, 2007

I really expected myself to get in. But I ll put this at my back and move ahead.

Posted by: Humair on March 19, 2007

JKim1789-
hey there.......I was really sorry to hear about you. Reading your post I felt that no one could've possibly worked harder than you. Man....you really deserved to get in. Anyway I wish you the best of best luck for your future. Hope you get into a grrreeaaat university and even if you don't...do something grrrreeaaat in life!

Posted by: Hopeful (not any more) on March 19, 2007

"i really cant believe you accepted a girl that just has good grades and likes to go party and didnt accpeted a guy who is makin good projects like nuclear fusion ¬¬ thats very sad i cant believe richard feynman studied at mit i think those days admission office selected the most promising students (if party is the future of the science i apologize)"
Posted by: reject on March 17, 2007 02:47 PM

Don't you dare udge other's just because you were rejected. Face the challenge of living up to yourself no matter what with maturity, not with pathetic, demeaning comments about others because if someome got accepted is because they are worth it (and trust me, because you weren't it doesn't mean that you are any less valuable academically) but if you were rejected its precisely because of that type of attitude your post shows.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

thanks. nd wish u the same.

Posted by: Humair on March 19, 2007

I'm just a junior and I haven't applied yet, but I thought I'd get this over with. I've seen some of the reactions, and I'd rather be at least somewhat dignified in my response to rejection. So, here's my jumpstart on acceptance:
I didn't get in. It's sad but true. I didn't expect to get in, but that doesn't make this hurt any less. Even though I tried desperately not to get my hopes up, part of me still expected a bright shiny You're Accepted! when I checked. It's tempting to feel like this is the end of everything, but it isn't. Maybe I'll get accepted to my other top schools, or maybe I'll attending a safety next year. Maybe I'll excel where I go, or maybe I'll make it through and just land a decent job. Whatever happens, I'll have to accept. Congratulations to all accepted, and good luck to everyone.

There. Here's hoping I'll take it this well next year...

Posted by: blue on March 19, 2007

Denied admission, but I can deal with it.
I don't understand why others are showing so much anger/frustration/annoyance.
I think the admissions officers know what they are looking for.

I had another look at the page that talks about what MIT looks for in a student, and the 'climbing a rugged mountain' analogy. Perhaps, I thought to myself, I wasn't cut out to climb this particular rugged mountain. I am probably meant for another craggy peak, one that will be as exhilarating and rewarding as this climb will be for those who have been accepted, and will eventually enroll.

I suppose what frightened me the most was the thought of receiving similar letters from the other colleges I have applied to, similarly generic, sugarcoated rejection letters. Hopefully, that will not be the case.

I will remain content in the thought that I gave it as good a shot as I could have, and this was a match that was not meant to be.

To those of you who're bitterly disappointed (and this is as much to console myself as to console others):

I had a crush on boy in school for five years, an amazingly intelligent, gifted boy. But he did not pay any heed to me. Then I found someone who had a cruh on me, and this person is even more wonderful, in every way. And this was someone I would've thought was 'out of my reach', for being so fine.

So, there is hope.

Life doesn't end at one college, or at one boy, or one anything at all. There's always something better, right around the corner, waiting for you to find it!

College and relationships seem to have a lot of similarities, don't they?

Posted by: Shruti on March 19, 2007

Hey, can we all post what other colleges/universities/institutes we've applied to? That way we can actually encourage others and celebrate when someone gets in. I'll be rooting for all of you!

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

I've been hanging around here since December, and this is the first and the only post where no one bothered to post "First post!", "Second post!", "100th post!" and so on. And without any such help, this thread actually generated the most comments I've ever read so far. It is senseless to post "nth post" every so often, but to think that everyone is so disappointed and/or worried to do something silly is rather depressing. So,...was this 444th post?

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

hmmm. this is not really the thread where one wants to be the first post...=P

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

I don't think Feynman studied at MIT, did he? He went to Cornell and taught at Caltech, unless I'm missing some grad studies at MIT or something.

Besides, my interviewed said that with how competitive college in general and especially MIT has been getting, he himself never would have made it into MIT if he'd applied today.

That says something.


And like many others have said, it is indeed a game of luck. A large part of those not accepted were perfectly suited for MIT, but there simply was no room. I've heard from ppl w/ higher scores and more extracurriculurs than me who got rejected and those w/ lower scores and less activites than me who got in. Math is cold and often cruel. But that's why we love it.

Posted by: Trevor on March 19, 2007

TO
Ayman Singh OF Posted by: AJ on March 18, 2007 04:43 AM

Listen Ayman Singh I really had a chest in the pain.............It's just that I don't want to reveal my identity, because some of my friends had also applied to MIT, and I had posted, some posts in the past [before getting decisions]. I don't want to let them know it; that is why I haven't revealed my identity.

Probably you never had loved MIT with great intensity, and that is why you are being so cold hearted, under the garb of being logical, in your remarks :(

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

Posted by: Anonymous on March 19, 2007 09:30 AM


WAS POSTED BY ME

Posted by: Some one from India on March 19, 2007

Trevor,

Feynman did all of his undergrad at MIT and then went on to Princeton & Cornell.

Posted by: Christina on March 19, 2007

I have read that 110 international students got in.
Is it true that MIT just accept 1 or 2 from each country? If so how can i find out how many from my country got in?

Thank you very much for the help.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

Your loss, guys =)

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

Ah well, it was a good dream while it lasted. Bye, MIT!

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

thanks MIT.But I will be back at grad school

Posted by: kuldeep on March 19, 2007

Trevor, math is only cruel and cold to those who refuse to see its beauty. It is a much more colorful and beautiful subject than it is often credited.

Posted by: UP on March 19, 2007

Well, to all the people who said they feel fine, I have to wonder. Because I said the exact same thing. Except I feel a lot more disappointed than I would have thought. I applied knowing my chances would be incredibly slim (go international students!) and that it's a giant reach. I applied expecting to be rejected...yet, when I read the online admissions decision (couldn't wait for mail to arrive in Beijing), my heart felt strangely suffocated.

To all those who feel disappointed, have a good cry, and move on. What defines you is yourself, not what school you go to (that's what I keep telling myself =P ).

To all those who said it was worth the shot, I totally agree. But to be honest, I do not know why.

To all those who made it, Congrats!

Posted by: Stanton on March 19, 2007

oh no Josh V..it wasn't you that said that..just some other people. sorry for the mix up.

good luck to you and theresa for columbia-seas!

