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Mar 14, 2009

Open Forum for those Not Admitted

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With a 17% increase in applications, this year was once again the most competitive ever for MIT admissions. Admitting only 1 in 10 applicants from our amazing applicant pool means that we had to turn away many, many, many incredible students. For those of you who fall into this category, this is an open forum for you to talk.

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Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Thanks for considering me!

Posted by: M on March 14, 2009

:( sucks but that's life.

Posted by: Not MT Hopeful '13 anymore on March 14, 2009

Here Goes

Posted by: PayneTrain on March 14, 2009

See you at grad school, MIT. That's a promise.

Posted by: Tyler Alexander on March 14, 2009

Here Goes

Posted by: PayneTrain on March 14, 2009

yeah yeah... see ya in 4 years when i apply for masters

Posted by: Lord Cahtbad on March 14, 2009

Stanford is cooler smile

Posted by: Jake on March 14, 2009

:(

Posted by: corey on March 14, 2009

oh well. At least i got two other admits this weekend:(

Posted by: ben on March 14, 2009

To be continued after 4 years . . .

Posted by: Pranav on March 14, 2009

Does anyone who got rejected wanna laugh?
I am trying but I cant. lool

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 14, 2009

Your loss, not mine!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

thank you so much

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Time to wait for UChicago decisions!

Posted by: Zach '13 (somewhere else) on March 14, 2009

It was a good run.
I guess it was not meant for me.
Thank you for everything.
Wish all the MIT '13ers the best

Posted by: Torffick.A. on March 14, 2009

ah well, saw it coming;
in happier news, I'm going out for Indian food tonite smile

Posted by: Nate on March 14, 2009

Thanks so much for spending the time!
MIT was always a long shot... just wanted to see. Thanks for releasing the decisions so I can throw my self into the other acceptances I already have.
Thanks again!

Posted by: Elena on March 14, 2009

What about trying as transfer student?

Posted by: Sudhanshu on March 14, 2009

Man.....

Oh, well. Thanks for being fun!

Posted by: CAPTCHA on March 14, 2009

sigh...

well, it's been fun. no regrets.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well.. I don't know what to say.

I can't describe how I am feeling :(

Posted by: Tugce on March 14, 2009

thanks, MIT
I won't be forgetting this experience for a long
time.

Posted by: deng on March 14, 2009

Well, I guess making DidIGetIntoMIT.com didn't get me in. :http://www.DidIGetIntoMIT.com

Posted by: Brandon on March 14, 2009

well, I like to use the word rejected. I'm rejected!!! Yay, I feel peace now.

Posted by: Yilin (international) on March 14, 2009

No dice for me too...*sigh*

Posted by: Matt A. on March 14, 2009

haha....saw it coming..

Posted by: sravya on March 14, 2009

haha....saw it coming..

Posted by: sravya on March 14, 2009

oh well gues i'll wait for h

Posted by: jassy on March 14, 2009

I cant even look...ill prolly end up here though :(

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Was a long shot, I guess. Ah well, gotta move on.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Peace out everyone.

Posted by: MJQ on March 14, 2009

Brandon,,, this is life?

Anyway, I don't know how I will feel towards MIT from now on.... I know surely that I didn't deserve MIT, is it a good thing that they didn't admit me? because if they did they would have admitted a non-deserving student...
ahh I am thinking too much, but am I going to love MIT insanely as before .........

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 14, 2009

Wow. MIT just made a huge mistake. 10 years from now when I basicallyrun this world, I will ruin this school.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well then.

Posted by: Tsornin on March 14, 2009

I belong here apparently.

To be continued next year!

Posted by: Sharath Chandra on March 14, 2009

Anon above Tsornin: Lol. No wonder MIT didn't accept you.

Posted by: Aditya on March 14, 2009

oh, angry rejected students, how are you? ;D

don't worry. I'm rejected, too.

it's simply time to move on. (:

Posted by: whoo! on March 14, 2009

not in, i guess dats all...

Posted by: int'nl applicant on March 14, 2009

Even though I was rejected I want to thank the admissions officers for their hard work. These blogs are amazing and provided me with hours of procrastination through the application process.

Waiting for RPI decisions now

Posted by: Kelly on March 14, 2009

Oh well.

I guess that's how it has to be.

So many applicants, so few spots . . . .

Posted by: nikko on March 14, 2009

It hurts, but I must move on. Congratulations to all the admitted students. You guys will have the best education ever - make the most of it!

There's a place, somewhere over the rainbow waiting for me where I'll be happy.

This is probably my very last post on these blogs. They've given me so much joy and it breaks my heart to let them go - but I must.

Adieu. I loved you more than you loved me.

Posted by: Ashwath on March 14, 2009

I sincerely hope that someday I could be there.

Posted by: David on March 14, 2009

Rejected at Caltech, didn't really hurt.
Rejected at MIT... dreams come crashing down. I leave it at that.

Three more to wait for, almost equally tough to get into. Let's see.

Else, hello Canada!

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

Well... gave it my best shot... really. But such is life... you win some you lose some... let me hope for the best in other decisions. Tough luck guys, but don't lose hope.. goodnight

Posted by: Akarshan on March 14, 2009

and as i said before, i'm still going to read Yan's blog... probably/maybe...

Posted by: Mark on March 14, 2009

Well my last post here...... thanks for taking the time to review our applications anyway!

Posted by: Dago on March 14, 2009

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is
in it - and stay there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot
stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that
is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more."
-- Mark Twain

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Damn, that's a shame. I'm still hoping for Stanford, though.

Posted by: Rawr on March 14, 2009

well,. thanks for the nice words,. yes but I'm still feeling very very sad after reading all the comments and blog entries.

Trying to be cool is so hard.. maybe tomorrow I can laugh at myself for being so sentimental. maybe.

thanks though for everything.

Posted by: Josephine on March 14, 2009

@whoo!: I'm not angry at all. I really feel super peaceful right now, comparing to the anxiety that lasted a week. I like the word rejected because I am rejected. "Not admitted" is just too complicated, and annoying.

Posted by: guess I'm the angry one? on March 14, 2009

I don't know !! I am having a stupid feeling tears rolling down my eyes

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Thank you MIT for considering us. Thank you for improving this world with your valuable education. I wish the best for admitted students!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Husain Bani Hashem,

Hang in there buddy. No student is any more deserving than the next and I'm certain that there are plenty of other excellent schools out there that would love to have you. Just remember, it's not the name of the institution on your degree, but rather what you do with that degree that determines the value of your education. Go out there and study for another school just as you would have for MIT and I'm sure that you'll make yourself proud. MIT or not, you're still a worthy student and your future success will make another school thankful that they had chosen to admit you.

Just hand in there! smile

Posted by: BrittanyM on March 14, 2009

To the guy that is going to rule the world and ruin this school: once you rule the world please make Switzerland, or any other extremely neutral country, the capital. I think everyone in here wants such an ironic event to happen.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

I am not Sad that i am not coming to MIT but the thing is that I wont be able to join the FACEBOOK GROUP....DANG

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

oh well. didn't expect to get in anyways

goodbye MIT.

Posted by: Geoffrey on March 14, 2009

Well, I was rejected.... But I'm honestly taking this a lot better than I thought I was going to. I just got a letter from Dartmouth this morning, so basically:

=D =D =D (from Dartmouth) + =( (MIT) still equals =D =D

I know a lot of well-deserving people who got in this year, who are better matches for MIT than I ever was. Congratulations to them.

Plus, I was deferred from Early, so I've been waiting since November. At least I was finally able to get some closure.

Posted by: Dartmouth 2013(?) on March 14, 2009

Maybe studying in Poland won't be that bad... Goodbye MIT dreams, goodbye time spent on MIT site. It was fun :(

Posted by: Bednarro on March 14, 2009

not cool not cool,,,

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Rejected is a nice word....
ahhhhhhhh MIT, all my plans were based on you. Now, I have no idea where to go, or which major to choose. I have nothing in my mind.

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 14, 2009

Rejected too, of course.

Thanks MIT for considering all of us. It's been a great ride.

Posted by: Anon on March 14, 2009

Luck of the draw...

Posted by: Dan on March 14, 2009

@guess I'm the angry one: haha, no, I was expecting more "IMMA KILLS YOU AND BURNZ YO HOUSE DOWN." posts.

I'm glad most people are civil.

Posted by: whoo! on March 14, 2009

not cool not cool

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

*sob*.......REJECTED.......DREAMS SHATTERED

Posted by: MOHIT DHAGAT on March 14, 2009

It's nice to know there are 13609 people out there that feel the way I do.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

when i saw the rejection i tried to log in again! i thought it was a mistake! hahaha

its ok to be rejected but the worst thing is waiting more than 4 months to see at last a disappointing letter, what a waste!

a year before someone had laughed at me when he knew that i am considering MIT, i guess he was right, i went too far, what a waste.

Posted by: Marwan Q. on March 14, 2009

to be expected...
Hopefully Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and RPI won't do the same

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

That's that. I guess it is just not meant to be.
Time to move on.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well I got rejected... Now Im going to UPR Mayaguez

Posted by: Alex on March 14, 2009

REJECTED.

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


Response: I have completed my review of the decisions letter and I am so sorry to tell you that I am unable to accept your denial of admissions.

Posted by: Someone who wasted their money on March 14, 2009

I'm glad the waiting's over. I nearly went crazy during the last 20 minutes there...

I was fully prepared for my decision, I think. I just accepted it with sullen dignity. I walked into the other room, hugged both my parents. I didn't cry, I didn't stutter. I've just been denied acceptance from one of the best schools in the country, and I've never been prouder.

Thanks so much to everyone (bloggers, admissions officers, parents, teachers, guidance counselors)! This really was a great experience.
It was more fun applying to MIT than to any other college!

Oh well. There's always UF Honors College for me!

Posted by: Marina on March 14, 2009

Well, I suppose it is good that MIT is NOT my first choice!
But sad none-the-less.

But, oh well! Such is life! I'm still baking PIES cause it is PIE DAY which is AMAZING!
Haha, good stuff.

Posted by: ME! on March 14, 2009

I will still admire MIT and their graduates' work

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Oh well, I might try again next year as a transfer or for grad school. MIT is still the awesomeist place I have ever heard of outside of heaven. Thanks for a great application process. I still love you MIT.

Posted by: Timotheus on March 14, 2009

Well, I suppose it is good that MIT is NOT my first choice!
But sad none-the-less.

But, oh well! Such is life! I'm still baking PIES cause it is PI DAY which is AMAZING!
Haha, good stuff.

Posted by: ME! on March 14, 2009

@Husain Bani Hashem @

where are you from?
i am from yemen

Posted by: Marwan Q. on March 14, 2009

interestin' comment! thx 4 relievin' me.

Posted by: E on March 14, 2009

Oh well!! I guess I'll try for Grad School....or maybe I'll transfer....On a better note: Cornell.. Here I come!!!

Posted by: Marissa on March 14, 2009

I honestly didn't think I would get in and even if I had, I doubt I would have gone. Had other plans...really only applied because my school pressured me to.

Posted by: Ryan on March 14, 2009

most probably transfer

Posted by: E on March 14, 2009

Ya I can tell MIT is so sorry, with the generic letter and the pseudocomforting euphemistic way of saying you're rejected. That actually is the worst way to approach denied students, because no one likes being pitied.

Good bye.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Hopefully Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton won't do the same.
It hurts.

*CRIES*

Posted by: Navdeep ('13>nope) on March 14, 2009

Well, it's been fun, guys, especially those of you who've been over at mymit.info. I can't say I didn't expect this, really. But it's not the end of the world.
Good luck to all of you, wherever you end up.

Posted by: Katie on March 14, 2009

well, can't say that i wasn't expecting it. i thought i'd be okay, but apparently i wanted MIT more than i thought. well, University of Michigan has just replaced MIT as #1 in my book, as they actually want me there and is offering me scholarships.

so to MIT, thanks for deferring me 4 months after i submitted my application, then making me wait 3 more months for a rejection. thank you for making me cry over my pie and ruining that. and congratualtions, you just lost an awesome student. my type of awesome just doesn't clash with your type of awesome.

Posted by: Cindy Wan on March 14, 2009

I'll be back.

For graduate class, I mean.

Posted by: jimmy on March 14, 2009

Thank you for helping me to discover who I am.....

Regards,

Khalid Al Kaabi (Saudi Arabia)

Bye Bye MIT

Posted by: Khalid Al Kaabi on March 14, 2009

Thank you, this wasn't the school I wanted to go for undergraduate and I would have been made to go to this school if I did get accepted. I will apply here for graduate though, when I think it'll be time for me to be here. Thanks for the experience, you've shown me how the potential of the human spirit. I'll work up to be the student you're looking for in graduate year. I'll see you then.

Posted by: Richard T. on March 14, 2009

I expected this, but I still had a shimmer of hope. Oh well, I still have 7 other schools that haven't given out decisions yet.

Posted by: Peyton on March 14, 2009

Ah, I'm pretty disappointed. I can honestly say I love MIT and really, really wanted to attend probably since elementary school. My grades, involvement, etc. all revolved around being admitted to MIT. It didn't happen though. Nonetheless, I don't feel like I wasted my time...if anything my interest motivated me. But no need to dwell. I'd do better closer to home, I guess. And $50000 a year doesn't sound too appealing. It's just...MIT is a great school. Not the end of the world, though. I'm going to take a day (today) to be sad...and tomorrow is a new day.

Posted by: ElLB on March 14, 2009

What other schools is everyone else looking into now? it's off to SUNY Geneseo for me.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

MY LAST POST HERE

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

CMU, perhaps.

Posted by: Katie on March 14, 2009

Oh, well.....not adMITted....
MIT is the ticket to realize my dream....
Seems like I will have to take another route.

