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Mar 9, 2008

Online Decisions To Be Released This Saturday

Posted in: Process & Statistics

Hi folks,

Jess sent me an email a few days ago making fun of me for being completely awol from the blogs recently. She's right, and I apologize; we've been working 7-day weeks since January reading all of your applications and selecting the class in committee. This time next week I'll be enjoying my first day off in quite awhile, and my blogging should return shortly thereafter.

I'm pleased to let you know that we're on schedule to release decisions online at noon (Eastern Time) on Saturday March 15. They will be mailed via postal mail a few days later, most likely on Monday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 3/18.

Decisions will be available online to those who meet all of the following criteria:

  • You have applied for freshman admission (not transfer or graduate).

  • Your intended entry year (as designated in your MyMIT account) is 2008.

  • You applied in Regular Action, or were deferred in Early Action (the system is unable to display decisions for those who applied in Early Action and received a "final" action in December - i.e. admitted or denied).

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What is the process for receiving my admissions decision online?

In order to check your decision online, you will need to have registered for a MyMIT account and you will need to know your username and password. When decisions are released, simply visit https://decisions.mit.edu and log in using the same username and password that you use to log into your MyMIT account. There are no interim screens, so you should be sure you wish to receive your decision online before logging in to decisions.mit.edu.

Please note that you can visit https://decisions.mit.edu beginning tomorrow (Monday, March 10) to confirm your username and password. We will not be in the office on the weekend that decisions are released, so to prevent any delays, you should confirm your username and password well in advance.

What if I've forgotten my MyMIT username or password?

You may use our automated system to reset it. Simply visit my.mit.edu and click on the "lost username" or "lost password" link.

What if I don't have a MyMIT account?

If you do not currently have a MyMIT account and you wish to receive your decision online, you will need to register for one using your MIT ID, which was sent to you via postal mail soon after receiving your paper application (if you used the online application, you already have a MyMIT account). If you have misplaced your MIT ID, or if you never received it, you may call our office to get it (please note that you will be asked to give some personal information for verification).

If you register without your MIT ID, your username and password may not work on decisions.mit.edu.

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Hang in there - only a few more days of waiting!

Comments (Closed after 30 days to reduce spam)

FIRST... OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Shruthi on March 9, 2008

I am taking my own first post. Hah.

Posted by: Ben on March 9, 2008

Yay!!! Got there before you Ben!

Posted by: Shruthi on March 9, 2008

OMG, I'm not even fast enough to get my own first post. I give up. wink

Posted by: Ben on March 9, 2008

OMG, I'm super excited!

Posted by: EV on March 9, 2008

Lol, its ok Ben smile Dont give up just yet... It just happened to be a case of being there at the right place at the right time wink

Posted by: Shruthi on March 9, 2008

Haha -- not quite, Ben. But thank you sooo much for the news!!
The wait is almost over!!

Posted by: Priya on March 9, 2008

Iam so excited that I cant even complete what I wanted to say at once... Sigh, thanks Ben!!!

~Starts crossing fingers very very anxiously.... ~

Posted by: Shruthi on March 9, 2008

Hahaha, this was really funny. I was just checking out Ben's most recent posts including the one he made in December regarding the EA guys. I navigated back to the front page and WOW, an update? I had to check the date several times just to make sure I wasn't fooling myself.

Yay for desicions!

Posted by: Eirik on March 9, 2008

Yay for _decisions_ grr

Posted by: Eirik on March 9, 2008

Oh... My... God... I am feeling like I have a cyclotron in my stomach... (Bad, but did ya expect any worthy humour from someone in my condition ?)

Posted by: Soaham on March 9, 2008

Any Indians here planning to take the JEE ??

If u get admitted, will u still be taking it ?

Posted by: Soaham on March 9, 2008

OMG YES YES YES!

Posted by: OmarA on March 9, 2008

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hawkins on March 9, 2008

JEE? Urgh....I am never going to take it whether I am admitted here or not!

Posted by: AA on March 9, 2008

Gaaaaah 6 more days... Next week will be the longest one ever... Thanks for the info Ben smile

Posted by: Sanja on March 9, 2008

Btw, sorry for double post... but you missed the Pi day :(

Posted by: Sanja on March 9, 2008

OMG, I'm so anxious...
Good luck everyone!

Posted by: Ragheb on March 9, 2008

OMG!
Anyway, my anxiety will end soon!

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Oh yeah... I still can't use myMIT. I tried creating a new account, and it wouldn't let me (can't use the same info for 2 different accounts). I can't delete the old account either. Should I call SFS to make sure they have my financial aid paperwork?

Posted by: Hawkins on March 9, 2008

I might take the JEE.. I think I will... I dont know man, seriously.... OMG!!!!!!! (My vocabulary has been woefully restricted to these few words as of now)

Posted by: Shruthi on March 9, 2008

OMG

YAY! ( i suppose !)

I can barely type!

This will be the longest week of my life.


Now i have to wait for the chem exam to get over and for decisions
*sigh*

Posted by: Aditi on March 9, 2008

A real paradox as i was hoping for this blog to come and was reading the notification for EA, the time this blog was posted. This will be a real nerve wrecking week for all the hopeful's. Thanks Ben for the information and we eagerly await your return to the " world of blogging ".

Posted by: Shubhang on March 9, 2008

yeah... a recommendation for the MIT '13 applicants.. Never make a deal with your friend to wait for snail mail to find out are you admitted...

god... i have to wait till thursday now or something..

are you going to use FedEx to notify internationals about admission?

Posted by: OHMG on March 9, 2008

Oh. My. God

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

So Aditi you too are giving the ISC Board Exams?

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

It will be a real challenge to keep your mind on the Chem Exam with your mind only thinking about 15th 15th 15th 15th 15th ..............

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

LOL....my chem exam's over :D

Posted by: AA on March 9, 2008

I got in EA but I'm still really stressing out for all my RA friends. Thanks for the update Ben.

Good luck everyone!

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

THANK YOU BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Roshini on March 9, 2008

YAY!

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Well...I've been looking forward to this post for a few weeks...and now that I know the day I kind of want to run away and hide. *anxious EA deferred*

Posted by: Rachel on March 9, 2008

And this is why you should never listen to me.

Or. . . you can assume that I was preparing you for the worst and now you can be really happy!

Or . . . I just had no idea what I was talking about.

Posted by: Snively on March 9, 2008

So everyone.......
dis is it........
fingers crossed

Posted by: Jayanto on March 9, 2008

Thank you Ben!Best of luck to all!

Posted by: A parent on March 9, 2008

Finally.Oh, the ambivalence abounds.Soon we'll know where we'll go.By God's grace we shall all end up in an institution apposite to us.The wait is nearly over.

Posted by: Masud on March 9, 2008

AT LAST (I know how you feel rachel)!..now that decisions have probably been made, i can say this without sounding like a kiss a**, but seriously, thank you to all bloggers....we wouldnt have known 90% of what we know about MIT without you guys...thanks for telling us your stories, your failures, your successess and everything you go through.....thanks for making us feel like people instead of applicant # wxyz...youve made the months of waiting fly by....thanks Snively, Paul, Ben, Matt, Jess K the rest of you!! all of you ROCK!

Posted by: Kal on March 9, 2008

Ahhh!!!
Every year you guys set the date to the Saturday of the FIRST Silicon Valley Regional.
There is no free access wifi at that university.
There will be at least 20 of us stuck there till 6 PM waiting for our decisions(9 PM EST).

Posted by: Yuzhi on March 9, 2008

I can't believe decisions are just around the corner after all this waiting....
I'm ambivalent about March 15th. I want the day to be here now, but at the same time I don't want to know because it will be the end of a dream for so many of us...
Good luck to everyone.. I wish we could all get in.

Posted by: Andrea on March 9, 2008

So begins the longest week of my life ...
:p

Posted by: Rob on March 9, 2008

Finally!!! :D

So Ben, do international applicants get mailed as well?

Posted by: Reg on March 9, 2008

Wow. I was completly set on decisions coming out on the 22nd (yeah Snively, I'm looking at you raspberry ), so this is amazing news - Thanks Ben, we know how hard you guys worked for this!

Posted by: Star on March 9, 2008

OMG!!!ppl around seems so xcited while i'm freakin out....literallly!!!
MOG!!!plsss plsss may it be that i and alll the others whu realllly reaaalllly loves MIT lyk me gets in...
*fingers crossed real tyt*

Posted by: Freaked OUT!! on March 9, 2008

Here they come.....

Posted by: Abhinav Gautam on March 9, 2008

omg...6 days, 8 mins, and 28 secs left!!!
good luck everyone!

Posted by: nitiN on March 9, 2008

I guess I willl wait for snail-mail.....I don wannna kno!!
btw, does intl students get express mails letting them kno the decisions?
GOD!! i hv my DS awards that day.....what am i gonna do?!?!

Posted by: Freaked OUT!! again on March 9, 2008

Wow, this is a week earlier than I was expecting. Yay for pleasant surprises! Boo for the lack of a "skip chapter" button on life.

Posted by: Mike on March 9, 2008

Thank you, Ben!
This week will be one of my longest...

Posted by: KaYnaR on March 9, 2008

Guys relax I just realized that it is more important that we relish these moments until Saturday and not let anxiety take over us (as curiosity killed the cat) for we no matter, we get in or not, will one day remember these days and will revel in them.

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

To quote Paul " It is more important how we play the game ". Sorry for double posting

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

@AA
Why such an aversion to the IIT's ?? They are not far behind the best in the world. And do remember that while MIT is on the top because of the astounding amount of stuff going on at its campus (research nd stuff), IIT is ranked pretty high, solely on the strength of its graduates (which is what we are all trying to be)
@ Shruthi
I can understand... Been OMG'in ever since I read this one. Must be a real pain with ur boards on... Nice that I got rid of this little inconvenience an year ago grin

Posted by: Soaham on March 9, 2008

Thanks Ben for the post!

So most of us only have 6 more days of dreaming of MIT. One more OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ana on March 9, 2008

@anonymous person , yes i am. =(

OMG!
(again)

@Snively , maybe now would be a good time to revive 'a shorter wait'? =)

Posted by: Aditi on March 9, 2008

Less than a week away! Is it possible to be even more excited now than when I was getting my own decision? Hehe, we'll finally be able to welcome the rest of the '12 class! Good luck to everyone! You guys can do it! =)

Posted by: Raina on March 9, 2008

wow, here we go again! It's been an amazing journey to go on for me, all the people I've met along the way are truly brilliant and no matter the decision, I look forward to the changes our generation can make for the future, for ourselves, and for posterity.

Posted by: Chris on March 9, 2008

OMG! i can't believe that time is almost here. guess this week is going to be long. and on saturday, 12 hrs going to feel like 24 hrs. i'm so anxious. Good luck everybody!

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

good luck RDers! look forward to seeing you in the MIT12 chatroom smile

Posted by: Marie on March 9, 2008

*heart pounding*

Posted by: Amy on March 9, 2008

All the best, guys! I can't believe one whole year passed so quickly.

Posted by: MIT'11 on March 9, 2008

@Yuzhi: Each year, it's on the Saturday of the Midwest regional, too! We have WiFi, though, and this year they moved the regional to week 1 smile I can totally sympathize with your plight, though - you're exactly in the same place as our programmer from last year. He got in - good luck to you smile

Good luck to everyone else! I'm off to put down a housing deposit at University of Illinois, just in case the 15th doesn't bring good news smile

Posted by: Karen on March 9, 2008

Best of luck everybody!

Posted by: Tong on March 9, 2008

Woah... I wasn't expecting the 15th! wow, this is my spring break... so I guess it's going to be even longer? I need to find distractions maybe?

Posted by: Jeseth on March 9, 2008

Finally! I was kind of hoping that they would be released on pi day, but Saturday is good enough. I didn't think I would hear about any colleges until almost the end of the month, but it turns out that I should find out about CalTech tomorrow or tuesday and MIT on saturday.

This is exciting...

Good luck everyone.

Posted by: Matt on March 9, 2008

hi...Im an Indian...and Im taking JEE whether i get through or not....im not gonna go there...(not like im definitely gonna get through too...its JEE!!!)...

I've also got through Imperial...but ill just give it so that theres somewhere to go to if the money gets messed up...but an honest suggestion to people aspiring for MIT (Indians)...if you get through..forget IIT...

Posted by: Manya on March 9, 2008

i'm scard.. good luck everyone

Posted by: yukiko on March 9, 2008

Wow, just one more week?
It's so close it's almost surreal now
Good luck to all RDers!

Posted by: Hyun Jin on March 9, 2008

i'm about to have a heart attack! I guess i better hurry up wit my thank you notes (i remember some post saying you should hand em out BEFORE the decisions, makes them more heartfelt)

Posted by: maryam on March 9, 2008

Ugh... I'm going to be at a winterguard competition all day Saturday, and I know I'm going to be freaking out from this and the anticipation of competing.

I anticipate this not going well.

Posted by: Taylor on March 9, 2008

Good luck, all!!

Posted by: Emily on March 9, 2008

OMGGGG!!!!!


I nearlyy slipped off my chair when I glanced at the RSS feed!

This izzz itt!! The moment of truth....

Love you Admission folks for alll the great work you've put in!

And to all the deffered as well as my fellow RA applicants -

GOOD LUCK!

Posted by: Nihar on March 9, 2008

OMG!!!!!!(IN JENACE's way as in FRIENDS show)

Posted by: Akshay on March 9, 2008

OMG, Caltech on 11th and now MIT on 15th!! I'll surely be down with a nervous breakdown before seeing the end of it.

Posted by: Udbhav on March 9, 2008

Best of Luck to all!

~Donald

Posted by: donaldGuy '12 on March 9, 2008

I can not understand how i m feeling at this moment...im so scared...im excited...i dont wanna know wat the decisions are gonna b....i m eager to finish this long wait....im so confused...

Posted by: ommgggg on March 9, 2008

I just got wait listed at Caltech.Now I have to worry about MIT.Best of luck to everybody...(!)

Posted by: Alireza on March 9, 2008

Ben,

Thanks so much for all of your hard work that went into this year's admissions process. No matter what the outcome turns out to be for me, this has been the most exciting experience of my life. This next week is going to be a lot of fun.

Thanks,
-Danny

Posted by: Danny on March 9, 2008

omg good luck to everybody!! The wait is almost over!! I can't wait to find out who my fellow classmates are (but i bet im not as anxious as most of you waiting on your decision)!

*crosses her fingers for all her friends, and, why not, everyone else too.smile)

Posted by: Meghan on March 9, 2008

Just how many Indians are there? My God.....15th.....It's make or break...or whatever you wanna call it! Hanging on Ben..Hanging on.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 9, 2008

Good luck! I can't wait to meet everybody at CPW! For all of you who can't get your decisions at noon, don't worry. I had a speech tournament the day EA decisions came out and didn't get home until seven, but everything turned out fine. smile Again, good luck and stay busy so the time passes by faster!

Posted by: Diana on March 9, 2008

Good luck to all international applicants!

Posted by: Ashwath on March 9, 2008

Round 2...

Good Luck!

Posted by: Laser on March 9, 2008

Don't really know what to say...

Posted by: Amy on March 9, 2008

GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: naranja on March 9, 2008

Wow, thanks to the admissions committee for reading all the apps and getting decisions out. All I can say is that I, like so many others, am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to join the MIT community. Good luck to all!

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Oh god, waiting the second time around is even harder!

Posted by: Caro on March 9, 2008

If I get in party at my house. Good luck everyone!!!

Posted by: Efe on March 9, 2008

Ack, so nervous right now....

Any other applicants from the Caribbean?

Posted by: Javal on March 9, 2008

@Javal

Yes. Dominican Republic, and you?

Posted by: Carlos on March 9, 2008

@ Ben, at the top:

PWNED! PWNED! haha smile))

And yay, I guessed the decision date right! Oh well, kids, you guys don't have to wait anymore...lol, enjoy. =p

Posted by: Oasis on March 9, 2008

Anybody care to interpret the fact that decisions will be released on the Ides of March?

On an entirely unrelated note-how should we going to celebrate pi day? Snively better put something on his blag!

Oh well, GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

Posted by: Travis on March 9, 2008

anyone from spain???????????????????

Posted by: naranja on March 9, 2008

OMG My heart just started beating so fast when I read your post ! I am waiting for saturday to some quickly yet not that fast...OMG !
Ben Jones, do not worry, you will get FIRST POST one day, although I've never had it I think...

Posted by: Isshak on March 9, 2008

Hey Ben!

Thank you so much for the news. I have been checking the website everyday for the final decision date. And yes, its finally here! I can't wait to get my eyes on the acceptance! smile Just hoping for the best! MIT woah!!!

Posted by: Yashraj Khaitan on March 9, 2008

The final countdown! Keep track if you like:

http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=3&day=15&year=2008&hour=12&min=0&sec=0&p0=43

Good luck everyone!

Posted by: Stephen on March 9, 2008

Sorry! The website link got messed up in the last post!

Posted by: Yashraj Khaitan on March 9, 2008

love the link!
thnks ben and all the admissions staff for doing this...it must have been real hard...lets see how it goes! gooood luck once again!

Posted by: naranja on March 9, 2008

NICE!!!!!

Posted by: aravind on March 9, 2008

OH man, this is going to be longest week of my life, all culminating to noon Saturday. Can't wait. Good luck to all!!

Posted by: Jay on March 9, 2008

Stephen - haha, is that the counter i pasted in the chat room. i think it is!

Posted by: OmarA on March 9, 2008

decisions come out on my birthday. Will be that much more awesome if I get in.

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Good luck to everybody who, like me, has awaited the MIT decisions for years. It seems silly, but sometimes a college can be love-at-first-sight.

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

OMG (again)

This Saturday will really be a defining moment in my young life - there will be the "age of pre-noon" and "the aftermath", or the "age of post-noon". Will I begin planning and move to a new country next year, or will I enroll in the air force and go to Afghanistan for a couple of months? (That is my current backup plan). Then I'll have plenty of time applying next year.

GOOD LUCK!

Posted by: EV on March 9, 2008

I'm so scared!!

