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MIT EA Decisions: Thursday 12/16, 9pm EST by Matt McGann '00

On Thursday evening, our admissions decisions will be online.

MIT Admissions plans to make Early Action decisions available online on Thursday, December 16 at 9pm EST.

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 are ready to receive your decision online before logging in to

To ensure that you will receive a decision online, please visit and enter your username and password. will be available through the decision date for applicants to confirm their login ability and decision eligibility.

If you’ve forgotten your MyMIT password, you may use our automated system to reset it. Simply visit and click on the lost password link. There is a similar link for forgotten usernames. If you’re having trouble using our automated username/password recovery process, please email [email protected] with your full name and mailing address.

Admissions decisions will be available exclusively online. Decisions will not be released via email, snail mail, carrier pigeon, or Nekobasu special delivery (though that would be awesome!). Following the release of admissions decisions, however, we will be mailing necessary materials to admitted students, cylindrically.

I wish you all the best!

100 responses to “MIT EA Decisions: Thursday 12/16, 9pm EST”

  1. Justin says:

    Good luck to y’all! =)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good luck to everyone!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Dear Matt,
    I applied for EA but my standardized test scores in November were not great. Because of this, I decided to retake them in December and have not sent my scores to MIT. Can I change my application to RA now? Or what should I do?

  4. Lucky says:

    The wait is almost over! Let’s go Class of 2015 hopefuls!

  5. Anonymous says:

    90% of us are going to have a very bad day in a week.. haha

  6. Robert says:

    Tomorrow morning (12/10/10) around 9:00 I’m sending a big (about 10 pages) supplement to my EA application (I know, I know, it’s really really…really late, but it is extremely important to me, I think, for my application, and I’ve put a lot of work into it). Is there any way to be sure of its receipt, and will my supplemental information still be considered for EA if there is any time at all to review it?

    I’m already considering it sent because I won’t be able to check back here before tomorrow afternoon for a reply – I’m just concerned about its consideration for the EA decision round.

    and good luck to us all next week!

  7. Robert says:

    ^I’m faxing the materials.

  8. CATBUS!
    and yes, 90% of us, probably me too, will be having a bad day next week.

    If and when I get deferred to Regular Action, may I send in my music supplement and any editing (on essays… I realized how butchered up one is…) before the Regular Action deadline date?

    Thanks Matt!

  9. Emily says:

    Woo hoo! Yay tubes!
    Good luck to all smile

  10. KevinG says:

    I read an old blog that said EA applicants receive a tube if they’re accepted.
    Is that still true?

  11. Anonymous says:

    The tubes are still happening, hence the “cylindrically” at the end. Yay!

    And to MIT applicant (’15?), I have read that you may not edit your essays or anything that you have turned in already, only send in additional material that may add to your application that may not have been available before. I’m not the expert, but I hope this helps!

  12. Pdowling says:

    kevinG, judging by Matt’s comment of “mailing necessary materials to admitted students, cylindrically”, yup, looks like it.

  13. Colin G says:

    It’s going to be a long week…
    Luckily I have Project Euler to pass the time with!

  14. WW Kohls says:

    Good luck everyone!

  15. Tim '14 says:

    Good luck potential 2015…im so exicted for all of you…i know how it feels to be only a week away and yet so far. my only advice is to be by yourself when you read the decision. really take it in. also read the whole thing, it took me a while…literally ten minutes to make it through the entire message because i was so excited and couldnt make it past the first sentence.

    good luck to everyone!

  16. I am not an EA applicant, but I can feel your anxiety in my spine. Good luck to all. If you belong to MIT, you will get admitted. If not, that does not prove that you are not good enough. Keep your heads up.

  17. Jason H says:

    Good luck! I’m so nervous right now..
    I suppose I’ll wake up at 3am to see the decisions!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Good luck all, really only about 50% of us will have a bad week because it’t not like if we are deferred it is all bad, I did a little math and those who applied EA last year, 16%, had been accepted, including those deferred but admitted. In other words those who applied RD had a lower chance.

  19. anonymous says:

    Good luck everyone, we all know that this schools means a lot to everyone applying. May God (or whom ever you believe in) be with you.