Posted by: International S on March 14, 2009

Hahaha I'm not surprised, but it was fun to hope (:
As much as I hate this expression, it must be said:

"GG"

Posted by: ella on March 14, 2009

@BrittanyM

Thank you for your nice words.
I really was insane about MIT. The decision hurts me, but I don't regret it. I don't regret the time I checked part 1 of the application 200 times. I don't regret the time I was sitting down thinking what I should talk about during the interview. I don't regret the time I spent writing my essays. I don't regret sitting in this small during thanksgiving and Christmas break to revise and rewrite my essay while it became a zombies city.


ohhhhhh GOD.

I LOVE MIT, and I will always will. Even if I don't get the chance to apply for MASTERS there, I will always love it.

THANK YOU MIT FOR this experience.

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 14, 2009

Best of Luck to all admitted students. In your four years at MIT, remember how lucky you were to be admitted at this mecca of learning - and work hard so you can live up to it.

To others who were "rejected" - as i said in an earlier post, tough luck. But always keep in mind that if you stay good at heart and determined of purpose - anything's possible. Getting in to MIT doesn't necessarily mean you'll be successful in life - the same way not getting into MIT can never imply you can't go all out for success.

Never let anyone define your limits.

It's one down. I'm sure you guys have other decisions pending - let's hope for a positive result from them.

Nice knowing all you guys!

To MIT I would say - great website, great admissions people, great blog, and most importantly, a great institute. Keep up your good work.

Seeya

Posted by: Akarshan on March 14, 2009

bah
knew MIT though ocw .
too bad. perhaps wont ever c Prof.Lewin in real person until next yr.
my rej is obvious anyway. i'm lazy as hell, even 4 my hobby.

Posted by: E on March 14, 2009

Alhamdulillah !!

Well it is not the end...

But It is a New Start !!!

Hope you all will find a happy place after all...

And I know think that studying in Egypt won't be that bad...

Good Luck everyone, You should be proud of your selves for trying !!

See ya MIT !! =)

Posted by: Draco (Ahmed H) on March 14, 2009

Hey guys i dint make it but know what--not anything to be sad abt is it now--was fun n well hope i reach teh goal set out for myself--wish me luck on my journey but in no way is this my good bye to MIT--i will find u guys again next year too hopefully n maybe i get in--if not then well PG is always there n even if not that then i can always join as a staff--lol

Best of luck to everyone-God Bless Us All!!!!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009


thank you MIT
I've tried.
And like my essay's title,I will Keep Trying to change our world for the better...
see u

Posted by: 3T on March 14, 2009

First off, congratulation to everyone as we're quickly approaching graduation with more accomplishments and experiences than many of our peers. I understand that this time is difficult for all of you (I'm going through the same thing), but just keep in mind, MIT does admissions based on the match between each applicant and MIT. I know it sounds petty, but perhaps it really is in our best interest to seek our educations elsewhere because it is in other settings that our needs will be best met. I once thought that I wanted nothing more than to go to MIT but a change of heart and a change of major have actually led me elsewhere. I'm actually thankful to be "not admitted" because had I been accepted, I would have gone to MIT doubtlessly just because of the name. Although I might now be headed to a slightly less prestigious institution, I know that it's going to be for the best because that's really where interests lie and my needs will be met.

Just out of curiosity, where is everyone looking at going now?

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

I GOT IN!!!!!! HOW EXCITED ARE YOU PEOPLE????? smile smile smile

Posted by: Bryan on March 14, 2009

Hey guys i dint make it but know what--not anything to be sad abt is it now--was fun n well hope i reach teh goal set out for myself--wish me luck on my journey but in no way is this my good bye to MIT--i will find u guys again next year too hopefully n maybe i get in--if not then well PG is always there n even if not that then i can always join as a staff--lol

Best of luck to everyone-God Bless Us All!!!!

Posted by: Ruhban Shah on March 14, 2009

oh...sorry :(

Posted by: Bryan on March 14, 2009

I can't believe this is happening, but I should have expected it. I'm not going to college next year and will try to build a stronger resume and reapply. Thank you MIT and congratulations to those accepted and take advantage of it for the rest of us, please smile

*goes back to sobfest*

Posted by: Stacy on March 14, 2009

Had a small hope,but hmmm.... Well at least I got the chance to apply. Thank you Admission Committee for even going through my application.

Posted by: Praveen on March 14, 2009

Really disappointing...first, my Afghans were discouraging me from heading this way. Now, it's MIT. After having lived as a prisoner (without friends) in our home reading 'nontraditional, taboo books' for so long, getting this really disappoints! Fruitless...

Posted by: AbdulHamidAziz on March 14, 2009

Well, I expected it. Thanks for the experience MIT, it was wonderful and really refocussed me. Maybe for grad school, but I will walk through your halls one day!

@Someone who wasted their money
That really lightened me up! Thanks a bunch!!!

Posted by: Varun Saravanan on March 14, 2009

This's the first successful step ...
Thanks! MIT !!

Posted by: Adnan on March 14, 2009

Hey guys i dint make it but know what--not anything to be sad abt is it now--was fun n well hope i reach teh goal set out for myself--wish me luck on my journey but in no way is this my good bye to MIT--i will find u guys again next year too hopefully n maybe i get in--if not then well PG is always there n even if not that then i can always join as a staff--lol

Best of luck to everyone-God Bless Us All!!!!

Posted by: Ruhban Shah on March 14, 2009

Had a small hope,but hmmm.... Well at least I got the chance to apply. Thank you Admission Committee for even going through my application.Maybe as Transfer I guess.Good Luck for all of you who got in!!! Its a great chance.

Posted by: Praveen on March 14, 2009

I know the chance for me to get in is little~ but the decision still hurt me~~I did enjoy the whole time fighting for my MIT dream~ I love this place so much~~
goodbye

Posted by: Haibei on March 14, 2009

At precisely midnight on 3/15 (yeah, so my timezone's 12 hours ahead) I was sitting on a bench outside Times Square HK with my best friend, singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" at the tops of our voices.
The decision seems to have sunk in by now, and that good mood hasn't disappeared yet.
Reminder: Some things are more important than MIT. Really. Recognize them.

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

Well done to all those who got in, I'm really happy for all of you!

Next: Look and consider my other options, eh?

Still feel quite empty inside..

Posted by: Not so Anonymous on March 14, 2009

Ah, MIT, I salute thee... school of nerdly awesomeness, hacks, and explosions. A school that releases decisions at pi is truly awesome. Yet you are not for me- for now, at least. Perhaps I shall see you again for grad school.
Til then-

Posted by: Katie on March 14, 2009

I am from UAE.

Posted by: Marwan Q. on March 14, 2009

Well, MIT's loss. Now I'm gonna make Cambridge University famous-er.

Posted by: Muhammad on March 14, 2009

@ Marwan Q

Sorry, I posted with your name by mistake. I meant that I am from UAE.

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 14, 2009

@shruti

I heard you babe and it wasn't pretty.

Posted by: Paul McCartney on March 14, 2009

I hoped i could pursue my new dream at MIT starting from this year and few minutes ago, i found out that i can't.. but i'm still waiting for God to make a miracle for me. Anyways, for those who got admitted "Congratulations" and for those who didn't receive the admission ticket,i would say, "cheer up!" God always has a better way for us. I will pray for you guys so don't give up this is not the end of our lives. It's actually the new beginning or opportunity that we could start and embrace greater dreams. Besides.. we already became the better ones as we prepared and tried for the MIT 2009 Admission^^.

Admission Commitee, Thanks for your work. We all know that it was really hard for you to make the decisions this year. Thanks^^.

God Bless!

Posted by: Yong Jin Chang on March 14, 2009

@Paul McCartney: You weren't a whole lot prettier, either.
And hey, it's music! And friends! Better than MIT.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

I think I was mostly rejected just because I probably couldn't afford MIT :-----
COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Bill Gates
EMAIL: bill@microsoft.com
IP: 75.33.40.125
URL:
DATE: 03/14/2009 02:38:43 PM
COMMENT_BODY:
Relax - I don't even have a degree.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Whoops, the anonymous was me.
Apparently I've forgotten how to post in my current state of trauma (yeah, right).

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

Cross that one of the list

Posted by: OhWell on March 14, 2009

Cross that one off the list

Posted by: OhWell on March 14, 2009

most probably rejected 'coz i provided no good enuf evidence of english fluency.

Posted by: E on March 14, 2009

@ the second anon at 2:36 -- Admissions are need-blind. Otherwise I think they would have sent my application right back to me with an "lol" on the cover before they read through the whole thing smile

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Scrolling past all the familiar names from 6 or 8 months of reading these blogs, I'm actually mildly surprised who got rejected. I guess it remains to see about the people I know in my school to come up with a feeling of the results.

It's funny, I noticed someone else talking about how they were hurt by the "impersonal" way MIT gives rejections, and I actually have to agree with that. I don't know if I would take it any better in any other form, but I know when I was deferred in December it really hurt. Now I just feel like the decisions.mit.edu portal is cursed for me.

I'm staying on the bright side of things this time though. I found out I got into Caltech a week ago, and I'm still waiting on a number of other schools. For me, MIT was the perfect combination of everything I wanted - location, academics, and overall coolness - but life is after all compromises. Perhaps I'll hack a CPW someday =P

Posted by: Chris on March 14, 2009

Dang ... Rejected ... (: at least it's all over!

Posted by: JFM on March 14, 2009

Well, there'll always be the option to transfer next year.

Posted by: H on March 14, 2009

So, I joined CC and started reading these blogs religiously for MIT.

Guess I'll just keep reading for entertainment...

Posted by: Alex on March 14, 2009

Cant a Miracle take place

Posted by: Rejected on March 14, 2009

None of us from the MyMIT.info hack got in.

Posted by: Colton on March 14, 2009

NOBODY from mymit.info got in?!

That's absurd...

Posted by: Brandon on March 14, 2009

It's been a real ride... I thought I had a shot, but just to be considered - guess it was a good thing, right?. Thanks fo rthe consideration MIT. Maybe next time:( Congrats to those of you who made it.

Posted by: David Santangelo on March 14, 2009

I'd like to thank everybody in the admissions office for all their help through this long process. You all have done a wonderful job, and I don't mind a bit that I don't fit in the "select few" Thanks so much for all you've done.

Posted by: Sarah Pagan on March 14, 2009

@Whoever's taking the time to delete spam right now: Thank you.
And everyone else, for real, grab a friend and go sing a silly song in the middle of a mall. If you don't die of embarrassment, you will die of laughter. Either way, the MIT decision will not seem as important.

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

Sorry, Colton. At least you got a really great hack in! How many other prospectives can say that?


I'm still going to read the blogs and wear the MIT hoodie that I got when I visited, because I really do love the school, lol.

I was considering applying for a transfer next year, but I don't want to spend my freshman year trying to get into another school. I'd rather put my heart and soul into my backup, then maybe reapply here for grad school.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

kaira si jis nay reject kia hai??

Posted by: Anonymus on March 14, 2009

@2:44 Anon (2:36 anon'er)

Like, I mean, I wouldn't be able to afford to even go out there. One of my essays mentioned this, and I think they knew. It's just a hunch, though, and I really hope you're right and that they were needs-blind. Pobre anon is pobre :(

Oh well. Congratulations, once again, to all of you who got in.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Anyone out there looking at Johns Hopkins?

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

@anonymous:me

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

This will be the last time many of us are posting at the admissions web site. The last 3 months have been very exciting as we have found out all about ourselves and that is more important than all other lessons MIT can teach in its hallowed classrooms. We met lots of great people, had great conversations and I hope, made great friends. May the friendships continue till the grad school admissions...lol....

Posted by: Subit on March 14, 2009

Hey, that's life:-)

Posted by: Kiwi on March 14, 2009

Go MIT, true meritocracy!
Yay,

Posted by: A (happy) VN rejectee on March 14, 2009

This doesn't mean that we are worse than those who got in!!!)))))))

Posted by: daur on March 14, 2009

Well, at least now I know where I stand and can let go of my delusions about my abilities. Congrats to everyone who got in (although I doubt anyone who was admitted will ever read this blog!)
The best students won!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

I'm actually not too upset about the rejection. There are other schools out there where I can be just as happy.

Posted by: Katie G. on March 14, 2009

@gandu and lolo and everyone similar:
Just because you think the MIT Decisions people will not understand if you swear at them in Hindi, that makes it okay?
Cowards.
I am GLAD you were not accepted.

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

I felt as excited as in a football match where my country wins (though I lost^^!). Anyway, congrate everyone, lose or win, really nice experience.

Posted by: A (happy) VN rejectee on March 14, 2009

Thank you so much MITÀá I mean, really, really.

First, your letters are humorous,and this is the main reason I found your school interesting to me.Even the decision.mit.edu page is so funny that made me smile, I just love it ;D

Second, thank you for rejecting me. Cuz my mom and my teacher made me apply to your school though I don't really like math & science. I tried so hard to persuade myself (with the reason of you being humorous) that this is the school for me, but deep in my heart I have the doubt that I will live miserably for four years when people are talking about math formulas while I am reading the Analect. I have to say that the admission officers are awesome to find this out :D

Whew, freed at last(wink)

Posted by: S.W. on March 14, 2009

Yeah, I guess I cried, but I was a bit happy too I guess,
I don't know about you guys, but I was honestly terrified at the prospect of all those p-sets.
My essays could have been better
but thank you so much for considering me guys smile

I'm glad the wait is over, that was absolute torture.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

WOOHOO

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Who is the other Anonymous applying for Hopkins?

Posted by: BrittanyM on March 14, 2009

If MIT rejects someone who got Nation and regional and world distinctions and record set of A's.. U have to say they've totally lost it. And they actually have.

Posted by: Gandu on March 14, 2009

"It's nice to know there are 13609 people
out there that feel the way I do."

Posted by: Anonymous on March 14, 2009 02:13
PM

lol same here. it's ok guys it's not the end of the world.

Posted by: Melanie on March 14, 2009

@Gandu
lolz

Posted by: QUTBUDDIN on March 14, 2009

Oh well... This just made my decision as to whether to go to Caltech or not easier :-D

Posted by: Balaylay on March 14, 2009

Gandu MIT

Posted by: Gandu on March 14, 2009

funny how this song came on, "Don't Stop Believin'" by journey.