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

I am an Educational Counsellor and at this time of year I always feel gutted for the students whom I recommended and didn't get in, because I know they deserved to. I wrote the same thing last year, and I feel the same thing every year.

I am very disappointed at the PARENTS who write here cursing MIT for being biased. I could understand angry comments coming from teenagers who have less experience in the world, who are still impulsive from youth, and who perhaps may feel things more intensely (I am not so old that I have forgotten being 17).

To those parents: You do your children no favours, and you set a bad example. I will not stand by and hear MIT being accused of being biased.

I admire the young people who accept the situation with grace.

Just because someone did not get in doesn't make them bad or worthless. Where I work now there are many smart people whom I love working with, none of whom went to MIT.

I wish you all the best wherever you choose to go. I hope you'll believe me when I say that I am sad for you because I know most applicants would have made a very positive contribution to MIT, like the students whom I interviewed and recommended. If you don't, there's nothing I can say that will change your mind. The admission office doesn't pay me to say this, and they don't even know who I am.

Posted by: An educational counsellor on March 19, 2007

You know, I wasn't really all that disappointed in being rejected. Yes this was by far my #1, but hey if you aim high enough you're bound to hit something....

Posted by: Laylo on March 19, 2007

"Yeah... Whatever. My credentials exceeded MIT's average admissions statistics, and I got rejected. I guess its because my Dad's not a billionaire or a rich aristocrat. If I learned anything, its that things are not what they seem, and you will be judged not by your merit, but by your background and ability to pay (why else would I get bullied in to sending in my parents tax forms). To sum it up, don't be too hard on yourselves. Chances are, you have what it takes, but just aren't a part of the establishment. To get in, you must either be the next Newton, or filthy rich. Good luck to all of you who did not get accepted, and remember, MIT isn't the sole shining pillar of education it implies it is. Just another rich geek school."

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! SHUT UP!!!!!!
That is NOT how it is. I come from a small city in michigan, and my parents are by no means well off. I'm not a charity case or anything, but we cant pay for MIT either. I don't know ANYONE famous or that went to MIT, or to any other big-name school. If you can't deal with rejection, MIT is not the place for you because in the acceptance letter, it says that you have to be prepared to work harder than you ever have in your life- that means you won't always be the best, and you WILL FAIL sometimes. I just think that some people are REALLY BAD SPORTS- its just one decision, its not your life- just because you got better than all of the averages doesn't mean you are qualified- most likely, EVERYONE got better than those, and thats only just a part of the application! It's about choosing people that will make a class, and they obviously chose correctly in your case- bad sports spoil all the fun! I'm glad this is the case- I don't know if i could have you in one of my classes next year.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

Anyone remember me, I was also rejected. I was crushed and sad but I am over it already. I am from Ghana and I hope I would get the chance to study in the US.

Posted by: Solomon on March 19, 2007

Good at maths and Science...even in Computer Science...but still got kick out...I guess there's something else to do with admissions not just your knowledge...
But...
I still cannot get it...so schock...so sudden...the school that I put hope in most...turn me down...and even did not tell me the reasons...
Manage to work hard as a good student, and a leader...try to polish everything for what now???
What type of students MIT Admission look for???
I'm so confused that I could not eat the whole day...and the day after...

Posted by: Dissapointed... on March 19, 2007

Anyone know when decisions from ivies come out.

Posted by: Solomon on March 19, 2007

I really have taken to heart what the letter said about being one of the "top students in the world", as I think just dreaming about MIT made so. I'm happy to have applied and been considered (making it through deferrals). Of course I'm dissappointed to have not made it! Still, MIT, without even being a part of the school, has made me feel at home while applying and now registering for another school with a nifty major (chem/physics, a double I thought was crazy before I read about it here).

Thanks for the fun and the inspiration. Maybe I'll be back in four years... : )

Posted by: vicarey on March 19, 2007

Reply to
Posted by: Anonymous on March 19, 2007 10:46 AM

Excuse me, where have you read that?(110 internationals)

I am international and got rejected and nobody from my country was accepted...

Waiting for you reply...

Posted by: ME on March 19, 2007

I think the admission office can keep their promise of being transparent here.

Posted by: ?? on March 19, 2007

To all FUTURE INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:

The big question that comes to the mind of every applicant is : what does MIT look for? The answer for the internationals is simple. they look for something:

1. That not everyone has the opportunity to do
2. Not everyone can think of
3. That can only be found in the applications of only a hundred applicants...

hmmm so what can this be??? I have some examples to quote: I know of 2 people who got accepted in recent years to MIT and one of them had a world record for being the youngest Java programmer and the second one REPRESENTED my country in international olympiad.. So my dear applicants do bother to apply if you do not have that kind of the " hook " matt is looking for. Okay? Good grades, perfect scores, and at times national distinctions wont do if there r many applicants from ur country. So my advice to all of u is this. Go enjoy ur life and dont waste ur precious last months of schooling in completing MIT application rather tis around the end of ur school life so go enjoy it!!! Bye

Posted by: An international stundent on March 19, 2007

Aw, Josh V, I'm really sorry. I really wanted to meet you. Good luck--I'm sure you'll do awesome in whatever you take up next.

Posted by: Maia on March 19, 2007

Well, this page is getting quite long, but I do feel the need to add to the positive comments.
I just want to say that MIT was the most well-thought-out application I've done. Given that they don't accept the Common App, because they're looking for such specific things, the next best thing would be to have questions that were relevant and made sense, and were easy to fill out. Applying to other colleges, I often thought "What am I supposed to say here? This doesn't make any sense!" But applying for MIT, my only problem was fitting my answers into the spaces provided. ^_^
So thanks, Matt and everyone, for making the process as painless as possible. These blogs are a great idea.

To my fellow rejected students -- before I started the process, a friend of mine made a good point: "Why would you ever want to study at MIT as an undergrad?" Now, we all know the reasons, or we wouldn't be here. But it is true that MIT will still be there in four years, and they accept MORE graduate students than undergrads (although I don't know the exact admit rate.)
For some people (like me), college will be a place to prove yourself, to live up to some of your potential. For others, it's a place to strike out in a new direction, really "find yourself" and become a more interesting individual. Either way, if we concentrate on doing well AND having fun at the colleges we do go to, we'll be stronger people and stronger applicants in 4 years. That has to be a good thing.
So, who knows what the future holds? Some of us may make it in as graduate students or transfers, and some may find that our lives have gone in a different direction, and we really didn't need MIT. Either way, it's not the end of the world, so chin up, everybody!
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try, sometimes
You might find--
You get what you need!