  20. Thane says:

    Whatever happens, I still want to revolutionize robotic technology, be it at MIT, or somewhere else.
    Waiting for….
    12/16/2010 9pm EST

  21. Thura says:

    I am not an EA applicant, but I hope all of you guys have a nice day in the next week. Best of luck with your decision!

  22. Nikhil says:

    I guess the best time(or worst) ‘o ur lives ll be that day….
    so don stress more on it …..
    Well Best of luk to those in EA ….

  23. beaver? says:

    I have mixed feelings right know. I don’t have stellar SAT scores, but I really poured my heart and soul out into my essays. I know MIT’s selection process is different from those of other top universities. So I am a bit hopeful.However at the same time, I don’t want to get my hopes up too high. I am afraid that the higher I get my hopes up, the greater my disappointment might be.

  24. Anonymous says:

    you just summed up exactly how I feel about this whole thing. I’m continuously telling myself that I’ll just get deferred just so I don’t get my hopes up. :/

  25. @Beaver? & Anonymous^

    yea most of us feel that way, but don’t worry, it will be alright. Go watch some movies that ease the stress or go do something you like. We’re all really anxious but patience is needed right?
    I don’t have the best scores either, don’t let that get you down.
    Stay hopeful my friend.

    And good luck everyone wink

  26. @Zuney^

    LOL. rick rolled? xD

  27. Great Mashup of Nirvana and Rick Astley
    (Basically… Nirvana got rick rolled O,o)

    It’s actually pretty good xD

  28. Allyson says:

    I appreciate the Totoro reference smile I appreciate the Totoro reference smile <3 Hayoa Miyazaki <3

    Anyway….I’m so scared to find out if I got in. I have this sinking feeling that I won’t… For months, I carved out essays that I feel truly capture who I am, but is that good enough? I got a 2080 on the SAT, 690 (Math II Subject Test), 610 (Physics Subject Test)…Not really the best -__- But is there still hope? I know its not all about test scores, but it feels like it, regardless.

  29. Some guy says:

    I hope I’m not sounding to dumb here but what does it mean by “There are no interim screens, so you should be sure you are ready to receive your decision”? To me that sounds like you only get to view your decision once, but that would not make sense because shouldn’t getting accepted (got to stay positive here)to MIT be something you should be able to see more than once? Can someone please help clarify.

    Some Guy who wants Thursday to hurry up and get here already

  30. 08alum says:

    Good luck to all of you! I might be nearly a decade older than all of you, but I still remember the apprehension and anticipation of release date smile Plus, my brother’s applying, and I might be more nervous for him than I ever was for myself (…granted, I also thought MIT was a long shot, so I tried not to stress about it too much)

    @Some guy, it means that there’s no “in between” screen between the login screen and the “decision” screen–so make sure you’re prepared to see the decision as soon as you click “login”

    Best of luck!

  31. good luck to all of you! I am a RD applicant so we will have to wait a bit more!

  32. Anonymous says:

    what does MIT look most at in the applicants?

  33. Robert says:

    @Anonymous: their application.

  34. myfreezeray says:

    Regardless of what happens next week, we are all awesome and we can’t forget that. Good luck everyone!

  35. Anthony says:

    It’s interesting…no one has gotten into MIT from my school in 5 years. But I know that if I’m supposed to be at MIT I will be. OMG…I can’t wait until I can walk down the infinite corridor to be lectures!!

    12-16-10 9PM EST

  36. Danielle says:

    I agree with Thane. It’ll be great to get into MIT, but regardless of where I go I know that I will make a difference in the world. =] I just can’t wait to know.

  37. D says:

    @ Anthony: Believe me, when you get here, the infinite won’t mean anything! I don’t mean to kill your excitement, though. Good luck!!!

  38. Brian says:

    Good luck to on getting in. I’m just scared that with 720’s on both Math II and Physics subject tests that I’m doomed to rejection.

  39. Brian says:

    Good luck to all*…

  40. AnthonyB says:

    @Robert Touche

    Well good luck y’all. I, for one, am hoping for the best but expecting the worst…

  41. MelisaFORD22 says:

    Every one understands that humen’s life seems to be not cheap, but people need cash for various things and not every one gets big sums cash. So to receive fast credit loans and student loan would be a right way out.