Posted by: Gosia on March 9, 2008

Agh! I'm so nervous for all of my friends that applied! I really hope they get in so we can stay together for another 4 years!

Good Luck everyone!

Posted by: Josh on March 9, 2008

Whoa, Ben's a day early with the announcement!

Good luck to everyone! Wow, the wait was a lot shorter than I thought it would be. But I'm overjoyed (and nervous as hell) that the day is coming. In less than a week. o_O

I'll probably write an app to automatically launch my web browser to decisions.mit.edu at noon on Saturday. Or work on some cool project like that. Much better to while away the time coding than stressing out about decisions. =D

Posted by: asm on March 9, 2008

Damn you MIT for being so magnificently appealing!

Posted by: downonhighway61 on March 9, 2008

Thanks Ben,
Good luck to everyone who's dreaming about this...special prayers for all who've had nightmares.

Posted by: beneah on March 9, 2008

OMGOSHH THANK YOU BEN! i've been checking this page constantly.. im so excited. i'm scared. i feel like i'm falling in love. aghhhhhdfjeoawiptu. i'm so lucky that i'm going to be in DC checking out museums all week which will totally distract me. hopefully.. cuz i am so impatient and excited and woooooo. YAYYY.

Posted by: kayla on March 9, 2008

Any applicants from Latin America? I'm from Venezuela.

Posted by: andrea on March 9, 2008

Ahhhh! Just 6 days.

Another one from Spain

Posted by: Me on March 9, 2008

@asm:
$ crontab -e
0 0 15 03 * DISPLAY=":0" /usr/bin/x-www-browser https://decisions.mit.edu

if you are in an other timezone, you have two choices:
1°/ translate the time to EDT's one
2°/ ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Eastern /etc/localtime (be sure to restart cron after that. yes, it's the glibc which manages timezones)

(using debian sid)

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 9, 2008

@Javal

I'm from Jamaica. Where are you from?

Posted by: Shauna on March 9, 2008

Btw, I'm French (that explains my very bad english ...)

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 9, 2008

Hey Ben, can you make a special post about transfers?

Posted by: Steph on March 9, 2008

So will it be 12 at night that they are released?

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

lulz I can't read

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Ha! We will be accepted smile
Is here anybody from eastern Europe? I am from Poland.

Posted by: Dawid on March 9, 2008

where from spain¿¿¿¿¿????

Posted by: naranja on March 9, 2008

Best of luck to all RD applicants! I am eagerly counting down to Saturday.

Posted by: Elliott on March 9, 2008

That's the day we hear from UCSC, so even if I don't get into MIT (which would make me very sad :( ) at least I'll get into my safety school :/ stomach twisting into knots. can't... think... !!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

How exciting...and nerve-wracking...

Good luck, everyone!

Posted by: Archon on March 9, 2008

OMG... these 6 days would be the longest ever.... >-OMG... these 6 days would be the longest ever.... >-<
Good luck everyone =]

Posted by: bon on March 9, 2008

Decisions should come out on pi day. :D

but OMG...so soon...so nervous!

My magic 8 ball said I'd get in though. (Unfortunately, it's usually wrong.)

Good luck, everybody! Decisions should come out on pi day. :D

but OMG...so soon...so nervous!

My magic 8 ball said I'd get in though. (Unfortunately, it's usually wrong.)

Good luck, everybody! <3

Posted by: angela w. on March 9, 2008

Angela W, just keep rolling your 8 ball until it says you'll be rejected, then you're good to go smile

Posted by: Elliott on March 9, 2008

Are there any statistics on how often people deferred from EA get rejected (as opposed to waitlisted) from RA?

Posted by: Taylor on March 9, 2008

Taylor, you can find that here:
http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/apply/admissions_statistics/index.shtml

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Haha...We're going to be playing "Shipping Up To Boston" on the 17th - it'll be so tight if I can sing it and actually have it mean something...

Posted by: J.L on March 9, 2008

im going crazyyyyyyyyy. help! heart(beat, beat, 30bps)

Posted by: Chanddeep on March 9, 2008

I hope the committee had a fun time selecting students despite the fact that the committee had to turn away many great students. Personally, I am ready to accept any decision MIT makes, whether it is rejecting, waitlisting, or accepting(hopefully) me. I can accept rejection because I know many great people are applying to MIT and MIT cannot accept all of them. I can accept waitlisting because I'll still have a chance. It is obvious that I am going to accept being accepted.

Posted by: Patrick Tam on March 9, 2008

Just wondering... I had been considering sending in an email or fax to admissions, talking about what I'd been doing since I applied, to kind of say "Here I am! Look at me, look at me, I still want to go to MIT! Look at all this awesome stuff I did!" but then I considered, that seems like something that a lot of people would do, and it'd only sound derivative and unoriginal - so I ended up not doing it.

So Ben, did a lot of people do this type of thing, and at what point would it not have mattered (i.e., did you already have pretty-much-final decisions about people March 1)?

Posted by: anon on March 9, 2008

Good Luck to all of my RA peeps!! I can't believe I'm getting alll astressed all over again, but hey, it's the tvte!

Posted by: Chris B. '12 on March 9, 2008

OMG It's official, thank you, Ben.

7 days to go.I won't be able to find it out until Saturday night, due to the State Science Olympiad competition. I will not be able to access the Internet or use the phone. I wish I could find a PC somewhere during the lunch break that day at the West Point. Good luck, everyone !

Posted by: HappilyNerdy88 on March 9, 2008

I applied early and got deferred...so I've been waiting for a looonnnng time! Me and a friend made a deal to wait for the mail...but knowing that the decision is just waiting on my computer might be too much for me. This time its final...no deferring until a later date! Unfortunantly its hard to be excited, because I'm pretty positive that I will be rejected : (
Good luck everyone.

Posted by: Lydia on March 9, 2008

Oooh, how clever! Only a day after pi day!

Posted by: Burcu on March 9, 2008

@ Carlos

Lol, I'm from St. Vincent and the Grenadines...small English caribbean country.

:D Caribbean People!!

Posted by: Javal on March 9, 2008

I'm in this state of hope and pessimism. Lately, I have been seeing a lot of things concerning MIT in my everyday life without me looking for them. Maybe this is a sign? Silly things like that get me hopeful. Maybe if I want it bad enough, it'll happen or something. Good luck to all with waiting. I'm going to find the nearest SSBBrawl and wait.

Posted by: Jesse on March 9, 2008

Oh, lol just noticed Shauna's post. It would be awesome if we all got in!!

Posted by: Javal on March 9, 2008

Lydia you could always be wait listed. That's what Caltech did to me, deferred then wait listed. I also got deferred at MIT so hopefully they will see the error in their ways and let me in this time.

Posted by: Nick on March 9, 2008

I'm so incredibly excited and nervous. It just so happens that on the date the decisions come out online I'll be in West Point for the New York State Science Olympiad competition (referenced already by HappilyNerdy88). I also really hope I can find a computer somewhere so I don't have to wait until we get back at roughly two in the morning on Sunday.

Talk about a nerve-wracking weekend!! :D

Of course, as so many of you have pointed out, it's right after Pi day, so that makes it extra special.

Best of luck everyone!

Posted by: Charles on March 9, 2008

Travis, I noticed that too! Ides of March...this is definitely an omen. We are all getting rejection letters! :(

Posted by: Sam on March 9, 2008

i wonder how many other jamaicans applying. well, good luck to the other jamaicans applying, as a matter of fact, good luck to everyone. don't want to be pessimistic or anything, but i think i got rejected, so i guess i won't catch the mit joy fever. bracing myself for the rejection.

Posted by: 0 on March 9, 2008

Heh Anonymous I'm doing the same. I just have this feeling that I didn't get in. Which part of Jamaica are you from. I'm from MoBay.

Posted by: Shauna on March 9, 2008

Beware the ides of March! I hope too many of us don't feel like we're being betrayed here.

Posted by: Alexander on March 9, 2008

@ Sam: My english teacher, for some odd reason, said that the Ides would be a good sign! I'm going to have to ask him about it.

At any rate, when that fateful decision-releasing button is pushed, some of us will be rejected, others accepted, and a few waitlisted. I guess that's life. (Personally, I anticipate crying regardless of my decision- THAT'S how much I love MIT!)

Posted by: Travis on March 9, 2008

Whew. I thought that the decisions would be only sent via mail and I was devastated at first because my mailing address is not the same as my permanent address. Considering that I'm on Spring Break, I would have had to wait another week. ToT Yay for online decisions!

Thought really, it would've been highly ironic if MIT did NOT release their decisions online, ey?

Posted by: Maggie on March 9, 2008

I haven't posted here before but oh my god. I am feeling the most awful combination of utter terror mixed with a bit of excitement and a TON of adrenaline. I can't imagine the next six days will be any different...

Posted by: Hadley on March 10, 2008

OMG!!!!!(This phrase has bacome quite a cliche as of now...but tats exactly what I m able to utter out in this state of quandary)....Mah heart's pounding sooo fast...brain has frozen....Ohhhh God!!!...this anxiety is killing....

BEST OF LUCK*ALL THE BEST*GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU GUYS OUT THERE....MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU ALL!!!! & me too!!!

Posted by: Disha on March 10, 2008

It's funny.
As I read through this post I started freaking out, but as I reached the comments I couldn't help but grin.

It seems all of us are in the same boat and I'm finding a little comfort knowing that this state of "freak-ed-out-ed-ness" is perfectly natural.

Being the umpteenth post, I'm sure this will never be read but nonetheless: Good luck to everyone!!! I'm SO stoked!!!

Posted by: K. Umezawa on March 10, 2008

My friends and I are joking in statistics that the only way I will be accepted would be if a type II error occured in my 95% confidence-rejection-interval.

Well good luck to everyone. Horray to DayLight Savings, which means we get our decision one hour earlier than the rest of the world that isn't on day light savings :D

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

WHY NOT ON PI DAY!? C'mon that'd give us some luck right?! The almighty greek letter for 3.141592... (ok I'm too lazy to type all the digits I know out) ...would give us some luck!!!
>.>
Good luck everyone!!!

Posted by: richard on March 10, 2008

Hi Dawid,
I am also from Poland, Cracow, and you? Good luck and maybe see you one day:)

Posted by: dotty on March 10, 2008

Snively to me a few days ago: "srsly 22nd..."

Me to Snively today: "srsly 15th..."

Haha woot for me!

Posted by: Justin Powell on March 10, 2008

Well there is still one week to go!! ugh.. i just wanna get this over with.. its even worse to have exams going on!! damn... nways i wish everyone all the best.. may the best men and women win..

Hopefully(and by some major stroke of luck at that(reference is to myself)), i'll see some of u at mit next yr.

Posted by: Amogh on March 10, 2008

Yahoooooooooo!!!! Just 5 days more!!!!!!

Posted by: Kinshuk on March 10, 2008

Oh GOD. HAHAHAHAHAHHA. This is just FUNNY. HAHAHA. My anxiety is making me hysterical.

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

Well..YAY!...I'm a bit excited, not much.....it's going to be okay everyone!

Posted by: Aakriti on March 10, 2008

Hey... i cnt log in to https://decisions.mit.edu/

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

I can't log in to... I guess we will have to wait for Ben to wake up smile

Posted by: Sanja on March 10, 2008

I'm positive I'll be accepted!

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

Finally, after months of waiting...

Posted by: Ken on March 10, 2008

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ............ on March 10, 2008

Hmm... I can't log on to the decisions page either =/ It'll probably be up later today though =D

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

Good luck everyone. I am from HK and am now studying in the UK. I have already been rejected by Caltech(got it today) and Cambridge(early January). If I get rejected by MIT as well, I am not entirely sure I can survive the third shock in less than 3 months. 15/3..... My boarding house is organizing a ball that evening. If I get in, I will dance all night. If not....... I don't want to think.

Posted by: Ken on March 10, 2008

hey everyone....best of luck....

btw..how come the link is not working...it keeps redirecting to the mit admissions homepage..??

Posted by: Aditya on March 10, 2008

Isn't this just terrifying? Why does life have to give us such 'treats'...I wonder...

Good luck everyone.

Posted by: beneah on March 10, 2008

decisions.mit.edu should be live (for login verification, not decisions!) around noon today.

-B

Posted by: Ben on March 10, 2008

good luck everyone

Posted by: Diana on March 10, 2008

its do or die ... just 5 more little days of waiting
so anxious and yet so nervous ggaaahhh !!!
thanks for the hard work admissions office and good luck to everyone !

Posted by: Charlotte on March 10, 2008

thanx ben

Posted by: Aditya on March 10, 2008

finally!!!!

Posted by: Yuan on March 10, 2008

i actually heard my heart beat get faster when i read your post Ben.... lols
I wish good luck to all applicants(myself included...hehe)

Posted by: Rohail on March 10, 2008

Kem is sure anxious... cross your fingers Ken the countdown has begun.....

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

@ Soaham
There is no research in IIT.It is alright if you want to do an IIM MBA later and start a company.I
am not interested in the 'get rich quick' stuff.I am interested in science and research.

Posted by: AA on March 10, 2008

well folks... here we are....
lets hope for the best and brace ourself for the worst.... its the best way to go abt the next few days...
GOOD LUCK!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

decisions.mit.edu -- the link is not there yet! it keeps redirecting to the mit admissions homepage...

Posted by: Diana on March 10, 2008

it sure does..... hope it gets right soon....

Posted by: Rohail on March 10, 2008

This is it. The big one. All we have been waiting for....Yaaahooooo

Posted by: Kinshuk on March 10, 2008

got it now

Posted by: Diana on March 10, 2008

The link is good... Checked a couple of minutes ago... God, I so want to read accepted after the log-in...

Posted by: Sanja on March 10, 2008

No, really, Sanja?

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

Ben, or anyone else, IF you are admitted, will you be able to see your financial aid package right away?

Posted by: Jeseth on March 10, 2008

the decisions page is available now arryt!!but i wonder if i wud actually be able to face the thing....sooo scared!!
but anyways....the great admission ppl of MIT do deserve a Thanks (with a capital T) for their job and bein perhaps the most helpful nd friendliest ever admission ppl i hv met so far.....

p.s. i hope theres a miracle and we all gt accepted decisions....just imagine how fun it wud be:D

Posted by: Freaked OUT Sabreena!! on March 10, 2008

Hey! I'm just as crazy for saturday as the rest of you. Any word on the percent of applicants accepted yet? Or anything to ease the mind of a poor MIT applicant?

Posted by: Steve on March 10, 2008

Can't wait. Goodluck everybody for their dream school

Posted by: batbaatar on March 10, 2008

Hey,
I think I am the weakest International applicant of MIT. But believe in MIRACLES. Also know that Miracles Indisputably Terminated at MIT. I am still proud of my courage for applying in this GRAND place. May be I am the only ppl here who is sure about the result. That is "DENIED".
Best of luck my fellow APLICANTS!!!!!!!!
IT WAS REALLY MY DREAM

Posted by: nMAD on March 10, 2008

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

I AM ABOUT TO DIE

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

nMAD, I like your spirit! Don't worry. I am no better than you coz I have already been rejected by cambridge and caltech. BUT, who knows? Third time lucky perhaps.....

Posted by: Ken on March 10, 2008

5 days...

Posted by: Michael on March 10, 2008

OMG!!nMad, U so sound lyk myself talking.....but anyways, we believe in miracles so lets pray for the best!!
may we be future buddies at MIT!!(not wen we do our phds or wen we see off our grand children off...i mean now)
AMIN!!

Posted by: Freaked out Sabreena!! on March 10, 2008

Oh!!!!!!! This SOOOOOO SCARY!!! It's MIT and this is it. Do or die.....good luck to all!!

Posted by: Aamir on March 10, 2008

Time to get hysterical! 5 more days... and time is passing SO slowly!!....

Posted by: Omar on March 10, 2008

nMad...jajajaja i feel the same way. u r probably not as weak as you think you are. grades are not all that matters, they are also looking for tahta spirit! or i hope they are! i am an international too, n im scared! i desperatley want it...well see...good luck guys! i think you are all amazing, no matter what happens!

Posted by: naranja on March 10, 2008

hey...just wonderin.....how many of u r frm south-east Asia?!?!I bet there are a lot of Indian friends:D

Posted by: Sabreena!! on March 10, 2008

I am from HK, but studying in England.

Posted by: Ken on March 10, 2008

hi.............
i want some confirmation about admission in MIT(MS(operational research)through GRE

Posted by: gaurav mishra on March 10, 2008

just 15-20 students from India come to MIT each year. all de best

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

and i forgot to add more than a 1000 apply

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

ahh!
my fortune cookie 3 months ago told me i would hear good news on the 15th !
i hope it was right.

Posted by: dan on March 10, 2008

Is anyone from Africa ? I am from Benin.

Posted by: Isshak on March 10, 2008

200!!

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

and from spain?? how many apply....and most importantly....how many get in??jjajajajaja aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggg!!!

Posted by: naranja on March 10, 2008

Omg, finally it is to be released this Saturday...wow, MIT releases decisions very early raspberry

Posted by: Hee-Sung on March 10, 2008

@Javal, Carlos, Shauna

Trinidad and Tobago.

BTW, any other applicants wrote the Asian Pacific Math Olympiad today?

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

Sorry. That was me.

Posted by: Sceth on March 10, 2008

I'm from Madrid, you?
Almost four days here and counting down.

Posted by: Me on March 10, 2008

How many people from antarctica get in? Its cold down here...

Posted by: Nu-Shun-Shwang on March 10, 2008

im algo frm madrid....school you go to?aaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Posted by: naranja on March 10, 2008

C'mon people! Stop wasting your time counting the seconds until Saturday. Life goes on with or without MIT and it is out of our hands really. Let us all just enjoy life and...uhm...do whatever we usually do.

And 406713 seconds aren't that much anyway.

Posted by: bdson on March 10, 2008

Ben you rock. I'm excited! Good luck everybody.
p.s. I'm seriously going to miss MIT Admissions blog next year... you guys are so much fun.

Posted by: grace on March 10, 2008

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

Posted by: asmeurer on March 10, 2008

this will make or break my Spring Break. wonderful.

Posted by: Meng on March 10, 2008

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh...

