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Early Action Decisions by Ben Jones

Coming soon to a web site near you!

Hi folks,

So sorry for the delay in posting this – we wanted to be very confident in the decision release date before announcing it publicly.

We’re on schedule to release MIT admissions decisions online at 12:00PM EST on Saturday, December 15. (Decisions will also be sent via postal mail around this time, give or take a day or two.) If this date/time changes for any reason, I will announce it here, but I do not foresee that happening at this juncture.

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

  • You have applied for freshman admission (not transfer or graduate).
  • You have applied Early Action and your intended entry year (as designated in your MyMIT account) is 2008.


What is the process for receiving my admissions decision online?

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

We will not be in the office on the weekend that decisions are released, so to prevent any delays, you should confirm your username and password well in advance by visiting and following the instructions there.

What if I’ve forgotten my MyMIT password?

You may use our automated system to reset it. Simply visit and click on the “lost password” link.

What if I don’t have a MyMIT account?

If you applied using our online application, you already have a MyMIT account.

If you applied using our paper application, however, you might not. If you do not have a MyMIT account and you wish to receive your decision online, you will need to register for one using your MIT ID, which was sent to you via postal mail soon after receiving your paper application. If you have misplaced your MIT ID, or if you never received it, you may call our office (617.253.3400) to request it.

If you register for a MyMIT account without your MIT ID, your username and password may not work on

Will there be any indication of my admissions decision in my MyMIT account?

Admitted students will see the addition of the Admitted Student Portlet in their account sometime during the week of December 17. (Deferred and denied applicants will not see a change.)


Less than 6 days! Hang in there everyone. :-)

100 responses to “Early Action Decisions”

  1. Pam says:

    oh my gosh yay!

  2. Anonymous says:

    crap lol everyone is checking this every 5 min. i got third actually

  3. mathstar says:


    and very excited about decisions :D

  4. marie says:

    lol i got the first “first” raspberry

  5. mathstar says:

    (make that 6th…)

  6. Anonymous says:

    wow…. now the wait is going to be even more painful

  7. anonymous says:

    sooooooooo nervous

  8. Tong says:

    OMG. Major freaking out.

  9. Shannon says:


    I’m scheduled to work that day from 11-7.

    It’s official. God hates me. It’s not like I’ve been waiting for this day for 6 years or anything.

  10. Anna says:

    Thank you! Waiting was making me crazy! I appreciate all of your hard work in reviewing our applications!


  11. anon says:

    I’ve just set my watch to count down to that moment and I will now proceed to stare at it for the next 117 hours and 49 minutes and 29 seconds.

  12. YAY!!!!!!!!

    The MIT Admissions Blog has become my number one most visited site. I’ve been waiting for this blog my entire life (ok maybe just since November, but still). Just six more days of suspense…

    Good luck to everyone who applied and I hope to see you all next fall!

  13. GOOD GRADES and co-cirricular activities pretty much guarantee you ADMISSION.
    Just remember there’s more to education than A’s B’s C’s and D’s.
    Ever wondered what happens to the E’s .MIT is closed to them right?

  14. enewts says:

    haha we get “E”s but thats for “citizenship”…

    sigh… and now it comes down to a single day… well not really but still kinda feels like it don’t it? Best of luck to everyone, remember there are many opportunities out there, MIT just happens to be one of the very best of them ;D


  15. come on guys, we are all totally going to get in smile

    eat some strawberry shortcake, do your homework, stay up all night Thursday, so you will be tired Friday- then sleep Friday night. get up, take grandma to breakfast on Saturday, and then check the decision.

    oh, and wear your pajamas inside out and backwards…if it works for snow, why not MIT?

  16. rachel says:

    I have a quiz bowl tournament starting exactly at that time :(

    Thank you for pulling through by the 15th! OMG FIVE MORE DAYS

  17. AwayfromHome says:

    Having been accepted into my second choice college, also a very good school, I’m not stressing so much over MIT’s decision.

