It’s been a while since I’ve done a Questions Omnibus…
Harlan ’10 wrote, “I sent in my affirmative reply on March 21st, and have yet to recieve a reply, is that because I sent it in so quickly?”
Harlan ’10, I am writing your name with a ’10 after it. This means we have received your reply. I don’t know why you haven’t gotten your postcard, but I’ll look into it.
Leo asked, “is it true that rejected MIT applicants get auto rejected if they apply again ,,, and another question is what is MIT’s definition for a transfer student.”
Leo, it is not true that rejected MIT applicants get “auto rejected” if they apply again. Also, we define a transfer student as a student who has enrolled in but has not completed an undergraduate degree program at another institution.
Shammi wrote, “dear matt, how is that I could not find your email address ANYWHERE? is this a security issue? Well anyway, I applied from Bangladesh bt I actually am an American citizen. My family came back when I was only one, so basically there is nothing american about me except my passport. I wanted to know whether my application was then considered in the intl. pool or the American pool. Some of my friends have been saying I got in because of my citizenship and they got rejected coz of the opposite reason, that’s why I am posting this huge, boring question. Thanks!”
Shammi, you can find my email address in MIT’s People Directory (and in the email I just sent you). Anyway, because you have citizenship, you were considered in the domestic pool. As for why you admitted — it’s because you are awesome. Don’t let any bitter friends tell you anything else.
Carmel asked, “Question: does it matter if we send our scores to MIT now? Why now and not later?” And Dan wrote, “I have the same question as Carmel. Should I be putting any school I think I’m going to apply as recipients? What if I end up not applying to a school that I already sent the scores to? (of course MIT isn’t one of those)”
Carmel and Dan, you do not need to do it now, since you can always do it later, but every year there are applicants who forget to send us any scores at all, so I recommend using your four free score reports on each test to send scores to four schools you’re considering. Also, sending scores to a school does not mean that you must apply to the school.
LA wrote, “I was recently rejected from MITES. Does MIT know if you applied for MITES when you apply in the fall?” And Anonymous wrote, “Matt, What about not being admitted to RSI? Same as MITES? Fresh slate?”
LA and Anon, if you were not admitted to MITES/RSI/WTP, we won’t know that unless you tell us. You’ll have a fresh slate. And don’t despair, all three programs have a lower admission rate than freshman admissions. We admit plenty of students every year who were not admitted to one of the programs.
Dan wrote, “Will I get to meet you at MITES?”
Yes! I’ll be around all summer, and will get to meet all of the cool MITES, RSI, and WTP folks.
Alvin wrote, “I am doing my SATs in june 3,2006, how can also do SAT subject test the same day?Am confused!”
Alvin, if you’re already doing the SAT Reasoning Test, you cannot also do the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. The next test date after June will be October 14.
Kristin wrote, “Slight problem! I’m taking physics this year, but our course only covers mechanics, while the SAT II covers electricity, magnetism, waves, and optics too. I’ll be taking AP Physics next year, but we only cover mechanics then too. So, I’ll probably end up taking Chemistry, but I took it sophomore year. I’ll be taking AP Chem next year, too, so I’ll have that for a sort of review, but I’m still quite iffy on how I’ll do…so would a poor SAT II science score affect an otherwise good application? Or would you suggest instead that I take the physics exam, even with my limited knowledge?”
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it here: one test score will not make or break your application. We don’t admit because of test scores. And, especially given the recent test scoring problems, we’re absolutely willing to be flexible when it comes to standardized tests. Tests are definitely still a considered part of the application process, but are not by any means the most important part.
As for what to do, one option would be to take a math, a chemistry, and a physics test. Yes, it would mean more tests, but it would only be an hour more to hedge your bets. Another option would be to try the science SAT Subject Tests again in November (if you apply EA) or December/January (if you apply RA). Or, you could just sit for chemistry and math, do relatively well, and not have to worry about it. Regardless, I’m sure things will turn out well for you.
Grad wrote, “Me and my thank-goodness-blog-comments-are-anonymous because-I’m-not-supposed-to-talk-about-it Nielsen-tracked TV are tuned to Veronica Mars every week.”