Posted by: Lucy on March 10, 2008

How many three-time applicants get in? This is my third application to MIT [yes, undergraduate]. I can't afford to apply UG again, so if I'm rejected again I'll try to transfer. Seriously, I am too obsessed with the school to let it go so easily.

Posted by: Sceth on March 10, 2008

Sceth,

So are you just applying every year? You haven't enrolled at another college yet?

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

This is making so hard to concentrate on anything else! Not good considering this week is last one of the second trimester so teachers decided to pile on tons of projects, but I'll manage. Oh..some part of me can't wait, and the other really just wants to stay in limbo forever wink

Posted by: DHowdy on March 10, 2008

I didn't even apply to MIT and I'm freaking out!!

Posted by: P on March 10, 2008

Anonymous - 15-20 Indian students each year is too high. I don't think more than 3-5 get in each year. I read somewhere that there are something like 19-20 Indian undergrads in all 4 years combined.

Anyway, good luck everybody. Whatever happens on 15th, you guys all rock!

Posted by: Another Anonymous on March 10, 2008

oh my god I'm screwed and won't get in

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

^_^?

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

HELLO!!!

Two things for all of you...

1st... Physics Physics PHYSICS!!! Physics is SOOOOO AWESOME!!! YAAYAYAYYYAAAY!!! Physics ALL THE WAY!!! WOOT! Physics Rock This World!! raspberry

smile 2nd... BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed--March 15th, Ides of March! Yet another day of fate, to be sure!!

Again, good luck to everyone, and hope to see y'all at CPW!! smile smile

Posted by: Anon9 :P PHYSICS!! Hmmm, I wonder how long a on March 10, 2008

~ PS ~ Haha, sorry, I was testing out the "name" bar... and if you keep on typing, it actually kept on going...

But as you can see, my "name" (after "Posted by:" is cut off...)

Haha... okay, my bad. ^_^"

Posted by: Anon9 on March 10, 2008

6 years of waiting come down to this saturday... good luck to all!

Any other Samoans or pacific islanders out there who applied? (I actually live in Texas)

Posted by: Leko on March 10, 2008

OMG! I am so excited!
I cannot wait!!!

Posted by: Persiandancer on March 10, 2008

*dokidoki* my heart just increased in speed!!

Posted by: 0 on March 10, 2008

lol... It's fast... right after the Pi Day haha~~ Let's celebrated the 3.1415926535897932384626 first~~

Posted by: Lemon on March 10, 2008

I'm from south east Asia smile

Awww...aww...

I thank all of the Admissions Staff, bloggers, and fellow pre-froshs...All of you have made me believe that there are actually people with dreams and spirit...And whatever the results are, I will continue to dream and run forward...

It's because of a brief experience of MIT you have given me. Thank you...Thank you... smile smile

Go future scientists!!!! ^^

Posted by: senna on March 10, 2008

I lurk these blogs a bit, but I figure it's high time to post a comment!

There's no way we can change what that screen says on Saturday, so why get pent up about it? What'll happen is what'll happen.

Best of luck.

Posted by: Danny Trinh on March 10, 2008

I have to say, it's a bit of a surreal experience being this close to a decision. I've been wanting to go to this school ever since I realized that it seems to be a haven for those like me. (Id est, those freaks with a masochistic affinity towards math and science ;D) Six years I've had my heart set on this school, and that drive alone has pushed me to become the sort of person that sits at a keyboard today typing the disjointed ramblings of a high school senior. Now I come to the end of a very specific journey in my adolescent life, four and a half days from finding out that it was (probably) all for naught.

And that doesn't bother me one little bit.

That's because the most important thing I've learned over this blind drive to achieve is one pure and simple fact: At the end of the day, all of your goals and all of your dreams are for one person ... yourself. At this point, it doesn't really matter whether I'm accepted or not because I realize that I don't really need some sort of validation from anybody but myself. I know that I've not only done my best, but elevate that definition of "my best" to encompass characteristics above and beyond anyone could have predicted from me.

So thank you MIT. You've done a lot for me, even if you don't know it.

Posted by: Rob ... again on March 10, 2008

@ anon way up in the blogs:
(yes, I read all of the comments)
I pestered one of the coaches a ridiculous amount hoping that it somehow helps me to get in. Not as an annoyance, but everytime I had new news, he got it.

Oi. I'm so nervous. I went through this EA, and this time is no better, knowing that if it isn't a "pleased to offer you admission" than there are no more chances. I know that wherever I am meant to go, I'll go, but I truly feel like MIT is the best fit for me and I hope that the admissions officers feel the same (I even wrote an essay on that!) Anyone who is considering applying to MIT or any other school in the coming years: I strongly suggest visiting the school and getting the feel. I took a college trip (in February! COLD!!) last year to Harvard and MIT. After Harvard, I thought nothing could compare. I began the next day sitting in on an MIT chem class and knew that no college could EVER top MIT for me.

Hence my nerves.

Good luck to all, even though there is really no such thing as luck. aka I wish you well aka may the statistics and God be with you.

Posted by: Ryan on March 10, 2008

Wow, this is so exciting! The class of '12 have been selected! I got in EA last year but this is so exciting to think that it's been more than a year since I got my tube!! Good luck everyone =] and come to CPW!!!

Posted by: Kathy '11 on March 11, 2008

I had NEVER seen 2 2 9 responses to a blog entry ever in my life... WOW! Saturday will be FUN!

Posted by: Tanmay on March 11, 2008

i can't help but think..." Beware the Ides of March "

Posted by: Aditya on March 11, 2008

Good luck everyone!!! Even I don't get admitted I think it was worthwhile trying. Crossfingers!!.

MIT admission staff is unique =)

Posted by: Daigaro JP on March 11, 2008

MIT is LOVE!!!!
regardless of the results.... its been a great experience for me with you ppl and the admissions staff......
the MIT admissions staff really deserve a big THANKS from everyone.....

Posted by: Rohail on March 11, 2008

I have been waiting for this week to come for so long and now that it is here,I can't process any other thoughts or feelings.

Thank you MIT admissions staff and good luck to all!

Posted by: Alvint on March 11, 2008

I am just a bit curious, but is admissions done with all the applications at this point and doing a final check before posting results?

Or, is committee still finishing up the very last bits?

Posted by: Mark on March 11, 2008

It was a merry-happy experience....I still love MIT!

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

AHHHHHH!!!!!!.....
OMG OMG OMG....
I just hope that the internet here will work on the blessed day and moment!!!
(GULPS)
You never know what will happen in Nigeria...
Hey, is there any quotas for international countries ie. only 6 Indians, 5 Chinese... ect...? What if you are an indian in Nigeria, are you considered as an Indian or Nigerian?

Hey Libin,
I am Alias... heh! Well Good Luck Y'all...

Posted by: Rahul Jain on March 11, 2008

You are right Aditi!!!
Beware the Ides of March... holy smokes... some Julius Ceaser will be stabbed in the back... OMG this is just racking my nerves... Wow!
Your post is not helping calm down my nerves man...

Posted by: Rahul Jain on March 11, 2008

Wow, the tension is just killing me.

I think I've visited the MIT Blogs in the past two days more than have previously!

*Jumps up and down*

Posted by: Fatin on March 11, 2008

@ Rahul Jain....ADITYA...not ADITI....nd u frm ICSE ???

Posted by: Aditya on March 11, 2008

so many posts, nobody will get to this so maybe there's no point...

Did you know that Tax Day is also Brunelleschi's birthday?

Come on, you can figure it out...

Posted by: duketipquantumelephants on March 11, 2008

whoops, I meant deathday

Posted by: duketipquantumelephants on March 11, 2008

OH!!!

MY!!!

GARFUNKEL!!!

@Richard, you're not lazy, only Chuck Norris has ever written all of pi's digits.

@anon9 physics: YES!

@God, sorry, but even if I get in I will still be an evolutionist.

@Ben, will you admit me if I promise to do Hercules' 12 tasks?

@all yalls guys
e is so much better than pi.

alpha=e^2/(hbar*c*4pi*epsilon[0]) is even better!!!



PICKLES!!!!!!!!111111one11eleventyone!!!lim(sin x, x, 0)

Oh man, I need to calm down.

Posted by: D'oh! on March 11, 2008

lets all pray that the website screws up nd give the "On behalf of the Admissions Committee, it is my pleasure to offer you admission..." to all of us after we press the SUBMIT! button on Saturday:D:D....nd then of course, instead of breakin our hearts they admit all of us!!

@P: hahaha!!
GOD!!I am visitin the blogs perhaps every 30min now....i m sure thats preety much the case wth all of us!
GOOD LUCK!! to all of us...

Posted by: SAbreena!! on March 11, 2008

Hey SAbreena, I am from south east asia too. Actually I am from Bangladesh.

Posted by: nMAD on March 11, 2008

@shauna

I am some hours from where you live. I am from st.mary. I've been visiting the blogs everyday since i saw the post that decisions will be released on saturday. i wish i had not seen it so early, so i wouldn't feel so nervous already. although i think i've been rejected, i hope i am wrong, but if i am right, life goes on and i am still gonna be a physicist anywhere i go. i'll just let fate decide where i'm supposed to study to become one.

GOOD LUCK!

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

Yeah, it does seem like Indians make up the largest pool of international applicants...

But seriously yaar, Buri tarah fat rahi hai... dimag ghoom raha hai, dil ghode ki tarah daud raha hai anur aatma gale ke raste bahar aane ko machal rahi hai...

(No body bother reading the second par. Not in english anyways... Just random ramblings in a state o hyper-excitement)

Posted by: Soaham on March 11, 2008

I guess here now comenting only international students smile), I am from Central Asia

Posted by: KaYnaR on March 11, 2008

oh my God! I have just droped out from Job only to see that results will be out on saturday. "fingers ultra-highly amalgamated" lets wait and see. hope i qualify

Posted by: le-yo in kenya on March 11, 2008

The gates to the destiny which was in mystery for so long are finally going to be flung open.Hope march 15th unveils the future I have always wanted for myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pratik on March 11, 2008

@Soaham
Mila to mila.Nai mila to bhi kya hai.Relax man MIT is not the end of the world.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 11, 2008

"Mila to mila, nahin mila to na sahi... "Yaar bol to main bhi sabko yahi raaha hun... Lekin dill janta hai kya beet rahi hai... MIT ke alawa kahin apply bhi to nahi kiya... Yahan nahi hua to phir bas JEE pe tik jaaegi saari ummeed...

Posted by: Soaham on March 11, 2008

OMG! The decisions are being realeased on 15th, just a day after my birthday....... n yeah...just a day after Einstein's too...

Posted by: Manu on March 11, 2008

Clearly, this place is becoming multilingual.. Cheers to being able to understand hindi :D

Posted by: Shruthi on March 11, 2008

Ne he pita mein!

Posted by: Sceth on March 11, 2008

OMG!! I've got my biology board exam (CBSE) on the 15th! However am i gonna survive through that??

I'll be taking the JEE.. It's not the getting in part.. its just a challenge!! I mean you're at the top of your school.. everyone thinks you're a 'miss know it all'.. Here's a chance to finally prove what you're made of.. (and it only tests your cranial capacity)

Dunno how i'll do .. but looking forward to it..

Posted by: Shrey on March 11, 2008

I will have an exam on 15th too. Hope to see some good news after that! Good luck everybody!

Posted by: Ray on March 11, 2008

Mmmm...I have nothing to do this week except worry and wait...worry and wait...

(however pointless it may be)

Posted by: Rachel on March 11, 2008

it seems like most of the ppl who are posting here are international applicants....
aren't any locals anxious???

Posted by: Rohail on March 11, 2008

According to quantum mechanics, in one universe i'll get in and in the other I won't. I hope i'm in the one that gets in... but at least one copy of me will be happy...

Posted by: Leko on March 11, 2008

I'm from San Jose, CA - 4 more days --- good luck

Posted by: Diana on March 11, 2008

Oh my god. this is going to be the longest week ever. I am going to Greece tomorrow and I won't hae access to internet!

Good luck to everyone! I really hope everyone gets in. But in the meantime I think I may read every blog on here trying to calm anticipation.

Posted by: Kathryn on March 11, 2008

Haha leko...well said!

Posted by: Anion on March 11, 2008

@Shruthi
sankat kaal me maatribhasha hi yaad atti hai... Sach kahun, to filhal angrezi a ek bhi shabd nahi yaad aa raha... sirf hindi hi nikal rahi hai...

Posted by: soaham on March 11, 2008

To Kathryn: That's actually a good thing. At least you won't find yourself on the internet 24/7.

I wish I missed this blog entry. What's worse it that I have exams! I should be studying!!

Posted by: Fatin on March 11, 2008

I have a regatta at UCSB on Saturday. That means I'm going to be on my friends iPhone sitting on a sunny SoCal beach in a swimsuit when I read my admissions decision. That way even if I do get the big reject I still get to enjoy the nice breeze and sunny day. :D Have fun on your computers on sat. Just know I'm right there with you getting some sun... by the way, what's the temp in Cambridge right now? Why its a balmy 35... hopefully i get to experience that next year.

Good luck guys, have fun this week. Try not to sit with your head banging on the keyboard looking at the decisions page. That's gonna be a challenge for me.

peace

Posted by: enewts on March 11, 2008

@ Fatin - See that's what you think, you know? What common sense tells you. But the really funny thing is that I will seek out internet in order to try and see if they leak information earl, knowing full well tht they won't.

And what's even worse is that I will have my mom seeking out the information that won't even come out till saturday. Aaah!

Posted by: Kathryn on March 11, 2008

@nMAD...WOW!!!I am from Bangladesh too!! so r u goin to the DSA on the 15th??...I sure think I am gonna skip it.

@shruti....yea it sure is becomin a mutilingual one:D I was getting ideas of putting in some Bengali in the mix too....Just imagine poor Ben not getting any of the comments on his own post!!

Posted by: SAbreena!! on March 11, 2008

Can't wait till the 15th. four more days away ppl. Cross your fingers and your toes.... Hang in there everyone....

Good luck to everybody!!!
May all of us get admitted!!!!!!
To Sabreena:Hey I'm from Sri Lanka and my middle name is Sabreena too.

Posted by: Rozaine Sabreena on March 11, 2008

There are more Indians here than any other grp...lets jst hope the numbrs are the same on sunday..
caltech decisions cmng out 2nyt...

Posted by: Abhijit Kane on March 11, 2008

Rahul Jain Aka Alias...Good Good!
And what is the hindi ranting all about. Kasam se, dimage ke bati ka fuse udd gaaya aur ovrevoltage ke karan garama garam hai ab. My best efforts for being funny in Hindi.
Translation- Brain's bulb has fused out and due to over voltage it is hot..hot..hot.
There are already more than 22 applicants I know...5 would get in. % acceptance....mid single digit numbers..

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

@Abhijit
That's news to me because when I mailed them they said that they won't be able to tell the date now.
You got a mail from then?

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

wel der will be a tad more than 22 applcnts..
bt jst 5...its not right
obv..i wdnt care if i gt in

Posted by: Abhijit Kane on March 11, 2008

@Libin> see www.admissions.caltech.edu

Posted by: Abhijit Kane on March 11, 2008

they said they will email all decisions on march 11...so pbbly b/w 9am n 3pm local time
wt part of the world are you in?

Posted by: Abhijit on March 11, 2008

Besides Pakistan and above Sri Lanka..Apna India.
I am going nuts...and wanna vent out my tensions..by cracking stupid jokes( if they are).

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

and i kno dats a pic of a f16 on ur page

Posted by: Abhijit on March 11, 2008

Ahh, you are hurting me.
It's a machine that is an epitome of relentless efforts by mankind to further their knowledge and reasons for existence. It is something that had added wings to the human race. wink ..LOL..
As long as vortices are there on the model, I don't care if it is F-16 or F-17..lol.
BTW, those who had to get admitted to Caltech might have got in because FedEx doesn't take 6-7 days to reach India from US...as far as I know.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

Optimistic people say FedEx (courier n d tennis player) screw[s] up sometimes.

Posted by: Abhijit on March 11, 2008

i MEANT FedEx doesn't take 6-7 days to send a letter to India from USA.
Lol.....still hanging there...very badly.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

haha...i know its too late to ask..bt wts ur sat1/2??

Posted by: Abhijit on March 11, 2008

its excrutiating to know tht for all in the Subcontinent ..its going to be late saturday night and not saturday aferrnoon....

Posted by: Aditya on March 11, 2008

@Aditya
lol..wel it adds to the excitement..
btw wts ur sat1/2??

Posted by: Abhijit on March 11, 2008

Got into CalTech, hoping MIT says yes too.
smile

Posted by: Sarah F C on March 11, 2008

me from Bangladesh, anyone else here?

Posted by: Sarah F C on March 11, 2008

Didu get a FedEx packet>
Or an email??

Posted by: Abhijit on March 11, 2008

Saturday is coming ! Good luck again to everyone !
And apparently I've only seen someone from Kenya. Anyone else from Africa ? Ou bien qui parle francais ?

Posted by: Isshak on March 11, 2008

@Sarah: Congratz!!I am from BD too:)

@Rozaine(the other sabreena):Lets cross our fingers for all the sabrinas out there!!

Lord!!I am getting more tensed by the min...

Posted by: sabreena!! on March 11, 2008

@Isshak. Ah, je suis pas le seul qui parle français alors smile Apparemment j'ai pas vu de Français sur ce blog. Serais-je le seul à postuler ? wink

(English translation : Ah I'm not the only one who speak French smile I haven't seen anyone from France on this blog. Would I be the only one to apply ? wink ).

PS. Thanks Firefox 3 beta for forms saving :D

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 11, 2008

Moi, je parle francais!! J'ai passé 1 mois a Carnac, en Bretagne (Vive la Breizh!!!), alors là je suis tombée amoureuse de la France!!

Posted by: Caro on March 11, 2008

I think now would have been a much better time to announce that the decision will be released on Saturday. I only hope I will be able to propose that to Ben personally.