    That’s not to say, however, that I would like to wait longer. I’ve told many people I’d rather get outright turned down now than to be deferred. Maybe that isn’t just me?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m not telling anyone that decisions come out the 15th. I’ll just silently slink off to my room, see my deferral, and quietly wait for it to come in the mail.
    AHHHH. I’m dying.

  19. Natalie says:

    Oh my gosh! I am so excited/nervous! I want to go to MIT so badly :/

  20. Julia says:


  21. Travis says:

    GAAAAAAHHHH!!! This is so exciting/anxiety-filled!!

  22. Marissa says:

    Oh my goodness.

    This is intense.

  23. Amit says:

    omg … Omg … OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t believe it’s here. Less than a week away. Holy guacamole!

    P.S. I hope I get in. It would be a VERY sweet early Christmas present!

  24. White Tube says:

    Was kinda hoping that the tubes would precede the on-line announcements. There’s no stopping traffic, though, on the information super-highway, sigh!

  25. Jing Jing says:

    Wow I checked this blog 1 hr ago and the # of post replies has doubled….




  26. Yayasoup says:

    Okay I called at 11:00 moutain time to see when the notifications were going to be posted, and well what do you know an hour later this thing is posted. I am way excited too, the anticipation is worse than when I was little waiting for Christmas to come. Well good luck to all! I hope to meet some of you soon!

  27. BB says:


    Oh. My. Goodness.

    I can’t believe it’s really here…

  28. OmarA says:

    I have been waiting for a week for this blog post! Thanks!!

  29. Meghan says:

    Yippee!!! We’re so close!! These next days are going to drive me insane! I can’t wait. (Well, I can, I just don’t want to)

    ..Now off to study for a test on Julius Caesar that my Lit teacher decided to spring on us today…


    (I really mean it, I’m not just half-heartedly throwing it out there.)

  30. Anonymous says:


    i want a tube!!

  31. Justin says:

    Wow…I have been waiting for this post for quite a long time, checking about five times a day and now it is here! I’m freaking out!

  32. Anonymous says:

    stupid question, but does 12 PM = noon or midnight?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Finally…..we know when the waiting is overrr…

    ahhh! *spazzes out*

  34. Daniel says:

    Gah~! This is indubitably going to be the most stressful week of my high school career. Unless I get deferred, in which case the week before the regular action decisions is probably going to be even worse.

    Wouldn’t it be beautifully ironic if the MIT admissions server(s) crashed on the 15th at 11:59:59 AM EST?

  35. donaldGuy says:

    Well, I wish everyone the best of luck (and by human nature, myself better luck that 87-91% of you .. though that luck can transfer over to regular admissions).

    Admissions staff, before I have any reason to have my feelings swayed one way or the other, I’d like to say thank you for everything you do. I can’t conceive of how hard your job is. So, as I said, thank you for doing it so that some of us can have a great experience the next four (or more, course VI MEng program, for example) years of our lives.

    And in case I find myself less evenhanded later, anticipative congratulations to everyone who shall make it and best of luck in regular to those who are deferred.

    See you all Saturday,
    ~Donald Guy

  36. Travis says:

    @donaldGuy – I second your thoughts. The admissions staff must have worked overtime to process all those applications! Thank you admissions for all that you do!

    Furthermore, GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

  37. Stephanie says:

    OMG! This is totally like freaking me out.

  38. Oasis says:

    Wow, great job Ben and the rest of Admissions!

    So you can take a breather, before another round comes in on Jan 1? wink

    Also, good luck everyone! smile

  39. :) says:

    if i get in, maybe i’ll see you around the year.. I’ll buy coffee or something lol

  40. Lydia says:

    Ummm…is 5 days (5????????????) enough to prepare myself?
    Good luck all

  41. Thank you to all of the admissions staff for making this process all the more human and personal. Clearly many students are excited about the possibility of attending MIT, and some may be disappointed if they do not have this opportunity, but we all can be sure that a full-hearted effort is put into composing each and every class attending the university. I, and I’m sure many other students, appreciate the voice that the MIT blogs have given the students and community currently at MIT.