Posted by: Zach on March 19, 2007

I applied to MIT knowing that it was a reach school, and that, being a white male, I would be at a natural disadvantage. Adding on to that was the fact that I never aspired to become president of any clubs, because I wanted to help clubs with their websites rather than lead them. Despite this, I have always been a leader outside of club positions. There wasn't any way to communicate this on a simple paper application.

The rejection notice came as no surprise for me, as I've been telling people for weeks that I wouldn't get in. I'm #7 out of a class of 852, I received a 690 on the reading comprehension portion of the SATs, 720 in math, and a 700 in writing. I only began receiving straight A's in Junior year (although I never received a grade lower than a B in high school) and I've never aspired to win a competition such as a science fair or National History Day. There are many more things I could have done to look better on the MIT application; it almost made me regret my choices.

However, I don't regret a thing. Helping others and working with computers are two fundamental passions of mine. KEY Club and National Honor Society offered me ways to give back to the community, and I'm happy to have achieved over 300 hours of community service with them. Unfortunately, my school is extremely weak with computers, and I had to teach myself everything I currently know. There was no achievement or award to display my knowledge on the MIT form, and I don't think MIT understood my commitment to helping others. I didn't do all of that community service to write down a number. I did it for fun, and the great feeling that comes with it, dang it.

The interview I had with an MIT alumni was excellent, and really bolstered my hopes of getting accepted. Throughout the two hour chat, I communicated my great enthusiasm towards computers and helping others, and he jotted down much of what I have done and what I had to say. It was the greatest feeling ever, but ultimately it infused me with false confidence.

Another contribution to my rejection was the lack of AP courses. I have taken a total of three AP Courses: AP US History (received a 5 on the exam), AP Calculus AB (currently taking), and AP Physics B. I received a final grade of A- in AP US History, and I'm currently taking Calc and Physics (which I have received an A in thus far). I could have taken AP Chemistry on tape, AP English, or AP European History, but decided not to because I wanted to concentrate in the subjects I selected to take. Everything that has stated NOT to worry about the number of AP classes you've taken is a white lie. While you can take a few AP classes and make up for it by doing something amazing in your spare time, you probably wouldn't be admitted if you haven't done either. If I had taken 5 AP courses instead of 3, I might have had a better chance of being admitted.

I've known all this for the longest time, as well as the fact that I'm intelligent enough to succeed at MIT. That's the most frustrating part of rejection; it's almost as if my four years meant nothing. It also implies academic inferiority. However, while I am deeply sad that MIT could not see past my AP classes and SAT scores, I know that they are missing an opportunity to enroll someone great.

Thus, I'm off to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a college many people have told me is better for undergraduates than MIT. While I doubt this claim, I know that when I emerge from WPI, I will be fully prepared to tackle MIT admissions once more as an entering graduate student.

(Note: I am rushing out this post since I am quite busy. If I have many any mistakes in my grammar, please consider this before judging me. And, yes, I know that this post is rather disorganized; tis the nature of thoughts. smile )

Posted by: John Vilk on March 19, 2007

@Educationl Counselor("To those parents: You do your children no favours, and you set a bad example. I will not stand by and hear MIT being accused of being biased.")

That literally made me laugh out loud. It was a good laugh. Naivete is boundless.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

I'm crossing my fingers, shaking my head, hiding the fact from everyone else for fear of disappointing them, and trying desperately to shift all my attention and hopes to the upcoming april, but I can't really do away with this despairing thought. It's as if MIT's rejection letter showed the tip like a preliminary thing for the moment when I will have to shatter all this hope and expectation I have had for the last few years during which I have come to known the great schools I could potentially go and partake in.. U know? For a few days from now on, I will have to delude myself with yet another vacuous hope, and after at which point I will be forced to cope with this idea that "college admission is not supposed the defining moment of life."

But for all I know, I will seek means to end up being happy regardless of decision, just another lesson all we rejectees should gratefuly swallow... and you guys all should know that, however great and wonderful mit might be, it should never dare touch your pride, a sense that y'all the best persons. Let's just trash this moment. self-excuse, criticizing mit blahblah wont do any good to yall. :D

Posted by: Gi on March 19, 2007

Wait, why are we wallowing in sorrow? We managed to get rejected by probably the best tech school in the world. The fact that we were even able to apply and be considered is, in and of itself, an accomplishment!

Here's another way to look at it: we'll actually have lives, now that we're not going to one of the most overworked schools in the nation!

Finally, I'd just like to ponder why we weren't accepted. Perhaps fate has determined that we won't be happy at all at such a school. Perhaps God is foreseeing something horrible happening, and is protecting us. Maybe someone else, somewhere, somehow needs our help, and we were meant to touch their lives in some way.

Point being, look at the bright side: at least now we're not paying almost $40,000/year to earn a Bachelor's degree, a stupid piece of paper that practically has no meaning in today's competitive job market.

PS, those of you now going to Georgia Tech, http://hs.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2254156888

Posted by: K on March 19, 2007

Can't say I was too suprised but still, it was disappointing. Kinda depressing that everything I've worked for for the past six years was for this. Oh well. I've gotten over it now. But man, living only 40 minutes from campus, it sure sucked to see the rejection online, and then only hours later have the physical letter in my hands. I don't think it really hit me until I got the letter.

The only thing that kind of bothers me is that my friend got waitlisted and I was outright rejected. I don't want to sound whiny or whatever but seriously, it's just frustrating. I take harder classes, got higher SATs, have a much higher GPA and class rank, etc. And we do pretty much the same amount and same kind of extracurriculars, have a lot of the same hobbies, etc.

But she has three things that I don't and can't have. A mom, dad, and grandfather who are MIT alums. Legacy status not a factor? Can't help but feel that that's kinda BS but whatever.

Oh well, life goes on. Now we wait to hear from other schools.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

Josh V: Aaaah, I know what you mean re: compared to everyone else.

I go to Lakeside, which is another wicked hard Seattle school. I skipped a year in math and took 5.5 years' worth of science; fives on my APs, excellent SAT scores, etc. Aaaand two of my friends (who got in) skipped two years of math, took 5.5 years' worth of science, took way more APs than me, and are basically gods. Really smart gods. :/

I am now terrified! Terrified, I say! to hear from everywhere else.

Posted by: Sarah on March 19, 2007

My cousin tried to get into MIT two years back, my friend is trying to get in. I really hope she makes it. But the way I figured if you don't make it now, try as a transfer. If you fail but still want to be part of MIT try as a graduate student. And if you still want more of it just get your phd and teach there if you can get the job.