  42. Annie says:

    “we will be mailing necessary materials to admitted students, cylindrically.”


    good luck everyone! no matter what happens, you will get into where you deserve, and you will deserve where you get into smile

  43. MIT EC '85 says:

    “I guess the best time(or worst) ‘o ur lives ll be that day….”

    If not getting admitting is the worse day of your life, then you have had a happy life indeed.

  44. MrSpaceman says:

    Good luck to all of you!
    We all did put our soul and heart in the app… Let us just see if we belong there -if not, we can still change the world!

    My EC said that luck doesn’t exist. There are just the conditions that we make up for ourselves.

  45. Corey says:

    I would love to get in, but I’ll be happy next Thursday either way. Even if I get deferred or rejected at least I won’t have to worry about it anymore (or at least not until March). Also @Colin G, is a great way to pass the time. Except for I may have spent too much time on that site and now I have a huge paper to finish :(

  46. Zack Clark says:

    I could not be more excited for this! I’m fearful that my 34(yay Midwest rejection of the SAT) and 750-670 subject tests are not high enough though:/ Trying not to get my hopes up, but it is nearly impossible not to.

  47. Good luck to everyone! I too am still just another EA applicant but from everything I’ve seen heard and read about the school, they aren’t like every other school. Just because you don’t have an 800 on every single SAT II, doesn’t mean you won’t get in. They are looking at the whole person, so don’t fret about the little things. What’s in now can’t be changed, so just relax and hope for the best.

  48. zuney says:

    @corey. I do project euler as well. Solved over 40 problems. How far are you?

  49. Corey says:

    @zuney Just started yesterday. I’ve only done a few so far, but they’re pretty fun. Some of the later ones look insane though.

  50. Alvin says:

    Happiness –> ∞ as t approaches Thursday 9PM.

  51. Alex says:

    “I’m freakin’ out, man”

  52. Cindy says:

    Good luck to everyone! I’ve accepted (that’s a poor choice of words right there) that if I don’t get into MIT, there are many other opportunities for a great education and college experience. It helps relieve some tension. Rick Astley helps a bit too. XD

    I’m just trying not to think about it by doing physics webassign problems or reading. Otherwise, I’ll be caught in some strange vortex of “yes I got in!” and “oh… I’m denied…” dreams.

    I don’t think that fretting about getting 20 points higher on an SAT score is worth it- chances are if you’re in a decently high range then you’re fine. Essays, extracurricular activities, and special awards are more important.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Cindy is right, what is a few points here or there. What really seperates us is what we have done in the community or in the class, impressions left on teachers. Also dare I ask what happens to happiness after t>Thursday 9 pm.

  54. Anonymous says:

    I applied last year EA and was deferred, ultimately put on the Wait-List from the Regular Decision and then accepted.

    In all honesty, my MIT admissions journey was really quite stressful, but I’ll let you know that if you get in off the Wait-List, they just send you an email, no warning about when. It was stressful because, after being deferred, I had no idea how to proceed with the admissions process (what now, was the only thought in my head!).

    Looking back, though, I can safely say that the first thing I should have done was take a deep breath and remember, that it isn’t over until it’s over! This may not be the appropriate place to be talking about deferment (I hope all of you people get in!) but just remember that nothing hinges on what you’re told by the admissions committee, and that if you’re pushed to the Regular Admissions process, don’t fret it! MIT wants you!

    It’s not over until it’s over!

  55. Tara says:

    I have my band concert Thursday. Two things I cannot wait for on that day: senior Christmas concert and MIT decision! AHHHH.

    At least all the practicing for band is taking my mind of the decision…for a bit. :D

    Good luck everyone I have my band concert Thursday. Two things I cannot wait for on that day: senior Christmas concert and MIT decision! AHHHH.

    At least all the practicing for band is taking my mind of the decision…for a bit. :D

    Good luck everyone <3

  56. Yernur says:

    Hi, Matt

    I am international student.

    I have taken Subject Test, SAT once and TOEFL twice. However,even though I do not receive it, I am not sure that my score from language(SAT and TOEFL enough to MIT). However, I did pretty good Subject test.