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

@ Kathryn: Its terrible how that always happens. Good luck trying to remain sane! wink

@ Isshak, Alexis, et Caro: Je suis francophone aussi

Posted by: Fatin on March 11, 2008

@Alexis, @Caro

Alors y a des autres qui parlent français ici smile je dirais pas que je suis courrament ms c'est assez que j'ai pas de problèmes quand je suis en France...

Va falloir qu'on se voie à MIT ! (assumant sûrement l'acceptance raspberry )

Posted by: Will on March 11, 2008

Hmm... any Arabic-speakers out there?

We can make this the "Most International" blog entry wink

Posted by: Fatin on March 11, 2008

MIT ki kam JEE, CBSE, ICSE ki jyada baat ho rahi hai. yeh saala sirf intl blog entry ban raha hai jab ki hum ayenge sirf 5-10

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

ok, there's this song that has been annoying me for almost a year because I couldn't figure out what it is. I just was lucky enough to hear it on TV, and within 12 hours of finding out that decisions will be released, I discover the song is "Don't stop believing." Coincidence? Actually, this is freaking me out in other ways too that I couldn't explain here.

Posted by: duketipquantumelephants on March 11, 2008

omg omg omg

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

4 more days....

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

300!!!

THIS....IS....MMMMMIIIIIIIIIITTTTTT!!!!!!

lol...

Posted by: MIT Hopeful '12 on March 11, 2008

Anyone from Jamaica or the Caribbean??

Posted by: Hopeful '12 on March 11, 2008

Ramiro de Maeztu, you?

Why is it so hard to wait the last days?

Like Achilles and the tortoise

Posted by: Me on March 11, 2008

These days are so long.....

Posted by: Hopeful '12 on March 11, 2008

thanks for reading all the applications. really appreciate the time you send on us.

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

Best of Luck to all applicants(including me) on Saturday.

Posted by: Efe on March 11, 2008

יש עוד ישראלים פה?

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

mater salvatoris.
por algun casual hiciste el sat el dia uno de diciembre?
this is nerve-wracking!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: naranja on March 11, 2008

Viva la francophonie; je suis kenyan. je parle le francais mais pas tres couramment.

I am Kenyan, but I speak some French. (I bet that's what I was trying to say). So, Isshak, you have some African company right here!

Good luck everyone.

Posted by: beneah on March 11, 2008

@ Fatin

Hey, you got an arabic speaker over here, I am from yemen, what country are you from?

Posted by: Abdulla on March 11, 2008

Well, I can't participate in the search for people outside the US, so is anyone from North Carolina?

Posted by: Taylor on March 11, 2008

@hopeful'12

I am from Jamaica. Where are you from?

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

Ah, "beware the ides of March" said the Soothsayer, but foolish Caesar did not listen.

@Fatin
bon alors,il y a un autre francophone ici.
y un hispanoparlante, por si a alguien concierne..
and an English speaker, of course.

Posted by: Domenzain on March 11, 2008

It doesn't matter where we are from. All that matters right now is whether we can meet each other at MIT.Right?
@Sabreena So am I... Tension and excitement. can't concentrate on anything else.

By the way did anyone get good news from Caltech?

Posted by: Rozaine on March 11, 2008

314th!

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

Still waiting for the damn email....

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

To help ease the wait...I suggest having a pi day party, with your favorite type of pi with all of your favorite fellow nerds.

Posted by: Lydia on March 11, 2008

^ I'm kind of doing that! Me and a friend are making pies for calculus class. We're thinking about raspberry.

Posted by: Taylor on March 11, 2008

Someone up there said this was surreal and that is exactly the word I would use to describe it. I just can't fully comprehend that in [way] less than a week I will either have obtained what has basically been a life's goal for me or you know...have to go to another school. Which would be okay, I guess.

Heh, here's a story: My parents work at MIT so I've been around the campus my whole life and I've always owned an MIT sweatshirt. Around application season [so, December] my sweatshirt started to get really ratty and not nearly as soft as it used to be.. but I haven't been able to justify getting a new sweatshirt until I hear back.. I think the thing I will be most upset about is not being able to justify an MIT sweatshirt any more. =[

Posted by: Hadley on March 11, 2008

Which blog entry has the greatest number of responses in MIT history?
May be this one.

Posted by: Martin on March 11, 2008

@Domenzain
Tu peux me compter como alguien quien es also a trilingual individual smile

@Rozaine
I was accepted EA. Did you apply RD?

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

^^ That's me. Sorry.

Posted by: Will on March 11, 2008

@ Martin:
Not sure, but we have to give it a run.

Anyone else in AP Spanish? We have to read a bunch of poems for tomorrow. I like how this is turning into an international thread of sorts. Pretty cool to see how much diversity has just applied to MIT. Anybody repping Italian (I wish I knew how to speak it) or Spanish?

Posted by: Ryan` on March 11, 2008

L'annee derniere j'ai bien parle francais....mais apres neuf mois sans le langue j'ai commencer l'oublier.

mm. I tried. there's another thing I'd like to take up at college....(HOPEFULLY AT MIT)...

Posted by: Rachel on March 11, 2008

I am not from India neither my mother language is Hindi, but I can understand Hindi. Let's look at the meaning of what anonymous wrote on March 11, 4-59pm:
"We are talking more about JEE,CBSE,ICSE than MIT. This rubbish is becoming an intl blog entry whereas 5-10 among us will get in."
I second you dear indian.Now personal message to you-
Ab mere bat suno- India se to kumsekum panch ahe jaega, lekin mera country se kabhibhi ek se jyada nehi lya.Tum hare pas IIT (+ragging)hai, bhagwan se shukria gujar karo.(Mera nam Martin nehi hai)

Posted by: Martin on March 11, 2008

Mistake in translation-
"5-10"="Only 5-10"

Posted by: Martin on March 11, 2008

c'est marrant, il y a du monde ici qui parle plusiers langues! ma famille est d'argentine, entonces yo tambien hablo castellano y frances!

Posted by: Caro on March 11, 2008

*Spazzes* I can't wait to find out, but then I'm sure I'll be too nervous to check the day of...*tries to keep stress down*
Side-note, Tambien hablo Español, English, et un petit peu de Francais, parce que j'etudie cette langue maintenant : D

Posted by: Daniel on March 11, 2008

Thanks for everything admissions officers, you guys are not only awesome, but a week ahead of expectations to boot.

Unfortunately I'm going to be at Orchestra from 12-4:30 EST, so hopefully I can find some place to check afterwards. Good luck everyone!

Posted by: Calvin on March 11, 2008

Let's make it really international.
Translation of Martin:
Now listen to me- At least five Indians will go, but from my country no more than one has been taken. You have IIT( + ragging), give thanks to the Lord!( My name is not Martin)
@Martin: Kya faida aise ek IIT ka jahaan pe mahaan Ashok Ganguly ki vahiyaat soch tikti hai..MIT Graduate School main (almost) admission pakka hai..par woh char saal main kitabi kide to banne hai na?

LOL..someone will give the translation.
Let Ben have the distinction of maximum comments in a post. Snively do something now!
CalTech gave bad news.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

This is seriously the longest week of my life >.This is seriously the longest week of my life >.<
I'm so nervous!!!

Posted by: Grace on March 11, 2008

@ martin: tu paki hai ya dubai se hai agar indian nahi hai toh. dats the reason your mother tongue is not hindi. did i hit the nail in the head??

Posted by: im the anonymous who wrote in hindi on March 11, 2008

Hey, I really hope everyone's taking it in the right spirits....no offenses to anyone.
We are here trying to make a record..lol.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 11, 2008

Did everyone applied to caltech receive their decision email already?(I think it's for international applicants only)
I'm from Canada and it's driving me nuts that nothing good/bad has arrived yet....
Glad MIT uses online decision release! big thanks to all the admission officers for your hard work!

Posted by: 0 on March 11, 2008

3.5 days!!!!!

Posted by: Farrah on March 11, 2008

Wanna say thanks 2 the admission. I'm so anxious now, but I am ready for even the worst news to come. This is the day to get paid for all the hard work, and to be thankful. I think no matter what the answer is, I've already got the best experiences with the MIT bloggers, and all the prospective students, the wanna-be, the smart & creative, the unique, the internationals, the ones who believe they can change the world. The application process has been such a valuable memory, espcially my interview (yey!). Just broaden my view. Get to know how the top people are like.

By the way, our basketball team just lost the Pennsylvania State semi-final, and I just got home from an one hour long drive, feeling tired and sad. But u gotta accept the truth and move on. After all, this Saturday will be another big day to all freshmen applicants, and I hope everbody is ready for the decision. No matter what you get in the mail, feel proud because you have done it, and follow the best things you can do.

Good luck 2 all!!! =]

Posted by: Trung Le on March 11, 2008

ich kann's kaum glauben, dass es noch keinen deutschen hier gibt... egal, mal sehen ob jemand so weit liest, um dies zu finden. ausserdem, bin ich auch kein deutscher, wollte nur sehen ob jemand es merkt...

oh, and as for the international thing, is anyone other than me actually from Massachusetts? I feel like I'm the only local that reads these blogs.

Posted by: pmoney on March 11, 2008

Есть кто из СНГ?

Posted by: Улан on March 12, 2008

Turkiyeden basvuranlar varmi?

Posted by: Apsatar on March 12, 2008

I am an international student from Kyrgyzstan.
My TOEFL score is 540 and SAT Critical Reading 530.
Do I still have any chances to be admitted?

Posted by: Ulan Apsatar on March 12, 2008

Hey everyone!!! Man, I remember this time three months ago......here's some chocolate and poetry to keep you busy 'till saturday ^__^. *hands out chocolate and poetry*

BTW, I just skimmed through the comments....but wow, how many people are here from the subcontinent?

Posted by: Rutu on March 12, 2008

A lot...like 15
@Ulan..
What about your other SAT Scores?
Chances are slim..(der slim for everone).
But if you have something extraordinary up your sleeve..then you might just.

Posted by: Abhijit on March 12, 2008

C'est si curieux ça: avoir beaucoup des gens qui parlent plusieurs langues!

Es interesante ver que hay al menos un par de trilingües.

In my perspective, understanding a society begins with understanding the language.

Regards and success!

Posted by: Domenzain on March 12, 2008

@Anonymous up there

bueno, resulta que el español es mi lenua materna y estudio en un colegio en donde el idioma de aprendizaje es inglés

Et moi, j'aime l'étudier des langues comme un 'hobby'

This has led me to learn a bit of every language that has ever appealed to me. Unluckily the only language that I have been able to truly study beside English ans Spanish is French; unluckily, because I would love to have the time and possibilities to learn so many more!

Posted by: Domenzain on March 12, 2008

Czesc!! Nie moge pociekac!!! trzy i pol dni!!!

Posted by: Amanda on March 12, 2008

@Domenzain
I'm exactly the same way. Foreign language is awesome--it's so much fun to learn different words and to feel how the mouth changes when saying each one. And because language is so important to me, that's always been the big struggle: math/science, or...linguistics/translating? Luckily for us, there's that murky, ill-defined field of computational linguistics resting nicely in between. Hooray for computational linguistics. (At least MIT's got Noam Chomsky, right?)

Posted by: Will on March 12, 2008

It's been such a long wait but now that saturday's nearly here- im SO freaking ouT!!

Posted by: kavya on March 12, 2008

Trananslation of Libin -
"Whats the use of such an IIT where a certain Mr.Ganguly applies his weird ideas.Admision to MIT grad school is (almost) certain, but don't they become bookworms in those four years..."
Reply to Libin
"Nahi yaar, ye to jyada hi burai ho gayi... IIT me sirf kitab keede nahi, kaam ke bande bhi nikalte hain. Hamaare hindustan me ek cheej hai jo duniya me kahin nahi hai - JUGAAD ka naam suna hai kabhi ?"

Posted by: Soaham on March 12, 2008

@ Indians- Isnt it so much fun talking in hindi on this blog when all the pigmently challenged people are trying to guess who you are? hahahah
(no hard feelings)

urghhhhhhhhhhh, cmon why this wait, you could have just posted the decisions blog on the coming friday so that this week wouldnt have passed so freakishly. anyhow, its a bird, its a plane, its MIT decisions coming your way. hope that rhymes!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Cmon people on March 12, 2008

Eagles
» Desperado

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
The queen of hearts is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no youger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone
http://www.rare-lyrics.com

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're loosin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you
Ooo, you better let somebody love you
Before it's too late
-------------------

I think it describes me well.

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

@ Apsatar

Var Var! Sen nerde yasiyorsun. Ben Istanbuldanim ama aslinda america'da oturuyorum.

Posted by: Burcu on March 12, 2008

sorry, i posted the lyrics

Posted by: Ken on March 12, 2008

@ Apsatar

Var Var! Sen nerde yasiyorsun. Ben Istanbuldanim ama aslinda america'da oturuyorum.

Posted by: Cim Bom Bom on March 12, 2008

will this thread EVER end? =P

Posted by: Aditi on March 12, 2008

@Aditi
Not before the 15th

@Cmon people
Exactly !! Its fun...

Posted by: Soaham on March 12, 2008

@Anonymous Congrads to you. yeah i applied RD

Posted by: Rozaine on March 12, 2008

Hej Amanda! another person from Poland?:) Trzymam kciuki!

Posted by: dotty on March 12, 2008

How many of us are from the great mother INDIA?

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

ODD............357!!!!!!!!

Posted by: @ on March 12, 2008

@Anonymous
Plenty of Indians out here... from what i could count - Me, Shruthi, Aditya, Aditi, Libin, Abhijit, Shrey, Pratik, Rahul, Abhinav, Manya, Akshay, Udbhav, Aakriti, AA, etc.... There must be plenty more....

Posted by: Soaham on March 12, 2008

@Sarah Congrats Girl
@SAbreena DSA mane ki? Ar amra ki banglay gan gaoa suru korbo naki?

Posted by: nMAD on March 12, 2008

i am wondering if the decision is out on this saturday why the the school ask me to do the phone-based interview(as i am international student and no alumnus in my country). Could anyone help to make me clear with this?

Posted by: heng on March 12, 2008

@ Abdulla: I'm from Bahrain. Shakhbarik?

@ Domenzain: Where do you come from?

I think its going to be hilarious how this thread will get deserted all of a sudden.. in three days..

Posted by: Fatin on March 12, 2008

cant waitttttt !!!!

Posted by: hussam on March 12, 2008

Imagine that one of the people giving comments in this blog actually get to write the real MIT blog the next year wink

Awwww....I don't want to be pessimistic...but I don't want to be too optimistic either...

Everyone, good luck!!!!!*pokes everyone's back* ^^

Posted by: senna on March 12, 2008

Soaham's:"No man, that's a lot of ill talks about IIT... IIT produces not only book worms but only good enough useful people. India has a thing that other countries don't- Heard about BRIBE?"( literal meaning was adjustment, but then it didn't make sense)
Reply: Jugaad IIT ke admission main kahaan chalta hai? Ab IIT IIT karna chod do..hum MIT ke Blog main hai. lol( hindi main).

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 12, 2008

@ Libin

"Jugaad" doesn't mean bribe...jugaad is more like getting the work done no matter what (and not necessarily in an unlawful way).

Posted by: Aditya on March 12, 2008

@Soaham,@Libin
Know what they do if there is a tie in IIT JEE.Well they choose the person who is attempting a second time,over the first.So finally the one year of slogging free from boards and school helps.So Soaham you have better chance with JEE,if not MIT.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 12, 2008

All of you are loosing it....what's IIT in front of MIT???
WAKE UP!!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

OK

Posted by: Karan on March 12, 2008

I'm sure going to try for a transfer next year if (God forbid) i'm rejected... just love eM aI Tee soo much... cant leave it just like that...
@senna poke back:)

Posted by: Rohail on March 12, 2008

oh my gosh. the wait is finally almost over...good luck everyone!!!

Posted by: Kamya on March 12, 2008

Awww man, I missed the pi post.

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

There's a line in a poem that I think is applicable:

"And whether or not it is clear to you,/
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."

~ Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

As the days wind down, some of us will get in; others won't. No matter what, though, we are a great group of kids, and we should take pride in that.

Posted by: Travis on March 12, 2008

GAH!! THIs is TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!!
sooooo near.. nd yet sooo far...
but im not getiing my hopes up.. slim chance.

nd ya.. me indian too..

Posted by: ..Yash on March 12, 2008

Anyone heard "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.
The song will describe the situation of some of us on the 15th...lol....just joking :D

Posted by: AA on March 12, 2008

so many Indians.. how many get selected usually??

Posted by: ..Yash on March 12, 2008

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Posted by: D'12 on March 12, 2008

IIT = 0.6923*MIT
which means it is only about 70% as good lol.. :D

Posted by: AA on March 12, 2008

I am prepared for the worst....so if I am admitted it will be a pleasant surprise lol

Posted by: AA on March 12, 2008

Hey there!
Nice to know im not the only one dying of anxiety here!
I hope all the best of luck,

A greek kid

Posted by: Fil on March 12, 2008

Ben Jones is God

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

and MIT is heaven

Posted by: miss anxiety on March 12, 2008

Where are all the Korean applicants?

Posted by: Korean on March 12, 2008

Quick question: If I have not done an interview while I could have does that make my chances of admission alot less?

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

i dunno.. i think u shud have a pretty good reason for not getting an interview for them to consider

Posted by: Yash.. on March 12, 2008

@ Anonymous
It depends. If you would have bombed the interview, it would not have helped your chances (it also wouldn't have hurt them). If you would have aced the interview, it would have helped your chances. I know that my interview helped me get in, but there are also plenty of kids who don't interview who still get in. I viewed an interview as another chance to let MIT know more about me, but if you think you already told them enough, then an interview wouldn't have been necessary. Regardless, don't stress about it now. Decisions come out in THREE DAYS!!!!! Good luck to you and everyone else!

Posted by: Diana '12 on March 12, 2008

Thanks alot Diana smile
I feel a bit less anxious now.. Anyway.. good luck to everyone from me too!