Posted by: DB on March 19, 2007

I was rejected in the face, but it's quite alright...I still haven't had a chance to watch 300, which I heard is totally awesome.

Posted by: Shuj on March 19, 2007

Oh boy, this is really weird. I'm not leaving high school for another two years, but I only know of one person who got in from my school. These other two guys that applied got way better grades, but guess what!

The guy that got in was an American citizen and the other two were Jamaican. Can you believe that only 110 international students were accepted? Like seriously, what the freak. I have no hope now.

Posted by: Me on March 19, 2007

I was completey crushed when I was rejected from MIT. But I just found out I was accepted to Caltech- just as good!

Posted by: Sarah on March 19, 2007

Nice job Sarah!

I'm still waiting for my Caltech decision.
Strangely, Caltech says they mailed it last Thursday and it hasn't arrived, yet MIT sent on Saturday and I got it today. I hope this means it's a large envelope...

Posted by: Laylo on March 19, 2007

All rejects band together in at facebook!

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

All rejects band together at facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2254123096&ref=mf

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

On the day decisions were to be released, I did my best to sleep in as long as possible, but soon gave up, climbed out of bed, and sat down in front of my computer monitor to stare at the clock for an hour.
Finally, the moment of truth arrived. I carefully entered my username and password, submitted my query, and waited a few seconds before being politely informed that it was just about time to revise my List of Life Goals.
I let out my breath slowly, issued a series of rude hand gestures towards the computer screen, then closed the browser window and moved on to the next item on my to-do list for the day. For about half an hour, I was in a rotten mood, but I soon managed to engage my self in various projects and before long all was "business as usual". In fact, I soon began to feel better than I had in months. Sure, my life as I saw it had just been seriously derailed, but that only granted me the freedom and opportunity to choose a new and better course. Sure, 6 or 7 years of hope and anxiety had just gone right down the drain, along with countless stressful hours of work and preparation, but clearly the best thing to do was to pick my self up, get around this stumbling block, and start looking for something new and even more exciting to aim for.

I'm the type of person who can laugh at adversity when I need to. I joke about my grades all the time. I joke about my utter ineptitude in friendships and romance, my occasional moments of immaturity, and my various neurotic tendencies. I joke about my poor memory and lack of focus, and the disastrous effect they have on my productivity. In practically any situation, I can detach, back away, and skip directly to the part where the catastrophe somehow becomes funny, entirely bypassing the conventional 2- to 10-year waiting period. This was exactly what I did. The Studybots had beat me again; go figure. Defeat of this nature was certainly not a new phenomenon for me, and I could at least take pride in the fact that, despite my deficiencies, I was probably still a more interesting person than many of them.
When asked about my MIT decision, I would flippantly reply that I had been "owned", or that I "almost got in, but unfortunately there were just a few thousand applicants who were better qualified than I was".
Reading over discussion threads on the MIT Admissions web site, I smiled grimly at the personal accounts of fellow applicants who had broken down into tears all over their keyboards upon receiving their decisions. I chuckled at those who took their rejection as a personal attack and responded with declarations of war, and I pitied all those who seemed to be taking this whole thing way too seriously. After all, the only person at my school who I had honestly expected to be admitted -- a guy with a GPA greater than his height in feet, who aced AP tests before even taking the classes -- had been waitlisted. The very idea that I had ever held any hope of being admitted became to me a hilarious absurdity, and I laughed quietly at my own naivete, like a victim of a hidden camera television show coming to the realization that they have been the subject of some elaborate practical joke.
By the next day, I was ready to walk into school with a ridiculous grin on my face and announce that I had been violated in the rear end by the Admissions Office... and had enjoyed it. I had even made a T-shirt with "MIT" emblazoned across the front, and patches sewed on above and below the logo which read "former" and "applicant", respectively. Life was one big joke (and not in a bad way), and I took pride in the fact that I seemed to be the only one in on it.

In my second class of the day, however, I found out that a certain person – someone of the opposite gender, and for whom I happen to feel some degree of personal affection – had been admitted.
Fatal interrupt! Core dump! Panic! Suddenly, the grand joke was no longer funny.

Nothing is more painful and frustrating than trying to act as if you're thrilled about something while on the inside it slowly squeezes the life out of you. With every congratulatory remark that crossed my tongue, and with every warm, cheerful smile which I forced my facial muscles to carry out, I felt my sense of artificial, irreverent joy dissolving. As much as I refused to admit it at the time, I was jealous of my own friend. However, more significant was the abrupt realization that, in a mere few months, our paths were to diverge and, quite possibly, never intersect again. Though I had not given a lot of thought to the matter, I suppose my assumption was that we would both attend universities in our home state, and perhaps, by some chance, end up together. To merely release my emotional attachment to MIT might have taken a mere few months and some deep breaths, but this new realization added a level of complication I had previously neglected to consider.
But it's not the End of the World. That won't come until <a>at least 2019 or so</a>. Nobody can say for sure exactly what events will come to be in the months and years to come, so there's little benefit in grieving over the mere anticipation of loss. It rarely hurts to be proactive, but every once in a while it's better to “live in the now”.

To conclude, my sincerest congratulations go out to all who were fortunate enough to earn admission, and my condolences to those who, like me, were not so. Just don't allow your self to sink so far into despair and self-loathing that you lose sight of the fact that no matter how many times you lose, there's always another path to success, even if it isn't readily apparent. Of course, then there's also Transfer Admissions...

Posted by: Grovegill Cure on March 19, 2007

Josh V. I wasn't talking about you...justsomebody after my original post, that talked about immaturity. Sorry for the mix up.

And to Karen, my insight comes from being an applicant w/o perfect, or even near perfect SAT scores, not even at least 2000, but like so many, I thought my grades and E.C.s would count for something. But now I see that my SAT scores did play a big role in the end, which is why I said the admissions process was hypocritical.

And I wasn't even angry about the rejection to begin with, since my rejection from MITES already softened the blow.


Good luck to everyone in your future endeavors!

Posted by: Laura-Ashley on March 19, 2007

May I posit that if you learn for the sake of learning, the acceptance of "insert school" is less important? Not being accepted can hurt for several reasons, perhaps MIT is your dream school, or perhaps you feel like you did not measure up. The death bed analogy is overused, but where you go to school has little relevance at such a prestigious level. And happiness depends on separate factors all together.

