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Online Decisions To Be Released This Saturday by Ben Jones

Only a few more days of waiting...

Hi folks,

Jess sent me an email a few days ago making fun of me for being completely awol from the blogs recently. She’s right, and I apologize; we’ve been working 7-day weeks since January reading all of your applications and selecting the class in committee. This time next week I’ll be enjoying my first day off in quite awhile, and my blogging should return shortly thereafter.

I’m pleased to let you know that we’re on schedule to release decisions online at noon (Eastern Time) on Saturday March 15. They will be mailed via postal mail a few days later, most likely on Monday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 3/18.

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

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

  • You applied in Regular Action, or were deferred in Early Action (the system is unable to display decisions for those who applied in Early Action and received a “final” action in December – i.e. admitted or denied).


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

Please note that you can visit beginning tomorrow (Monday, March 10) to confirm your username and password. 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.

What if I’ve forgotten my MyMIT username or password?

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

What if I don’t have a MyMIT account?

If you do not currently 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 used the online application, you already have a MyMIT account). If you have misplaced your MIT ID, or if you never received it, you may call our office to get it (please note that you will be asked to give some personal information for verification).

If you register without your MIT ID, your username and password may not work on


Hang in there – only a few more days of waiting!

100 responses to “Online Decisions To Be Released This Saturday”

  1. Shruthi says:

    FIRST… OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ben says:

    I am taking my own first post. Hah.

  3. Shruthi says:

    Yay!!! Got there before you Ben!

  4. Ben says:

    OMG, I’m not even fast enough to get my own first post. I give up. wink

  5. EV says:

    OMG, I’m super excited!

  6. Shruthi says:

    Lol, its ok Ben smile Dont give up just yet… It just happened to be a case of being there at the right place at the right time wink

  7. Priya says:

    Haha — not quite, Ben. But thank you sooo much for the news!!
    The wait is almost over!!

  8. Shruthi says:

    Iam so excited that I cant even complete what I wanted to say at once… Sigh, thanks Ben!!!

    ~Starts crossing fingers very very anxiously…. ~

  9. Eirik says:

    Hahaha, this was really funny. I was just checking out Ben’s most recent posts including the one he made in December regarding the EA guys. I navigated back to the front page and WOW, an update? I had to check the date several times just to make sure I wasn’t fooling myself.

    Yay for desicions!

  10. Eirik says:

    Yay for _decisions_ grr

  11. Soaham says:

    Oh… My… God… I am feeling like I have a cyclotron in my stomach… (Bad, but did ya expect any worthy humour from someone in my condition ?)

  12. Soaham says:

    Any Indians here planning to take the JEE ??

    If u get admitted, will u still be taking it ?

  13. OmarA says:


  14. Hawkins says:


  15. AA says:

    JEE? Urgh….I am never going to take it whether I am admitted here or not!

  16. Sanja says:

    Gaaaaah 6 more days… Next week will be the longest one ever… Thanks for the info Ben smile

  17. Sanja says:

    Btw, sorry for double post… but you missed the Pi day :(

  18. Ragheb says:

    OMG, I’m so anxious…
    Good luck everyone!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Anyway, my anxiety will end soon!

  20. Hawkins says:

    Oh yeah… I still can’t use myMIT. I tried creating a new account, and it wouldn’t let me (can’t use the same info for 2 different accounts). I can’t delete the old account either. Should I call SFS to make sure they have my financial aid paperwork?

  21. Shruthi says:

    I might take the JEE.. I think I will… I dont know man, seriously…. OMG!!!!!!! (My vocabulary has been woefully restricted to these few words as of now)

  22. Aditi says:


    YAY! ( i suppose !)

    I can barely type!

    This will be the longest week of my life.

    Now i have to wait for the chem exam to get over and for decisions

  23. Shubhang says:

    A real paradox as i was hoping for this blog to come and was reading the notification for EA, the time this blog was posted. This will be a real nerve wrecking week for all the hopeful’s. Thanks Ben for the information and we eagerly await your return to the ” world of blogging “.

  24. OHMG says:

    yeah… a recommendation for the MIT ’13 applicants.. Never make a deal with your friend to wait for snail mail to find out are you admitted…

    god… i have to wait till thursday now or something..

    are you going to use FedEx to notify internationals about admission?

  25. Anonymous says:

    So Aditi you too are giving the ISC Board Exams?

  26. Anonymous says:

    It will be a real challenge to keep your mind on the Chem Exam with your mind only thinking about 15th 15th 15th 15th 15th …………..

  27. AA says:

    LOL….my chem exam’s over :D

  28. Anonymous says:

    I got in EA but I’m still really stressing out for all my RA friends. Thanks for the update Ben.

    Good luck everyone!

  29. Roshini says:

    THANK YOU BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Rachel says:

    Well…I’ve been looking forward to this post for a few weeks…and now that I know the day I kind of want to run away and hide. *anxious EA deferred*

  31. Snively says:

    And this is why you should never listen to me.

    Or. . . you can assume that I was preparing you for the worst and now you can be really happy!

    Or . . . I just had no idea what I was talking about.