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

Time until Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 12:00:00 Noon (Boston time)
2 days, 21 hours, 24 minutes and 11 seconds

Posted by: D'12 on March 12, 2008

My son was deferred in early action and we all anxiously await the final decision. He is 2nd in his class of almost 400 students. He had perfect math SAT, Chem and Math II scores and well rounded...FB player, numerous activities, volunteering, etc. He's got tons of classes he took for college credit, 5s on AP Bio and Chem. If he isn't accepted, I cannot imagine what the accepted applicants' resumes look like. He went for a visit and really liked it and I'm anxiously awaiting the decision right along with him even though we'll be one of those "middle classers" that probably won't get any assistance financially. I wish all of you the best of luck to all and congratulate MIT for keeping us so well informed and having a user friendly site. Fingers Crossed...Mom of potential '12

Posted by: Mom of Deferred on March 12, 2008

@ heng

I heard that international applicants aren't picked as early as the domestic crowd. In other words, some Americans may be definately in, but they are still deciding on international so they still want your interview. Hope this helps.

I think that this is right, but don't quote me.

Posted by: Ryan on March 12, 2008

@Jamaican Anonymous

I am also from Jamaica...Yay!!! Hope we all get in...Still nervous though

Posted by: Hopeful '12 on March 12, 2008

Beware the Ides of March!

probly been said somewhere already, but whatev.

i'll probly go to bed around 8 or 9 but actually fall asleep around 3PM, only to wake up around 7 or 8 in the morning and die from the anxiety!

Posted by: Duane on March 12, 2008

@ D'12: Thanks, I think I've found my new homepage for the next few days.

Posted by: Fatin on March 12, 2008

Mom of Deferred -- Wow! with that kind of record and still didn't get in. So there is no hope for my daughter.... She doesn't have that kind of record........ best of luck to everyone.

Posted by: another Mom on March 12, 2008

ĉu estas Esperantoj en tio ĉi tredi? La esperanto estas mia aŭtoktono lingvo...Mi estas ĉiam malgaja ke mi parlas turpa lingvo :(((

Posted by: Malgaja Esperantisto on March 12, 2008

@Diana: it's the same countdown wherever you are smile

only the time you'll be looking at your computer changes.

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 12, 2008

@hopeful'12

I feel very nervous too. I hope we get in. you have any idea how many other jamaicans applying?
apart from us, i am aware of 2 others.

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

Mom of deferred. Your son sounds exactly the same as my son, other than your son was AP Chem, mine was AP Phys. He was deferred in EA at MIT and yesterday was "waited listed" at Caltech.

Considering perfect grades and perfect (or almost perfect) test scores, it leads on to believe that scores, grades, community service, and such are not as important as first thought. Not sure what the subjective criteria is for admission to some of these schools.

It would be disappointing to know that huge emphasis is placed on essays, some of which get written by essay coaches or parents. It would diminish the thousands of hours studying and learning to get great grades and test scores - something less subjective.

FinAid or not, our middle class budget will be tightened (and borrowed against) to accomadate MIT, if he is fortunate enough to get accepted.

Oh well, regardless of the outcome, MIT will have a ton of great new students, and there will be even more really great kids who get to apply their talents at other institutions.

All of you are excellent young adults that give old fogies like me a lot of faith in our future. Do your best, wherever you go, and you will be happy.

Good luck to all of you.

Posted by: Father of Deferred on March 12, 2008

Just out of curiosity - does anyone keep trying to log into the site, JUST in case they accidentally post the results early? ;] because...I'm guilty of that...

Posted by: Caro on March 12, 2008

@Caro: Yes, I've tried too smile

But you just need to check the address bar of your browser to see if it goes to "/verify.php". If so, you can be sure that you're on the verify form smile

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 12, 2008

caro: me too...like every 30 mins

Posted by: naranja on March 12, 2008

@Will

Oh yes, you know, for that one question in the application about the major, I answered Electrical Engineering, closely followed by Foreign Languages and Literatures; love that walks in two almost opposite paths! I enjoy writing as much as I enjoy doing Calculus.

I'm one of those people who believe that books should be read in their original languages..

@Fatin

I'm a Mexican by nationality, from the Big Town. I happen to live in Central America and have Basque ancestry; so I am from here and there...

Posted by: Domenzain on March 12, 2008

@Fatin

Yeah, this ebullience of a thread is rather ephemeral, but hey, that's what makes it worth so much!

Posted by: Domenzain on March 12, 2008

@Domenzain: Sometimes I think to this poor mitadmissions' server. Having to deal with so much hits, and so much comments per threads ... with a CMS written in perl ... :p

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 12, 2008

Did any of you class of '11 (or any class really) guys make any B's in high school?

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

Hey all! I couldn't sign in either for a while, but I realized that the username is case-sensitive so that might be why you can't get in to the site.

Good luck everyone!!

Posted by: Emily on March 12, 2008

@Domenzain and Will
Je veux bien continuer a etudier les langues etrangeres!Es uno de mis pasatiempos favoritos tambien!I am currently learning Arabic! Yay! Saturday looms ever closer, yes...

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

Sorry bout the repost, but I'm really interested in getting more responses to this. (thanks to Ryan, who noticed my question)

Just wondering... I had been considering sending in an email or fax to admissions, talking about what I'd been doing since I applied, to kind of say "Here I am! Look at me, look at me, I still want to go to MIT! Look at all this awesome stuff I did!" but then I considered, that seems like something that a lot of people would do, and it'd only sound derivative and unoriginal - so I ended up not doing it.

So Ben, and my fellow MIT blog readers, did a lot of people do this type of thing? At what point would it not have mattered (i.e., did you already have pretty-much-final decisions about people March 1)?

Posted by: anon on March 12, 2008

WOOT! Just found out I got into Caltech, but still waiting desperately for noon 15th. can't even speak coherently. XD Good luck to EVERYBODY!!

Posted by: Moose on March 12, 2008

Any other Trinidadians applied? I wonder if Johan or any other of the Open Schol winners applied...Anyways, BIG HAIL OUT TO THE CARIBBEAN PEEPS!I would give myself the sobriquet exuberant if at least a few more of us get in!

Posted by: MMM on March 12, 2008

Hey anon, both the MIT admissions people and my own guidance couselor recommended this. (If I count for anything, I would say yes too). Like Daniel Barkowitz said, the decisions aren't final until they are put up on Saturday at noon.

And I wouldn't worry about numbers in this case. You want MIT to know about you, so get your info to them the fastest way possible. It's the most logical thing, in my opinion.

Posted by: Laser on March 12, 2008

@Domenzain
Saaaaaame. I love to write, though I hate to analyze literature, hehheh. Though you know, it's not uncommon for math/science people to be good at languages--it's all kind of similar, you know? Language (and ideas for a short story or a poem, in a way) has always seemed like a big mathematical mess.

@Moose
Congrats! You goin to PFW? I am smile

Posted by: Will on March 12, 2008

people try not to worry too much about this, though i must say it is hard not to. saturday is a blink of an eye away. when it's gone, it's gonna seem like the week went by so fast. for those who don't get in, life goes on, it's not the end of the world. for those who do get in, congrats. you are the lucky ones, and you should all make great use of the many opportunities that will be available to you when you go there.

i'm worried too to be honest, and i really do think i got rejected (though i've said this, i'm trying hard not to be pessimistic).

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYBODY ESPECIALLY THE CARIBBEAN PEEPS!!

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

@moose

are you from trinidad? are you like a green card holder who applied early and got in? cuz you sound like you already got in. anyways, if you are an anxious applicant like myself, good luck.

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

oops! that last post wasn't directed at moose but at MMM.

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

3 Trinis? From which schools?

Myself: Presentation San Fernando

[Messed up the Open mainly because I did a few ... more ... A levels and Exams Div averaged the grade.]

Posted by: Sceth on March 12, 2008

Anon--
Funny you mentioned that again--I sent two e-mails to MIT today because I got new updates on community service and athletics at different times, not because I'm super-desperate. Ok, I'll be honest, I'm still super-desperate, but I'm sending those updates to all the schools I applied to, not just my numero uno choice. C'mon MIT!!

If I didn't have off on Monday and Tuesday, this week would have sucked due to anxiety. Anyone else trying to convince themselves they've been rejected (and I mean fully convince) just so Saturday won't be really super duper fantastically disappointing?

Posted by: Ryan on March 12, 2008

HI
I think I have got a big problem here.
Well, the admission decision is out in 2 days and I haven't yet put my financial aids application yet. Yes, I know it's very very late.
What should I do now?????

Posted by: Qinxin on March 12, 2008

@Qinxin,
What you should do now is submit your financial aid application. Immediately! Pronto! Toute suite! grin

Posted by: MIT Parent on March 12, 2008

Sorry [about above].
Exams Div didn't average the grade; they placed the schol profile in the wrong category.

Posted by: Sceth on March 12, 2008

Qinxin,
Financial aid applications are separate from the admission decision. Since you are late, they can't guarantee you financial aid should you qualify, and their decision will be right.

Someone, verify?

Posted by: Ryan on March 12, 2008

@ ryan: i am telling myself "i have no chance."

Posted by: 0 on March 12, 2008

@Alexis ROBERT:

heheh. yeah, I can only imagine... lately I've been playing with ruby on rails applications, mostly CMSs, and they work quite nicely.. I've yet to integrate them properlyl with Apache and the like... Perl, even though still current, feels like a rock compared to ruby D;

@Anonymous:
mais, bien sûr, ça serait magnifique: pouvoir continuer avec l'apprentissage des langues. Et alors, Arabique! ça marche bien! Moi, j'aime les langues, et particulièrement les langues avec des alphabets différents á ça que je connais....

De hecho aprendí los alfabetos Coreano, Cirílico y los dos Japoneses... claro con un poquito de cada idioma. De hecho son bastante útiles para comunicarse 'en código' con personas que los conocen, ya que son fáciles de entender y a la vez son completamente ininteligibles para aquellos que no los conocen..


@Will

Oh yes, some literature is merely not meant to be analysed. I recall this introduction to Huckleberry Finn... Sam Clemens had a little note warning those who would want to analyse it; somewhere along the lines of 'those who analyse this book will be shot'

Posted by: Domenzain on March 12, 2008

@ Will:

Here you go, this is the 'Notice' verbatim

'Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.'

Posted by: Domenzain on March 12, 2008

@Domenzain
Aprendí también los "alphabets" de coreano y cirílico, pero ya olvidí el coreano :( el cirílico siempre uso también para encodar o escribier algo cuando estoy aburrido en clase.

Est-ce que ta essayé d'apprendre le portugais ? Tu sais que si on sait déjà le français et l'espagnol c vraiment facile...en fait c que de l'espagnol avec un accent français hehheh.

And seeing that bit that Twain wrote makes me happy. I read that book for school and analyzed it, which makes it all the better. At the same time, knowing that Twain is a satirist, I'd bet he's just being...well, Mark Twain.

Posted by: Will on March 13, 2008

@Will

Non, pas encore, mais j'aimerais bien apprendre le portugais! Je peut bien comprendre, mais je ne peut pas bien parler.. même chose avec l'italien el le catalan... presque toutes les langues 'romanes'

Hay varios idiomas que se vuelven más comprensibles al saber francés ingles y español... ya sea alemán, portugués, tagalog, o cualquier otro de tantos idiomas facinantes que hay!

Yes, Mark Twain always gets me in the mood. Now I crave for a good read.

Posted by: Domenzain on March 13, 2008

Whoa, those timestamps on the posts are rather curious.. I imagine around what time do people elsewhere come check these blogs... In my time zone, it's just 10:25 pm

Posted by: Domenzain on March 13, 2008

I must say, as far as these massive-comment-threads-before-a-decision-day go, this one is pretty amazing. Starting out with the infamous stealing of Ben's first post and eventually morphing into a large international discussion...heh, for EA, it was a lot of, as Snively put it, "programming and poems." Still, it's really cool to see the many different aspects that make up the (potential) class of 2012. And if fortune smiles on Saturday morning, this thread makes me even more excited to meet you guys. =D

@Alexis ROBERT (way back up there...I haven't read this thread in a while):

Heh, cron is awesome. I didn't actually think of using it -- mrawr, I should immerse myself in Unix more. By the way, I'm using OS X (long live Macs!), so I don't use x-www-browser (which is mostly a Linux thing, I think?). But thanks man! It always makes me happy to see my fellow programmers.

Posted by: asm on March 13, 2008

man, those clocks are making me more anxious.

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

Wow, this just freaked me out. The way everyone else is freaking out also doesn't help! raspberry

I only applied to 3 schools, one of them just rejected (ignored) me because my TOEFL TWE score was only 4.5 and they wanted a 5, despite me getting extremely high in the non-essay part. Now there's just MIT.. and Harvard.

I think I have quite a good chance of getting into MIT. I think I did very well everywhere. My essays were good, very ugly thanks to the word limit, but they had a point. My test scores were top 10%, thank God. The only thing that worries me is how MIT considers my personality. My recommendations all gave the impression that I'm a complete geek. And I've kinda annoyed at least two bloggers here with poorly worded comments :/

Admissions can be brutal. I feel like all I can do is sit here, waiting for a nuclear warhead to hit. We did our best 3 months ago. Around 90% of us won't make it :(

Let's just hold hands and hope that those of us in this side of the bunker make it through..

Posted by: Muz on March 13, 2008

The post is pushed out from home page but let's keep up the good work.
LOL, CC is also heating up.
Everything is heating up. Hope MIT increases the admit rate for internationals this time.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 13, 2008

Hmm... I wonder how many of us who do make it will actually survive the fallout. Seeing all the blogs on final exams and subjects and psets and stuff, MIT does look like a pretty scary place to be. Fun, but scary raspberry

Posted by: Muz on March 13, 2008

I was going to read through ever one of those comments, but my anxiety was growing.

Which is ridiculous, because I do not get nervous or upset at all frequently. Also, I have refused to set my heart on this school, so that I can keep my eyes open. But secretly it means a lot to me.

So I'm sitting here, nervous, for the first time in I don't know when.

Time has been going at a different pace for me than the rest of the world, and it's already march. And I forgot to send in my midyear reports (a shame since I have almost all As last semester and this quarter, because I don't have quite as cynical of teachers, I guess. I was going attach a note to it explaining that.), well ok, I didn't forget, but it was like, oh, the quarter just started, I don't know, I wonder who is supposed to help me do this? And then it was now. It is exhausting to thing about. I also didn't send in info on my native american heritage.

There are so many more important things in the world. Really there are. I promise.

And even though I kind of want to take a year off and do amazing things, and I don't think I could afford it even if I did get in, I think I would be happiest there.

I think at one point I was thinking about how getting in didn't matter, and even if I became homeless due to not getting in, I would still have a meaningful life... Well, now, I found out, that I legally qualify as homeless (I hadn't thought about it, but it makes sense). Funny how things come full circle like that, and I haven't even been rejected yet.

Ha, Life is defiantly (I mean definitely, but...) going to be an adventure, I can see that much thus far.

Posted by: Mackenzie Sowers on March 13, 2008

Since there are so many comments on getting perfects scores, being in a top 3 of the class etc... I truly believe that the Admissions do not look for a perfect student but a student with PASSION... The fact is that even if you have 800s in SAT and all As at your school it does not mean that you will take advantage of the MIT education in the future and "make a change". And that is probably what the Admission expects from us once the students have graduated...

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

Since there are so many comments on getting perfects scores, being in a top 3 of the class etc... I truly believe that the Admissions do not look for a perfect student but a student with PASSION... The fact is that even if you have 800s in SAT and all As at your school it does not mean that you will take advantage of the MIT education in the future and "make a change". And that is probably what the Admission expects from us once the students have graduated...

Posted by: dotty on March 13, 2008

@Domenzain: rails doesn't scale well (oh no, it scales well, but you need to add new servers more often :p) mainly because they have implemented some features using the "Method missing" exception, which is very very CPU costive (because it needs to interrupt the program, go to the exception management function, and go back to the program, and so on, many times per hit ...). Yes, purely object designs and very abstracted things can eat a lot of CPU smile (because you don't really manage the CPU cycles beside one line of code)

@asm: Under OSX, it's open http://url if i remember correctly (I've removed OSX exactly one week before 15/3, so I can't really help you more than this, sorry).

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 13, 2008

So many hindi speakers, I am afraid. I am neither from dubai nor from pakistan.Hindi again-
Caltech ka decision aneka bad indian logoko thora samazdari ana chahie.IIT me bideshi student negi lete hai, isi lie mujhe india pasand nehi hai.
You will know me if and only if I am in.(Admission ki bare me itna tension lene ka kya jarurat hai)
(Now some bahasa malaya-)
Terima kasih.
(I am not from malaysia or indonesia)

Posted by: Martin who is not martin on March 13, 2008

Hehe, I'm Malaysian. I'm so tempted to ramble something in Malay, but I won't raspberry

Somehow, I get the horrible feeling that when the decisions come out, the servers will be down for a few days because of all the international students opening it at the same time..

Posted by: Muz on March 13, 2008

@Libin, way up
For heaven's sake, Jugaad is NOT bribe... It refers to ingenious solutions to problems... And describes perfectly how problems are solved back home... The name comes from a unique kinda vehicle popular in rural India, made by attaching a pumpset motor to a set of wheels...

Posted by: Soaham on March 13, 2008

I got a rejection letter from Caltech yesturday:( I really hope not to get the same one from MIT! Good luck to all of us,guys!!!
*hoping for the best,but preparing for the worst*

Posted by: MaX on March 13, 2008

Alright, it was not bribe...but something related to it...in a way it meant that. Sorry people.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 13, 2008

@ Anonymous
THANK YOU! I totally agree. Nearly 60% of the kids applying to MIT can handle the work (according to these blogs) and many of them have impress resumes. The admissions office has to look at other qualities or they wouldn't know who to admit! MIT truly is about curiosity, excitement, and change; that is why many of us wanted to go there in the first place! Hang in there everybody! The wait is nearly over!

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

Yesterday, I dreamed about meeting Ben!! Talking to him, face-to-face!!He is sooo friendly, just like his blogs wink

Hope it really comes true!!! =) =)

Posted by: senna on March 13, 2008

@Alexis ROBERT

ah, ça se voit stupide de moi.. ne pas penser à le fonctionnement des serveurs ...

