Beginning on Wednesday, the Admissions Staff will go out across North America to meet with prospective applicants and parents in more than 70 cities. It’s going to be exciting!
It all starts this Wednesday with two meetings in New England: Jenny Rifken will be traveling to Portland, Maine, and I’ll be off to Hartford, Connecticut. You can view the entire schedule and RSVP online.
Following the Hartford meeting, I’ll be heading out to the Bay Area, followed by a trip to the Rocky Mountains and finally the Great Plains. Here’s my entire meeting schedule for the fall:
- Hartford, CT
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Greater Hartford Academy of Math & Science
- Sacramento, CA
Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.
Mira Loma High School Cafeteria
- San Jose, CA
Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Double Tree Hotel San Jose
- San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
- Lafayette, CA
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Acalanes High School
- Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Bryant Intermediate School
- Denver, CO
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel Denver-Aurora
- Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
- Lincoln, NE
Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
The Cornhusker Hotel
- Kansas City, MO
Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
If you’re in one of these areas, I look forward to seeing you! And for the rest of you, say hello to my colleague who comes to your area.
You might be wondering, what happens at these meetings? What should you expect?
First, the admissions officer and the local Educational Counselors (MIT alumni interviewers, also known as ECs) will greet attendees at the door. If you’ve RSVPed (please do!), you’ll be able to check your name and go in; if you haven’t, we’ll ask you to sign in. We’ll have some special publications and materials you can pick up as well.
The meeting itself will last no longer than 90 minutes. Each admissions officer’s presentation varies somewhat, but will cover the same information.
We’ll talk about MIT: academics, research, student life, Boston/Cambridge, MIT culture. What makes MIT different from other universities? How might you know whether or not MIT is a good match for you?
We will of course talk about admissions, including the different application components, the deadlines, what makes an applicant “competitive,” how we make decisions on which students to admit. We’ll provide advice and tips wherever we can.
Money and financial aid will be discussed. How do you apply for financial aid? Should you apply for it? What should I expect?
Also, the local ECs will introduce themselves. They’ll talk about what MIT looks for in an interview and give you some advice. This is also a good chance for students to meet their interviewer face-to-face and to set up a time for their interview.
We will always finish with an open Q&A. We’ll take as many questions as we can and do our best to answer every question fully. I’ve found that even students and families who don’t have any questions find it interesting and helpful to hear other people’s questions and the corresponding answer.
Getting out on the road to meet you is one of our favorite times of the year. We look forward to seeing you!