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Open Thread For Those Not Admitted by Decisions

This year well over 17,000 students applied for admission to MIT in the most competitive admissions cycle in the history of the Institute.

Because of the incredible size and strength of the applicant pool we were unable to offer admission to many, many incredible students whom we would love to have on campus. For those of you whom were not admitted, know that we gave your application full consideration, and that we wish you the very best of luck wherever you choose to continue your education.

We have left comments open on this thread so you may talk amongst yourselves. As always, please keep the conversation civil and friendly in our community.

100 responses to “Open Thread For Those Not Admitted”

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you can’t join them, beat them

  2. Overload says:

    Lol.. Overload.. Page not loading, I guess 17000 people trying to acess the same page at once is going to have some effet..

  3. Anonymous says:

    Or join them for a graduate degree.

  4. Gabe says:

    Well, I didn’t get in. That sucks. Congrats to everyone that did and I’ll try to get a 4.0 wherever I go now.

  5. Sean F says:

    MIT = missing out

  6. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t get in :(. Congrats to everyone that did anyway.

  7. Josh says:

    Ah well. There’s always grad school! So I’ll hopefully see ya in 5 years, MIT. Gratz to everyone who got in.

  8. Mike says:

    Not gonna lie, I’m more than a little upset. My future is now totally unclear; I’m uncertain as to if I’m even going to be able to go to college now (some personal issues caused me to be unable to meet most other colleges’ January 1st deadline). I really felt like MIT was the only college I’d ever really fit in at, and it’s been a bit of a lifelong dream of mine to come. Plus, this is just the cherry on top of a variety of other wonderful issues that have stricken my life lately, so my heartbreak is pretty intense.

  9. Ryan says:

    Not exactly the best Pi Day ever…

  10. Chloe S says:

    Meh… I’m waiting on March 30th – Ivy day! You win some, you lose some.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I like the first poster’s attitude. Not in the “beating them” mentality specifically, but in the drive to go do good things even after not being accepted into MIT.

    We should all face it, MIT is cool and awesome and it hurts to not be able to go, but heck, almost everyone who applied has immense power at their disposal to do great things… and education is something you can get no matter where you go. I’m sure nobody wants to see a bunch of non-admits with tunnel visions get bummed out cuz they didn’t get into their top school. So let’s all go out there and kick butt with awesome great powers. smile

  12. Anonymous says:

    oh well…..

    i know that i’m gonna be thrilled at the school i’m going to this fall, but im still a little disappointed, but i know that everything is going to work out how it is supposed to and college is going to be EPIC

  13. zaza says:

    Who cares about coming here anymore? Keep your heads high. MIT just underestimated thousands of people. Trust me, I am VERY highly qualified. Honey, I AM TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED! Eat that!

  14. Chanel says:

    Well, I am upset, but I know that more opportunities will come my way!! Congratulations for those of you that have been accepted! I wish you the best of luck! smile

  15. Rachel says:

    Didn’t get in. =P But, Cal Tech accepted me on Saturday, and that was my first choice.

    I love how I get into Cal Tech, which has a lower admit rate than MIT, but not MIT. Just goes to show you how objective these decisions can be.

    Good luck to everyone on the rest of their college decisions. ;D I’m sure we’ll all be successful wherever we go!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Now I can go sleep!

  17. Allyson says:

    Well, there goes my dream. I’ve invested way too much time in this application, all this worrying, everything. I wish they wouldve ripped this band-aid off in December instead of deferring me. Oh well.

  18. Corey says:

    Well MIT, it was fun while it lasted. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you for grad school.

  19. Kyle says:

    Well this sucks quite a bit. I had never even thought about being able to go to MIT, but I think I might have gotten my hopes up a little too much. Well now off to having to make some pretty major decisions.

  20. Luis says:

    Hope you guys have applied to other colleges too. Have a nice day.

  21. Cory R. says:

    Nope, W.e wasn’t meant to be a nerd.

  22. Binh says:

    Oh well. You win some, you lose some…

  23. Morgan says:


    darn you! you screwed up my text wrapping!

  24. Hazen says:

    Well i guess i’ll go build skynet and code up some iphone apps and try again next year! That is if Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and GA Tech don’t want someone who can build a computer out of transistors and program it in binary :/

  25. David Masten says:

    It’s been a good run, MIT — but it’s only the first of several. You can count on me fightin’ my way back each year. Expect to see my application next year, and the following years until I finally make it. I hope you read my stories every year and remember me.

  26. Sebastian says:

    well… what can i do?
    Try my best in undergraduate and aim for MIT grad school. Although having an undergraduate degree from Colombia won’t increase my chances very much.
    Congrats for those that did get in.

  27. Anonymous says:

    congrats to those you got in, but for all of us who did not get in, we will do great things. No doubt. smile

  28. Anonymous says:

    Disappointed but not discouraged

  29. MIT EC '85 says:

    I interviewed eight applicants this year. I am confident that seven of them would have done well at MIT. Obviously all seven are not going to get admitted. If you did get admitted – congratulations. If you didn’t get admitted, you will do fine somewhere else.

    Rachel, congrats on your admission to Caltech.