At least not in a bigger scale! To me, Ruby has just the right feel as a programming language, and Rails gives it some pretty nifty possibilities to develop quickly for the intertubes. I'd say, if you have the resources... you should probably give it a go.

J'ai vu ton site d'internet et c'est si intéressant tout ça que tu fais! Je suis curieux, laquelle distribution Debian est'ce que tu as sûr ton portable?

Posted by: Domenzain on March 13, 2008

I am scared..........

Posted by: Talal S. Almani on March 13, 2008

I am so scared..........

Posted by: Talal S. Almani on March 13, 2008

@ Domenzain: lol.

@ Talal: Inta min wain?

Posted by: Fatin on March 13, 2008

Come on MIT, i got waitlisted at caltech, but mit is still my first choice, as a chiagoan i love cold winters and mild summers. So anxious two more days!!!!!! Good luck to all, once again!!!!

Posted by: Jay on March 13, 2008

:( hi im from Ecuador really nervous

Posted by: btty on March 13, 2008

I also got rejected from caltech, and mit is my first choice. This is the first time I post and Im really scared. Mit is our dream. And everyone here has made a great effort to apply, I flew to the US to get an interview. raspberry I would like to have the chance and meet you all so from now I will be posting more frequently.

Betty Barcos- Ecuador

( :( Sorry for the spelling or grammar mistakes)

Posted by: btty on March 13, 2008

@Domenzain: Thanks smile

You're right, no product in the computer industry is perfect. You just need to choose what that's better for you. Sometimes it can be Rails (if you don't have so much development time for example), sometimes it can be C++ (if you want *great* performance smile ).

In the same way, I use Debian Sid. I've tried Ubuntu for a while, but I really love debian : I can do whatever I want to, I don't need to be stuck with the tools that Ubuntu has chosen (and I really love dpkg/apt/aptitude :D, fast, really good designed, and sooo good dependencies algorithms).

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 13, 2008

@Domenzain: Btw, I love rails. I'm currently building a web app which is a "drug management system", so you can track all your medical treatment on a website : when you take a drug, drug stock, how many drug takes you can have this day (and this month), track migraines/headaches/blood pressure/BPM, and having SMS notifications when you need to take a drug :D (yes, I'm pretty proud of it :p)

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 13, 2008

I got into Caltech, I hope I can get into MIT as well :D

Posted by: Manou on March 13, 2008

OH I'm freaking out!!! Too scared to actually check it on Saturday!!! I have a sneaking suspicion of what the outcome will be... Maybe I'll wait till the end of the month when all the Ivy decisions come....can't prolong heartbreak over two weeks....might as well have it all at once...or at least have some good and some(and i use the word lightly) bad news. Duality, balance, symmetry... sounds good.

Posted by: Aamir on March 13, 2008

@Sceth and Anonymous

I am not a greencard holder, thus I couldn't possibly be accepted early/already, lols. When I said I wished that at least some more of us could get in, I meant that I wouldn't mind some more Caribbean friends other than those who already are at MIT.Well, to Trinis and all Caribbean and international applicants alike, may God guide and bless us all wherever we do end up!

Posted by: MMM- St George's College, Barataria on March 13, 2008

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Pi Day! The day is as infinitely important as the ratio: Circumference/Diameter.

Posted by: Ben on March 13, 2008

hey ben (above) are you in another hemisphere or something?

Posted by: anon on March 13, 2008

Yeah. Pi day isn't until tomorrow. Unless in the other hemisphere pi is 3.13

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

Motherofdeferred, I believe MIT could fill four or more classes with students like our children. My son was accepted EA in December, and of course we think he deserved to be admitted - but we realize that we'll never know why he was chosen among all the others. The Admissions counselors must use "soft" criteria ("passion", risk-taking, extracurriculars, etc.) and they must try to craft a well-rounded class (even if each student is not so well-rounded but special in one or two unique ways), because the vast majority of applicants are academic stars. There's more than a bit of luck and packaging involved in the process. The truth is, your child will likely get into several amazing schools.

Laser, good luck! I really hope you get accepted. Our family is rooting for you too.

Posted by: Roy on March 13, 2008

gosh i am nervous...

Posted by: Saif on March 13, 2008

@ Roy:
I am very sorry that you feel that passion and risk-taking or "soft" criteria. I can somewhat understand passion, because that is a "buzz-word" that means nothing now; what MIT does want is excitement and curiosity from their students. But you do not understand how hard it is to take risks in a brutal high school environment centered around popularity. I come from a school that is somewhat stuck in the past and many people at school do not believe that girls are smart. I am ranked second in my class, but my English teacher told the boy ranked third behind me he needs to pass me up because a girl does not deserve to be ranked second. Working hard and getting good grades is such a risk for me, because it means being rejected and made fun of constantly. It would have been so much easier to stop trying and act like a ditz in order to be accepted by my peers, but I went against the norm, and finally it has paid off. I don't want to start any arguments, but I am very touchy about this subject because going through high school has been so hard for me, and I know it was much harder for many other students who have also been rejected by their peers. I was accepted early action along with your son, and I believe that MIT saw through my essays and extra-curriculars that I love being involved and always work hard. If they didn't see these things, they would not have admitted me; I'm sure they saw these qualities in your son, too. Please realize that there are plenty of well-rounded kids and that risk-taking and "passion" are not "soft" criteria; school work is not the only thing that will get a person into MIT.

Posted by: Diana '12 on March 13, 2008

me too :S

Posted by: btty on March 13, 2008

Does anyone know the stats on how many people got deferred this year?

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

@ Anonymous
~ 3000 applicants (probably a little less)

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

@anonymous (up a few posts)

well i was hinting that maybe it was already pi day in his time zone... but yeah maybe if you use funky rounding methods pi could be 3.13...

Posted by: anon on March 13, 2008

Diana, I believe by "soft" it is meant something that isn't concrete i.e. not provable with numbers. Hence the quotations, really; a figurative soft.

Posted by: Laser on March 13, 2008

@Diana '12, I agree completely with you. In no way was the word "soft" used as a synonym for "inferior"; my intention was to compare what happens at elite schools like MIT, to the admissions process at large state schools, which is largely driven by numbers, statistics, SAT/ACT scores, etc. There was no intention on my part to denigrate anyone's accomplishments, and I think that was obvious in my post.

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

@ Will-

Thanks, congrats to you too! I can't go to PFW, but I'm going to see the campus next week. Good luck wherever you end up going, though!

Posted by: Moose on March 13, 2008

Guys, we ALL have to agree on this though:

EVERY ONE OF US ROCKS DESPITE THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE.

Look at this, all these posts...you can sense the passion oozing from the Class of 2008, or shall I say...prospective Class of 2012, no matter WHERE we end up.

Posted by: Burcu on March 13, 2008

Does anyone else feel an urge to play "Final Countdown" in the five minutes before Saturday at noon?

Posted by: 0 on March 13, 2008

Final countdown sounds like the most brilliant idea I've heard in a while...anyone's in for it?

Posted by: beneah on March 14, 2008

shit, i'm really nervous now after getting rejected from caltech.
i'm just praying to God for the best.

Posted by: kv on March 14, 2008

I got rejected from caltech as well...I applied for EE what about you?

Posted by: bob on March 14, 2008

Hey, yall. Finally, 1 more day and 1 more night, after that either our dreams come true or our nightmare will start. smile
Good luck to all of us.
About me: I am more than hopeless since my scores of SATs and ACTs are below mid 50%, and my record of volunteer was blank (I am a new resident in the U.S.)
P.O: Any one here speak Vietnamese :D Hehe...

Posted by: Comets on March 14, 2008

Well, for all you Indians out there, another message in hindi from a fellow indian: ummeed pe hi to duniya kayam hai... hum indians ke liye MIT mein chance kum hai to kya hua, chance to hai naa... isi liye, prarthna karo admission mil jaye... vaise bhi kuch logo ko milega, kuch logo ko nahi milega, humne apna kaam kar diya hai, ab faisla hamare haaton mein nahin hain...

Good luck to everyone!

Posted by: Parshu on March 14, 2008

@Parshu
Coming down to sanskrit now - "Karmanye vaadhikaraste, ma faleshu Kadachanh..."

Posted by: Soaham on March 14, 2008

I have a feeling MIT is soon starting a hindi medium blog!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

@Parashu,@Soaham
Coming down to Kannada
Parvah ila.Madko bidi

Posted by: Anonymous on March 14, 2008

@Comets
see this:

http://www.collegeconfidential.com/ivy_league/ivy_league_cs3.htm

and he got rejected!

Posted by: me on March 14, 2008

@me

That guy in the case study comes across as extremely conceited and selfish. It is no shock whatsoever that he was not accepted, what with a reeking attitude like that, who would accept him? I wish him the absolute best though,and there's no denying that he is academically gifted.

Posted by: M39 on March 14, 2008

final countdown seems fun ...
at least we'll all be sharing the pain of the last couple min of waiting

Posted by: Charlotte on March 14, 2008

and i have to agree all the comments at the end about how he's onnllyyy second makes it seem just a bit conceited ... either way he rocks and its not what's going to change the decision of the college

Posted by: Charlotte on March 14, 2008

wow that guy....

Posted by: btty on March 14, 2008

Comets -- chuc Comets may man, hy vong Comets se dduoc vao MIT. Chi co Ong Troi moi biet ai dduoc vao... dduoc hay khong cung cuoi vzui vze grin

Posted by: VN on March 14, 2008

Neva mind that guy...
Lets focus on the count down together and hope all of us get in.. By the way anyone else from Sri Lanka?

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Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

We all did our best, nothing else that we can do at this moment -- let have some fun together --
"play "Final Countdown" in the five minutes" tomorrow, do we start by second or minutes -- any suggestion?

Posted by: Diana on March 14, 2008

Anonymous --- I can hear your voice from here, at my time zone, it's exactly 1 day left

Posted by: Diana on March 14, 2008

24 hours 0 minutes 0 seconds....

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

we're at least hundreds that are gonna be refreshing this blog and our mymit accounts during the final 5 min so i think startin wit seconds would be a bit OD

Posted by: Charlotte on March 14, 2008

dont u just love daylight savings ...
i personally live in france .. and since the states changed hours and we didnt, that means one hour less to wait for us :D:D YAAYYY (normal time difference would mean its 6 PM in france when its 12 in the states ... wit daylight savings its 5 PM in france when its 12 PM in the states :D:D)
YAYYYYYYYYYYY

Posted by: anonymous on March 14, 2008

Yaar, bhagwan ke liye ye live countdown post karna band karo... dimaag ka dahi to waise hi ho raha hai...

Posted by: Soaham on March 14, 2008

@me: I agree with you. I've read his essay and ... whoah. I'm not an English expert (i had 88/120 at TOEFL iBt), but I think he didn't replies to the question.

He just' speaks about his present, and doesn't speak about his future plans (like a new computer idea that he has, some projects, and so on), he just says that, hmm, the future will go in the same way it is, other than attending an university in computer science. I don't know, but I might say that it's not what MIT seeks (as said in previous comments by other people).

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 14, 2008

When do they assign MIT ID#'s? Does having one mean that I've been accepted?!

Posted by: Someone on March 14, 2008

@Someone: I've heard they assign IDs to people who apply using the standard paper forms, just to attach forms to the same guy. So ... I don't know. And through, as said before, decisions are not final unless tomorrow (or they would release it, because it's Pi Day, they would not miss this ! :D).

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 14, 2008

Diana- I feel for you for what you had to endure during your high school years and am excited for you that your college years will be different because it will be filled with students that want to learn. Kudos for not going the easy route and for being true to yourself.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for my son as he feels MIT is the place he can thrive at but believe that whatever is meant to be will be. He will survive no matter the decision and we will support him with whatever his choices (all good ones!) I hope he gets to meet you someday at MIT!

Posted by: Mom of Deferred on March 14, 2008

Its so weird that this chain will end in exactly 22 hrs and 42 mins. there are so many comments right now, anyone know the no.? so i can be the nth comment. lol

Posted by: Chanddeep on March 14, 2008

hahaha 500!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

^^and yes i counted every one of them... im bored

Posted by: enewts (last anon) on March 14, 2008

the mymit thing is 2 busy
i cant even imagine wut its gonna be like 2morro :'(

Posted by: aahhh on March 14, 2008

21 hours, 41 minutes left, and 15 seconds left!!

Posted by: Fatin on March 14, 2008

^ lol. left, left. I added the seconds bit without fixing my "wording".

Posted by: Fatin on March 14, 2008

505!!!

i hope i get in.....

Posted by: mit hopeful '12!!! on March 14, 2008

Oh maaan, I had to find out the day BEFORE about the online decisions... My nerves are nervous!

Good luck to everyone!

Posted by: Nestor on March 14, 2008

i'm really nervous...best of luck everyone!!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

o man me 2 ... dont kno how im gonna sleep 2nite ... and i have an exam 2morro rite be4 the results ... yikkesss

@ Nestor ... I'd say your pretty lucky to have only found out 2day wink most of us have been in this state for the past week smile

Posted by: maelle on March 14, 2008

I'm gonna party all night long and then be too hung over to really care.

Ben, you should post some pictures of the mail sending process like you did back in '06.

Is this the most important decision of my life so far? I hope not.

Good Luck to all of you!

Posted by: justanotherbrickinthewall on March 14, 2008

less than a day left!

Posted by: OMG on March 14, 2008

omgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg


i CAN'T BELIEVE THIS 21 HOURS TO GO!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

@justanotherbrickinthewall

I'm right there with you. Tonights a night for partying!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

Good luck to everyone! Here's hoping for the best :3

Posted by: Aleu on March 14, 2008

@Anonymous
I'm from the great Canada too!!, Born in Montreal where are you from??
@All Hindi ppl: main tumhare dard samajh sakta hoon. har ghante ke baad aisa lagta hai ke purra saal beetgaya!! Can't wait
@Tous les francophones, je parle francais aussi, mais je viens de Montreal. Bonne chance a tout le monde, nous allons reussir n'importe ou!

Posted by: Karth on March 14, 2008

Ahh! Decisions TOMOROW!
As a Canadian student, I don't expect to get in considering last year's stats, but I can still hope can't I wink

Posted by: Lee on March 14, 2008

The decisions are finally coming out. Now that I have reached this point, I start to wonder how it all started. Some of us might be frightened, excited, or even inpatient. However, I believe that there is one thing that you will all agree with me on. Accepted or not, this has been an amazing journey, a breathtaking experience. We worked hard to get to this point and I assure you that no matter the outcome, our efforts will not have been done in vain. Everything happens for a reason.
Good luck to us all.

Posted by: Emmanuel on March 14, 2008

It will be not fair to say I am not nervous, but I don't think I am as nervous as you guys coz I know the decision is not going to be in my favour. So all the best guys.. God Bless

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

The Ides of March have come ( atleast in India hey have)

Aye Caesar, but not gone....

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

To Bob:
i applied for environmental engineering

Posted by: kv on March 14, 2008

@Anonymous
'lol time zones'

@Karth
bien sûr, bonne chance mon ami. Ça manque seulement 19h 20 minutes et quelques secondes.

Posted by: Domenzain on March 14, 2008

OH MY GOD
IM DYING
OMG
OMG
OMG
OMG
I HOPE IGET IN
OMG OMG OMG
OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Posted by: sheyda on March 14, 2008

16h 15 mins left. 522th comment. yay!!!!!!!! beat tht hahaha

Posted by: Chanddeep on March 14, 2008

523rd as well

Posted by: Chanddeep on March 14, 2008

oh boy, bracing 4 rejection tomorrow. here goes.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

test

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

Omg I have to play in a very important piano competition before decisions come out tomorrow morning and be in our one act play for a clinic while decisions come out so I'll be late ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: sunny in Texas on March 14, 2008

omg... i'm so nervous... But good luck for all of us smile i love this blog! this has been so fun... just reading everyone's posts I really like you all...

btty ! :D

Posted by: btty on March 14, 2008

omg... i'm so nervous... But good luck for all of us smile i love this blog! this has been so fun... just reading everyone's posts I really like you all...

btty ! :D

Posted by: btty on March 14, 2008

Oh My GOD! oh no no no no no no no no, only a few minutes left!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

Will i be in? Will I be there? Will I love that place? Where will i be the next 4 years? MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Berkeley???

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

Can't wait a minute longer!!!! What if I get rejected??? Then again, there's always community college =P

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2008

Good luck everyone! about 12 more hours left! Happy Pi Day! Good luck everyone! about 12 more hours left! Happy Pi Day! <3

Posted by: Lucy on March 14, 2008

12 hrs 00 mins to go

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Exactly 12 hours left!

Starting counting down together guys. Waiting either for best or the worse.

@ VN: Thanks for the greeting. Haha. I love it.

@ me: Forget about him, focus to us now.

I love yall. Good luck Alll

Posted by: Comets on March 15, 2008

No matter what happens in 11.5 hours, we will all end up much better and mature when we graduate from whichever university we attend.

Posted by: Daniel on March 15, 2008

Ben, just one request. Do tell us number of applicant and number of accepted applicants on the basis of country, please! smile
It was a great journey till here.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 15, 2008

less than 12 hrs ..... good night everyone. I already prepare for the worst

Posted by: VN on March 15, 2008

@Comets

don't forget besides the best and the worst, there's also the "grey ground".

I seriously can't take another two months of waiting....

Posted by: bgao2 on March 15, 2008

Hey VN,
uh...I don't think you should say that. No offense, but you are pretty much putting yourself down and that is not cool. Everybody is an individual--we are all the best in our own ways and that may or may not be in the form of...well whatever happens in 12 hours.

I'm pretty nervous myself. I somewhat await the response--I don't know. But all I can say is, I hope the best for everybody--whatever decision comes, it's probably for the better moreso for the worse.

I guess I'm prepared. *Sigh* Good luck, again. Remember, no matter what comes out, it doesn't deform our character--only demonstrates what's good for us.

=S

Posted by: Samisab on March 15, 2008

It's so crazy that there's always someone on this site! Good luck everyone!! smile

Posted by: Emily on March 15, 2008

It's so crazy that there's always someone on this site! Good luck everyone!! smile

Posted by: Emily on March 15, 2008

@ Alexis ROBERT, beneah and some Anon up there...