    Next question more exciting me.
    If I received from TOEFL IBT 89, would it mean I lose all chance to get in MIT?
    Two more:
    Am I right If I take again January Subject test Math level 1 and 2, Physics on 22JAN, and TOEFL test on 29JAN,it will be received by MIT admission?
    I am going to send all my tests score, regardless how much I will receive. Even though if I’d done TOEFL more 90, If SAT I reading and writing are less than average, will SAT I score give me disadvantages in decision?

    Thanks for your attention. I appreciate it.
    Pardon for my English, I am still studying it.
    It is my first post. At the beginning, I was afraid to write letters, because of my English. But I understood that nobody is perfect.
    How Theodore Roosevelt said, ”It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed”
    P.s. Sorry that I wrote another unrelated topic to this blog. I wrote because it is ”fresh” Matt’s blog and I didn’t find similar topic, all have expired dates=)

  57. Yernur says:

    Thank you, Asif, for your answer
    I said if I received…yep, I am not perfect, but I love physics and I have done a lot of things to prove it as you understand smile
    Therefore, I can cancel my score and sent just high, but I want to give my full imagine to MIT. However, I am going to do everything to get high score in TOEFL test! Question about deadline and which role play TOEFL’s and SAT results in decision.
    I remember words from Matt:”We do not admit test scores. We admit people” =)

  58. Asif says:

    I am the only one who surely knows he is not getting chance ……….. :(
    I submitted the worst possible SAT marks as iI have no time to study but I am congratulating those who are lucky enough to get chance in MIT ………..

  59. Schroeder says:

    It’s strange… I never actually sent in my 2008 (9th grade) Math SAT II score, but it shows up on my MyMIT account anyway. I really messed up on that one and had a calculator that jammed, and I ended up improving by some 200 points the next time I took it. Is the test name there just for record-keeping purposes? Or are they actually in possession of my score report?

    Eh whatever. Regardless, I understand that tests are just numbers, and numbers can never be a true reflection of character, brains, and most importantly, heart. I’m excited for the decisions, and I probably won’t be too disheartened by a deferment (though I feel I might regret this statement). hasta jueves! buena suerte a todos!

  60. Adrienne says:

    Hey Matt, I just got some grades today for some classes I took first quarter of this year at local university (their quarter ended last week, so the grades were processed today). Is it worth shooting MIT admissions a quick email about them for EA, or are the decisions already made anyway? Let me know! Thanks!

  61. Chris ('15?) says:

    I’ve never commented on MIT’s blog before, but (no offence here) I found an error in your way of thinking. You forgot to take into account that there is more than 1 person on the admissions staff who looks over applications. So, if you take that into account and say there is, perhaps, 20 people on the admissions staff, than using your best case scenario calculation:

    (12 hours a day * 45 days * 20 people reading applications) / 6000 applicants

    gives you a total of 1.8 hours per applicant.

    Though this is a bit exaggerated number, it just shows that MIT puts in the effort to ensure every admitted applicant has the right stuff to be there.

    Also, looking at Matt’s previous blogs from 2005, he says that each application is read in about 20-25 minutes for experienced reviewers (30-45 for newbies) and then is summarized by the reviewer.

    (see )

    Then, this is read by another reviewer and summarized before going into the selection committee.

    (see )

    Though these are from 2005, I highly doubt the system has changed too awful much.

    So as you can see, MIT truly puts the time into each application that they receive. I’m sorry if I may have sounded arrogant in my response, but as an MIT hopeful, I dislike when people criticize the effort that the admissions staff puts into who gets in and who doesn’t.

    So I’m sorry for that, but I hope this helps people out and I wish everybody the best! smile

  62. Jonny says:

    @ Chris
    You kinda missed the point of my post. I was just trying to say that if you don’t get in, it’s not the end of the world and it doesn’t say that you won’t be successful in life. You don’t need an acceptance letter from MIT to be happy, although it would certainly make it a lot easier raspberry

  63. Jonny says:

    And also, if you had read a little more closely you might have seen this line, “Now this isn’t the case since there is more than one group reviewing applications at any given time, but lets pretend it is to help illustrate my point.” I wasn’t trying to put anyone down, just help people relax a little and put everything more in the long term perspective smile