  32. Jayanto says:

    So everyone…….
    dis is it……..
    fingers crossed

  33. A parent says:

    Thank you Ben!Best of luck to all!

  34. Masud says:

    Finally.Oh, the ambivalence abounds.Soon we’ll know where we’ll go.By God’s grace we shall all end up in an institution apposite to us.The wait is nearly over.

  35. Kal says:

    AT LAST (I know how you feel rachel)! that decisions have probably been made, i can say this without sounding like a kiss a**, but seriously, thank you to all bloggers….we wouldnt have known 90% of what we know about MIT without you guys…thanks for telling us your stories, your failures, your successess and everything you go through…..thanks for making us feel like people instead of applicant # wxyz…youve made the months of waiting fly by….thanks Snively, Paul, Ben, Matt, Jess K the rest of you!! all of you ROCK!

  36. Yuzhi says:

    Every year you guys set the date to the Saturday of the FIRST Silicon Valley Regional.
    There is no free access wifi at that university.
    There will be at least 20 of us stuck there till 6 PM waiting for our decisions(9 PM EST).

  37. Andrea says:

    I can’t believe decisions are just around the corner after all this waiting….
    I’m ambivalent about March 15th. I want the day to be here now, but at the same time I don’t want to know because it will be the end of a dream for so many of us…
    Good luck to everyone.. I wish we could all get in.

  38. Rob says:

    So begins the longest week of my life …

  39. Reg says:

    Finally!!! :D

    So Ben, do international applicants get mailed as well?

  40. Star says:

    Wow. I was completly set on decisions coming out on the 22nd (yeah Snively, I’m looking at you raspberry ), so this is amazing news – Thanks Ben, we know how hard you guys worked for this!

  41. OMG!!!ppl around seems so xcited while i’m freakin out….literallly!!!
    MOG!!!plsss plsss may it be that i and alll the others whu realllly reaaalllly loves MIT lyk me gets in…
    *fingers crossed real tyt*

  42. nitiN says:

    omg…6 days, 8 mins, and 28 secs left!!!
    good luck everyone!

  43. I guess I willl wait for snail-mail…..I don wannna kno!!
    btw, does intl students get express mails letting them kno the decisions?
    GOD!! i hv my DS awards that day…..what am i gonna do?!?!

  44. Mike says:

    Wow, this is a week earlier than I was expecting. Yay for pleasant surprises! Boo for the lack of a “skip chapter” button on life.

  45. KaYnaR says:

    Thank you, Ben!
    This week will be one of my longest…

  46. Anonymous says:

    Guys relax I just realized that it is more important that we relish these moments until Saturday and not let anxiety take over us (as curiosity killed the cat) for we no matter, we get in or not, will one day remember these days and will revel in them.

  47. Anonymous says:

    To quote Paul ” It is more important how we play the game “. Sorry for double posting

  48. Soaham says:

    Why such an aversion to the IIT’s ?? They are not far behind the best in the world. And do remember that while MIT is on the top because of the astounding amount of stuff going on at its campus (research nd stuff), IIT is ranked pretty high, solely on the strength of its graduates (which is what we are all trying to be)
    @ Shruthi
    I can understand… Been OMG’in ever since I read this one. Must be a real pain with ur boards on… Nice that I got rid of this little inconvenience an year ago grin

  49. Ana says:

    Thanks Ben for the post!

    So most of us only have 6 more days of dreaming of MIT. One more OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Aditi says:

    @anonymous person , yes i am. =(


    @Snively , maybe now would be a good time to revive ‘a shorter wait’? =)

  51. Raina says:

    Less than a week away! Is it possible to be even more excited now than when I was getting my own decision? Hehe, we’ll finally be able to welcome the rest of the ’12 class! Good luck to everyone! You guys can do it! =)

  52. Chris says:

    wow, here we go again! It’s been an amazing journey to go on for me, all the people I’ve met along the way are truly brilliant and no matter the decision, I look forward to the changes our generation can make for the future, for ourselves, and for posterity.

  53. Anonymous says:

    OMG! i can’t believe that time is almost here. guess this week is going to be long. and on saturday, 12 hrs going to feel like 24 hrs. i’m so anxious. Good luck everybody!

  54. Marie says:

    good luck RDers! look forward to seeing you in the MIT12 chatroom smile

  55. Amy says:

    *heart pounding*

  56. MIT'11 says:

    All the best, guys! I can’t believe one whole year passed so quickly.

  57. Karen says:

    @Yuzhi: Each year, it’s on the Saturday of the Midwest regional, too! We have WiFi, though, and this year they moved the regional to week 1 smile I can totally sympathize with your plight, though – you’re exactly in the same place as our programmer from last year. He got in – good luck to you smile

    Good luck to everyone else! I’m off to put down a housing deposit at University of Illinois, just in case the 15th doesn’t bring good news smile

  58. Tong says:

    Best of luck everybody!

  59. Jeseth says:

    Woah… I wasn’t expecting the 15th! wow, this is my spring break… so I guess it’s going to be even longer? I need to find distractions maybe?