Posted by: eric on March 14, 2009

...

Ah well. Waterloo, here I come!

Posted by: Tara on March 14, 2009

At the person who's deleting spam: lolo's post above is abusive. Please delete.

Posted by: Aditya on March 14, 2009

Damn. Lolo's posts are REALLY abusive.

Posted by: Aditya on March 14, 2009

@Aditya: I don't whether to be amazed or amused at the sheer acidity and vitriol of those posts. Doesn't matter, really.

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

People what Shruti is saying is totally right. Its not like they had to pick one of two people. They have a tough job and they have done it well enough.

@ shruti
congrats

@ mit admissions team
thanks for all the help through the application process. MIT is by-far the most prefrosh friendly place to apply to.

Posted by: Bilal on March 14, 2009

Gandu, lolo: WTF is wrong with you people? Mind your language or get the _ out of here.

Posted by: Anon on March 14, 2009

Hey everyone waiting for RPI:

See you at their website at 7:00 EDT!!!
Hopefully not a repeat.

Posted by: Zach '13 (somewhere else) on March 14, 2009

You guys - those of you now saying '(college name) here i come' are in a way better position than i am.

Waitlisted for a safety and now rejected from this. My confidence level is at an all time low.

So be happy with what you have.
And all the ppl throwing abuses above, we understand you're angry, but stop for a second and feel sorry for those who are in wayyyy worse situations...

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Being spiteful is only human nature, and when the chips are down, what else have we?

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well, that's a downer. Still waiting on RPI and CMU. I suppose I'll try again in 4. Until then, time to wait on some other forums.

Posted by: Eric (not '13) on March 14, 2009

My grandma just asked me, "Well if MIT calls you back and asks you to come after all, would you still want to go?"

Haha apparently my family doesn't really understand how college admissions work

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Rejected. Oh well I guess that's the way it's gotta be.

I'll still check back on the blogs though. It's grown into a habit now.

Posted by: C on March 14, 2009

It's OK to receive it, but it takes time to get it through.

Posted by: Si on March 14, 2009

@Bilal: Congrats? I'm on the right forum, I've been rejected too.
Good luck to you and blah.

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

@Anonymous 03:18 PM
Keep your fingers to yourself if you can't stop yourself from abusing someone in a language they don't understand. Its because of people like like you India still where it is.

Posted by: Bilal on March 14, 2009

ppl , just say:" Well, MIT didnt deserve me. There are far better places in the US that have everything that it takes to get ME enrolled.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

MIT sucks...caltech rocks

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

My fellow rejectees...think about it like this...its not that MIT is too good for us...we're too good for MIT. Sorry, MIT.

Besides, I saw mine coming when I sent the application in. I'm not as disappointed as I thought I would be. smile
Big hugs.

Posted by: HA!! on March 14, 2009

well...

well anybody who has nt dared telling his/her folks abt it? LOl.... we may be of help each other.
wat eva...
da best man I know got rejected frm MIT too..:p

Posted by: Humourless poppycock on March 14, 2009

Oh yeah. and you can bet your bottom dollar I'm reapplying for grad school.

Posted by: Tara on March 14, 2009

Also...I'd like to thank all the admissions officers, the bloggers (you guys are amazing!!) and anyone else involved in my decisions.

smile

Posted by: Brolin AKA HA!! on March 14, 2009

true HA!!
MIT rejected me because they tht...he will start teaching our professors-what would our admn. do.....our reputation would be at stake

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

@Shruti
I don't know where I got the idea from but it seemed that you had got in.

we all seem to be in the same boat all 1400 of us.

Posted by: Bilal on March 14, 2009

well hard luck I would say...
I was pretty confident of getting in...
But I guess there are different things planned for me.
However I still love u MIT, from the bottom of my heart...
Maybe, I got accepted in some other dimension. : )
Cheers to that....

Posted by: Utkarsh on March 14, 2009

I would very much like to say, that MIT didn't deserve ME, like someone before did. I really would. But I can't, cause it's not true.

Let's face it. It's not about an applicant pool that is too small, it's not about admission officers who are soooo sorry to have had to reject so much qualified students. It just turns out that I AM NOT GOOD ENOUGH. What was I thinking: MIT as an international? Guess I'm not as cool as I thought.

I'm angry about the time and money I lost. Two years of studying for SATs, which no one who isn't mad in my country (like me), isn't even aware of, two years of polishing essays, running after teachers, etc. All for nothing. Man.

I feel bad with it and don't know when I'll get over it. Honestly.

Cheers to all rejected.

Posted by: SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean on March 14, 2009

I think its rather stupid making a forum for rejected people.As if we werent feeling dejected enough already!

this place sucks NOW!

Posted by: chen li on March 14, 2009

Thanks MIT for giving me the opportunity to apply, I really think it was awesome to try, even though it didn't work out. I'm not gonna lie, long before the admissions came out, I knew that MIT wasn't going to be the right "fit" for me, so it works out perfectly to have been rejected. smile

Posted by: Anonymous on March 14, 2009

i worked my ass off for u MIT....but i guess some ppl worked harder.....i wanna cry :(

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

"We'll have more to say about the process for the admitted students, waitlisted students, and the not admitted students in the days and weeks to come."

What other process is there for us?

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

>

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

@Bilal: Perhaps because I sound positive? raspberry
It's just... there are more important things in life than MIT.
Something I realized only tonight, a couple of hours before the decision.
I hope all the other ~1400 understand that too, and move on.

Posted by: Shruti on March 14, 2009

...and just found out that CMU announces on April 15th...ANOTHER MONTH! GAH! Are they trying to kill me with stress?

Posted by: Eric (not '13) on March 14, 2009

I will love you forever MIT and even more when I reapply for grad school.

Posted by: Navdeep ('13>nope) on March 14, 2009

Not to worry. I've just realised that it's not the end of the world -- I'll just start using "14?" after my name instead.

Now for some ice cream :D

Posted by: Zachary Voase on March 14, 2009

Here I come Caltech Whoohooooo!

Posted by: Navdeep ('13>nope) on March 14, 2009

I wasn't really sad at all until I logged into mymit one more time for the hell of it. All I could think was "goodbye". ;(

I understand though, I can't even begin to comprehend what tens of thousands of applications look like, let alone reading every single one, let alone picking such a relatively tiny amount of them for admission. The vast majority of people who apply to any school are, by any measure, qualified to attend, it really just comes down to luck.

I enjoyed the opportunity to dream for a little while about what could be. Now that reality has come knocking, I hold no regrets. To the admissions committee at MIT, thank you for giving me a moment of your time. You might be hearing from me again in the future smile.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

So what's everyone's next plan of action?

Posted by: European Rejectee on March 14, 2009

To EuropeanRejectee:
Plan of action... wait for the other 10 rejections
I'm gonna receive within the next three weeks and then... I don't even try to imagine.

Posted by: SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean on March 14, 2009

someone said:

It's just... there are more important things in life than MIT.

well, I partied my life, and just few months ago I realized that MIT is the most important thing in life. There is a difference.

I will try to transfer.

Failures are motivating me stronger than anything. I can't loose simply.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

How on earth can anybody of the approx. 14400 people go and eat ice cream? Please tell me the secret recipe for not having difficulties typing every single letter with trembling fingers?

Posted by: SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean on March 14, 2009

is it possible that u got rejected n miracle happened n then u r in?

Has it ever happen before in history of MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY?

Posted by: waiting... on March 14, 2009

Probably not. It's not TV. If you're in you're in - if you're out you're out for good.

Btw. Miracles don't happen

Posted by: SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean on March 14, 2009

time to give up and smoke weed for the rest of my life

Posted by: rejected on March 14, 2009

for sure I'm applying as a transfer student...MIT is my destination..

Posted by: Waiting... on March 14, 2009

@ waiting...

Nah, sorry mate. Those people would be on the waitlist.

Posted by: C on March 14, 2009

Oops, that was for your previous comment.

Posted by: C on March 14, 2009

hey buddy, its not the timee to give up. May be God has a diff. plan for you. Dun ruin it by smokin marry jane.

Posted by: @rejected on March 14, 2009

@shruti
Once again I totally agree

@eric
don't they start mailing the decisions on the 20th of march?
thats what it says here atleast

Posted by: Bilal on March 14, 2009

there is no god

Posted by: rejected on March 14, 2009

don't be too sad guys, you guys don't have to suffer through 8.02T and would probably have 10x the freetime we have

Posted by: mit '12er on March 14, 2009

I am finally at peace with myself.......ahhhh......sweet rejection.....

Posted by: Rajarshi on March 14, 2009

"It hurts but it may be the only way..."

this is my last post...

i've learned so much in this application

when i rule the world one day, i would thank you for rejecting me this time

Posted by: T.Y. on March 14, 2009

OMG some Anon above echoed my exact thoughts:
"Thanks MIT for giving me the opportunity to apply, I really think it was awesome to try, even though it didn't work out. I'm not gonna lie, long before the admissions came out, I knew that MIT wasn't going to be the right "fit" for me, so it works out perfectly to have been rejected. smile"
YEAH- That is what I think too.
I want to thank EVERY single student and Admissions staff member who patiently posts on this site. Thank you for making the application process human and the wait bearable. You guys are angels grin
Too bad it didn't work out for me..but I'm sure I'll be happier somewhere else. I'd braced myself for this, and I have no regrets. More likely, those who deserved the admission made it to the Class of 2013..and I'm genuinely happy for them!

Posted by: Manya on March 14, 2009

@mit '12er
Oh, but that is what I was hoping to enjoy.

Posted by: ijustwasted12yearsofmylife on March 14, 2009

First of All, Thank you MIT for a chance for me to apply. I enjoyed filling out the application, and the process. But one thing I do want to say is for future students, don't make anyone living in the United States, International Students just because they don't have their green cards. We are legal citizens, who compete for spots against kids in the United States

Posted by: Anonymous on March 14, 2009

8.02 is a box of fun for me. I thought if i got in i'll be spending my time on 8.02 and 18.0. I'd love to spend my whole on those area. MIT was always a thrill for me n sill it is.

Posted by: @ mit '12er on March 14, 2009

I just want to say that I am really impressed with the maturity most of you guys are displaying in these comments. It's great that most of you are being entirely reasonable. Many of you guys were qualified - meaning you will go on to do great things at another institution.

Let yourself feel the disappointment, then carry on and kick butt. MIT's a great place, but it's far from the only place. Don't let your disappointment develop into bitterness that will ultimately hurt you. You guys are much better than that :D

Posted by: Piper '12 on March 14, 2009

I completely agree with the Anon above. We ARE living in the States, we deserve to compete against American students.

Posted by: rejectedhaha on March 14, 2009

@Anonymous.
Its sound rude, but its true that u really do not deserve MIT. MIT is a great school for its diversity.

Posted by: waiting... on March 14, 2009

This is like falling in love with a guy you can't get over.

Posted by: Tree on March 14, 2009

I wanted a brass rat, I wanted special MIT stuff. I guess I can't have them now.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

At waiting... I don't have anything against the diversity factor, and am very upset that your comment. Firstly, living in the US for the past 10 years and being treated as a domestic person, is very harsh and troubling for anybody. Secondly, I am not bitter. If every other school can accept the fact that I am a legal resident in the states, then MIT should make a move to do the same. I am just encouraging them to make a move in the future, not complaining about my acceptance.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 14, 2009

Ok guys, It was a good run!

Dear MIT:

Thank you so much for considering my application. It was just not meant to be and I hope that every student that has been admitted has a great experience and hopefully we can all change the world for the better.

Dear Students (Not Admitted)

LOl, we had a nice run, and dont worry! We will change the world for the better anyway, MIT is a great college and it has a LOT of great people in it, but it was not meant for us, and its better this way.

We will all change the world, we will all get over it and I promise you your life will be better after this!

Posted by: fouadalnoor on March 14, 2009

@ SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean:

10 rejections? Don't think that way. Everyone will end up going to where they are meant to go.
MIT is my dream too, and even if it didn't work out at the end of Round 1, there's still transfer/grad school!

Which other schools did you apply to?

Posted by: European Rejectee on March 14, 2009

@waiting... Yes, that's why those int'l students deserve to compete against American students

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Is it possible to request information on what was wrong with your application?

Posted by: anon on March 14, 2009

@Anonymous, Look buddy i did not mean to hut ur feelings. I jus wanted to say that there are a lot of kids around the world who also deserve to be at MIT like u n I. I'm sorry if my comment made u upset.

Posted by: waiting... on March 14, 2009

I dont even have a college degree and look at me..
I am richy rich!
And that is a shame for all the college going peeps.
The thing you people have to realise is that its all about you in the end and college wont help a lot.So enjoy now and as they say"This too shall pass away"

Posted by: Bill Gates on March 14, 2009

Waiting...Its ok, no problem just forget about it.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 14, 2009

Well..after 2 and a half hours of dreading to look.... what i always thought would but was hopuful would not happen did happen :( i didn't get in... i knew my chances were near to none... but i tried anyway and im glad i did, it was indeed the best application process out of my options. All i have left to do is just try my best and hope i get in as a transfer...or graduate school.
Well..after 2 and a half hours of dreading to look.... what i always thought would but was hopuful would not happen did happen :( i didn't get in... i knew my chances were near to none... but i tried anyway and im glad i did, it was indeed the best application process out of my options. All i have left to do is just try my best and hope i get in as a transfer...or graduate school.
<3 MIT

Posted by: Saku on March 14, 2009

Well..after 2 and a half hours of dreading to look.... what i always thought would but was hopuful would not happen did happen :( i didn't get in... i knew my chances were near to none... but i tried anyway and im glad i did, it was indeed the best application process out of my options. All i have left to do is just try my best and hope i get in as a transfer...or graduate school.
Well..after 2 and a half hours of dreading to look.... what i always thought would but was hopuful would not happen did happen :( i didn't get in... i knew my chances were near to none... but i tried anyway and im glad i did, it was indeed the best application process out of my options. All i have left to do is just try my best and hope i get in as a transfer...or graduate school.
<3 MIT

Posted by: Saku on March 14, 2009

@anon. i guess its not. there was nothing wrong. It was jus to competitive. All 160000 applicants were finest applicants in the world.