  64. Jonny says:

    Just to put this in perspective a little bit. If we estimate that 6000 people applied, and that the people reviewing our apps have been working 12 hours a day, with no days off, we’ll say 45 days total, then that means total there will have been 540 hours of review, or 32400 minutes. Assuming every application received the same amount of attention as every other application, that’s about 5 minutes each. Now this isn’t the case since there is more than one group reviewing applications at any given time, but lets pretend it is to help illustrate my point. You’re applying to a normal school, with a review process that is not perfect, how could it be? Your admission is based off of what you look like on paper in the 5 minute span that is devoted to your application, you may get declined and then move on to become the most successful and intelligent person in human history. You never know. My point? The results we receive this Thursday are not god given mandates on who will and will not be successful in life. They are an extremely situational attempt by the admission staff to admit the best group possible, were you rejected because you didn’t belong there? No, you were rejected because 6000 people applied, there’s room for 600 of them, and you were only considered for 5 minutes. I hope this helps you all feel a little better about the wait and the impending result, it certainly helps me. Best of luck everyone!

  65. Corey says:

    Good luck everyone!
    2 days to go.

    @Chris and Jonny: I really don’t think that this is the time to worry about the admissions process (even with good intentions). At this point what’s done is done, and it is only a waiting game.

  66. Emily says:

    @Schroeder unless you tell college board to do the “score select” thing, when you send the scores for one subject test, you send them all. But if you retook the test and did much better, I wouldn’t worry about it smile

  67. smartALEC says:

    holy c**p, holy c**p, holy c**p, decisions in two days…
    I probably need to calm myself down a bit so I don’t end up being more disappointed… But then again, who cares? This is MIT! #1 Mech E school in the nation!
    Sooo excitement for me is both expected and needed:)

    Good Luck to Everyone!!!!!!! smile

  68. Hosed'14 says:

    Don’t worry HOPEFUL ’15s!
    Y’all will do fine, wherever you end up, hopefully MIT though smile

  69. Good luck everyone. To those wondering if their scores are high enough…trust me they are much higher than mines. I only had one year of high school in the US, I was in the French school system before that, and starting 11th grade took only college courses. Which means I do not take classes to prepare me for those tests. Anyway, this is MIT. Know that scores only won’t get you accepted, or rejected.

  70. Just remember, anxious EAers… Princeton >> MIT! =P

    In all seriousness though, try to relax. I checked this site because I was curious about when my friends who are applying this year would find out about their decisions. To them and to you I say: It’s not the end of the world either way! One of my best friends was completely set on MIT at the beginning of the year, and was devastated to be deferred EA. She was ultimately accepted, but when she went to preview she realized that she really didn’t feel comfortable there, and ended up attending Princeton instead. If she had been accepted EA, she might not have applied to other schools and had the chance to see where she actually fit in.

  71. Ash P says:

    @Princeton ’14 – MIT >>>>> Princeton. Just saying.

    But I too am panicking about my MIT application. Even with decisions coming in about 26 hours, I’m still worrying about whether I made a grammatical mistake on one of my essays or whether I remembered to send in my resume. Aarghh stress!

    Good luck to all!

  72. Chris ('15?) says:

    Ah, I see. And I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come off as arrogant or sound like a jerk. I was just trying to get across the point that they really do carefully evaluate each applicant.

    And I completely agree with you that people shouldn’t be discouraged if they don’t get in. It doesn’t matter where you go, it ultimately comes down to you and the effort you put into it. Like you said, just because one doesn’t get into MIT doesn’t mean that they won’t be successful.

    So I’m sorry again for the tone my previous post may have had. I realize that you wrote your comments in good intentions, and I just wanted to clarify the hard word that goes into these decisions. I definitely was not trying to come off as argumentative, just in my opinion, knowing that the admissions staff carefully selects each accepted applicant makes me feel better than thinking that they barely look over my application. But hey that’s just me. I’m sure that lots of people would agree with either one of our views, but this really isn’t an argument. We both are just trying to help others feel a little calmer in this quite stressful situation.

    I apologize again. Only two more days ’til we get our decisions! Good luck!!!

