*Update as of 2015: Early action is available to both domestic and international students.
The Early Action season is shaping up to be a very busy one here at MIT Admissions!
This week, The Tech, MIT's student newspaper, reported that we have received about 6500 applications for Early Action.
Early action applications on the rise
Expected 6500 applicants will be another record for MIT admissions
By Joanna Kao, STAFF REPORTER
November 16, 2010
The number of undergraduate early action applicants has again increased, by about 14 percent over last year. Though the admissions office does not have an exact tally yet, they predict that there will be nearly 6,500 early applications, which would be 800 more than last year's 5,684.
The increase in applications comes even as the number of graduating high school seniors held steady this past year. "As I traveled around the country this fall, I found more and more young people who are aware of MIT, and who sincerely want to be a part of our community. They are attracted to the innovative spirit and the excitement of engaging with the worlds most pressing problems," said Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions. "And so we have seen an increase in applications despite the fact that the number of high school graduates in this country has leveled off."
The admissions officers will be reading these applications all of November into December. We have not yet determined on what date we will release EA decisions. It will likely be sometime in mid-December, but you should wait for an official announcement from our office. We have not yet determined when the announcement will be made; it usually is about a week before decisions are released.
With thousands of applications comes bags and bags of mail. Yesterday, we became up-to-date with application processing. The current status of your application is now shown on your MyMIT application tracking.
This is a good time for you to check up on the status of your application components. The Application Tracking will show what materials we have processed for you. We should have the following: Application Part 1, Application Part 2, Secondary School Report and Transcript, Evaluation A (math or science teacher), Evaluation B (humanities teacher), Testing Requirements (except November scores, which we expect to receive shortly), and, if applicable, Interview Report. Supplemental materials are not tracked.
If the tracking system is missing something, do not worry. We do not assign blame on why we don't have it, we just know that we have not processed it. We will not look at your application unfavorably because it is missing an application component at this time. We will wait a while longer before having it evaluated to give you time to send along another copy. Your complete application will be considered for Early Action.
If the tracking system on MyMIT indicates that we are still missing parts of your application, fax your materials to 617-258-8304 as soon as possible. If your school uses Naviance/Docufide, you are welcome to submit the documents in that way instead of fax if you wish. Either way, please allow 48 hours to process your documents. Thank you for your patience.
If you had an interview and we haven't yet processed it, you should fill out the Conducted Interview form on the MyMIT Application Tracking Detail page. We will follow up with your Educational Counselor.
If we have not processed standardized test scores that that you had the testing agency send us, then you may fax us a copy of an official score report. We will follow up with the testing agency. If we are missing your TOEFL scores, make sure the name on your application is exactly the same as it is on your TOEFL registration. If it is not, please send us an email with your TOEFL registration name.
I know that the Midyear Report box is sitting there, unchecked. Don't worry about this unless you are deferred from EA to RA. This form will not be made available until well after EA decisions are released.