Posted by: waiting... on March 14, 2009

srries for the double post!

Posted by: Saku on March 14, 2009

Cool! Everyone is being so optimistic! I shall be too. Hey, we aren't going to Hell! Party! Anyone? Haha~

Best wishes to everyone who applied! The process itself was thrilled enough. Fighting with the deadline wasn't an easy task.

Well, I will come again when I want to pursue my master and doctorate degree. See you guys!

Posted by: Robin on March 14, 2009

People, stop thanking MIT staff for anything. It strikes me bcz it just as though u accept that your destiny was in their hands!!! NO!! Stop disparaguing yourselves. Your destiny is in your hands. I am sure there are some more than 1600 students who deserved entering, but were rejected just because the limit is due to a lack of places available in class!! MIT just cannot accomodate more students. Secondly, it is their work, I must say it is in some way unfair what they do. Just throwing great applicants...

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

i sorta knew i wouldnt make it...i don't have a 'hook'...im just good academically, but so is evryone else applying...but I live in Saudi arabia, and this place doesnt give u any opportunities...NONE...no competitions, ECs, volunteering, part time work, nothing....ahh...Guess I'm not MIT material after all

Posted by: Rejected on March 14, 2009

Whatever...forget MIT it seemed so depressing when i visited anyway
i swear like no one there was simling
Wash U Stl. here i come!

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

This is my last post. its true and sad that from now in two hours no one will be posting comments. after 30 days they will close this blog to reduce spam. How sad is that?? nyways it was really pleasure for me to share my feelings with all of you guys. I loved MIT , I love MIT and I will love MIT till my death. My plan was to never leave MIT, if i got accepted. Now as a freshman later as grad student and may be later as a professor or anything related to MIT even as bowl cleaner. Thats how much I love her.

Posted by: Waiting... on March 14, 2009

Hey, another headed for Wash U!! Me too, probably. The one nice thing is that they're in the process of building new engineering buildings (the ChemE one opens fall of 2010, yessssss!!!!)

Posted by: Matt A. on March 14, 2009

oh well it was fun applying...
see in four years MIT!!

Posted by: sammy on March 14, 2009

Look guys we are all MIT students just if we can inspire and change the community by our minds.
Good luck to all

Posted by: Alireza on March 14, 2009

I hate it when sometimes an IMO medal could mean that much. I applied as an international and I guess that the *supposedly national quota* has pretty much reduced my MIT competition to a mere battle between me and other Vietnamese peers. It was painful to finally realize that my 3 national awards from Singapore, Australia, and America apparently couldn't even be compared to his single IMO. Howbouts I'm living overseas and I couldnt be in the national team for IMO? I'm sure MIT didn't know/consider that.
Adieu my forever bittersweet fantasy.

Posted by: To Xuan Nam - never '13 on March 14, 2009

Oh one more thing I forgot to say. If nyone wants share feelings jus call me at 2817875203. I'd love to share feelings and being a friend.

Posted by: waiting... on March 14, 2009

congratulations to the admitted students.
you will have the best education.

MIT thank you for spending the time.

This is not the end. See you later MIT. Just wait for 2 years. Luz will be there.

Posted by: luz septimo on March 14, 2009

im sad

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

@European Rejectee
Grad school is certainly an option for you. I however wanted to go to med school after college. If the other U.S. institutions reject me, I'll end up going to med school right away with practically no further chance for MIT or some other U.S. university.

Transfer, let's be realistic 15 admits? Not rarely 0 internationals? Those are mostly people admitted to MIT as freshmen who chose to go somewhere else, but didn't like it there.

If you're asking, I (still) am applying to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Middlebury, Williams, UChichago, UPenn, Stanford, Columbia & Dartmouth.

If you wan't some private bitter talking email me at smusiol@gmail.com

Btw. Where are you from?

Posted by: SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean on March 14, 2009

Do grad school students still get a brass rat?

Regardless of the above question, I plan to attend next year.

Posted by: Guywithonequickquestion on March 14, 2009

Newton didn't go to college, Einstein didn't go to a great college, but they were the fathers of physics and all genius people, and I didn't make it to MIT, but I will be the next person to win the Noble Prize in Physics

Got to move on guys :D

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

I just blogged about this at my blog.

http://www.astronomynotes.net/2009/03/15/mit-admission-decision-2009/

I just found out that the "remember me" doesn't work for me. I'm using Firefox v3.06

Posted by: Robin on March 14, 2009

I got rejected but accepted into Williams so I am not that sad...

Posted by: Steve123er on March 14, 2009

How would I go about emulating the MIT workload at another college?

Posted by: ijustwasted12yearsofmylife on March 14, 2009

I'm disappointed about not being accepted to MIT. But I am even more disappointed now that I didn't enjoy or have fun with the application process, but instead viewed it as a burden. I feel like all of this was a waste.

Posted by: derek on March 14, 2009

so y'all... does anyone have any other plans then? Or are most you still waiting for other decisions?

Posted by: Tara on March 14, 2009

@ waiting...

are you serious? Can I really call you?

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 14, 2009

@Anonymous:
The Nobel prize is awarded once per year, so I don't think you will get next years wink. I have no doubt though, that all of us rejected to MIT will end up doing something grand. After all, you must be good if you even bothered applying, and MIT being best in the rankings doesn't necessarily mean MIT being best for you.

All I can say is I loved the ride- the blogs (particularly Yan's), the comments, everything. I am happy that I will attend my state university- it is still 8th in the nation for aeronautics. The honors college has already offered me full tuition, and I have yet to hear from all the other scholarships I applied to. Most of all are the opportunities I gain by not attending MIT: I get to see all my friends going to university with me, I am closer to home, I get to continue working on my engineering project (Which made the nationwide finals! Please support by giving my project 5 stars at http://www.conradawards.org/harwell_asturias_labs ), and many other intangibles.

Agur MIT, Kaixo UT Austin.
Maybe for grad school...

Posted by: Daniel on March 14, 2009

@ Daniel:
Wowza, I'm impressed! Your project looks awesome. How long have you been working on it?
Also... Aeronautics? That was my dream major at MIT, and also the course I've applied to at other schools.

Where else did you apply?

Posted by: European Rejectee on March 14, 2009

phoey

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Poor MIT. you missed out. just like stanford.

Posted by: Anna on March 14, 2009

awww I don't want to see :awww I don't want to see :<

Posted by: Seb on March 14, 2009

I've been bracing for this to happen ever since I submitted my application but for some reason never really thought it would happen.

But it did...

pooey!

Posted by: Ksl on March 14, 2009

I've been bracing for this to happen ever since I submitted my application but for some reason never really thought it would happen.

But it did...

pooey!

Posted by: Ksl on March 14, 2009

I wanted to go, but oh well. In the end, it just comes down to chance and the circumstances you're given. I'm sure that I and everyone else on this thread could easily have handled MIT, but that's just the way the cookie (or pie) crumbles. Good luck with other colleges everyone! Princeton's up next for me.

Posted by: Billy on March 14, 2009

MIT is the greatest school on earth though it seems to be far away from me for a few years. I promise that I'll come for grad studies.

Congrats to those brilliant students who were admitted.

Do keep up your wonderful standards so that the grad-school dream will not change.

Posted by: iLoveMIT2death on March 14, 2009

@ Husain, Stacy, Shruti, Waiting... and a lot of comrades...

This is my second post at this blogs. The previous one was last year when I got rejected too.

For those I wrote the name, I share a particular view of the situation. Yes, it's not "the end of the world", but, for now at least, is "the end of our world". Ok, there are a lot of other places, but what to do when, by lack of money, your father stops his own undergraduation for you to study, and the only place that says "we'll fill 100% of your needs", by the second time, reject you?

I'm in a undergraduation course (Environmental Chemistry), but I found that it's not what I want. What I really want is Nuclear Science and Engineering, and I don't have this course in any university of my country (Brazil). And this second rejection it's a punch when you didn't got adMITted in any other course that is one different from the 'wrong' that you are doing right now (and that's why I didn't applied as transfer).

Well, I don't know what the hell I'm going to do now. Next year I'll not apply as transfer student because I'm not in my "right" course, but I don't know too "what to do for my education" until the next MIT application.

After all, it's THE ONLY college that have my wished course and I can afford for...

And now, it's time to hear Dragonforce and Gustav Mahler, and time to wait for the next year wishing that I'll write my single-post-of-the-year in a different forum. Best luck to all 2nd-er and (2+n)th-er time applicants as me next year. I hope to have one of as classmates in 2010.

A bear-hug,



Rafael Merlo
from Brazil


(P.S.: I have ice cream here, but I don't feel the minimum wish to eat it.)

Posted by: Rafael Merlo on March 14, 2009

Here I sit, sad and dejected,
Tried for Mit, but got rejected.

Got straight A's, and super scores;
Alas, somehow they wanted more.

So now I turn to lesser schools,
Hoping they will take in fools
like me -- who tried his very best
to win the prize, but failed the test.

The outcome smells much like a skunk,
But I have no intent to flunk,
And cans to go before I'm drunk,
And cans to go before I'm drunk.

Posted by: MIT & Busted '13 on March 14, 2009

Your letter to tell me "sorry" arrived today. I understand you have a limited addmission. It would be nice to know where I went wrong or what I did not have that you needed. I spent 4 years of High school geared towards MIT, as a freshman I contacted MIT to ask for advice. I have taken every AP and Honors course every year for the 4 years and maintained a GPA of 4.32, I made National Honors Society, state and national champ in my school sport and this is not good enough for you, I would like to see you post those who were accepted. I also spent 4 weeks on my application, was it even read.....What did I do wrong?

Posted by: Ryan on March 14, 2009

@European Rejectee:
Thank you! If you like it, please remember to give it 5 stars (not clearly labeled, but its near the top on the right hand side, labeled "Rate our Product"). I've been working on it for almost 5 months now, and I hope to see it completed.

I applied to Caltech too, but I will go to UT Austin, for reasons listed in above post. They have a great aeronautics program, I talked to the head of the department the last time I went there. I recommend it.

Where in Europe are you from?

Posted by: Daniel on March 14, 2009

well thats affirmative action I guess...

its not so much that I am not going to MIT now, its just the fact that wherever I end up I will only have to have worked half as hard my whole life as I have. I will go to the same school as the rest of the students in my school who took it easy while I was busy studying.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

O well.

Posted by: O hi on March 14, 2009

Ugh....

What can I say? I almost had a heart attack at work today waiting for the decisions to go online. Then I still had to work for another hour after learning that I had been rejected. Needless to say, that sucked. At least I have my senior project shadowing a NASA aerospace engineer to look forward to. Anyone else on here going to University of Michigan, possibly for aerospace engineering?

On another note, if its any consolation, most of the people on here sound more deserving of admittance to me than a certain someone whom I know got addmitted.

Posted by: David on March 14, 2009

Hey everyone,

Sadly, I must join those in this forum. Rejected, dejected, just plain sad, etc.

Good job to all of you, though. You must have a lot of potential to even have considered applying to MIT. Make the best out of wherever you end up. MIT has a lot of good resources that would have certainly helped you to excel, but there are a lot of other good places out there, as well.

Work hard, study hard, keep focused on the future. Each of us can do amazing things and go to amazing places in life. This is just one more stumbling block. Don't let it trip you up forever. It's about you, not about where you go. you need to make the most out of the time you have. If nothing else, make this a goal: Prove that the people at MIT were fools to reject you. Be the best that you can without MIT's help.

The world is ours. Don't let this bring you down too much. Get back up, and be the best engineers/physicists/psychologists/actors/geneticists/computer scientists/whatever that the world has ever seen. We can do that without MIT.

We just....might need to work a little harder to get there.

Good luck, all. Now I need to make myself forget about the admissions site before it drives me mad smile

Posted by: Dan on March 14, 2009

"We are the nobodies
We wanna be somebodies
When were dead,
They'll know just who we are"
Marilyn Manson

So true...

Posted by: Bednarro on March 14, 2009

So anyone else thinking either the University of Virginia or Georgia Tech as their next option? I can't decide between those two.

Well at least I can finally rest knowing that the hard work I put into stuff is just as useful as half-assing everything and can finally take it easy now.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

GO CALTECH!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!11!1!!

Posted by: MITsucks on March 14, 2009

wow thanks Dan I think your post really helped my spirits

also glad to see some of you guys get to go to at least the second best engineering school in the country. MIT was the only private school that interested me and I didn't consider Cal Tech because I didn't want to go west coast.

One thing I am at least hoping for is that I can still be one of the top students at another school now haha

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

See ya in four years....next time i'll make sure you have no other option :D
cheers

Posted by: Shab on March 14, 2009

@Anon some ways up the page:
"Ya I can tell MIT is so sorry, with the generic letter and the pseudocomforting euphemistic way of saying you're rejected. That actually is the worst way to approach denied students, because no one likes being pitied."

Are you expecting MIT to write customized sympathy letters to 13000+ students? Last time I checked most other colleges use the same format to notify applicants. At least it's better than Stanford's e-mail from last year, which went something like this:

"We are sorry that we were unable to admit you to the Stanford class of 2012. To be ecologically friendly, you will not be getting a copy of this letter in the mail, and this will be the last contact you will receive from us. Good luck in life."

Posted by: Vivian '12 on March 14, 2009

@ Vivian

"We are sorry that we were unable to admit you to the Stanford class of 2012. To be ecologically friendly, you will not be getting a copy of this letter in the mail, and this will be the last contact you will receive from us. Good luck in life."

LOL! That just put a smile on my face. Thanks

Posted by: LG on March 14, 2009

@mitsucks.
I thought I'm not going to post nymore comments. but some stupid comment really made me say something. ppl think mit sucks if they do not get accepted. My question is, why do they even bother to apply if they think it sucks. Ppl like them should die. MIT was best, MIT is the best and it will remain the best. anybody will be crushed if the stand against it. I really mean it.

and mr. husain sure u can call me at 2817875203. any body can call me jus to share some of your feelings.