    On Saturday, when we all read the decision that we have eagerly awaited, let us all be sure to remember that college, like everything else in life, is only as excellent as we make it, and that attending any institute of higher education is a wonderful opportunity to which we are fortunate to have access. To those who are admitted to MIT, congratulations, and I hope that you take every advantage of this wonderful opportunity–academic, social, cultural, athletic, and otherwise. And to those who attend another university, be assured that, once recovering from initial disappointment, you will also have a wonderful college experience, as long as you approach it with a positive attitude. This applies to the students of every university, including MIT. These are the years of our lives, when we are free from many of the obligations with which we may find ourselves a few years down the road, and when we are expected to explore, learn, create, laugh and enjoy. So do so, and celebrate your achievement, whether in Cambridge, California, Kansas, or Canada. In the end, the four or five years of college are the start of our adult lives, so let us all get off to a positive and constructive start by maintaining our perspective and focusing on what we have achieved, for surely every one of us is unique and has done wonderful things, whether at a personal or international level.

    That being said, I wish you all the best of luck for Saturday, which will be an exciting day for all of us. But, please keep in mind that being deferred or rejected from MIT should not be an event that one would describe in the “end of the world” question with which we are all quite familiar. Instead, at our age, multitudes of doors of opportunity are opening, the only question is which ones.

    Thanks again to all of admissions for helping all of us through this process, and I wish all 2012 prospective students the very best, wherever they decide to go!

    Erika Bildsten

  42. Paul says:

    Wow, hard to believe it’s already time for another cycle of admissions…I can’t wait to see who’s been admitted! wink

    Best wishes to all of you! The wait is almost over.

  43. OmarA says:

    Haha…the number of comments is growing…fast.

  44. OmarA. says:

    Oh forgot to say how anxious I am too hehe.

  45. Reg says:

    I’m sooo excited for everyone who applied early!!

    Good luck people!

  46. Amy says:

    Thank you admissions officers for keeping us so informed on the selection process.

    I’m really excited!! =] I’m not nervous at all, because I know you guys will make good decisions.

    Good lucky everyone.

  47. marie says:

    wow, erika, you’re a really good writer lol… thanks for the words of comfort and wisdom!

  48. Meng! says:

    Good luck to all of you. My average heart rate’s a bit higher now…

  49. bokonon says:

    oh man im so nervous

  50. Keshav P says:

    Remember remember this mid of December,
    Big tubes, decisions, and fraught.
    I see no reason why my MIT decision,
    Should ever be forgot.

    We all just have to remind ourselves that Saturday will not be Armageddon, Doomsday, or anything of the sort, however the decisions turn out.

  51. Anonymous says:

    I also have a quizbowl tournament on Saturday, but I will hopefully be able to check the results during lunch…

  52. Duane says:

    I guess not knowing the release date took some of the nervousness out of me.

    Now that I found out…Oh God. What was once calm is now a calamity.

    Best Wishes to Everyone! smile

  53. Vani says:

    I’m sooooooo nervous!!!! Good luck everyone! *cross your fingers & hope for the best!*
    Thank you, MIT, for giving us these blogs – Though I haven’t really commented much, I’ve read every single one of them… it made the MIT admissions process memorable smile

  54. Vytautas says:

    Good luck everyone. And I have yet to get my papers postmarked. Gosh, what a procrastinator am I.

  55. Amy says:

    Definitely agreeing with Duane. I don’t think I’m going to be able to think straight until Saturday!!! Gah!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Is that 12 noon or 12 midnight? Thanks!

  57. Meghan says:

    Believe me, what I’m about to say will definitely be easier said than done, but..

    Maybe it would be better if all of us clicked that little ‘x’ on this screen and stepped away from the computer. By focusing on other things, be it homework, other applications, friends, whatever, it may make the time go by quicker, while at the same time lessening the anxiety.