Posted by: annon on March 19, 2007

@Grovegill Cure, you are my hero! I have to admit, looking back, it is kind of funny how I thought I actually had a chance. Your whole outlook on decisions is great. And I can totally agree with how you are feeling. I learned that one of my best friends got waitlisted and it was definitely tough listening to her tell me that. But anyway, your comment was just what I needed. You definitely captured my thoughts on this whole experience. I hope I have the pleasure of meeting you in the future, whenever and where ever that may be (perhaps as MIT transfers?... haha).

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

there's always gradschool

Posted by: dan on March 19, 2007

I am starting to get over the fact of not being at MIT even though i believe its the best Engineering college in the world . I am starting to look over the advantages my college - Georgia tech will have over MIT - almost equal level of academics ( engineering) Lower tution , way better sports scene (NCAA I Division) , Great Town ( Atlanta ) and much better weather. Maybe overall i might be better rounded off at gatech maybe than MIT. But my respect and admiration for MIT hasn't changed a bit One day i will get to study here maybe at grad school or at sloan.
MIT Rocks!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Amrinder on March 19, 2007

Grovegill Cure, it seems to me you should get in on the basis of that essay alone. smile

Posted by: anon on March 19, 2007

hey i am a junior in high school, does MIT only accept genius-type people or sumthin?

Posted by: Austin on March 19, 2007

hey i am a junior in high school, does MIT only accept genius-type people or sumthin?
Posted by: Austin on March 19, 2007 11:23 PM

If only it were that simple.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2007

@ Anonymous at 10:33:
Thanks -- I'm glad I could brighten somebody's day, even if just a little...

Posted by: Grovegill Cure on March 20, 2007

Grovegill - whoever you are, thank you for that beautiful story.

I will admit that I kind of steered away from this page at first, mainly because I was afraid that by reading these comments I would inevitably end up feeling superior to "the rejectees" - but now that I've finally taken the risk of looking, I've come to realize that there is honestly no reason for me, or anyone one else who got admitted, to feel superior. Yes, I am still a little giddy, and I hope none of you resent my ridiculous happiness at being admitted; but at the end of the day I really am just like you.

I can't say why MIT chooses one person over another - I honestly don't really know why they chose me. If that sounds stupid or trite, I'm sorry, but that's basically how I feel right now. And I really do feel for all of you who didn't get in. So I wish you all the best of luck with whatever you decide to do with your lives.

After all, we're only 18. It's not like we don't have plenty of time. smile

Posted by: Paul '11 on March 20, 2007

@ Austin:
Plenty of "genius-type people" don't get into MIT. They do their best to evaluate you not only as a student but as a person. Given how many truly awesome people apply to MIT every single year (and the numbers are growing), you've got to be special -- but not just in terms of your "numbers"...

Posted by: Greg Courville on March 20, 2007

@ Paul '11:
It's really quite brave of you to post in this thread... There've been some rather hostile people in here! grin
I think I speak for most of us "rejects" when I say that we don't hold your success against you.
Enjoy your next four years – they're sure to be quite an adventure.

Posted by: Grovegill Cure on March 20, 2007

OHHH! Thanks Maia for you support! Hopefully if I do get into an east coast school, I will be able to visit MIT and I can meet all you cool cats! maybe I will crash one of your parties! hahah.

Sarah...oohhh we got a LAKESIDER HERE! Lakeside is hella expensive! ahaha. but wow...lakeside is def hella intense academically and you have so many ooportunities there...I'm sure you're just an amazing student! Congrats on Caltech! (and yeah, its nice to know that at least someone kind of knows what i mean...=P)

btw SARAH FROM LAKESIDE...
did you participate in the UW BIOE Summer Camp that first year it took place like the summer after our freshman year?!? Because I know I did and I have my purple UW folder with me right now, and I see that on the group assignments list, there is a Sarah too..whose last name rhymes with MiMoto. And i distinctly remember being this Sarah's partner when we learned about laminar and turbulent flow in microfuildic devices...ARE YOU THIS SARAH?!? does the word/phrase "lajazzfish" ring a bell at all?!?! How weird would that be if we knew each other through camp before hand!

well anyways...yeah, if an image will jolt your memory of me...check my facebook...ttyl!

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504969570

Posted by: Josh V on March 20, 2007

Honestly. WHY??!!!
i got a pretty decent score in my IB mid-terms: a 26!! WTH?! AND i play the tabla and do karate and i sing in a band called TOAST!
and now im TOASTED!!
WHYYYYYYYYY??!!!
somebody, please emplain to me the logic behind getting rejected?

Posted by: Rosie Pop on March 20, 2007

I was an applicant from sunny South Africa...I relished the opportunity of even going for the interview...so thanks MIT...currently doing my degree in Mech Eng..so maybe see you guys for post-graduate admissions.
Regards
Ty smile

Posted by: Ty on March 20, 2007

Common Guyz get over it....its just anonther rejection letter from the bunch we'll receive throughout our life.

Dear Admission Committee,
I am very very thankful to you for Rejection letter. Finally, I can live my own life, the way I want it to be. Your rejection has done wonders for me and my family has finally realized, that they should stop tempering with my life and career. Your rejection is the best thing that has ever happened to me in life. I am very happy!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous on March 20, 2007

Josh V - !!! Hi! Yeah, I did. I sort of vaguely remember you, too. How cool is that XD? (That was my screenname, back in the time of the dinosaurs.) How hast thou been?

(Different Sarah at CalTech, I'm afraid. I didn't even apply (I'm now like, "aaaah, I should have applied, je suis stupide." Ah, well.))

Posted by: Sarah from Seattle on March 20, 2007

To Annon:
You posted"The death bed analogy is overused, but where you go to school has little relevance at such a prestigious level. And happiness depends on separate factors all together."
I agree with you that hapiness depends on many factors. It may not be the end of the world for you guys in the US if you dont get admission in a college like MIT. It may be because you may get a good job no matter where you study from in the US. But for us international applicants ,especially those from India, a good college is a measure ofyour success. Its a part of our upbringing, right from Class 6, that if you dont get into a college like MIT, you are "doomed" for life. It may be because there are basically 2 jobs in India, Doctor/Engineer. That is why perhaps international applicants(like me), who grow up listening to the importance of MIT, feel more dejected and depressed when they are rejected.

Posted by: Ishan on March 20, 2007

let x be a person such that it obeys the operation:

Stature(x) >> MIT

Are there any values of x?

Yes! There are many like:
Albert Einstein, Mahatama Gandhi, Isaac Newton, Mother Teresa, .... the list is very long.

hmm...

I am thinking of joining the league, so that one day after years.... smile

MIT AdCom will really regret not having admitted me!