  60. Matt says:

    Finally! I was kind of hoping that they would be released on pi day, but Saturday is good enough. I didn’t think I would hear about any colleges until almost the end of the month, but it turns out that I should find out about CalTech tomorrow or tuesday and MIT on saturday.

    This is exciting…

    Good luck everyone.

  61. Manya says:

    hi…Im an Indian…and Im taking JEE whether i get through or not….im not gonna go there…(not like im definitely gonna get through too…its JEE!!!)…

    I’ve also got through Imperial…but ill just give it so that theres somewhere to go to if the money gets messed up…but an honest suggestion to people aspiring for MIT (Indians)…if you get through..forget IIT…

  62. yukiko says:

    i’m scard.. good luck everyone

  63. Hyun Jin says:

    Wow, just one more week?
    It’s so close it’s almost surreal now
    Good luck to all RDers!

  64. maryam says:

    i’m about to have a heart attack! I guess i better hurry up wit my thank you notes (i remember some post saying you should hand em out BEFORE the decisions, makes them more heartfelt)

  65. Taylor says:

    Ugh… I’m going to be at a winterguard competition all day Saturday, and I know I’m going to be freaking out from this and the anticipation of competing.

    I anticipate this not going well.

  66. Emily says:

    Good luck, all!!

  67. Nihar says:


    I nearlyy slipped off my chair when I glanced at the RSS feed!

    This izzz itt!! The moment of truth….

    Love you Admission folks for alll the great work you’ve put in!

    And to all the deffered as well as my fellow RA applicants –


  68. Akshay says:

    OMG!!!!!!(IN JENACE’s way as in FRIENDS show)

  69. Udbhav says:

    OMG, Caltech on 11th and now MIT on 15th!! I’ll surely be down with a nervous breakdown before seeing the end of it.

  70. Best of Luck to all!


  71. ommgggg says:

    I can not understand how i m feeling at this moment…im so scared…im excited…i dont wanna know wat the decisions are gonna b….i m eager to finish this long wait….im so confused…

  72. Alireza says:

    I just got wait listed at Caltech.Now I have to worry about MIT.Best of luck to everybody…(!)

  73. Danny says:


    Thanks so much for all of your hard work that went into this year’s admissions process. No matter what the outcome turns out to be for me, this has been the most exciting experience of my life. This next week is going to be a lot of fun.


  74. Meghan says:

    omg good luck to everybody!! The wait is almost over!! I can’t wait to find out who my fellow classmates are (but i bet im not as anxious as most of you waiting on your decision)!

    *crosses her fingers for all her friends, and, why not, everyone else

  75. Libin Daniel says:

    Just how many Indians are there? My God…..15th…..It’s make or break…or whatever you wanna call it! Hanging on Ben..Hanging on.

  76. Diana says:

    Good luck! I can’t wait to meet everybody at CPW! For all of you who can’t get your decisions at noon, don’t worry. I had a speech tournament the day EA decisions came out and didn’t get home until seven, but everything turned out fine. smile Again, good luck and stay busy so the time passes by faster!

  77. Ashwath says:

    Good luck to all international applicants!

  78. Laser says:

    Round 2…

    Good Luck!

  79. Amy says:

    Don’t really know what to say…

  80. naranja says:

    GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!!!!!!!

  81. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thanks to the admissions committee for reading all the apps and getting decisions out. All I can say is that I, like so many others, am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to join the MIT community. Good luck to all!

  82. Caro says:

    Oh god, waiting the second time around is even harder!

  83. Efe says:

    If I get in party at my house. Good luck everyone!!!

  84. Javal says:

    Ack, so nervous right now….

    Any other applicants from the Caribbean?

  85. Carlos says:


    Yes. Dominican Republic, and you?

  86. Oasis says:

    @ Ben, at the top:

    PWNED! PWNED! haha smile))

    And yay, I guessed the decision date right! Oh well, kids, you guys don’t have to wait anymore…lol, enjoy. =p

  87. Travis says:

    Anybody care to interpret the fact that decisions will be released on the Ides of March?

    On an entirely unrelated note-how should we going to celebrate pi day? Snively better put something on his blag!


  88. naranja says:

    anyone from spain???????????????????

  89. Isshak says:

    OMG My heart just started beating so fast when I read your post ! I am waiting for saturday to some quickly yet not that fast…OMG !
    Ben Jones, do not worry, you will get FIRST POST one day, although I’ve never had it I think…

  90. Hey Ben!

    Thank you so much for the news. I have been checking the website everyday for the final decision date. And yes, its finally here! I can’t wait to get my eyes on the acceptance! smile Just hoping for the best! MIT woah!!!

  91. Sorry! The website link got messed up in the last post!

  92. naranja says:

    love the link!
    thnks ben and all the admissions staff for doing this…it must have been real hard…lets see how it goes! gooood luck once again!

  93. Jay says:

    OH man, this is going to be longest week of my life, all culminating to noon Saturday. Can’t wait. Good luck to all!!

  94. OmarA says:

    Stephen – haha, is that the counter i pasted in the chat room. i think it is!

  95. Anonymous says:

    decisions come out on my birthday. Will be that much more awesome if I get in.