  73. Yushi says:

    I’m applying EA to MIT.
    My history teacher had sent my MIT recommendation approximately 2 months ago, in the middle of October. The recommendation had been recorded as “processed” as of 10/30/2010.
    On 11/15, I got an email confirming that everything was done, and I never bothered checking since then.

    Today, I logged on to see when the decision for EA would come out, when I noticed that my Evaluation B, from a “history, language, or arts teacher” was no longer recorded as processed. Does this happen to anybody else? Does MIT uncheck things as “processed” after reading them, or is it possible that my history teacher had rescinded my recommendation?

  74. Thane says:


    Something on my application stopped saying “Processed” for a day or so a few weeks back. Like any computer system, it is subject to weird little glitches. A person had to go on to your profile and manually confirm that your letter had been received. So whatever it says now, it doesn’t matter, because I’m sure the letter was in your application folder when it was being reviewed.
    Good luck!

  75. Colin G says:

    Only 24 hours to go…

  76. Robert says:

    less than 24 hours left!!!

    100% napprobs was my recaptcha for this post hahaha

  77. Thane says:

    Who’s gonna have a hard time sleeping tonight? *raises hand*

  78. Danielle says:

    *timidly raises hand*
    But at least I have an AP Calculus test to take my mind off of it tomorrow! Yay!

  79. Danielle says:

    Everyone should listen to this song and try to stay positive.

  80. Anant says:

    I come from a place where the admission rate to the best colleges is around 0.01%(4000 out of 10,00,000). Yeah, so 12% is still an arousing figure, but nevertheless I am awfully nervous right now.

  81. Noel says:

    Danielle, you’re fabulous.
    Seriously, though, I’ve already gotten an EA rejection letter from my #2 (not to be named here, for fear of retribution and/or MIT decision safety) three days ago, so I need some positive news. Gasp.

  82. Eric says:

    Hi guys. I know things are very tense, and but I decided that checking the MIT website every three seconds probably wasn’t a good idea for my own sanity, so I’m throwing together a Ruby script that checks the website every five minutes, and emails you if anything changes. It’s hosted at if anybody wants to check it out. Good luck to everyone!

  83. Surya ('15?) says:

    I really hope I get in! I’ve been waiting for this day my whole life and I hope I won’t have a bad week! smile

  84. Josh says:

    9 hours left!

  85. Anonymous says:

    sanity atm= nonexistent
    burst into tears earlier lol

  86. Less than 8 hours left! God I’m nervous as ever. If I don’t get in, I’ll have to go to some state school where the quality of education doesn’t even begin to compare to that of MIT.

  87. I guess I’m psychologically ready for my first rejection. Good luck all!

  88. Clinton says:


  89. Mee says:

    I have a feeling I’m not the only one who can’t sleep right now and probably won’t until two days after the decision regardless of what I receive!!! al;sdf;lasdfjkl;

  90. Thane says:

    I just wanted to say…

    5 hours 42 minutes!!!!

  91. Anonymous says:

    Take it easy… This is hardly the most important thing that will ever happen to you, you all just need to relax.

  92. Thane says:

    No disrespect, but we ARE taking easy. It’s just that this is kind of a big deal for a lot of us, so try to be more understanding.

  93. Ovid says:

    This pretty much describes me.

    ipsa nihil; pavido est lingua retenta metu,
    sed taciti fecere tamen convicia vultus.

    She herself [says] nothing: her tongue is held back with terrified fear,
    But her silent expressions, however, made reproaches.

    Ovid, Amores 1.7.20-1

  94. Connor P says:


    Facebook was the only thing keeping me pacificed and preventing me from ripping my hair out in anticipation, then someone had to go and delete Facebook.

    Seriously, go to and View Source.


    But, AHH!!!!! The anticipation is killing me, and now I have nothing to do to pass the time!

    *slyly ignores the long english essay due tomorrow I have yet to start…*

    Connor P

  95. Thane says:

    100th comment!! WOOO!!


  96. i_H says:

    Best of luck, everyone.
    I know you all are wonderfully brilliantly amazingly the smartest, toughest, and the bravest.

    But yes, 10% is an intimidating admit rate.

    So please take a moment to re-consider a question over which you probably spent a lot of time:

    12c)Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage
    the situation?

    Hope this question will be remembered tomorrow evening, just in case.

    Best of luck once again