Posted by: Some one from India on March 20, 2007

ISHAN my dear friend I agree with you, because I am also an Indian, and even I have had the same kind of upbringing.

Posted by: Mrinal on March 20, 2007

Totally agree with you ishan .

Posted by: Amrinder on March 20, 2007

Comeon guys, dont blame your upbringing, if you know thats not true, why follow it, and yeah stop meaninglessly blaming people from the AdCom telling them that they did a mistake by not taking you...to tell you the truth I am happy that they didnt take you, because at MIT we dont want people with such attitude, because even after coming here you will face thousand set-backs, and with your mental form, you will spoil the environment here.
The AdCom people knows more about admissions than you do, believe me, you have just written one application, and they go through hundreds of them everyday, they know whom to take and whom to now, so that people like you for whom MIT was the greatest institute forever, unless they rejected me and it became the worst one dont get to come here and destroy the place.

Posted by: Indian'10 on March 20, 2007

I wasn't very upset about getting rejected from MIT until two minutes ago when I learned that my January SAT scores which I sent to MIT (I actually sent them three times because MyMIT Tracking page didn't show that they received the scores, although the collegeboard homepage did.)were, by some strange reason, delivered to my home instead of MIT! Of course, there is no guarantee that improved SAT scores would have got me in, but as I got 660 in chem in December and 800 in January, I did rather badly want the right recipient to get the scores. It's rather sad and thoroughly confusing.

Posted by: J.H.C. on March 20, 2007

Ben, Matt, and all of the other bloggers: Thanks for providing this forum. In contrast to some of the posts here, I am the father of a rejected applicant, but my son is not angry, not overly disappointed. MIT was his first choice, and no he did not apply "...just to see if he could get in, for the prestige, etc...". We eagerly attended an MIT information session in our locality last year, and that session prompted my son to take the idea of attending MIT seriously. We visited the campus this past summer during our college visit trek to New England. In fact, not only our son, but my wife and I were enchanted by the magic of the place. MIT was not the most beautiful campus, but it was very much unique. The overall sense of excitement at learning was powerful. But, it was not to be. All of us realize that there are MANY great schools out there, some of which not only want you but are willing to offer you scholarships, special incentives, etc to attend. So, if someone is feeling down, there are ways to perk yourself up. After one has made that committment to attend the school that has accepted you and clearly wants, you, the hurt or disappointment goes away and you will settle in and make that school your home. You will make friends, you will work hard, you will play hard, you will learn. And, in the end, MIT will be a minor blip on the radar screen to you. The staff at MIT Admissions has been trying to tell the kids all along that the typical rejected applicant truly is a wonderful kid, one who will succeed at whatever they put their mind to. They are right, they are not patronizing you, you _will_ have a tremendous experience once you settle in to your 2nd or 3rd or 10th school (depending on where you applied and who accepts you).

Best of luck to those accepted, to those waitlisted and to the majority of the applicants, the rejected. Life goes on, and for most of you, the world really is at your fingerstips, you just have to take it!!!

Posted by: Rejected Dad on March 20, 2007

I wasn't very upset about getting rejected from MIT until two minutes ago when I learned that my January SAT scores which I sent to MIT (I actually sent them three times because MyMIT Tracking page didn't show that they received the scores, although the collegeboard homepage did.)were, by some strange reason, delivered to my home instead of MIT! Of course, there is no guarantee that improved SAT scores would have got me in, but as I got 660 in chem in December and 800 in January, I did rather badly want the right recipient to get the scores. It's rather sad and thoroughly confusing.

Posted by: J.H.C. on March 20, 2007

Grovegill Cure and Greg Courville. Is it the same person. Duh.

Posted by: Solomon on March 20, 2007

JHC-
dont bother about it. I got 800s in both physics and chem and still didn't get in......

Posted by: 0 on March 20, 2007

hey everyone

I'm a first time blogger (yes, I've been a mime through the entire admissions process)..and am also one of the many to have recieved that ugly letter on saturday.

I just wanted to say a couple of things..
First of all, Josh V - I really appreciate your attitude. The things that you mentioned in your blog were exactly the way I had gotten through saturday...except, of course, I cried (give me a break, I'm a girl)...ALOT! Reading your blog, actually helped me, in a way...don't know how.
Hope you get everything that you want...that attitude makes you deserve it. smile

I know this is not the end of the world, its just that at 9:25:21 IST (OK, not so sure about the 21 seconds...), when I saw that "sorry", it really felt like it was. I'm more disappointed than I ever thought I would be.
Anyway, back to the point, some of you came to terms with it pretty well. I respect you guys for that, and respect MIT for their decisions. (though I REALLY wish I'd gotten in..:( )

Also, Alyssa, I can totally relate with that "worthless" feeling. I really felt like I'd let myself down..but after reading these blogs, I realised that ALL of you are amazing, academically or otherwise...and oddly, it helped me, for a little while, gain some closure. I just wish I hadnt kept myself off limits from the MIT website until Sunday. (duh)

I know, I'm boring you...just have to vent out somehow. I've been sulking since last week, until now. Everyday I would go through these crazy moments where I'd think, "what the hell was I thinking?! They won't take me!" and "Oh, come on! I've done great, I should get in!" (My finals were done in the first week of March, so basically I was(am) pretty jobless at this point.
I've actually gotten into a couple of safeties...but come on! its MIT! ;(

Ok, I'm going to stop now...just hoping that all of us are happy no matter where we go. We worked for it, right?

Take care!


P.S. chattjj, if by any chance you read this...where are you from?

Posted by: AnotherInternational on March 20, 2007

hey Sarah from Seattle! I'm doing good! i think its so funny that we went to camp together and we even exchanged SNs but kind of lost touch and then "found each other" again while applying!

where are you hoping to go now? i'm praying i get into columbia seas...

oh and i didn't get into caltech, but thats fine (i want to go east for college). i'm sure if you did apply you would have been a very strong applicant!

and thanks AnotherInternational! I wish you the best with all your future endeavors!

Posted by: Josh V on March 20, 2007

@ Reply to
Posted by: Anonymous on March 19, 2007 10:46 AM
Excuse me, where have you read that?(110 internationals)
I am international and got rejected and nobody from my country was accepted...


Well i read it in the beginning; anyway how can u be so sure that none of your country get accepted?