Ah, the task at hand is simple, but mighty! I've just set up my server to get "Final Countdown"by Europe exactly five minutes before the release of the Good or Bad news; music will go off as loudly as possible.

Thanks to Alexis ROBERT for the reminder of cron

in your command line type the command

contab -e

then insert the following line to your crontab file

55 * 15 03 * mad123 /path/where/your/song/is.mp3

the first asterisk should the time in hours from 0-23 one hour before the actual time; the 55 denotes five minutes before the next hour. 15 03 is the IDES OF MARCH. Last asterisk goes in place for the year. mad123 is the command I'm using to play mp3 from command line, but use the one you like the most! at the end you should have your path to the song.

You can also add a piece of code to open the website for you.. just like Alexis ROBERT mentions above.

Posted by: Domenzain on March 15, 2008

Ugh, time passes so slow... might as well get some sleep smile

Night everyone and good lucky ^.^

Posted by: Blaine on March 15, 2008

@Emily

Even though Apple has managed to commercialise this, take it verbatim..


Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

~Johnny Appleseed.

Posted by: Domenzain on March 15, 2008

This goes out for everybody
Please, please, please don't put yourself down. Look, I know some of us (I'm talking about myself here, really) aren't the cherry on top, cream of the crop. That doesn't mean we should put ourselves down. I remember in Freshman year once, my friend in my biology class recieved a 95 on a quiz. I looked at him sadly and said, "Gosh! You got a 95! I'm so stupid! I won't get a 95". I was sure I would get a mediocre grade, but I got my quiz back with a 90%. I felt guilty about what I said, but that was freshman year. Now I'm a senior and I realize that putting myself down is a symbol of ungratefulness. Nobody is stupid--just because you aren't an all-star student, does not mean you are officially deemed as "unworthy of intelligence".

Since I feel like really spilling my heart right now (lol) I'll tell you about myself.

Before high school started, I wanted to go to a really good school with a prestigous program. I enrolled at this one school that was not in my zone--about 25 minutes away from my home (compared to a mere 10-15 minutes which my zoned school fell into). It had the IB program and was considered to be a good school. Excited for its name, I signed up--and guess what. Freshman year= the happiest year of my life. I can't even go to describe--I was so happy. I was enthralled. Not only was I studying at a good school and a part of an internationally-known program of higher-level learning, I was also an integrated part of a diverse community (More than 30-40 nationalities schoolwide!) School was so alive! There were club activities everyday. The patio outside was a beautiful place to be especially when the sun shined.

Sounds too good to be true right?

In the middle of freshman year, I found out my uncle (I live with a six-member family)lost his job. He couldn't find one in the area we lived in, so he looked around and found one he liked in California. I was so heartbroken--I can't even go to tell you how many tantrums I threw that year. I was becoming so crazy--I am serious, it was almost like insanity was reaching me. I did crazy things and fell into a very deep period of depression that killed my freshman year grades.

In sophomore year, I went to my new school. I was so ungrateful because it did not have the same standards as my old school--but it was not a bad school, I was just lacking the need to appreciate what I had. I found out, because I was new and registered late, I would be in all regular classes. I was hurt, humiliated, and angry. I told myself I'll do really well so that next year I could enroll in higher level classes. Although I had many good things coming to me, like teachers who really loved me and my character, I was always complaining--always so ungrateful.

But I did really well.

My uncle again had issues with his work. Third high school. On the first day of school, I was so tired--I was angry at my mom for no reason and I told her I won't go to bed on time. So I slept at about 2 AM, angry and nervous all at the same time.

Teachers did not like me that much--I got into trouble with my AP english teacher who made me cry very badly. Because I moved, I had trouble with making up my summer assignment and doing work for about three AP classes, so I dropped the class. I was so unbelievably upset. I also had no friends in my AP biology class and inadvertently got kicked out of my first lab group table because another girl transferred from another class and took my spot with her friends. Our second bio lab was so hard, I needed help--so i thought the teacher would provide it for me if I asked her. The next day, she yelled at me so hard--I won't forget it. I remember her e-mail to me "you are in an AP class". I insisted I spent three hours figuring out what to do. People were staring at me while she yelled at me.

By God's grace, I made it through junior year. To make up for English, every Saturday I went to a community college and took Freshman English for four hours every morning (for about 15 Saturdays). I was upset because I barely made any good friends and remembered, during prom night (I Friday), I stayed at home and did homework for my Freshman English class. At 12 AM, still working on my project, I logged onto facebook and saw everybody's pictures.

Secretly, I felt a pinch of self-pity.

Now I'm a senior and just turned seventeen years old, I feel like my character has evolved. I see life in a different manner and a different stance and write A LOT about human nature (especially amongst us teenagers). I feel that I am a deeper person who is able to see beyond the surface. I feel wiser and sometimes stronger. There is still room for improvement--but I have taken what I've learned and tried to see it for the better than the worse.

I have learned from life and decided I love learning. I am SO far from a perfect student--I did not become valedictorian as I once dreamt I would be, nor did I get super-much-of-anything really. But I've recieved a lot of wisdom from life's lessons and I try to implement this on people who need the help. I'm grateful for all the positive feedback I've recieved and intend to make it a point in my life to do something to see people happy. I have realized how to value learning--whether it comes from a walk in the park or a textbook. That is why I try to further myself.

I don't tell this story for anybody to feel sorry for me--just know that nobody is always perfect--you can see my example--but we strive for excellence and that is an excellent move on its own! Don't put yourself down! Calm down, relax, and smile =].

yay.

Posted by: Samisab on March 15, 2008

wow samisab. u did spill ur heart out

Posted by: Chanddeep on March 15, 2008

PS--if you guys really want to vent or let it out or talk to me, feel free to IM me- executive ali b.

Posted by: Samisab on March 15, 2008

@Samisab
You are being too emotional, now... I feel sorry about the unforgettable high school memory that you had. Anyways, my story was totally different since I moved from one country to another. I was totally depressed, you know, at the first semester at the new school since I was not able to speak, to understand English.

Anyways, we all are giving out hopes and waiting for the happiness. Let's cheer out for this moment.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Good luck everybody!

Posted by: Diana on March 15, 2008

@anonymous
haha, I am not trying to be emotional. My purpose in telling the story is for people to appreciate themselves for everything--even if the end result doesn't seem perfect. I am happy with the person I have become and accept my circumstances because they've taught me the value of many, many, many things I've taken granted for and also taught me how to be passionate and hard working. My goal in telling the story was to push people to not deem themselves mediocre/etc. but instead use a mishap as a positive shaping of a better tommorow.

Like my buddy, Kanye West says, "For me, givin' up's WAY HARDER than tryin'"

smile

Posted by: Samisab on March 15, 2008

well said... frankly, now that its about 8 hours before the decision, I'm feeling a lot calmer. Even though MIT is the only school (besides IIT ofcourse) that I've applied to...
If I get rejected, I'll be disappointed no doubt, and sad too. But life will inveriably move on...

For those who know the movie "Munnabhai MBBBS" - "Phir ek din apni gali me, AISHWARYA AAI !!! Ho o o o oooo"

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

how MANY MORE HOURS DO WE STILL HAVE?

Posted by: Le-yo on March 15, 2008

8 hours to go!

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

IN 8 HOURS I WILL BE ASLEEP. IT'S AFTERNOON HERE

Posted by: LE-YO on March 15, 2008

about 8 hours

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

i wish i could bend time and space and have my self as one of the space time travellers. this tension would be minimal

Posted by: Le-yo on March 15, 2008

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all uphill,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit;
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tints of the clouds of doubt,
So, stick to the fight when you are hardest hit,
It's when things go wrong that you must NOT quit!

Posted by: Roshini on March 15, 2008

Its afternoon here too... But who the hell do u think is gonna sleep ???

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

I know I have slighest chance for getting admission in MIT.So, no REAL tension on me.Once I thought I am a very good student.But in the last year, SAT exams have made me completely inconfident about my capability.Let alone SAT1, Even I could not do well in SAT 2 EXAMS.When I submitted my application 1, I did not take either of the SAT exams.Then I even did not imagine how real good time awaiting for me!!!! Now I have only consolation that I am going to get a refusal letter from mit.Sometimes life is truly ruthless.When someone discovers all the life he has been living with a wrong belief about oneself.But I have not still lost my dream.My dream to be a great biologist is still in my mind.
Now I only worry about one thing.That is anyhow I have to get back my lost confidence.
GOOD LUCK FOR ALL OF YOU BUDDIES!!!!

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds
0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds
0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds
0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds
0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds
0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds
0 days, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 38 seconds

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

My second cousin got rejected from a school--I think she's pretty mad because, she put a lot of time and effort into her app and you know--rejection hurt her. I made her a card =].

She's my second cuz, but we're the same ago so we get along good--I don't know her that well but I think if somebody you know got rejected from somewhere or feel down and depressed, do something to show you care smile

Today I gotta volunteer at some place for AP Environmenal Science (wish I never took that class :( ). Won't be back home till 1 PM PST (4 EST). I wish all of you good luck. I guess I'm half-nervous/waiting half-ehhhh you know, going with the flow of life.

Good luck again guys!

Posted by: Samisab on March 15, 2008

My second cousin got rejected from a school--I think she's pretty mad because, she put a lot of time and effort into her app and you know--rejection hurt her. I made her a card =].

She's my second cuz, but we're the same ago so we get along good--I don't know her that well but I think if somebody you know got rejected from somewhere or feel down and depressed, do something to show you care smile

Today I gotta volunteer at some place for AP Environmenal Science (wish I never took that class :( ). Won't be back home till 1 PM PST (4 EST). I wish all of you good luck. I guess I'm half-nervous/waiting half-ehhhh you know, going with the flow of life.

Good luck again guys!

Posted by: Samisab on March 15, 2008

Isnt waitin a killer?

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

somedays you just wanna call it quits//
sometimes u want n crave for the eternal sleep//
its 3:45pm now n soon ma alarm will beep//
n ma heart will skip the beat...bit by bit//
im gettin da nerves now but i know i gota get on wit dis//
life is one big ball o shit...but don't think im about to quit//
m-i-t...i know it will be hard if 10pm today does not go for me//
did i pray hard? no! i know i didn't but i do hope God has mercy//
if he sees anything i did right let Him give me da trophy//
the big fat yes in the m-i-t decision... or else i might need some of that cream, son (crimson)//

lost strands of thoughts...hope it goes well for me... (ima not say dat it goes well for everybody cuz lets face the facts...lets be true...one's pain is another's pleasure...)

peace
1

Posted by: $c/r$0ul_ on March 15, 2008

With the record of maximum comments for Ben, I think the longest comment foes to Samisab...Great going. Let one more record come in as maximum number of international applicants admitted this year at MIT. Please! Best of luck. Hope many get accepted with tons of scholarships.

Posted by: Libin Daniel on March 15, 2008

It's 1115am here. I am finding out at 4pm(UK Time). Before that, I will have a swim and meditate until my alarm clock rings.

Posted by: Ken on March 15, 2008

4 hours to go!
I'm so nervous. I don't think I'm ready to find out whether I got in or not.

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

@Libin Daniel:

Yeah man, it would be cool if many of us will be in MIT, sharing and pursuing their dreams!

4 hours...

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Well I totally agree with you !! smile

Posted by: Tasos on March 15, 2008

ups, sorry for double posting, i meant "our dreams", hopefully smile

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Greetings from Greece!!!
It's 14:12 (local time) and I am waiting for 18:00

Posted by: Tasos on March 15, 2008

Greetings from Kyrgyzstan smile)

Good luck for all of you, guys!

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Greece here too! Nice to see other people from Greece! Gl wink

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

and switzerland here ...
only a couple more hours but this entire mornin has already been dreadful
each min seems to be goin sloower and slooooweeerrrr

cant wait

Posted by: maelle on March 15, 2008

Wow...there was a twenty minute span b/w comments...how odd

Posted by: Xaq on March 15, 2008

Ya
Good luck to everyone

Posted by: Ning Li on March 15, 2008

its hussam.. from JORDAN.. am an arab.. lol
anyone from any place aroundd !!!
cant waittt !!!!!!

Posted by: hussam on March 15, 2008

just three more hours to go...

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Relax....there are only 2 or 3 possible outcomes,don't worry :D

Posted by: dffdfd on March 15, 2008

2 hours, 38 minutes!!!

Posted by: Fatin on March 15, 2008

two and a half -

Question, is anyone going to be able to actually log on when the tie comes. I noticed many times that I couldn't get on because the server was overloaded. I still haven't been able to get my decision from another school that released decisions yesterday for this same reason.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

@ soham apne ko aish nahi chahiye, apne ko priyanka ya deepika chalegi

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

From Colombia...... Can't wait! I had no idea that this was coming out TODAY. I had a dream about MIT last night, so I checked here this morning, and now I'm so nervous!!! 3 more hours until 11pm (THANK YOU DST!)

Posted by: Juliana Peña on March 15, 2008

2 hours!

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

:S

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

Hola Julianaaa! soy de Ecuador tambien estoy super nerviooosaaa! jeje

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

1 hour and a half!

Posted by: Tasos on March 15, 2008

time has frozen.. :S

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

1 hours

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

sucks that in less than 1 hour we are going to be either very happy or very sad :s..

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

@Anonymous

the clock on the wall mocks me, it goes back and forth; stuck in the same couple of seconds.

applicants stare at the wall
the hours and minutes just stall
an hour and a half yet to go...
the time stopped a while ago.

Posted by: Domenzain on March 15, 2008

Uhm....I think I'm gonna be sick.
You should all remember that you have 60 more minutes to fantasize about yourself and your dream school so please do so. Once you see the decision it's final...except for the waitlisted, of course.
Once again, I think I am going to be sick. But it's kinda nice.
A BIG thanks to the admission guys.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Panic...

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

I feel like I'm going to throw up

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

please, please

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

same... we're all feeling the same as you....

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

I came to a cyber lol

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

I

Posted by: Boild. on March 15, 2008

took

Posted by: Boild. on March 15, 2008

comments getting shorter...

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

the 600th

Posted by: Boild. on March 15, 2008

post!

Posted by: Boild. on March 15, 2008

in that case... 601st

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

did they come out earlier??

Posted by: tasos on March 15, 2008

This is going to be the longest half hour of my life.

Posted by: Wade on March 15, 2008

30 more minutes.
The wait is killing me.

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

30 more minutes.
The wait is killing me.

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

28 mins :S

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

This is torture!

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

o man so scared
my stomach is in knots
only 25 min

Posted by: maelle on March 15, 2008

i wonder if this universe favours my dream to go to MIT. I wish everyone and the other mes good luck.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

OMG OMG OMG
just kidding, still time left for getting my refusal letter

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

heheh
a game to waste some time..
wch other college you might still feel good if you get accepted in it but rejected in MIT??

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!!! smilesmile

Posted by: tasos on March 15, 2008

Good luck everyone. (Ok, now maybe karma will kick in!)

Posted by: Michael on March 15, 2008

23 min

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

22 min

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

21 min

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

"heheh
a game to waste some time..
wch other college you might still feel good if you get accepted in it but rejected in MIT??"


Brown!

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

@Maliha
or maybe Stanford

Posted by: tasos on March 15, 2008

accepted from 5 public and one private.Its feeling great that first refusal is from a uni lyk mit

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

I can't take this any longer!
I'm stressed and nervous, but so are you: so good luck to you all!

Posted by: Diana on March 15, 2008

19

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

hola qi han!

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

not applied to any other... IIT....

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

18

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

OR columbia: fu foundation

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

17

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Or Wellesley =)

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

Hey guys, best of luck to you all!!!! ^__^ I hope I see you all next year ^__^.

Posted by: Rutu on March 15, 2008

16

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Caltech?! anyone?

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

15

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

@Maliha
I think that Wellesley College is not coed..
Am I right?

Posted by: tasos on March 15, 2008

14

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

13 :S

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

I love you guys.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Brown? Columbia? Minnesota? any1?

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

gaahhhh
im sooo scared

Posted by: maelle on March 15, 2008

12

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Yep.
Wellesley is a women's college.

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

11

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

bet on that the decision site will not crash in the 1st minute... its MIT after all...lol...

Messed up... brain... stomach... argh...

Posted by: anon on March 15, 2008

IF MIT TOOK ALL OF US!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

TEN :D

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

@ Anonymous
I love u too!

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

10!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tasos on March 15, 2008

The results have already come out! Go check.

Posted by: mm on March 15, 2008

IF MIT TOOK ALL OF US!!

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

10:d

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

decisions r up

Posted by: maelle on March 15, 2008

8!

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

So, who's in?

Posted by: Rutu on March 15, 2008

ahh?

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

Awwwwwwwwwwww denied :(. Oh well, I had other plans anyway raspberry.

Posted by: Michael on March 15, 2008

ITS FINISHED.AT THE LAST GOT REFUSAL

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

denied

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

rejected

Posted by: Soaham on March 15, 2008

I didn't get in.

Posted by: Maliha on March 15, 2008

hmm... did ANYONE get in? raspberry

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Is minnesota too bad than mit for engineering?

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

Argggg refused ...

Posted by: Alexis ROBERT on March 15, 2008

any way here any 1 from bangladesh?

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

rejected

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

denied. I am losing faith in the education system.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

rejected

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

we are majority. we are in 12600 community

Posted by: Rokib on March 15, 2008

univ of illinois

Posted by: btty on March 15, 2008

rejected... it hurts

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

3 out of 4 acceptances - but not good enough (or weirdly unique enough) for MIT. Go figure. Know someone at my high school who was early admit - and, knowing that, I can tell you, the admission process at MIT will now always be one of life's mysteries. After the recent announcment that families with income under $75K get a free ride at MIT (assuming students from those families are subject to the same objective standards from the MIT admissions committee), my mom and dad are like "So, maybe it was a pretty stupid move to work at building a successful business of our own for 30 years - after paying off the loans from our post-grad degrees, sorry Mike. The least we could have done was contribute to the sub-prime mortgage economic debacle - and we failed there, too." I haven't broken the news to them that RPI is probably MORE expensive than MIT...maybe they'll be consoled by the more measured, moderate approach to need-based students, cold comfort to the checkbook Mom and Dad. In my short life, I've come to understand that things happen for reasons we can't fathom at the time. We should take comfort in the fact that when a chain of events is 'forced' either way by any party involved in the decision, the consequences down the line affect our lives and those around us in ways that God never intended.