    Now I just have to find out if I have the self control to do such a thing.

  58. My dad said he’d be biting his nails until then. I, however, will be biting into Christmas cookies.

  59. Matt F says:

    AUGH I wish I could just fall asleep and just dream for the next week.

    actually…I guess all I’ll be doing is dreaming even when I’m awake…

    computers have it so much easier

    int days = 6;
    catch (Exception e)

    there’s some java for you guys, hope you enjoy

  60. Anonymous says:

    **my bad, replace the single “6” in the Thread.sleep line with “days”

  61. Karen says:

    You have no idea how happy this makes me smile

    Except, at 11:00 CST I will be in the middle of a Student Congress session! AAAH!!! Maybe our sponsor will let me check my decision on her laptop while we’re there…

  62. Anonymous says:

    /Applications /Installer Log File /Library /Network /System /User Guides And Information /Users /Volumes /Xcode3.1.4 /bin /cores /dev /etc /home /mach_kernel /net /private /sbin /tmp /usr /var
    Time Left until 12:00 PM, 15 December 2007

    ////////// CONFIGURE THE COUNTDOWN SCRIPT HERE //////////////////

    var month = ’12’; // ‘*’ for next month, ‘0’ for this month or 1 through 12 for the month
    var day = ’15’; // Offset for day of month day or + day
    var hour = 12; // 0 through 23 for the hours of the day
    var tz = -5; // Offset for your timezone in hours from UTC
    var lab = ‘tzcd’; // The id of the page entry where the timezone countdown is to show

    function start() {displayTZCountDown(setTZCountDown(month,day,hour,tz),lab);}

    // * The start function can be changed if required *
    window.onload = start;

    ////////// DO NOT EDIT PAST THIS LINE //////////////////

    function setTZCountDown(month,day,hour,tz)
    var toDate = new Date();
    if (month == ‘*’)toDate.setMonth(toDate.getMonth() + 1);
    else if (month > 0)
    if (month
    The countdown script at
    Rainbow Arch

  63. Liz '11 says:

    ooohhh goodluck all of you. Just… wait and make sure you’re sleepy and then click the button and close your eyes and open them and… you’ll know. MIT defers a lot of their EA applicants (like me!) so it doesn’t necessarily come down to this one day guys. Believe me, the wait gets easier if that happens. But as I said, good luck all.

  64. Amit says:

    Just got done making a program countdown which will open up firefox 1 hour before decisions are released.


  65. Amit says:

    I think they rejected 500 of the early applicants from last year. :-X *runs away*

  66. Plan A says:


    i have a speech competition that day! I get what Paul is trying to say, but i feel like i would not be able to perform as well with this on my mind! This should be interesting…

    I’m bringing my laptop to the competition…

  67. BMG says:

    Yeah, I’ve totally been compulsively checking the blogs for the past two weeks hoping to get news of a decision date. Now that we actually have one I’m getting even more nervous! I just wanted to wish everybody the best of luck and thank the Admissions Committee for all their time and hard work. Hopefully I’ll talk to some of you Saturday on that online chat thing!


  68. Anonymous says:

    Good advice, Paul. However, I do not feel like it would really affect the outcome of the competition because we have done our best and performed well under strange circumstances in the past. At the same time, I would be able to wait a few hours to find out. Part of me wants to actually wait until I submit all of my regular applications just to make sure that my early results do not either give me too much pride or make me worry too much about those other applications.

  69. Calvin says:

    Oh man, I’m so excited to hear the news. The past five weeks seemed to pass agonizingly slowly but now the final days are upon us. Best of luck to all the other EA applicants.

  70. Nimu says:

    I’m so scared… this is going to be THE moment…

    and thanks for letting us know about the date and time… I was braced for a 12/20 decision or something, heh.