I am eagerly waiting for your answer. Thanks

Posted by: International Student on March 20, 2007

"And to the rest of you -- Sorry you didn't get in, I bet it feels awful. Just out of respect for the rest of us, please stop posting mean comments. Most of the admitted people (at least the EA's) don't look like they're rich, most of us are pretty normal people. Heck, I don't even have enough money to get to CPW (but these nice people are paying for my plane ticket, go MIT!)... And numbers aren't everything, so don't think you didn't get in because of bad SAT scores. I didn't even get a 2000, which must be pretty pathetic by your standards, and I still got in."

Posted by: milena on March 18, 2007 02:43 AM

Out of respect for the rest of us? How about you leave the thread specifically designated for people who were not admitted and stop throwing it in our face that you somehow managed to get in with substantially sub-par test scores. If you can't even break 2000 on a test as easy as the SAT's good luck making it through four years at MIT, you clearly have no business being there.
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Anonymous -- I'm not throwing it in anybody's face. I'm just trying to get baboons like you to get the picture: ITS'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE FREAKING NUMBERS! Ask anybody!! The SAT's purpose is to filter out those who definitely can't make it. And I'm pretty proud of my scores, thank you very much. That's the best I can do, and MIT thought it was pretty damn good. And they also saw in my application how concerned about the world I am, and not only am I concerned, but I actually do something about it. And they love that. And yes, I party, I go out, I come home as the sun rises and I have a good time, and I do great stuff too!! I win science olympiads, I ace my AP Chemistry tests, I tutor a blind teen!! So it seems like it's pretty clear to everybody that I have a life. And if your whole life revolves around getting perfect SAT scores and getting into MIT, well, good luck buddy, because last thing I knew, you were REJECTED.

Now, I'm not a mean person, I'm just very pissed by the mean comments. I don't think you guys venting is a bad idea, by all means do vent, but please, PLEASE, respect the admitted people. That's all we ask.

Oh, and I'd like to give Josh V. some kudos because he's facing this with a great deal of maturity. I'll be friending you soon on Facebook grin

Posted by: milena '11 on March 20, 2007

I forgot to add this:
Anonymous that called my SAT scores sub-par, I'd actually leave this thread, but since you didn't really ask anything (I didn't see a single question mark in your entire post), I'll ignore it.

Posted by: milena '11 on March 20, 2007

in milena's defense, how can you say someone can't manage MIT based on SAT scores???? Relative to what most people here got, those scores might seem low, but they don't indicate anything about her intellect or ability. Some people aren't as good at standardized tests. Maybe she was just having a bad day. My SAT's weren't perfect either. But MIT admissions knows what they're doing, and if she "clearly has no business" being at MIT, I'm pretty sure they would have been able to figure it out for themselves.

Posted by: another 2011'er on March 20, 2007

Josh V -- Cornell or Carnegie Mellon, probably. The only school on the West Coast I applied to is UW, then Northwestern (in Chicago), and everything else is on the East Coast.

Grrrr, now I'm wishing I did pony up the cash to fly out to Pittsburgh to play auditions. Ah, well. If I get in I can throw myself at the music department's feet and grovel until they let me do something.


Milena -- the reason people are upset is not because we think SAT scores are the only things that matter; the upset part comes in when you realise a lot of people here have good grades, have received 5s on the APs, are committed to one or two extracurriculars, -and- have high SAT scores.

Posted by: Sarah (Seattle-type) on March 20, 2007

Ah, rejection. I've learned to savor its bitterness those rare times when I encounter it. Very dissappointed of course, but I was over it by the time I logged off the decisions page. I will probably attend either Caltech or University of Illinois, and try MIT again come graduate admissions.

Au revoir MIT, I thouroughly enjoyed applying and reading the admissions blogs these last few months.

Posted by: Tom on March 20, 2007

To Indian'10:
I think you misunderstand me. I never blamed the Admission people for not taking me. They are much more experienced than me and know what they are doing. I was only saying that it is not right to say that being rejected is no big deal, as is being said by many admitted students. I ask them and you just 1 questiion: Put yourself in our place and see the world from our perspective. I am sure you would feel more dejected if YOU weren't admitted to a college which has been a dream for you for the past 6 years.
And as far as you saying that we would spoil MIT's environment with our mental form, let me tell you that unless you know how many setbacks a person has taken in his life and how he has handled them. You are more depressing with that comment as it makes people feel they aren't good enough for MIT.

Posted by: Ishan on March 20, 2007

Deferred ea for mit and caltech, rejected rd for mit and waitlisted for 'tech. Thought it'd be a nice 17th birthday present ... it was worth the try, anyways.

Posted by: Td on March 21, 2007

Yeah I'm sure you really are "sorry" that you can't admit all of us. I would have appreciated a simple one-line rejection letter rather than the feeble and pretentious attempt at trying to make us feel better. Cheers!

Posted by: 0 on March 21, 2007

like always..i am back,..how do i get rid of this..its hard ..really really hard...

Posted by: kanika on March 21, 2007

I dont want to come back, but I do. I try to forget the pain, but I cant. Its like a toothache, always present in the back of my mind. Still, I vow for the 50th time not to come baxk till next year(when I will apply for transfer admns.
Aand yes, Indian'10, you may think I am not good enough for MIT. You may think a guy like me doesnt desrve MIT. But like a couple of wise people say to negative people, IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU THINK.

Posted by: Ishan on March 21, 2007

How many people got in from Korea?

Posted by: 0 on March 21, 2007

milena '11-
I DID NOT mention admissions is a numbers game. If baboons like you would learn to read properly, they would definitely see that my post was in response to another person's post. That person was upset about his/her good scores not reaching MIT and the post was to cheer him/her up by explaining my situation with scores. I guess getting admitted to MIT makes some people so snobbish that they think they can call others anything they want. Good I didn't get in.....

Posted by: 0 on March 21, 2007

Okay guys, let's take this down a notch all around. The point of this blog isn't to have people attacking each other - there are plenty of other places where you can do that.

To those of you who have embraced this community and contributed thoughtful and sincere comments, I thank you wholeheartedly.

Posted by: Ben on March 21, 2007

Hi,

I want to tell everyone that none of you will probably remember the pain of being rejected in a couple of years, because by that time you will be the most successful people of the world. I'm sure that ALL of you will. You have chosen such a wonderful place to apply, that you just simply can't be "some average student"; So cheer up and remember that you can change the world, and that you are obliged to do it.
Just DON'T GIVE UP and do your best to GO ON, and if your desire is strong enough, then at the end you will succeed, I promise.

Also, think of how lucky we all are compared to millions of students all around the world. We at least applied, but the majority of high school seniors didn't; they didn’t even try to apply to such a fabulous institution...