    For all of you taking this gracefully and with a good attitude – good for you. Your character is more important than your diploma.

  30. Anonymous says:

    congrats to those you got in, but for all of us who did not get in, we will do great things. No doubt. smile

  31. Noah says:

    Didn’t make it. On to bigger and better things!

  32. Ian George says:

    *Sigh* This will be my first and last(maybe, I don’t pretend to know the future) post on here… I kind of knew all along that this was what was going to happen. I would be lying if I said I am not just a little disappointed right now. But you know something? I don’t regret applying at all. Found out a lot about myself, and I will always be wondering *what if* if I had listened to the naysayers and didn’t apply. Thanks MIT, you are truly one in a kind. Who knows, maybe you will see me 3-4 years from now if I try for grad school…

    People who haven’t been admitted, we are all brothers and sisters right now-as corny as that sounds. Don’t lose heart! What some adcom says about us at 17 or 18 isn’t a life-setter. I don’t buy that, no matter what other people say. I apologize, I don’t mean to preach…

    So, everyone, what are your plans now? Unless I get into my other reach-about as likely as this-or I get a scholarship somewhere else, than it is likely off to UT Austin for me… Could be worse.

    Overload— Yeah, me too!

  33. Nikolche says:

    As expected :D I never thought that I would get accepted :D
    Gratz to those who made it!

  34. Anonymous says:

    I’m really upset with the decision but Congrats to everyone who got in!

  35. nikhil says:

    For those of us not admitted, there is a whole world waiting outside. We can still get an outstanding education anywhere else we choose to go. Its more about what the student does than about where he/she does it. So let’s accept it and move on. MIT, you are awesome as ever, but our love for science has not decreased one bit. Oh and yes, MIT is always a grad school option. Good luck all of us who havent got in and congrats to those who did.

  36. Kelly says:

    MIT: Make It Through. Enough positive mentality to escape the mental fatality of rejection, though the top selections were chosen, yes. But we are blessed to have other options, don’t opt to angry tears, or years seemingly wasted. I can taste it! The Sun! The Moon! You will reach it one day. I’d like to congratulate the MIT Admits, who I admit, are super-qualified [and hopefully dignified enough to attend the school]. Yes, my rant is almost over, but under it all, the pain, the strain, is the lady I love to be.

  37. MP says:

    Well, darn it. Hopefully this doesn’t speak ill of the other letters I’m waiting for. Good luck to everyone in your future plans!

  38. Brandon says:

    I’m not used to so much denial in one week. If getting older is moving closer to reality is experiencing more denial, I’ll take childhood back please. It’s really not easy being rejected, and having it happen over and over again is a humbling experience for someone so unused to a hyper-degree of competition. Fortunately, anyone with the mental capacity to apply to MIT won’t have trouble reaching their goals in life.

  39. ibukun says:

    I am really dissapointed that I was not accepted MIT has been a my dream school for far to long and now that oppertunity looks gone. Well I hope the next time I apply I will be accepted.

  40. I am too blessed to be stressed! C ya!

  41. ibukun says:

    I am really dissapointed that I was not accepted MIT has been a my dream school for far to long and now that oppertunity looks gone. Well I hope the next time I apply I will be accepted.

  42. Shea says:

    Well, MIT was my top pick but…

    I, and many others posting here, would be fooling themselves if they said they weren’t disappointed. I won’t lie, I feel pretty down after reading that letter. However, like a previous poster said, we are all capable of greatness – I mean, look, every single one of us is well qualified, intelligent, and above all, AMBITIOUS. WE ALL WANTED TO BE IN THE TOP TECH SCHOOL IN AMERICA, AND WE ALL FOUGHT TO GET IN. That, in itself, is the true worth of our attempts. While I may still a dull ache in my heart as I remember all of the times I fantasized about being on the MIT campus, I know that I – and all of you – will eventually kick this horrendously depressing feelings. I expect to read scientific/tech articles about all of you. (haha, that last line was a bit hyperbolic, but it conveys my point).

    While this is only through an outside perspective, I think you should lift your head up – even though you may have not been admitted to a top tier school, many, many, many other less-dreamy schools are just as venerable. If the college you attend isn’t the place you want it to be – MAKE IT ONE!

  43. Shimul says:

    Well…now to wait for Yale.

  44. Sad says:

    My sister didn’t get in. She was brave about it, but I started crying. Heart-broken…

  45. QWFD says:

    Wow it’s been a tough couple days. Got rejected from Gates Millennium Scholarship, Caltech, and now MIT- oh well. Best wishes to all. I’m sure we’ll all find someplace to go.

  46. Srinivasan says:

    Well, when you consider that there are 16193 other students who weren’t offered admission, it doesn’t sound as bad.

    Good luck, everyone. Where are y’all going?

    And – MIT has what was probably the most student-friendly application process out of all the colleges I applied to. The interview was pretty awesome, too.