Posted by: Waiting... on March 14, 2009

well, at least i still have my dignity. just kidding. i lost that when i went to coldstone to get ice cream but broke down in tears when i asked whether they ACCEPT American Express.

can someone please tell me that University of Michigan is a good school too to make me feel better? that'd be great, and i'll be grateful.

i'm sure that we're all good students. it's their loss. honestly.

Posted by: Cindy Wan on March 14, 2009

"many of our applicants are not offered admission simply because we don't have enough space in our entering class"

that's depressing. i'm a casualty of statistics.

ah well. life goes on.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well... It sucks, but I now know why MIT is not too great at sports. They could have had a winning field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse team...

Posted by: Phaedra on March 14, 2009

281??!! That's my area code!

@ Anonymous 5:56 PM:
I had the same feeling too, but in the end anything is as hard as you make it. If you keep on working hard as you have done already, you will stand out from the ones who coasted, even at the same college. Getting in to a specific college ok, but succeeding at the college you went to is better. I can promise (through the internet) that your extra hard work will pay off in some way- just maybe not the way you thought it would. Life is full of surprises /*end cliche*/

@ Cindy:
Im sure UMichigan is a good school. I'm going to a state university too.

Posted by: Daniel on March 14, 2009

281 is for the woodlands. if im not wrong. call me.

Posted by: waiting.. on March 14, 2009

thank you, daniel

what school are you going to?

Posted by: Cindy on March 14, 2009

Well, I gave it my best. See you in four years grin

Posted by: Ryan on March 14, 2009

was it so easy for you to not accept me, MIT? smile

Posted by: Hey on March 14, 2009

Was it easy for you not accept me, MIT? smile

Posted by: Hey on March 14, 2009

Phaedra...so you were going to bring them 3 winning teams?

Posted by: '13 on March 14, 2009

I have my own company to help homeless children in Florida, started my school's recycling program, have helped keep my school's foreign language program by getting perfect scores at national competitions every year. Alas, they accept a lazy kid who sleeps all the time at school and only worked on the application during the cut-off date.

Wow.

MIT, this is your loss, because you won't have the opportunity to grow because of me. I know God has a greater plan for me that I do not see myself, and I accept this pain. I really wanted the chance to dorm with my best friend who wants to go there for her graduate degree.

Instead of deferring me, you could have just rejected me in the first place. I guess all my humanitarian works were not enough for you.

Sleeping and being lazy is.

Posted by: Life Goes On on March 14, 2009

@Cindy: UT Austin, Honors Aerospace engineering program.

@Waiting: Well, I'm in Katy, but 281 goes for most of outer Houston.

Posted by: Daniel on March 14, 2009

Thanks for your consideration!

Posted by: Kim on March 14, 2009

I don't suppose there will be some sort of revival round?

Posted by: Kevin on March 14, 2009

well, that's done. just like mit to announce on pi day. circles are so pretentious

Posted by: doesn't matter on March 14, 2009

Well, here's to the end of a long, long journey. But in all, I must say I did have fun during the whole process of applying, of reading everyone's blogs, of experiencing the campus and people, and of all the extra-curricular activities on the side. And for me, it was a strong character building experience.

It's a pity that so many of us did not make it, with 16000 applications this year. MIT is a great place, and it will always be a great place to me. I'm disappointed, and I know we're all disappointed. But I'd like to say that I feel incredibly honored to have even competed with many of you - I've read the profiles of the decisions thread on CC, and some of the rejected applicants are phenomenal. To those on CC, I'd like to thank all of you for the support and trust we've shared in the past seven months. To everyone, don't give up and good luck with all your future endeavors. I like Daniel's post earlier on - you are bound to do great things in the world, simply due the fact that you've worked so hard to apply to MIT. I hope to see you all some day.

And in response to Rafael's post,
*hugs*
to all =]

Posted by: Ruey on March 14, 2009

I wish I could curve the time and start all over again from the very beginning. How scary that,I did not apply to any other school, accept for MIT. I was hoping to get in. But now at this point of life it feels like this is the end of the world. Feels like there is a sharp needle pinching inside of my chest...cant a miracle take place?

Posted by: curving the time on March 14, 2009

While I am thrilled (and still in shock) that my son was accepted, I saw some dejected comments on the accepted students' forum from kids who were not accepted, and I want you to know that there are plenty of great schools, and you will land in one of them and have a wonderful experience.

To: curving in time, my college experience started as yours did. I had my heart set on one college and didn't apply to a backup. When I was rejected, I had to scramble to select several others and apply right away. I got into all of them! Ended up in the right place for me and it changed the course of my life. I have never been sorry.

Not being accepted to MIT is not a reflection of your value. Each and every one of you is a winner.

Posted by: MIT mom on March 14, 2009

@ curving the time

Awww bless you. *pat pat*

You can always take a year out, do some useful things, and apply (or re-apply to MIT)

But just think, experiences like this make us stronger! =)

Posted by: C on March 14, 2009

I really wasn't confident about getting into MIT but I hoped I would eventually. This was the place I loved everything about and based my plans upon. And this is the very place which rejects me, doesn't feel any better. I guess I'll try for transfer admissions. I still do love MIT and everything about it at the end of the day. It was just that it was not meant to be. Hope to see all some day in a place as great as MIT! (I know there isn't)

Posted by: another rejectee on March 14, 2009

:(

Posted by: nish81 on March 14, 2009

MIT was the only college that I have ever praised with the word "awesome." The culture, the blogs, the hacks, the cool nerdiness, the three letters juxtaposed together -- it seemed to fit me so nicely. I wouldn't have minded the sleepless nights, the multiple failures to deflate my little ego of being a student at MIT, or the fact that I would have had to probably take out $10k loans per year, even though my family is low income, just to attend. I thought it might have been destiny telling me a hint when I saw "MiT" on the reflection of the glass on a subway train as I was going home after my MIT interview. I thought it was possible; I just needed to reach my hand out...it was possible, it was just that my hand wasn't the one chosen. It just wasn't meant to be. Maybe I will apply next year for transfer. Maybe I will apply for grad at MIT in four years. I don't know. But right now, I'll just take this rejection as a chance to rediscover myself. Where I end up in the future I have no idea. Perhaps someday, such a future will let me meet MIT again. I hope so. MIT, stay cool.

Posted by: K on March 14, 2009

@ Life Goes On -

Wow, egotistic much?

Posted by: mit student on March 14, 2009

I'm really glad people are taking the rejection so well. If anyone recalls from the Early Action Not Admitted blog, everyone posted their stats and asked what was wrong. It was awful and stupid. I can see that many of you will have bright futures with lots of success and happiness without MIT by the way you are accepting this. And remember, MIT didn't accept you because you were'nt good enough, it's because they thought you wouldn't be a good fit, and God just wants you to be at the right place.

Posted by: nanofreak on March 14, 2009

Thanks for the consideration. It was worth the chance.

Posted by: Tried on March 14, 2009

Goodbye MIT```
I know I don't deserve MIT right now, but I will in 4 years!
I will be back~~
Meet you again!!

Thankyou for considering me
MIT has a special place in my heart forever~~

Posted by: LW on March 14, 2009

Little space for international students...only 120 foreigners are admitted.

Posted by: Chang Yang on March 14, 2009

Sad..... and also sad....
But it's ok, anyway...
But I really wonder, why nearly no Chinese students are admitted??? It's anyhow strange...

Posted by: Erin on March 14, 2009

Little space for international students...only 120 foreigners are admitted.

Posted by: Chang Yang on March 14, 2009

Sad..... and also sad....
But it's ok, anyway...
But I really wonder, why nearly no Chinese students are admitted??? It's anyhow strange...

Posted by: Erin on March 14, 2009

Is it pure coincidence that none of the hack bloggers got in? Or was something more at play?

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well, thanks for allowing me to try to attend here; I'll be back for grad school, y'all!

And Mazel Tov to those that got in, you guys rock!! (even though this is all rejected forum lol, tell some acceptees to get in here to see it).

Posted by: Brett not '13 (lolz) on March 14, 2009

@ Anon

I was surprised that none of the hackers got in either.

@ Erin

Really? Nearly no Chinese?

@ Chang Yang

In my opinion, the whole 'international quota' thing is horrible.

Posted by: C on March 14, 2009

To the tune of “Amazing Grace”:

Not good enough for M-I-T…
I feel just like a clod.
So, put an I.V. in my arm
If you are out there, God.

My friends all laugh and point at me,
My parents think I’m dim.
My sister says I reached too high,
Now things are looking grim.

If I could do it all again,
To more I would apply.
There’s wisdom in a safety school
For such a dope as I.

When I have toiled at ‘Burger World’
For many years to be,
I’ll heave a sigh, and wish I had
Got in to M-I-T!

Posted by: MIT & Busted on March 14, 2009

Hey all, I just wanted to drop you a word and tell you that you are the heros of today! It is so easy to win, so hard to face failure.
I believe things happen for a reason in life. You won't appreciate your rejection now, maybe even in years, but eventually you will see that it happened for some other door to be opened. And it is not easy to say for me, as I failed many times and really thought it was the end of the world. Now I can see it just had to happen so that other things could happen. I know how hard it is in such moments, but really, one day you will look back at this and smile:) and - 'you don't always get what you want, but you get what you need' smile

Posted by: admitted 2013 on March 14, 2009

more things that I am looking at the bright side for going to a public university:

More parties
More people
Not everyone is a nerd
Packed sporting events with tailgating before
More parties

smile

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

An international quota is TOTALLY appropriate.

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

Well. I can't say I wasn't expecting this. Funnily enough throughout this years I kinda felt me and MIT were not a perfect match, as my natural laziness doesn't fit the MIT profile.

However, looking at complete failure for the first time in my life I'm more motivated than ever! For that I thank you folks at MIT admissions! I'm finaly feeling a huge urge to learn, and that's all I need.

Congratulations to all '13 beavers wink. I'm sure you have earned this go out (or in) and enjoy!

Posted by: Joseph on March 14, 2009

I will be back

Posted by: G on March 14, 2009

damMIT

Posted by: Nightwing 9 7 3 on March 14, 2009

LET'S ALL BE SO BAD-ASS MIT REGRETS REJECTING US!
^___________________^

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

broken heart !!!

Posted by: nguyen on March 14, 2009

man this rots! well i know im gona try to transfer smile HOPES up!

Posted by: ayaz khan on March 14, 2009

ouch... I thought its gonna hurt but I guess its just like a bug bite. what hurt the most was this one sentence:- " Since all of our decisions are made at one time and all available spaces have been committed, all decisions are final." Sound like a sales pitch. lol. Thanks for the best and friendliest sales ever MIT. It was fun reading the blogs but alas it is time for me to say goodbye. And congratulations to those who made it!!

Posted by: link on March 14, 2009

Did anyone from Chicago make it at all?

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

nothing to say actually.....but surely i am not going to leave MIT so easily....going to try next year .. ..

Posted by: SRV on March 14, 2009

MIT you're gonna regret your decision

Posted by: 0 on March 14, 2009

MIT you're gonna regret your decision

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

Thank you MIT for the time you made me dream a little bit. Thank you for letting me know so many cool people. Thank you for letting me know myself a little bit more.
It's hard not to be sad, but I guess that's just the way it is.
Since this is my las post on these blogs I just wanted to thank you all guys because at least I felt like part of MIT for a few months. This time was of too much value. I know you will always be a great school. Thank you again.

Posted by: Samy on March 15, 2009

in the quantum world with alternate dimensions, i already graduated from MIT.

too bad that dimension isnt ours.

Posted by: remotevirus on March 15, 2009

Farewell MIT, my life must go on.

Posted by: Michael on March 15, 2009

Hey everyone! I'm sorry that you didn't get admitted. But you know what? You're already winners for trying and putting yourselves out there. I'm sure that since you were ambitious enough to apply, you'll have successful futures hopefully. Keep your head high and don't let go of your dreams! Who knows? Maybe you'll apply for MIT grad school or as a transfer student and get admitted. Good luck in your future endeavors! smile

Also, who here is from the UAE?

Posted by: Majda '12 on March 15, 2009

Well that's college 1: Aaron 0. Now I wait...

Posted by: Aaron on March 15, 2009

It was too cruel a decision. i am still unable to figure out what went on wrong? was there some mistake in the application or was it my age that i got rejected.

Posted by: Ambud on March 15, 2009

Rejected. Well, I still have 18 more colleges left to accept me. I guess MIT wasn't the best fit for me. It just wasn't meant to be. Everyone, don't be too stressed out. I'm sure you're gonna get into the best colleges for you guys. Lastly, enjoy your rest of senior year! Seize the day.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

It doesn't matter where you are or who you're with, all that matters is what you do.

Congrats to the 1600 people who are better for MIT than me. Best of luck to the rest of us.

Maybe I'll see you again in 4 years, maybe not. All I hope is that I (and everyone like me) do as much in those 4 years elsewhere as we would have at MIT.

Posted by: Jim on March 15, 2009

applying to MIT was in itself a very unique experience, but MIT, be sure of one thing that ill be applying for MS again!!

Posted by: prashanth on March 15, 2009

Hi thank every one for showing sympathy on me. Dear MIT, just to let you know that, I never had a good chance in my life for better education. We were always poor. We could not even afford paying our all bill and other stuff, going to MIT was just a dream but nothing for me. I had to work 24/7 just to support my family. Maybe thats why I could not put that much of extracuricullar activities on my resume. But it says, sometimes dreams come true. I wanted to take that chance hoping it will come true. Alas! all my dreams just run away.

I still have my hope. My plan is to go any college right now and master on all science and math class and then apply to MIT again as a transfer student. Dear MIT, I belong to you, you will have take me this time no matter what. I know it sounds little fool. But what can I do? I just love you that much. No one can take your place from my heart. You were in the depth of my heart, you are still and you will remain.

Wish me best luck my SWEETHEART.