Just cheer up and always remember that you are unique, if MIT didn't accept you, someone else will; Someone else will appreciate your wonderful qualities, and whoever won’t, it will be their regret, not yours.

I know how much it hurts to be rejected, especially when you have placed everything you had achieved on scales; I quit the water polo national team and refused to sign a contract with one of the best clubs in the world, only because of the wish to study at MIT, but I was rejected anyway.
Even though it seemed, my life definitely didn't end there. I always tell myself that no matter how filthy any mess gets, I can always clean it up; So, the next day after the decline, I applied to other universities around the world (regretting that I could've done that earlier, because I realized I had missed lots of deadlines). Now I hope that some good university will accept me; then I'll prove to MIT that I am worth of being a part of the class of 2011 and will do all I can to transfer. I will also try my best to become a member of the national soccer team of my country; I quit water polo, but I will continue my soccer career with more enthusiasm than before. I will also continue inventing at free times and promise that when my inventions will be produced, their inventor will be an MIT alumni..=))

I want everyone to know that the reason of rejection is not that you are bad, or that the admissions office is bad, it's just that you couldn't manage to let them know who you really are, and what your wonderful personal qualities are.

P.S. C'est la vie, and no one gets to succeed always, so don't take it to seriously.
And anyway, there's nothing to worry about, it's just life, that's all..wink

Best wishes to all
Givi Buiglishvili
Tbilisi, Georgia.
[email protected]

Posted by: Givi on March 21, 2007

"@Educationl Counselor("To those parents: You do your children no favours, and you set a bad example. I will not stand by and hear MIT being accused of being biased.")

That literally made me laugh out loud. It was a good laugh. Naivete is boundless."

I'm glad you had a good laugh, as laughter has many beneficial physiological effects.

Of course to someone who didn't get in, MIT could be seen as biased. That's your perception of it, which you are entirely allowed to have. You are also entitled to equate my idealism with naivete.I think you were hoping that I would feel that as a below-the-belt hit, but I am also laughing. It's good for the soul, remember.

I *attended* MIT, and I saw enough diversity there of white males / white females / non-white males / non-white females, gay, straight, religious, atheist, political, apolitical etc that I *know* that MIT is not biased for or against any of the above groups.

Yes, there were more American students than non-American ones. MIT publicly says that there is a cap on international students, and I tell students every year to be aware of this. (As you may have gathered, I am an EC not in the USA). If that's how you judge them as biased, I can see how someone might say that.

Having applied to many other undergraduate schools I can safely say that my experience was that MIT was one of the most balanced applications out there. I have a sneaking feeling that you are equating "biased" with "didn't select the way I wanted them to".

Posted by: The same educational counsellor on March 21, 2007

Hi Givi

Your post was really refreshing and cheered me up...
To be honest- for me it was- after a minute of being near crying(I am a girl, too)- not the worst point beeing rejected from MIT, but being rejected in general...
And I think this is a main problem-many of us are not used to loose- we are strong students, we are outstanding in sports, arts or whatever- so its especially hard to loose in a "game" we wanted to win, we did everything for this...
...but this makes it an even more valuable experience...
I wish everyone her luck and another open door!
Givi- maybe we can invent stuff together?:)

Posted by: Monika on March 21, 2007

Sure, why not, I'd be delighted..=)
It's just that I am a boy..=]

Posted by: Givi on March 21, 2007

Obviously if I was rejected, MIT isn't the place for me anyway, so cheers everyone! I won't be looking back and I have no regrets. I did my best.

James
[email protected]

Posted by: James on March 22, 2007

Hey guys my main field is comp science, what would be better Caltech, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon or Cornell , Us news report list top 3 comp colleges as mit stanford and carnegie in that order but i personally prefer Caltech.....any suggestions???????me confused

Posted by: 0 on March 22, 2007

to Anonymous who posted at 11:29 AM
well I'd say that Stanford would be the best among what you've named,(except MIT) because they've got a wonderful campus and lot of social life too. As for Caltech, I think that you'll get bored there, because they pay very little attention to social life. But if you like a small student body, who thinks only about learning, then Caltech would be fantastic for you.
Anyway wish you success wherever you go! wink

P.S. also check the university of advanced technology; they are focused on computer science and you will probably like it. Besides it's easy to get in there...

Posted by: Givi on March 22, 2007

to Anonymous who posted at 11:29 AM
well I'd say that Stanford would be the best among what you've named,(except MIT) because they've got a wonderful campus and lot of social life too. As for Caltech, I think that you'll get bored there, because they pay very little attention to social life. But if you like a small student body, who thinks only about learning, then Caltech would be fantastic for you.
Anyway wish you success wherever you go! wink

P.S. also check the university of advanced technology; they are focused on computer science and you will probably like it. Besides it's easy to get in there...=)

Posted by: Givi on March 22, 2007

I'm quite slow on posting...at first I was quite upset on not getting into MIT since I've dreamt of going to this school since 6th grade and I didn't even want to look at these posts. However, I just spent the weekend at Case Western Reserve University (#1 colege in Ohio and ranked in the top 50 nation-wide) and I LOVED it...plus they offered me a full ride. I stayed with a girl who was waitlisted for MIT when she applied and said she was glad that happend because she loves Case now. Plus, Case is only an hour away from my hometown. So yes I still love MIT and still think I would've fit in well there and done amazing things, but in a way I'm glad they turned me down because now I'm going to a college that fits me even better. Just wanted to post that I have no hard feelings and let everyone know that everything happens for a reason and that they'll find the college perfect for them, even though it's not MIT. Plus there's always grad school. smile

Posted by: Beth on March 25, 2007

Note: Some are skeptical about success with applications after being rejected by MIT. I come again here to let you all know that I have been accepted to the Colorado School of Mines, Washington University at St. Louis (which accepted less students with even more applicants than MIT), Carnegie Mellon University, and Rice University.

I am far from being one you geniuses that have patent applications or perfect SATs. Things will be even better for you.

Posted by: Alexander on March 31, 2007

I didn't get into MIT as a freshman applicant. I blame myself mostly because I didn't do anything particulary amazing during my highschool years. I knew that I had no shot to get in.

And yet, I tried to give myself a sense of hope and my senior year was paid off. And I enjoyed seeing the shocked look on my teacher when I essentially 'took' over my physics class. So I didn't get into MIT but I got into Rensselaer Polytech. And I doing great.

But who says that I'm simply going to give up my dream school? In fact, I'm going to apply as a transfer. But transfer or not, there /are/ things greater to aim for than MIT, as fantastic as it is.

Posted by: Alex Wang on April 13, 2007

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