Posted by: Mike on March 15, 2008

"Sorry, no" goes the website. But there are still many options. Thanks to the Admissions people.

See ya, maybe for graduate school?

Posted by: Domenzain on March 15, 2008

This denial follows the general course of my life...

Posted by: Daniel on March 15, 2008

NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ritvik on March 15, 2008

Oh well, I guess it just wasn't meant to be... :(

Posted by: asm on March 15, 2008

waitlisted... i guess its better than being rejected

Posted by: kv on March 15, 2008

Rejected

Posted by: Anonymous on March 15, 2008

waiting list

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

aw man Denied oh well life goes on holla to all my peeps from bangladesh

Posted by: jahid on March 15, 2008

Got in!

Posted by: Usman Masood on March 15, 2008

if your password has a in it it doesn't seem to work

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2008

To all those who didn't get in:
I didn't get in either, and I've had time to think about it and accept it. I know it may seem like the end of the world for many of you, and I felt the same way when I first saw the decision. But then my best friend reminded me that God has a plan for all of us so I should just accept whatever happens as His decision. And I have. I believe that regardless of the college we go to, we're all going to change the world. We just need to believe in ourselves. It's going to happen. I'm sure that something bigger and better is waiting for all of us.

Posted by: Maliha on March 16, 2008

Not acepted.


Well, let's try again next year...

I started a undergraduate course (Ambiental Chemistry) in my country, Brazil, but I need to apply again, because this is not the course (I want NSE), and it is not offered in my country.

Well, thus... My response to the essay B of the next year will be "how I rised after this".



Men of willpower, see ye next year. Someday the victory shall be thine and mine.

Posted by: Rafael Merlo on March 16, 2008

Hi.pls kindly tell which criteria i didn't fulfill n
the chances for an international transfer.

Posted by: buno on March 17, 2008

rejected :||

@Anonymous.. I am from bangladesh...

Posted by: .... on March 17, 2008

A little appreciated fact re MIT admissions: If last year's 2006-2007 stats have been roughly repeated for this year's crop of applicants, male applicants were admitted at a roughly 9-10% rate, while females were admitted at about 22-23%, or about 2-1/2 times more frequency. So, unless one assumes that the female applicant pool is 2-1/2 times more qualified than the males (a not likely reality), then the overall admissions process is inherently unfair to males -- all in the name of equalizing the genders accepted. This is a blatant quota system that discriminates against many high-quality male applicants, who have, given the stats, undeniably been denied admission so that less-qualified females could be accepted. Just thought this fact should be fully appreciated so that many of you wondering why YOU were not accepted can be consoled by the knowledge that your spot went toward artificially imposing gender equality on an unequal applicant pool. Clearly, the only fair way to have admitted applicants would have been to have the males and females accepted at roughly the same proportions as they represent among the applicants. And, if MIT wishes to move toward equalizing the classes, they should do so by stimulating more female applicants rather than admitting lesser qualified ones. Among the highest ranking colleges, only at MIT where the applicant pool is highly skewed toward males is the admissions process so deliberately distorted to the detriment of one gender (males).

Posted by: M on March 19, 2008

I'll let the above comment stand unless it starts some kind of huge debate with all sorts of unsubstantiated comments, in which case I'll delete the whole thread. We've beaten this topic to death over the years - here, on college confidential, etc. It doesn't need further beating.

As I've said many times in many places, the percentage of women who apply who are truly qualified is greater than the percentage of men who apply who are truly qualified - women are simply more self-selective. Please, let's move on.

Posted by: Ben on March 19, 2008

Easy to assert what you've replied, less easy to really substantiate, particulary that females are 2-1/2 times more selective. And your threat to "delete the whole thread" if debate ensues is less than confidence inspiring in your assertion. I'd be willing to bet almost anything that (using the prior-year stats again and in a gender-blind objective analysis) the 796th male (i.e., the first not to be accepted) was better "truly" qualified than the 715th female (i.e., the last to get in), and so on up and down the lines for I'm not sure how many spots. Or, to put it another way, if the whole decision process was truly gender-blind, far more males would be admitted than the number that you finally come up with. I'm sure the lower quartile of accepted women is terrific in a broad sense, I'm just not convinced that they would all be better than the next 180 or so men, all else being considered. But, since the whole decision process is so subjective to begin with, one can, I guess, always make the claim you've used as justification without any fear of ever being refuted! I'm not aware of their being made public, but if, for example, MIT published average admission stats (SAT/SAT2 scores, GPAs, etc.) by gender, this might at least corroborate your claim on the average, if not necessarily at the extremes. Oh, well. (PS: I tried to find your prior discussion on College Confidential and couldn't do so.)

Posted by: M on March 19, 2008

GPAs and test scores are just the beginning...

It's the match that matters.

Posted by: Ben on March 19, 2008

Ah, yes. The undefinable, unquantifiable "match," which, in effect, justifies any and all decisions (read that as discriminations) you might wish to make. You've made my point! One man's match is another man's quota/unfair bias. In MIT's case, match means striving to equalize the class by gender. Also, I'll assume that since you didn't direct me to them that no such stats by gender are published. Actually, the averages wouldn't be that revealing anyway, since the top of the women's pool is no doubt just as qualified as the top of the men's. The real rub comes further down the list. Probably just as well re the stats, to keep the fantasy of the superwomen applicant pool going.

Posted by: M on March 19, 2008

In previous post, the fourth sentence should more accurately read:

In MIT's case, match includes striving to equalize the class by gender.

(Although not explicitly among the items on your link.)

Posted by: M on March 19, 2008

Loosen up M. It's MIT for heaven's sake. If they admitted merely on test scores and GPAs, MIT would be Men's Institute of Technology. Give the chics a break, it's hard enough already for them, especially out here in Africa; I'm a Kenyan guy I know! PS: Allow me a lil bragging, my girlfriend got in :D happy for her and hoping to get in on transfer too.

Bottomline: No hard feelings buddy, just the way it is!

Posted by: Jci on March 20, 2008

You've again made my point. The "match" criteria should more accurately be called "we can admit less qualified people in the name of gender balancing even if they take spots from persons way more qualified on every other criteria." Again, the only fair way to admit would be completely GENDER-BLIND, and let the chips fall where they may. If you want more qualified female applicants, go out and do something to induce them to apply. If MIT wishes to admit as it does that's fine, they just shouldn't try to hide under the guise of being fair to all applicants. Sorry, but facts is facts.

Posted by: M on March 20, 2008

It's not a guise to me M, it's fairness! Would it be fair, according to you, to have a school 0f 90% males and 10% females (hypothetical figures) just coz they made valedictorian, perfect sat scores and 4.0 GPAs? Would it be fair to do this at the expense of 'less qualified' students with some unique perspectives, talents or ideas in the name of 'numbers'? What is it you call 'fair' and what is it you call 'qualified'? To me, being qualified is about having the 'MIT spirit' in you (what they'd rather call 'match'), not having a major dose of 'geekiness'; fairness, is picking those students that best exhibit 'the spirit.' It's not quantifiable, like many things in life, but it's so real! And...of the masses that apply, I think it good to thus find the best 7oo women and the best 700 men to form a balanced and diverse class of 1400 for example, regardless of the proportions in which they apply. We should talk about sth else after you reply, don't you think?

Posted by: Jci on March 21, 2008

I fully agree that one's being fully qualified is and should not be exclusively limited to SATs and grades. Certainly, other factors are equally important in assessing the "total candidate." The real problem is that the other factor that MIT seems to weigh the heaviest is one's femininity in searching for a class balanced by gender. "Spirit," "match," etc. are all just qualitative, fuzzy terms under which the school can (and does) justify letting in anyone at the expense of someone else. Neither you nor MIT could anymore quantify that your girlfriend has "more spirit" or is a "better match" than most other candidates who have applied, but were rejected. (And certainly not from a mere essay or one-time interview, which is about the only place such "spirit" might show) It is all entirely a subjective assessment and one which MIT undoubtedly settles in favor of a female applicant, when given an all-else-being-equal choice. This is unfair to all the equally (and probably in most cases better) qualified men! As I said before, I have no doubt whatsoever that the top tier of women applicants (whatever percent that may represent) is every bit as good as most of the men who are accepted. It is the stretch to reach class equality, i.e., the lower tiers of accepted women that start being less qualified (other than being female) than probably at least the same number of (probably waitlisted, if there's any semblance of logic at all in the process) men.

Also, as to your last statement, MIT has no doubt accepted the "best 700 women" from among the applicants. They just might not (and probably really aren't) all better than the next best group of unaccepted men. And taking your premise to the extreme, I guess if they only received 700 female applicants, they should just accept them all in the name of balancing the class (and because, of course, they would also be the "best 700"), clearly to the detriment of an untold number of "better qualified" men. Bottom line, my assertion is that even considering "match," "spirit," whatever as part of the equation (beyond GPA, SATs, etc.), there is little question that at some not insignificant percentage of all ranked accepted women, they have been chosen over better "totally" qualified men, just because they are women.

Posted by: M on March 21, 2008

OK M, let's put that to rest now! Did you get into MIT or any other colleges? Tell me about you too. It's kinda warm in Kenya, rainy at night (makes for great sleep, especially now that I'm on holiday!) One weird thing though, I find it hard to dream; strange, I know, but I wanna learn grin Then, just 1 question, what happened to all the other bloggers?

Happy easter season! Enjoy yourself today

Posted by: Jci on March 22, 2008

Happy Eid Melad un nabi, Happy easter and happy holli to all of you.

Any Pakistani here?
I am preparing to get admission in MIT.

Posted by: Syed Iftikhar on March 22, 2008

Too bad this back and forth didn't occur at the beginning of the blog rather than way down where nobody really reads.

The only way to put it all to rest would be for MIT to acknowledge that their admissions process serves as affirmative action for some portion of the women acceptees. It wouldn't really solve the problem for the discriminated- against men, but at least it would be refreshing honesty, and perhaps those unfortunate souls could be consoled by knowing they've "taken one for society." The school takes great pride in being totally empathetic and straight-forward (and getting all the praise for being so), and they should just say outright what the statistics clearly imply, rather than ducking and weaving (or just totally ignoring or making making unsubstantiated justifications) around the issue.

Posted by: M on March 22, 2008

I still haven't gotten my physical acceptance letter yet!! ARGHH!! I live in NJ, should it take this long?!

Posted by: Ray Li on March 23, 2008

Hey BEN! I'm just wondering...is there no thread for transfer applicants? I mean, we don't get an online app., we don't get an interview...you could at least put us at ease with a blog of our own! Please start one for us or tell me where I can find one. Thanx!

-an enthusiastic blogger

Posted by: Jci on March 24, 2008

Hey M...How was your easter? Got into any other colleges yet?

Posted by: Jci on March 24, 2008

Changing the subject doesn't change the inequity or the facts of the process. Yes so far at UVA, Cornell and Emory. (Won't say for MIT because that might beg question as to why I've even bothered to comment here.)

Posted by: M on March 24, 2008

You oughta be tankful M; not everyone gets into an ivy league. Congrats too! Good day

Posted by: Jci on March 25, 2008

You oughta be thankful M; not everyone gets into an ivy league. Congrats too! Good day

Posted by: Jci on March 25, 2008

Jci, you sound like a real nice guy and I wish you well in your college goals. I am thankful that I have good choices so far, with more decisions still to come. I'm not thankful that MIT has a discriminatory admissions quota/policy for international students and women!

Posted by: M on March 26, 2008

I'm gratified to hear that M. Missing out on MIT sure is hard, I know. Thank you for the good wishes my good man, appreciate it! I really need to transfer to MIT.

The world is not always fair but if you have your peace in everything it throws at you, you'll make lemonade not only from lemons but also from rocks.

All the best with your decisions to come, I hope you get better than Cornell. Do tell me as they come, right here. Godspeed M.

Posted by: Jci on March 27, 2008

jci, add Duke, Stanford and Johns Hopkins to the yes column. More of the same to come on Monday, I hope.

Posted by: M on March 30, 2008

M, you said you intentionally failed to mention if you had been accepted to MIT or not. However, you sound awfully bitter, so I will assume you have been rejected.
As far as females go: I go to a school that started a Calc BC class this year. Of the 14 students in it, 10 are girls, and, coincidentally enough, the 4 guys have the lowest grades. Now tell me, who is more qualified to attend MIT? Since man could speak, women have been inferior, especially in fields involving mathematics, since those fields were strictly off-limits for women. Science today blames it on the anatomy of the human brain. Yea - maybe evolution could explain why the portion of the brain responsible for math in women has not been developed as much as men. Maybe from less usage? And, I wonder, where did you get this information about the 756th and 715th and what not accepted applicant? Is this precise data that you speak of, precise test scores and grades of all applicants? Or is it only assumptions? It is a well known fact that women perform better in school than men. I am in all honors and AP classes...I have about 10 boys total in ALL my classes, most of which are at the bottom of the classes, gradewise. Those are precise numbers. Yours are assumptions driven by bitterness.
As far as internationals go: I have lived in the US for 6 years, and it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where I am today, and be able to apply to schools of a high caliber. I'm sure my journey to excellence has been a bit more difficult than yours. Coming to a foreign country and not knowing a word of the language, I rose up to reach students of your rank. Could you have done the same? We will never know. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW! So, don't assume internationals have it easier. You do not know what it is like! If it took you an hour to do a homework, it took me 5 hours to do the same thing. It took immense dedication, and yea, I will toot my own horn by saying intelligence. And finally, have you compared the curriculum in the US to that of foreign countries? In my home country, calculus is taken during the freshman or sophomore year of high school. And get this - they DON'T have calculators. Not even the slightest fraction of computations done are done on a calculator. You need the square root of 429387423987? Well, here's a pencil and paper - find it. By the time a student is a senior, depending on what school they go to (we have medical high schools, engineering high schools, etc), they are a few classes away from being equal to college graduates in the US. I'm sure all your A's in 5-6 AP classes annually look very impressive to you, especially all your accomplishments in mathematics, however, compared to some (most) foreign students, especially in the field of math, you are most likely at the bottom.

So females and internationals have it easy? Well, good for them. I guess it is only right that they get first dibs on spots at schools like MIT, because they've had a hell of a journey to get to be competitive for those spots. Now rejoice, be happy that you have gotten in other amazing schools, like Duke, Stanford, Cornell, and wherever else you have gotten in. Not every school will take you. I was waitlisted at WashU. However, I have gotten quite a few likely letters for Monday's schools, schools much better than WashU. So what?

Posted by: Kristina on March 30, 2008

Kristina, first, I have intentionally not said my decision from MIT so as not to provoke the "bitterness" label you assume, nor the "So, why are you even complaining," that may also be the case. My status has absolutely nothing to do with the points being made.

Second, my reference to "796th" and "715th" (actually it should have been "719th") come from the PRECISE statistics published by MIT in their Common Data Base for acceptances to, I think, last year's class (if not 2011, then 2010), where they state that they took 795 males and 719 females. So the figures have not just been made up!

Third, if you read my posts carefully and respond to what I've actually said, you will see that I fully accept the premise that admissions should be based on more than simply GPA and test scores and that many (maybe even most) of the women accepted would be equal to the average of the men accepted. My issue, as I tried carefully to state, is that by forcing a gender balance in the class, MIT is undoubtedly admitting a significant number of girls who would be at the end of the end of ranked females and who are almost assuredly not as good as an equal number of men who have probably been waitlisted instead of admitted (i.e., to make room for the aforesaid number of girls). The clear disproportion in the absolute number of male versus female applicants (about two and half times more men)would suggest this with a very high probability of being correct, notwithstanding the somewhat likely level of female self-selection that the school claims to be at work here.

Fourth, your personal story is very inspirational (I sincerely mean it) and you sound like you would certainly deserve to be admitted whether you were a male or female. However, citing specific anecdotes of worthy females (e.g., "I was better than the males in my classes.") does not refute the validity of my point. I've already conceded that the top tier of admitted females is every bit as worthy of admission (and I'll even let you assert that they are better!) as their male counterparts. It's the bottom tier of female acceptees that have most likely been admitted more because of their gender than their accomplishments (and instead of more worthy men.)

Fifth, I haven't said that international students have it easy. In fact, at MIT there is an 8% quota placed on their admission regardless of how many qualified international applicants there may be. So, in fact, the admit rate for international applicants is substantially lower than for other applicant demographics. Said another way, in this instance MIT discriminates AGAINST international students and FOR women. However worthy your own accomplishments, you benefitted (at least statistically) by being both a US applicant and a woman.

Sixth, and lastly, the whole "match" concept, while undoubtedly an idealistic way to select those accepted, is totally qualitative since there is no way that any person could truly be proven to be a better "match" than any other. And, in the end, it is just a convenient fallback for justifying anyone's selection or denial versus anyone else. It's like saying let's just admit the "best-looking" applicants. That would clearly be in the eyes of the beholder as well!

Bottom line, the only way to truly be fair to everyone would be to admit on a gender-blind, nationality-blind basis, and let the chips fall where they may. Who except feminist chauvinists could ever argue with that methodology?

Posted by: M on March 30, 2008

Hi,
I'm an international applicant for transfer admission and I haven't received an answer yet. I'm really beginning to worry. I mean, I went through a LOT for this and therefore I believe I deserve an answer, no matter if it's a negative one...

PS: Why is there so little information and feedback on the transfer admission process? To make it even more difficult? smile

Posted by: John on April 1, 2008

Hi John,

Transfer decisions aren't released until the end of April, I believe. We'll try to add some further info about transfer admissions to the site next time we do an update.

Ben

Posted by: Ben on April 1, 2008

Hi Ben,
End of April? That's something I hear for the first time... Anyway thank you very very much for the info, I'd be very disappointed thinking that I wouldn't receive an answer at all.
Thanks a lot!

Posted by: John on April 1, 2008

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