Posted by: Curving time. on March 15, 2009

@ Marwan: Don't be harsh on yourself and don't let poeple make the best of you! Atleast you had the guts to apply! And as for the person who laughed at you for you wanting to apply to MIT, I'm sorry to say that I think that person needs to get a life! Let me see them try and apply and go through the stress that you went through! Do you know that I went through the exact same experience you went through before I got here? I also got that comment from a very dear friend who said "it's a dream for you to get in..exactly a dream!" I was really hurt by that, but you know what? I'm here now! I'm sure you'll make the best of your college education and reach some amazing place in the future! Somethings just happen and maybe for the better. You never know what life has in for you. smile

Posted by: Majda '12 on March 15, 2009

I am sad. PLEASE accept me, Princeton!

Posted by: JoeM on March 15, 2009

I am sad. PLEASE accept me, Princeton!

Posted by: JoeM on March 15, 2009

Majda is very bad at false sincerity. Apparently the only reason he posted whatever he posted is to see who else in UAE failed to secure the "golden ticket". Just so he can feel even better than he does now. His "good luck in your future endeavors, LOSERS!" preamble is just a facade.

Learn this: If Majda really cared about the not-admitted folk, he would not have asked the "UAE question", he was just softening us up so we can give him the information he seeks.

Also learn this: If MIT really believed we were "simply fantastic", it would have given more spaces up for grabs. MIT did not, which makes me conclude, a) MIT is perfectly happy admitting only 1600 spaces and does not want to make more spaces available because it is a waste of time and money b) MIT is perfectly sure you are not spectacular in any way as to further its goals.

Anyone who is consoling you and saying "it's OK, there are places elsewhere," is just eliminating you from the competition. MIT may be full of outstanding students and staff, but even they are subject to universal logic. Period.

Feel free to debate or refute my argument. There might be holes somewhere.

Posted by: Champion of nearly perfect logic on March 15, 2009

Well, in the wise words of Chumbawamba... I GET KNOCKED DOWN! BUT I GET UP AGAIN! YOU'RE NEVER GONNA KEEP ME DOWN!

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

Get rid of affirmative action. It is discriminatory and wrong. I had everything (#1 in class, sports, music, a LIFE), but I just happened to be white middle class. Your loss. Just because I am white does not mean I have nothing to offer to the campus. You and Stanford are just the same that way, except you outrightly admit that you discriminate against caucasians. Good you you. I'll just go to Berkeley then, and NOT be in debt after four years. Too bad. Peace.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 15, 2009

@ championofnearlyperfect logic: my intention is not to feel better about myself in any way. Maybe it wasn't clear to you. I'm already a freshman here (class of 2012) and the only reason I asked if there were students from the UAE is because I am from the UAE and I was wondering how many people from there applied to MIT. I really don't see your logic, but still good luck to you in what may come your way!

Posted by: Majda '12 on March 15, 2009

wow its amazing to see so many people being so calm and grateful.
I wish I could do that

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

@ Majda

ohh there are UAE students in MIT. That is awesome.
Majda, can you tell me how many students from UAE in MIT? I mean students with UAE nationailty.....

I got rejected smile

Posted by: Husain on March 15, 2009

@ Husain

I'm sorry you got rejected but with your smiley I'm assuming that your positive and I'm glad to hear that! smile

Currently, there aren't any UAE nationals that I'm aware of, although I do know that there was a girl and a boy who both graduated with a masters degree. The girl graduated last year but I'm not sure about the boy.

Posted by: Majda '12 on March 15, 2009

Quotas, legacy, apparent screening by mood or whim... Looks like many of us would have fared better in an admissions lottery, similar to what has been contemplated at Harvard!

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

see you again in 4 years.

Posted by: Mogh Koomar on March 15, 2009

The experience of applying to MIT was amazing...and I have no regrets of not being able to make it there...have faith people...whatever was best for you, happened. Be strong, and I'm sure all of you amazing people out there can make it somewhere else, a place that you will LOVE! smile!!

Posted by: Isra on March 15, 2009

Dear all,
Last year this time I too was waiting anxiously for MIT admissions for my son.He of course did not make it to MIT but he is in IIT(Indian Institute of Technology), now very happy and enjoying the university.There are a few of his friends who did not make it to MIT and are in IIT.It only shows that MIT cannot admit all good students and there are many opportunities out there in the world.I am sure you will all find a place somewhere which will make you happy.

Posted by: rashmi on March 15, 2009

@ Majda


lol rejection is not cool, but I guess I have to continue.
I hope you like MIT and enjoy your life, and I hope that you will help developing UAE with your knowledge :D

Posted by: Husain on March 15, 2009

@ Husain

Yeah I know what rejection must feel like (having been rejected myself from several places!!). Thank you for your wishes and I'm sure you'll be an asset to the UAE as well smile After all, don't we say "Emarati o afte5er!" ?

Posted by: Majda '12 on March 15, 2009

Thanks for considering me. At least I've tried my best. And there is no regret. Everyone here is just simply amazing to have even gotten to this point!!

Posted by: Amy on March 15, 2009

See you soon MIT...

MAKE SURE U SELECT ME WHEN I TRANSFER

Posted by: Nepal on March 15, 2009

You dolts, rather then crying show MIT what they' ve lost by not admitting you

Posted by: God on March 15, 2009

Well. I hope that in the future I could make it in with the help of God.

Posted by: Moris on March 15, 2009

@gandu
Grades aren't a measure of intelligence, so whatever you think about getting distinctions or # of A's all fails when you come into a world where the brtish (no offense to britishers) standard rote learning system falls through the ditch.

The important thing here is not to flame the admissions office or admitted students. It's not their fault. After all screening, it all came down to chance and , let's face it, someone had to go. They simply don't have enough room. It doesn't reflect on your intelligence. HEck, you might be smarter than a person who was admitted, but somebody thought that you wouldn't fit there. You can always apply for transfer. You might even become a professor there like Umar saif(he got rejected). You have the right to be upset though but not to funnel your anger on the internet. I've been wanting to go to MIT sincce I was a kid, I worked real hard to get in, but God didn't want me there. Maybe something bad would've happen to me there or maybe something better will happen to me elsewhere. And don't let this think your chances for other colleges are ruined because they're mutually exclusive events and therefore conditional probability doesn't apply. Although, getting rejeccted here does actually improve your chances for the rest. (The ppl who got accepted here won't go to the other places, frees up space). So keep your eyes on your second best prize and then next year if you feel up to it, apply for a transfer.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

:( I am so sad...

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

Ah, at last rejection! haha. I feel honored that I even made it this far...Thanks for all the fun blogs throughout the year; you guys have been quite entertaining and helpful - I have no doubts that this was how it was meant to be, and I wish the best of luck to all those who've been accepted =)

Posted by: Lyndsay on March 15, 2009

rejected... and still, i lost nothing at all
gotta look into the future now
last time i visit this page... for good
MIT, see you someday, perhaps.

Posted by: daniel on March 15, 2009

I wish everyone who got in the best of luck.

:( It sucks, but life is what it is.
MIT thanks for the ride. It has been a long, wonderful, bitter, sad, sweet, great big journey.

Now...when I start changing the world for the better and fighting NWO, don't come to me all sorry lol jk

Posted by: Roshal on March 15, 2009

Hey guys....

It has been a wondeful tym for me in here.
Met new chaps,learnt new languages..(lol),understood a lot of things, and now I'm leaving this site...BUT I'm NIT LEAVING HOPE MAN....APPLYIN AS TRANSFER..

Wanted to join Aerospace Engineering in MIT... But I got rejected dere..
So, I might land up joining Embry Riddle Aeronautical University...ANYONE TO ACCOMPANY ME???..

I am an int. student n hv a lot of options open..Vot about u guys? I guess most of you might join Caltech, Stanford, UC, Berkeley..or sum of dese high universities..

Posted by: MOHIT DHAGAT on March 15, 2009

@God
Your Absolutely right! I've said the same!

Posted by: Roshal on March 15, 2009

No regrets, I tried my best....
I know what's left for me to work on.
I'll try again later on, and I won't waste my time between now and then.

CONGRATULATIONS to the admitted!
Good job, I'm sure you deserve what you got.
I'm confident MIT made the right choices.
Hope to see you there a few years from now smile

Posted by: Raimondo on March 15, 2009

Good Luck to those admitted, and now its time to wait for other decisions ... the suspense continues @_@

Posted by: Michael on March 15, 2009

In my opinion those who have been rejected by MIT should not even try for graduate at MIT. Have a look at the International Max Planck Research Schools at Germany. They are far better than MIT.

Posted by: God on March 15, 2009

I actually trust the admissions team - I was absolutely honest and open in my application and essays - so my take on it now is that MIT and I just aren't made for each other. They are in a much better position to know that than I am.

My hope now is that one of HYP doesn't think the same way.

Posted by: Norman on March 15, 2009

Everything happens for the best, we may not realise that but it does
dont worry everyone !!!

Posted by: Huzaifa on March 15, 2009

could not sleep whole night. Feels like suddenly the whole world turned against me.
But we are human. We are still living bc we have hope that something better better is going to be happen to us. My hope is to getting into MIT no matter what.

Posted by: curving the time on March 15, 2009

People. STOP being obsessed with MIT. They OBVIOUSLY didn't see the "match"- accept it and find a better place for yourself.

Posted by: PleaseMoveOnASAP on March 15, 2009

^No joke. Y'all need to realize that it is not the school you go to that determines your worth. Each and everyone of us that was rejected is capable of great and beautiful things, whether we attend Harvard, MichAnn, or X state tech.

Posted by: Nijawarrior on March 15, 2009

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

NO, seriously. I kind of had the feeling I wouldn't make the cut. But it's okay! Because I got into McGill.

Posted by: acapa on March 15, 2009

McGill acceptee here!
unfortunately they don't have bio-engineering like MIT!

And @Majida: More than 10 applicants from skls i know to MIT!! (frm UAE)

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

=(

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

Join here.. the facebook group for people who got rejected by MIT
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11913686803

because you have applied for MIT, I'm sure you will have things in common with others, great way to meet friends.

Posted by: Mgccl on March 15, 2009

Reading all of this is quite depressing.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

I was hoping MIT would be my happily-ever-after.

Posted by: Rebeca Not'13 on March 15, 2009

MIT = Most Inopportune Turnout. For all you junkies that did not obtain the acceptance letter, just remember that emotion is something not cared about (ended in a preposition!). After all, according to MIT, we simply evolved from nothing and we are now just an arrangment of atoms. I hate all those arrangements of atoms in the admissions office! You guys made a bad decision...I'm going to turn back into my monkey state and eat your bananas.

Posted by: Jeffrey Wilkins on March 15, 2009

Your loss. I just beat two people who DID get into MIT in the Chemistry Lab event at my Regional Science Olmypiad Meet.

Posted by: Jason on March 15, 2009

Getting into college, especially top schools is a lottery, not a reflection on who you are (for both that got in and didn't). Universities are a business, pretty good business, but then again your resume is a signaling mechanism.
For those who aren't coming to MIT here's a secret: you go anywhere else, it'll take a little bit more effort but you can be the best, in fact forcing yourself to push through the crowd at bigger schools will help you out in the real world!
Honestly people make a community not the other way around.

Posted by: koko on March 15, 2009

i wish forIIT it is the best

Posted by: Indian on March 15, 2009

@Mohit
I was going to double major in Aerospace Engineering and Physics.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

@mohit dhagat

Even I wanted to join Aeropace engineering in MIT. But rejected, ha ha. What a strange thing fate is !! I didn't apply to Embry riddle though I thought at first to apply as there are many restrictions for international students or better non American citizens.

Posted by: akhila on March 15, 2009

Waitlisted Caltech. I didn't care.

I thought I'd care about MIT.

Turns out that pwning a robotics competition on pi day really makes you not care. Even about your choicest dreams. Something is wrong with me.

I hope I'll stop reading every post on these blogs now. See you in grad school.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

I just love being a middle class white guy. It makes it so incredibly easy to get into top engineering schools.

Whatever, I'll take my full ride to MSU.

Posted by: alex on March 15, 2009

@ Missing...

I really phoned, but apparently you gave us the wrong number raspberry it was awkward.
lol

Posted by: Husain on March 15, 2009

((
Thank you, MIT, anyway

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

"[MIT,] don't make anyone living in the United States, International Students just because they don't have their green cards. We are legal citizens, who compete for spots against kids in the United States"

What? Sorry but, you are not a legal "citizen", youre not even a legal resident. And any way, MIT reserving 10-12% of its class for internationals is too high anyway particularly since most require substantial financial aid. MIT although "private" is still a US taxpayor supported institution and it should be reserving this aid for US citizens especially in tough economic times.

Posted by: anon on March 15, 2009

Ahh, now I get to be a world class economist where Fun Goes to Die

Posted by: PoopScoop on March 15, 2009

It's nice (and kind of surprising) to see so many positive comments coming from you guys...I feel much better knowing that there were other just-as-obviously-deserving people that got rejected too...I was feeling kind of vengeful, but now I'm actually kind of okay, thanks to you guys!

Keep your chin up and keep trying to make the most of your life! There's no chance at success unless you first try!

Posted by: Katriona on March 15, 2009

Hey guys,

I know exactly how all of you feel. I was in the same spot a year ago. I applied to MIT early action and was deferred and then eventually denied. And, as you all well know, it hurt. I cried for a long time. I spent hours wondering what was wrong with me and why I didn't get in. MIT was my #1, my dream school, etc etc.

A year later, and I am SO glad that I didn't end up going to MIT. I'm at another school now (which, incidentally, wasn't even anywhere in my top choices), and I absolutely LOVE it. I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had and the friends I've gained for anything.

The point of this long message is to tell all of you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will move on from this. You will go somewhere else that is equally awesome (if not more). And you will love it there. I PROMISE you.

So please, hang in there. And wherever you go, keep an open mind. Getting rejected from MIT is not the end of the world. Someday, you might even be glad you didn't go to MIT, like I am. =)

Posted by: Archon on March 15, 2009

here comes something deep:

2 months ago I thought the world would crumble or something but I understood:
It's all about the match, the feel, the whatever.