  71. Ben G says:

    Hahaha, love the java
    Waiting is killing me… or to put that more mathematically, my stress level is inversely proportional to the time until the deadline

    T- 401220 seconds and counting…

  72. Anonymous says:

    AHHH Good luck everyone….and remember even if you don’t get in there are other colleges out there (I have to keep reminding myself this) and also don’t be insulted the MIT applicant pool is SICK and even amazing applicants get turned down.

  73. Amanda says:

    AHHH finally!!! except ill be in a practice and will have to wait an extra HOUR AND A HALF to get on and see. oh my. this is traumatic. i had a nightmare last night already. not gooooood.

  74. Chris B. says:

    Thank you Admissions Staff for working through so many apps and pulling through for the 15th. All the best of luck to the other prospective ’12s.
    (Now to focus on my last high school Final ever)

  75. Anonymous says:

    Agh… well, this is just another decision in life, and why worry when it’s not even in our hands…

  76. Anonymous says:

    Very nice scripting up there, personally, i think a little:

    System.out.println(“YOU GOT REJECTED”);

    is enough for me =]

  77. Kelly says:

    I’m so glad we’re going to find out soon! *kyahhh*

  78. Sam says:

    well, you should worry cause it is NOT in your hands(!)and it is a very important decision in our lives….Good god(!)….I am getting nervous.

  79. Matt F says:

    lol hey amit, you said

    “Just got done making a program countdown which will open up firefox 1 hour before decisions are released.”


    I’m fascinated and I’d be able to do it in Java but what language are you using?

  80. Anon9 says:

    Wowee… this is getting intense…
    Saturday Noon Eastern time would be 9 AM California time (if my time zones are savvy today)… Wow…

    Before this blog, I was more along the lines: “WHEN WILL WE KNOW!!! MUST KNOW MUST KNOW!! WHEN! WHEN! WHEN!”

    Now, I’m simply: “Do I REALLY want to know? I mean… I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to know!! But then, I don’t… But I DO!! wait… what??”

    Whatever happens, BEST OF LUCK to EVERYONE, EA and RA.
    And infinite tokens of thanks and kudos to MIT Admissions for all their hard work.

    Most importantly, whatever happens,

  81. Anonymous says:

    yup, practice is from 9-12PST on saturday, so I’ll get home, check it, then go to sleep.

    (my stomach is balling up. If it were bigger, it’d be a small black hole… and then I’d never be able to go, cause it wouldn’t be there…)

  82. Kevin says:

    Please post a link for that program.
    That is a must have!
    Good luck to all and may we all have a great gift for Christmas/the Winter Holidays from MIT!
    PS: MIT has just made me lose track of whatever events I have this week because of the distraction of anticipation.

  83. OmarA. says:

    I did not even think about that. We eastern time zone people have to wait longer than the west coast! No fair!

  84. Amit says:

    I’m actually running a server on my linux box with PHP 5.2 and running a cron job to execute


    ^typing firefox in BASH Shell opens firefox.
    system is basically Windows’ start command (or whatever Windows uses in DOS to execute program, haven’t been on Windows in awhile).

    I’ll probably post the code later, but not a lot of people are running a linux server with PHP on their home boxes !

  85. Shantini says:


    not going to cry, not going to cry….

  86. dushy says:

    soooooooooooooo freaking nervous. i don’t think i can wait another six days. crap.

  87. Paul says:

    To all of those who have a Quiz Bowl or other competition that Saturday –

    Oddly enough, I also had a Quiz Bowl competition when (regular) decisions came out. Personally, I didn’t even try to check my decision, despite having access to the Internet. I made that choice because my focus that day was simply the competition, whose outcome I could change – and not the admissions decision, which was out of my hands.

    So of course, ultimately it’s up to you whether you want to check or not; but my personal advice would be to wait. smile

  88. Laser says:

    Wow, it’s great to see so many applicants eagerly awaiting their decisions (myself included). I hope we all end up together come next fall.

    Good luck!

  89. Natalie says:

    Cant wait!!
    im sooooo nervous….i have dreaming of MIT since i was in 8th grade…