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Just a Little Patience by Matt McGann '00

The latest word.

  • Mystery Hunt is almost here! (Bryan is pretty excited about it, too)
  • I’m almost not sure if I should mention this, but my friend Ankur ’03 is one of the contestants on the reality TV show Beauty and the Geek 2 (guess which category he falls into?), which premieres tomorrow night. Also in the geek category: alums of Caltech and the University of Chicago.
  • Regular action applicants across the country are concerned about the processing of their applications. I assure you, the MIT Records Office team is going beyond the call of duty to process the 40,000+ application pieces as quickly and accurately as possible. Please be patient.

    It’s the same story pretty much everywhere this time of the year. Not surprisingly, my fellow admissions bloggers at some other great schools have been blogging this same topic (patience with the mail) this week. Here’s a sampling:

    Daniel at Johns Hopkins:
    “For all the regular decision applicants out there, we ask for your PATIENCE throughout the month of January. Please do not contact us at this time to check on the status of your application or to see if we have received parts of your application. As you can only imagine, we are inundated with mail and online submissions and it will take nearly three weeks for us to process all of these application materials…”

    Gerald at Chicago:
    “We appreciate your patience. We are working very quickly to process all of your documents so that we can begin to read your applications.”

    Emily at Olin:
    “For those of your checking your status pages every three minutes (shouldn’t you be in class?), we’re trying our best to get everything updated. We’re having what might turn out to be a record year so there are lots of credentials to process.”

    In short: don’t worry yet about application pieces not showing up on your tracking. There’s a lot of mail to still be processed.

  • For those of you awaiting results from the Intel Science Talent Search today: good luck!
  • Still to come, whenever I get time: an entry for juniors about summer programs, another Questions Omnibus, and, this weekend, live updates from Mystery Hunt 2006.

14 responses to “Just a Little Patience”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Matt,

    Could you please tell me in details how to apply for an undergraduate programme?Please I am from India and it’s seeming a very complicated process?Is it really so?well I’m 16yrs old,am i eligible for the programme in 2007?

  2. Ben says:


    I’ve been walking these streets at night just trying to get it right. It’s hard to see with so many around, you know I don’t like being stuck in a crowd, and the streets don’t change but maybe the name – I ain’t got time for the game ’cause I need you.


  3. Ajit says:


    I have a question for the next questions omnibus- I want to partcipate in the RSI 2006.I visited the site and found that there is a different sellection process for international applicant and a different application deadline too.I contacted the vice precident(administration) via email and requested the contact informations of a RSI representative in INDIA to get a clear understanding of the selection procedure.He/She asked me to contact after 2 weeks.I know a little about the RSI and the deadline is fast approaching.Can you please give me contact informations of a person from INDIA who can help me while filing out the application.



  4. Oooh hope mystery hunt sounds neat, have fun!

    PS Wow you must have posted this late. Good to know you guys are working hard, keep up the good work! Oh and go get some sleep raspberry

  5. As shown by the above I think its safe to say Matt excels at working without sleep far better than I do.

    On behalf of all students that haven’t gotten enough sleep, I salute you.

  6. Mridul says:

    Oh! This is great!

    I saw the H-lounge, Hyperscore ringtone maker software developed by MIT. And Surprisingly, my pocket diary contains the same idea of editing music using graphics which had occured to me, just by chance last year!

    It feels great when such, ‘by chance’ ideas work actually.

    Web Address:

  7. I sent my transcript to MIT sometime in late November and it doesn’t show up as processed. I know you are going through a lot of mail now, but I would guess that something sent that long ago would have been received by now (the other stuff I sent around the same time was processed during the first week of December).

    Should I send another copy? If I do, will I be peinalized for it being sent late?

    Thank you

  8. Syed Raza says:

    Ajit- Having participated in RSI 2005, I know a couple of people from india who can help you. Try contacting asilata bhapat: [email protected] & ashish agarwal: [email protected]

    Best of luck..RSI is truly an incredible experience …

    Hey Matt, I wanted to ask you if there’s any way I can check if my financial aid documents have reached MIT? All other parts of my application have been processed :D.

  9. Hi Matt,

    I just want to thank you and all you guys in the admission office for your excellent work. Today I checked the application tracking system and I noticed that all the application components are already processed! Finally I will be able to sleep well. However, I am more anxious now because I have to wait until mid-march to know the answer. I don’t know if i will be admitted or not but this experience of applying to MIT has been one of the most exciting and interest I have ever done in my life. Good luck to everyone!

  10. Emi says:

    Hi Matt!

    I have a question:

    I am a Deferred Early Action applicant, and I was wondering if I could still send in supplementary materials and, if so, until what date can I do this?


  11. richard says:

    hey funny story today: i got home from school around 5:30, because this one stoplight NEVER turned green (after supposedly four cycles, this light never changed, and this one person was too hesitant to cross that red light despite that nobody was on the intersection. that light was some poor electrical engineering, obviously not an MIT EE job!) so when i got home, i went straight to work. then i got a call from this strange chinese lady telling me i won something, which i was then confused. then she told me she wanted an interview w/ me, and i asked her why, and she told me i was the only chinese person in florida to get talent search semifinals. i completely forgot! it was 6:15, but i thanked her for her reminder. weird story. i guess i had to share it with someone!

  12. Hi there,

    I’ve never commented before, but I just wanted to say that seeing all of my materials processed after a month of feeling “iffy” was a beautiful feeling.

    Thanks and keep up the good work =X

  13. Lindsay says:

    I suprisingly enjoyed Beauty and the Geek (I typically hate reality shows), and I can’t wait until the premiere tonight. I’ll be looking forward to seeing a MIT alumni in it.

    I was hoping they would switch the roles so that the girls would get to be the geeks, but I guess that isn’t as interesting.

  14. Neha says:

    seeing all my material processed felt good until I thought about ho wmany things I should’ve improved. or mentioned. =(