All I know is that they passed out at least two awesome, amazing applicants from Portugal (ok... maybe just one because I'm not that egocentric) and surely a gigantic amount of others from other countries and USA.

Cheer up people, a place is not going to make you instantly great or instantly bad, it's all about your attitude. And great, now I'm sounding so cliché, it hurts...

Oh well, it was a nice trip and I (we) will surely find a nice cozy place somewhere else.

Peace out! I feel like a wise old monk.
Oh, I just grew a white beard!

Posted by: han on March 15, 2009

I got rejected. And then I laughed and had a Bento Box.

Put the Kleenex tissues away and go enjoy life =]
There's a school somewhere for you, it just isn't MIT, but that's life!

Thanks for the consideration! =]

Posted by: Mew on March 15, 2009

Denied but it's cool.

@Archon
That's exactly where I am right now, but I got admitted to RPI the same time I got denied from MIT. Then I checked out their website and met a bunch of awesome people who I would have never met had it not been for my rejection to MIT.

In no way should this decision hinder your lives. You weren't lucky this time, but your life is how you turn this experience into something else.

Good Luck.

Posted by: RPI Class of 13 on March 15, 2009

Yeah, guys, sorry to hear that you guys didn't get accepted. Got 'not accepted' myself last year. It's a massive blow, especially when you put all those months of effort trying to get your application perfect, and you're just flat out rejected, not even deferred.

But yeah, I turned out fine. Things changed completely. Went to work on the project I submitted for the invention essay, got it copyrighted, maybe I'll try to patent some segments of code in 2 years. I did get accepted to the uni I deferred when applying for MIT. They're good to me, aside from making me feel treated as a 'customer' rather than a student sometimes.

But seriously, guys, there are universities that teach just as well as in MIT - only difference is that the faculty and fellow students are a slightly lower standard. You'll still learn the same thing, feel a similar IHTFP, and stay all day in your dorm cramming just as hard.

And if they didn't accept you, chances are, there's a reason. Not that there's anything wrong, maybe they feel that it won't suit you, as in you won't fit in with the others as well. But I'm a firm believer in destiny, and hey, I'm sure you guys will find a suitable place.. maybe even go to the same grad school together.

Well, not to spam or anything, but yeah, facebook group of last year's 'not accepted':
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11913686803

Just want to see how you guys fare in 10 years wink

Posted by: Muz on March 15, 2009

@RPI Class of 13

oh my gosh, wait list D: /hoping for a "yes"
I love how I almost couldn't take my own advice when I logged into my RPI info raspberry but this is the MIT site so, not the right place,

But yeah, I believe life ends up taking a better turn if you don't always go down the path you dream up the first time. Expecting the unexpected ftw.

Posted by: Mew on March 15, 2009

I will be applying transfer and grad every year for the next 4 years. I am so determined to go to MIT. I still love it! Thanks for the chance. Be seeing you soon!

Posted by: Elizabeth Hall on March 15, 2009

To all those who were denied at MIT:

God has greater plans for you. The fact that you applied to MIT indicates that you are exceedingly smart. You will do well whereever you are. Good luck .

Posted by: anonymous on March 15, 2009

To all those who were denied at MIT:

God has greater plans for you. The fact that you applied to MIT indicates that you are exceedingly smart. You will do well whereever you are. Good luck .

Posted by: anonymous on March 15, 2009

MIT, definitely a big error.
We'll see who will lose out in the future.

I know I will be laughing!

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

Error 404: Admission letter not found.

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

CalTech is the best!

Posted by: Johnny Unitas on March 15, 2009

Although I was clearly disappointed when I saw the news, for some reason I was really expecting it since I felt it inside of me already. I knew God didn't want me to be here for some reason and have to thank Him for giving me the strength to handle the decision well. But I still got 4 more to go (Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, and Stanford) which I know my God will grant me the acceptance letter of one of this university. I really wish those who got admitted the best of luck.

Posted by: Moises on March 15, 2009

One door closes and another door opens. This is an occasion, for you and for me, to become even better than who you were yesterday. Personally, I will revise my heading to include another excellent institution. Perhaps even in a little while I will earn a renewed opportunity to attend MIT.

Best wishes for those of you who were admitted, and my condolences for those who were not. I suggest that you imagine how lucky another school will be to have you as their student. Keep in mind that most of the opportunities available at MIT are not exclusive to MIT. Imagine how large of an impact for the better you will make, regardless of where you go to college.

Posted by: cdunn on March 15, 2009

@huzaifa:
r u from LGS JT (LHR, Pakistan)?

WAT????? JUST 120 students? dey shud hav placed that on dose blogs and EVERYWHERE :x. I wud nt hav bothered applying wid my credentials :p

I dont think scores (particularly 1400) matter dis much. I have a 2220 (1500 on old scale) and I also faced the line

"We regret to inform you..."

just to test how jilted a human can feel, i also read the 'admitted students' blog. a lady wid a 680 in math level II got in (but then international students are different pool)

Posted by: Zenee on March 15, 2009

Am I now a number?

What a difference it is to be one of 13,000 instead of one of 1,600... Everything is so different now - the path of life has taken a sudden and sharp turn. Tomorrow feels less romantic, less like flying and more like falling. It seems that my dream has not only been deferred (in the literal and metaphorical sense) but also completely and wholly disassociated.

What am I now? Is this adulthood, that cruel state of being in which one discards their optimism and dons "realism"?

I'm not sure I understand all of this - it has been my firm belief that dreams are something tangible, that those who work hard and refuse to fail really do achieve - but now I am rejected by the epitome of my dream?

I could cope with Caltech's lovely letter of rejection, but this feels like being hit when I'm down.

I am not an a transcript. I am not an SAT score. I am not an AP test score. I am not a bunch of extra curricular activities.

I am a human being - I am a selfless, compassionate person. I did not apply to MIT so I could make a 7-figure salary someday, I did not apply to impress others, I did not apply to gain fame. I wanted to go to MIT so I could learn how to help people on a grand scale. I want help people live better lives. I want to save lives, not subjugate them. I would cure cancer and not charge a penny for it.

I thought MIT felt the same way. And maybe they do, but I'm just not selfless or intelligent or ambitious to make the world better anyways, or at least less so than those 1600 who can sleep with a smile on their face.

Rejection is hardest when it's from something you love, and I love MIT so much. I want to believe what you guys are saying, that it's just limited space and not a reflection on me... But have you ever had someone break with up you? Because when someone says "It's me, not you", you know what that really means? It means they could do better.

In my life, never once have I given up. Do I just take this with flair then? Do I hold my head up high?

It is much easier said than done. I can't get past this feeling that somehow everything my parents have told me was wrong. When they said "you can do anything if you work hard enough" or "the sky is the limit Robert", I believed it to the very core of my being.

Now it feels like that very ideal is what has been rejected.

So what do I do? Just move on? Just forget about it?

I know that's what I have to do, but it feels like the hardest thing in the world to me right now.

I am my dreams and my ideals, and I refuse to let them die, because when those die, I die. If life is going to make me fight for my dreams, then I will fight. I will not give in now - my pride is undying. Thought tomorrow will be gloomy, I'm not the type to stop sailing when it gets a little stormy.

To those who felt as I did, do not give up. To those accepted, I humbly congratulate you. And to the admissions office, I do not judge you, and I hold no resentment towards you.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of may, and summer's lease hath all too short a date...

Now I know what Shakespeare meant.

Best of luck,

Robert.

Posted by: Robert on March 15, 2009

Never forget, never forgive...

Posted by: 0 on March 15, 2009

Thanks MIT. I will not forget this experience.

Posted by: Olzhas Toiteyev on March 15, 2009

@ Robert
That was beautiful. You are well spoken, sensitive and very bright.....your parents weren't wrong. I am sorry that life is forcing you to redirect your passions, but you are already a tremendous success....any school would be lucky to have you.

Posted by: jm on March 16, 2009

Gr8 words robert

but i must say that u ought not to give up ur dreams-- ur dremas will always be fulfilled and in a way that we will never have dreamt---

Every single one of us is unique and we will make teh difference we are here to make

God bless us all

Posted by: Ruhban Shah on March 16, 2009

@ Anonymous on March 15, 2009 02:54 PM
@ Akhila

Where would guys go 2 do Aerospace Engineering?
ne Idea..
I juz want 2 do this man.. BUT WHERE???..help me guys....
In india deres only 1 institute which offers Aeronautical Engineering..dats IIT..but clearin JEE wid a gud rank isnt easy..!. The oder institutes in India which offer AE are so so ..not dat gr8..

Where r u guys gonna join?..

Posted by: MOHIT DHAGAT on March 16, 2009

@ Robert

Strong words dere.. I too am juz like u.
had a lot of passions in life.. Goals 2 acheive..but, I got Rejected..

I no hw it feels..
I can juz tell u one thing.. "move on in life..life is lyk dat!"

Posted by: MOHIT DHAGAT on March 16, 2009

@Robert

Well, Robert what ur parents said is absolutely true and it will be an unmistakable truth for years to come and has been the truth which history has already proved.

So,don't change ur soul and being !

and one more thing, everyone of us came down to earth or it would be better to say God sent us down here so that each one of us could do what we are meant to do.

Each one of us has a duty to be fulfilled and God only takes the responsibility of preparing us for that great task ! If ur life took such a sharp turn, then it means that u have something greater, greater than MIT in store for you.

When u reach that pinnacle of success, success in true sense, then u will surely feel rejection from MIT did me more good than harm !

I know how u feel right now bcoz I too longed to get into MIT, but then destiny is a strange thing !

Never stop doing hard work and believe me for sure ur hardwork will pay u one day and bestow u with all that u wanted and even all that u never thought u will get

bye, if u wanna more of this, then well here is my email id spaciothunder@gmail.com It would be a pleasure to help others

@mohit dhagat

Yes mohit, what u said is absolutely true. before rejection from MIT, I wanted to do aerospace and biomedical double major, but alas something else happened. Even I know getting AE thru IIT is like I can't even imagine !

Here I suggest two things which we can possibly do

1. repeat for IIT next year too and work in such a way that there will be no alternative remaining but we will sure shot get IIT and that too AE !

2. Do mechanical engineering in a ood engineering college and then MS or graduation in AE

I will be able to tell u more if u specify what will u be doing with ur AE major, like u take AE to get into Air force or to work for some company etc etc ,

Mail me at spaciothunder@gmail.com

I don't want to use this forum to discuss our problems ! mainly after we got rejection.

Bye

Posted by: akhila on March 16, 2009

@Robert,
I felt the same way like you. I did not apply to MIT so t I could make a big bucks, I did not apply to MIT to tell people "hey, I go to MIT," I did not apply there so I could be known as a smart person in the society. I applied there because MIT is in the depth of my heart. I just can not stop loving her. No one can take her place away from my heart. I applied there to change the world and give it a peaceful shape. I applied there to invent some cars, that will never cause an accident. Even if it does the impact will be smaller than an atom. I applied there to help people, who do not have the basic human needs.

Posted by: curving the time on March 16, 2009

@Robert

Since u turn out to be a Shakespeare fan, here it is that may help u

All is well that ends well

As we do trust everything will end in true delights

Good luck Bye

Posted by: sarah on March 16, 2009

@ Robert

I understand the way you feel. It came as a shock even for me.I couldnt believe MIT had rejected me.Yes as an international my chances were slim. But you don't expect them to reject someone who topped his graduating class; who earned 800 in physics,800 in maths L2,and a 780 in L1; a 114/120 in Toefl;and who had already represented a national space organisaton in an international event. But life's like that. I WAS rejected.

Think not that the relation between a school and a student is one way.A school helps a student in understanding this world but it is the student which gives an institute it's identity.

So if an institute rejects a student the loss is not one way.If I lose an oppurtunity to interact with some great minds, the institute loses someone who has the potential of becoming a great mind.

Posted by: sz on March 16, 2009

wow,
its 1:42am EST

I'm in my room, in The bronx, ny
the lights are off
everyone is asleep...
I have come to terms with myself.
I just cried for the first time in years.
I have finally accepted it.
My fate moves on, truly God has something else in store for me.

I'm just glad i cried and its all out
it took much realization in my rejection to open up my eyes.

Thanks for everything,
from this i have learned a lot.
I have met great people.
I have experienced what many of my peers have not.

Hopefully this blog is kept up in the database for years to come, because i shall return..take not..and search for this very post which I have written and look back to it and laugh at myself.

I just feel good right now...

ooO0h yeaa

I bid you adieu, now i'm off to bed.

good luck to us all

Posted by: Torffick.A. on March 16, 2009

I'm literally 5% disappointed. Things like this happen for a reason, and I guarantee that many of us that are rejected will get into great colleges. Bottom line, MIT just isn't for us... not now at least. It was an interesting pi day for me because although I got rejected from MIT, I got admitted to UCSD. =D

Posted by: Emmanuel on March 16, 2009

@ pat

You know Evariste Galois was twice denied admission by the Ecole Polytechnique and he ended up laying the foundation for the theory of groups and solved the quintic problem. Einstein was rejected. Tagore was rejected. Fourier was rejected.Faraday learnt as a book binder.Muhammad had not even went to school.By being rejected I have joined the class of such people.

Posted by: sz on March 16, 2009


Hey there,

I too was not admitted to MIT. I am a young person from Mauritius and held the dream of studying Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT for the past four years. There is not one single night during these past four years when I did not go to bed thinking about MIT. So right now, I am extremely dissapointed, but not discouraged.

One of the greatest persons on earth, Abraham Lincoln, once said: "I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards." That's the point I wanted to raise to all of you. As disappointed as we are,we really should free ourselves from bitterness. I still love MIT as much as I did four years ago, and I will love the place forever. Our road is not straight,short and smooth, it is curved,long, and rocky. However, should we have the patience to walk long, the determination to bend around the curves, and the endurance to get up even if our feet hurt with rocks, THEN SURELY OUR ROAD WILL LEAD US TO THE SAME DESTINATION AS THE STRAIGHT ONE.

To finish, I want to thank the entire team at MIT for having taken good care of us all as applicants. You are such a wonderful institution and I love you for that.

Cheers,
Amit.

Posted by: Amit on March 16, 2009

hey guys,
it sucks but what the heck, if u were meant for greater things u will surely get them. MIT is now down n from the look of things i predict a domino effect for my other unis which r in the same league such as harvard, yale, cornell, stanford, upenn, chicago, princeton n i feel like dying but when i sit back n reflect, i believe everything happens for a reason. i wanted to do math cause it was a passion that matched my talent n i believed that it held the key to opening the great doors of the unknowns but who knows......mayb the tym is nt ryt, maybe i was not meant to do it in these unis cause im an international student from africa, mayb God wanted me to stay back in africa and help those that need me, mayb il do much good here than at these universities.......mayb, mayb, mayb.........al i know is that the lord guides me in everything i do n i believe i have a great road ahead of me, things do happen for a reason n in life u cant always get what u want but that does not mean that u wont achieve it regardless of where u do it from. For my self satisfaction i will try applying next year just to fill my ego but if i get rejected i will just have to take the punch i nlife n move on, n i suggest we all do the same. lyf is made up of much more, lets go out there n get it cause we can,YES WE CAN!!!!!!

Posted by: nyangus18 on March 16, 2009

so to all of you, that like me did not get accepted and got a perfect record and disposition, i would like to start by saying that 1) i know 5 MIT admitted students of this year and they all knew someone at MIT at the administrative level. chance?

maybe, but not very likely.

in the other hand, i will recomend getting into actual research institutions such as Max Plank or any university in Germany, nothing better than the mother land of science and genetic engineering, even if you go to other colleges they offer study abroad, and trust me this ones are places where you can actually discover and get credit for it.


best of luck and seriously keep this in mid, i know it hurts but got to luck at brighter options

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

@ Anonymous

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred..." Martin Luther King Jr.

Please do not feel bitter about the admission decision. I too was not admitted, but my love for MIT is undiminished. We should just look ahead, try improve ourselves, so that next time will be our time.

Love,
Amit.

Posted by: Amit on March 16, 2009

@Majda@

thanks for your responsd, i guess you are right.
anyway i dont regret applying to MIT cause it was a good experience, but i regret making my whole life revolving around it!

you know its better to lose now than later, this experience will help me to have a good control on my life.
hope you you enjoy MIT to the limit, you should be proud to be a student over there.

Posted by: Marwan Q. on March 16, 2009

@ Chen Li I totally agree
MIT admitted only 2 ppl from Pakistan..they rejected students with world tops perfect SAT scores 13 A's etc..Y CANT THEY INCREASE THEIR CLASS SIZE?!
and they should at least be a bit more personal in giving the decisions..oh well i guess that is what makes MIT "MIT"
i probably didnt deserve it..but im sure lots of you out there did..
for me the MIT road ends here..its either NUS or McGill if that is i get rejected from the other US unis..i hope not!!! =( UPENNNN crosses fingers*

Posted by: Anonymous on March 16, 2009

Hey, guys, consider it an important lesson in science. You tried hard. You worked unbelievably hard, for months, writing the perfect essay, thinking of how to make the perfect application, only to face failure.

It happens in science. Take any kind of engineering for example. It began from nothing, but hundreds of brave souls trekked on, despite the fact that there was very little chance of succeeding. Thanks to them, we are where we are now - in a world of airplanes, electronics, plastics, etc.

Bravery changes the world. And you guys have been taught this important lesson first-hand, losing only a few hundred $$ and a few months. Those who did get accepted will be taught the same lesson one day, but it may cost them thousands and years of research, only to realize that their research was a dead end.

Being the great world-moving inventors that all of you are.. remember your rejection letter the next time your research reaches a dead end, and how you've moved on.

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

Wow, the good recent comments get concentrated in a short time: there are a lot of them around the post, like Majda's, Husein's, Shruti's, Rafael's, Robert's, Anonymous' (huahauhuhe), but there are a very high concentration of good comments in the last hour.

I mean, comments that helped my sadness.

(Thank you)

Posted by: WatcherInTheSky on March 16, 2009

hey guys hw is ur family n friends reacting 2 this news cse i haven't have the guts of saying it 2 ma parents n ma friends r all touchy n stuff n its annoying me nw? hw abt u guys?

Posted by: nyangus18 on March 16, 2009

@nyangus18

I have told some of my friends but not my best one, not even my parents. Actually, I think won't tell anybody else until I figure out what I am going to do.

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 16, 2009

I didn't expect to get in, but I didn't expect rejection to sting so bad either.

Perhaps worse than being rejected is letting go of all that I've become attached to in the past 3-4 years. The admissions site definitely upped the "hype" that MIT has and makes it really easy to get unhealthily attached to. That is my only regret.

I have no bitter feelings towards MIT whatsoever and still think its an awesome place regardless of what my friends, family, and teachers are now telling me. I'll probably still quietly follow the blogs and keep in touch with others that I've met on this wild journey.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Posted by: Noelle on March 16, 2009

Fortunately, I didn't tell almost anyone that I was applying (apart from my parents and recommenders). I told my parents of the rejection, and they said nothing happened. They looked as if they didn't care (they don't expect of me that much - they don't understand my ambitions, even though they suppert me) - but what was worse, I didn't care if they cared. Yesterday, when exactly 24 hours from decisions passed, I didn't feel any better.

Today, there's progress with my state of mind. I managed to defer my sadness for about three weeks, when the rest of my decisions is going to arrive. Now studying for National Chemistry Olimpiad Final (direct IChO preliminary), but it's soooo much harder without having the Great Dome and those cool latin letters on my mind.

I'm just afraid of 10 more rejections and staying where I am (literally and figuratively).

Posted by: SadRejectedFellowFromTheOtherSideOfTheOcean on March 16, 2009

You hurt me once, you hurt me twice, but MIT, it's alright. RPI said yes and a hockey state championship yesterday. Life is good.

Posted by: RPI'13 on March 16, 2009

Although I've learnt a lot from this experience I don't like the fact that from some countries no one was admitted although many really very qualified students applied from these countries.
Is this politics?? anyone has an idea??

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

did anybody get accepted from pakistan?

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

yes

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

@Husain Bani Hashem,
i understand u, this is not an easy thing and just the thought of my parents reaction scares me n i rather wait for other uni's replies, which i hope i get chosen 2 1, before disclosing the info. which r ur other options?

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

@Husain Bani Hashem,
i understand u, this is not an easy thing and just the thought of my parents reaction scares me n i rather wait for other uni's replies, which i hope i get chosen 2 1, before disclosing the info. which r ur other options?

Posted by: nyangus18 on March 16, 2009

@ Anonymous on March 16, 2009 09:51 AM.

Two people from St. Patrick's Karachi and one from Head Start Islamabad. Interestingly, the two from Pat's had lower credentials than everyone who applied from KGS, but no one from KGS got in (not surprising... traditionally Grammarians go to Yale and Pat's people to MIT).

I don't have the details on the Isloo guy yet.

Posted by: Yet Another Anon on March 16, 2009

Disgruntal parent my son deserve to be @ MIt he has worked so hard academically top 5 in his class out 800 students no sure where on his appliction he went wrong but you made a mistake with him.

Posted by: ANONYMOUS on March 16, 2009

ANONYMOUS: All applicants work hard academically...

Posted by: Parent '13 on March 16, 2009

I've been admitted into oxford anyway, so meh.

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

Anonymous. Great, then it should be easy for you to move on...

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

Although I've learnt a lot from this experience I don't like the fact that from some countries no one was admitted although many really very qualified students applied from these countries.
Is this politics?? anyone has an idea??

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

JUST VENTING I KNOW ALL THE STUDENTS WORK HARD ACADEMICALLY BUT JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY TAKE FROM THE APPLICATION THAT SWAYS THEIR DECISION.

Posted by: ANONYMOUS on March 16, 2009

Got into Cambridge, so who cares? wink

Posted by: Anonymous on March 16, 2009

Maybe knowing something about some of the students who were admitted last year will put things in perspective. Check this out:

http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/pulse/incoming_freshman_class_profile/meet_the_class_of_2012.shtml

It's not about scores, grades, and numbers, it's about the person.

Posted by: anonymous on March 16, 2009

@han

I must admit I had a patriotic derived adrenaline rush seeing a portuguese student posting a message.

I took the SATs with another student who was also applying to the MIT (I sincerely hope he got the "admitted" decision, as he definitely deserved)

It's nice to see we're growing out there, applying to MIT-level Universities wink

Posted by: JosFre on March 16, 2009

According to this blog (http://www.usnews.com/blogs/paper-trail/2009/3/16/mit-accepts-10-percent-of-applicants.html?s_cid=rss:paper-trail:mit-accepts-10-percent-of-applicants) which states that 48 % of those admitted are female, and about 25% of those are underrepresented minorities. In other words, anyone that is neither female nor underrepresented had to compete for ~27% of the slots. This does not seem to be fair, and why couldn't every applicant be treated equally? My question is: was mit admissions playing the reverse discrimination card???

Posted by: notadmittedtomit on March 16, 2009

@nyangus18
My list of universities are strange. Actually, I didn't choose any of them except MIT, my scholarship did.

I applied to UPenn, Texas Austin, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, and Ohio State.


I'm currently in Penn State. I'm waiting for the decision of the other schools. Anyway, I think I want to stay in Penn State. After all, I got used to the city and the weather and the university.
What are yours?

Posted by: Husain Bani Hashem on March 16, 2009

I tried so hard at this. I only applied to one other school. My whole high school career I took class three years ahead of me and this just shows how much that hard work paid off.

Posted by: 0 on March 16, 2009

@Husain Bani Hashem
my list is even stranger i chose harvard, yale princeton, stanford, cornell Upenn and uni of chicago. im currently afraid of a domino effect since they r of the same league....i sincerly see no hope fr myself in future.....its like ma lyf is screwed n al im left with is hope for a better futeure. im currently doing ib which il be finishing this may the........i dnt knw. did u apply fr early decision or?

Posted by: nyangus18 on March 17, 2009

We might have been rejected for a reason: Admitted were somewhere better than us!

Posted by: Faiz on March 17, 2009

I learn two things:
1. Always follow the majority no matter how wrong you think they are, unless you have a concrete plan.

2. Bend the rules (sometimes it's really really necessary). No, don't break any laws, but life isn't perfect enough to be totally honest. You need to be street=smart to survive.

I was innocent enough to do exactly the opposite, and I guess I'll have to pay by being rejected by colleges. Sign, but I learn this important lesson for my adult life. So my rejection really wakes me up.

Posted by: A (happy) rejectee on March 17, 2009

btw, MIT admissions people are the best of all big name schools. They really consider the context.

Posted by: A (happy) rejectee on March 17, 2009

Oh well there's always grad school... It's been really fun.

Posted by: the rejected on March 17, 2009

@robert:

Marie Curie cured cancer (in a way). she did not charge a penny for her discovery and she did not do it in the echelons of MIT but in a battered shed.

Sony's founders did not start their company to be billionaires. al they wanted was to make a tape recoredr so that they can listen to music all the time. If u r a seriously sincere passionate peron , I dont think few rejections can rob u of your dreams. as in The lord Of the rings Sam said: By rights we should not even be here. but we are. Its like in the great stories Mr. Frodo: The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you don’t wanna know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad has happened? But in the end, its only a passing. The shadow even darkness must pass. A new day will come. When the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with u. that meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. but I think Mr. Frodo I do understand. I know now. Folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something
Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?
Sam: That there is some good in this world Mr. Frodo and its worth fighting for.
(lol. I could not find a pithy quote to make my point :p)
So chill. And BTW u do have a talent. just by pouring out ur heart on that forum u have made atleast a dozen ppl love ur writing :p
Stay Beautiful!

Posted by: Zen on March 18, 2009

Screw this school, I'm going to Princeton. Why go to a place full of miserable Asians when I can attend the third-happiest school in America, a school consistently ranked above MIT?

Posted by: Teehee on March 18, 2009

Oh, and I got a 1600 on the SAT, but didn't feel like wasting the $9.50 to sent it to MIT.

Posted by: Teehee on March 18, 2009

Teehee...Wipe the tears from your face and move on...oh an why not scan your 1600 and post it for us.

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2009

why not throw in a scan of the Princeton acceptance while you are at it

Posted by: MITyman on March 18, 2009

@cindy wan

the university of michigan is an excellent school! and ann arbor is beautiful! i'm sure you'll love it there!

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2009

Greatest ironies of being rejected for me: Two other people at my school were accepted.

The first is always asking me questions about calc.

The second stole my pen today and proceeded to bite/chew on it.

I just don't understand it :]

Posted by: 0 on March 18, 2009

Has anyone read Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson? The protagonist, Kate, is obsessed with getting into MIT. She applies and gets rejected. I read it a couple of years ago. It's like foreshadowing my life right now. It's a pretty good book. I can feel better in that I at least got applied and got accepted to other colleges unlike Kate.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2009

Damn I should have applied to CalTech. It's closer to me too.

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2009

I should have applied to CalTech. It's closer. Why was I so lazy? I didn't want to write anymore essays!!

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2009

Ah wonderful I can't even post correctly. Sorry about the double post

Posted by: 0 on March 19, 2009

Rawr. *tear*

Heh. Seems I'm actually not going to college next year. Phtooey.

Posted by: Musee on March 20, 2009

Pahaha xD It was actually 3:14am for me...

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I hope all of you have a good future.

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Posted by: Psypofespeaps on March 24, 2009

Message for Rejected Applicants:

The admission process is far from equal. Some applicants not as qualified are admitted, whereas overqualified applicants are rejected. In my opinion, I would pick a university in California because of the hot women and warm weather. Reputation only goes so far. In the end, you create your academic future whether it is at MIT or UCLA.

Posted by: Dave on March 31, 2009

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