  47. Greg P says:

    Well, God obviously had other plans for us. Although I wish my plans were the same as His, there’s not much else you can do but to just grieve, acknowledge it, and make something good out of it.
    I’ll be over it before I realize it. Just hope there are better plans in store smile

  48. David W. says:

    Well, here is my story and I’m sticking to it:

    MIT is the prettiest girl you know. You just walk right up to her and ask her out. Some are lucky enough to go on a date with her, and other she cruelly leads on with false hope, and still yet, others are left crushed. She doesn’t give everyone a chance, unfortunately for her and me she didn’t give me a chance. I’m sure that together we could have made each other better.

  49. Ian George says:


    First poster- That’s my plan. Well, not specifically the beating part, but I’m going to be great, with or without MIT. I can now get on with my life. Like Noah said, off to bigger and better(high school-nowhere to go but up) things.

    Congrats to those who are in. I am very happy for you. Enjoy Boston. smile

  50. Anon says:

    Kind of disappointed and wished that I was rejected during Early Action. I didn’t like the wait D:. Oh well, hopefully my other schools will pull through.

  51. NotImportant says:

    I really thought I could beat those who did not believe in me, but they were right…

  52. TT says:

    I know it’s not like I’m gonna make it to MIT but I still keep my hope up. The first time I went to MIT, I know I want to go there… so bad. I did everything I could and I prepare for whatever will happen. I did not make it, I mean I still get accepted to bunch of good schools but I feel like I’m missing something that I want so bad, so bad…

    Well, it’s nice to get to know MIT. I don’t think i will ever get any strength to look at this website again ( or it may take a really long time) but yeah…

  53. SarahChoi says:

    I guess I’m upset and disappointed, but this isn’t going to stop me to get into better universities! watch out MIT! i’ll be back! and you guys are going to beg for me to be with you!

  54. well… that was fun!

    Now that I wasn’t admitted here, I can go to Hogwarts!

  55. Anonymous says:

    It would have been tough to cheer for MIT during March Madness anyway…

  56. MIT you kept me waiting this long just to reject me..
    i hope the rest of you guys can handle the workload at this place…or else you’ll regret going there

  57. Shimul says:

    @Srinivasan You’re right, the app was the best. I’m so glad I tried. It was worth it and I have no regrets.

    Though I’m sad, I won’t complain. I’ll be going to the University of Florida (the SWAMP!) which, incidentally, is the number 2 public school in the country. I’m damn lucky and I believe in that. So, one HUMONGOUS congratulations for those accepted. For those not, be proud that you tried and know that you are destined for greatness. It’s the student who makes the career and life, not the school.

    @Srinivasan You’re right, the app was the best. I’m so glad I tried. It was worth it and I have no regrets.

    Though I’m sad, I won’t complain. I’ll be going to the University of Florida (the SWAMP!) which, incidentally, is the number 2 public school in the country. I’m damn lucky and I believe in that. So, one HUMONGOUS congratulations for those accepted. For those not, be proud that you tried and know that you are destined for greatness. It’s the student who makes the career and life, not the school.


  58. Randy says:

    Oh well…that’s about all I got to say. Great job to all of those who got in!

  59. Victorino says:

    I’m sad but not really disappointed. I think MIT knows how to choose its right fits. Congrats to all the ADMITS, and for the rejects like me please try to stay positive, it’s difficult now, but in some days we are going to be ready to make new plans and move on.

    I wish you all success. Every MIT applicant is really a smart person, as low or as high your grades can be.

    It was a pleasure to meet you.


  60. Vivek says:

    We shall persevere.
    ‘Tis not the end of the world.
    (I would’ve said : “Every closed door opens another”, but that’s just be way too cheesey…)
    I’m pretty sure anyone who had the calibre to apply to MIT has what it takes to take the world by storm, irrespective of where we graduate from. Don’t lose heart. Ever.
    This is my last post here. Been nice talking to you all.

  61. Anonymous says:

    The worst thing is I can’t understand why I have been rejected ?

  62. Avi says:

    Like everybody else here, I really expected to get into MIT. I am disappointed but this isn’t the end. There are many routes into MIT like Student Exchange Programs and Post Grad. Plus there are many other awesome places to study.

  63. Richard says:

    Well I can’t say I’m happy because I thought MIT was the place for me, but since I’d imagine the admissions board can recognize it’s own people better than me, I guess I was wrong all along.

    For those of you who were accepted, I hope you make the most of you’re spot because many of us rejects would hate to see your spot go to waste.

    All I can say is that MIT does not control our lives-we do. Sure, now we might have to work a but harder since we won’t have MIT on our resumes, but that should just make us better at what we do.

    Let’s make MIT sorry they didn’t accept us. Let’s be the bosses of those guys who have a degree there. In the end, going to MIT helps, but the only thing stoping us from changing the world is ourselves.

    Let’s get out into the world and be great.

  64. CB says:

    they say you gotta lose a couple fights to win

  65. Sara says:

    Hahahah Bertram YES, see you in the Great Hall!

  66. S says:

    Dear MIT,

    I am proud of everything I’ve ever built. Every genetically modified bacterium I’ve grown. Every robot I’ve programmed. Every concert I’ve played. Every poem I’ve written. So now, now that you’ve seen it all, and thought about it, I’d like to know what it takes. What it is that 1800 other people had that I didn’t? I’ve tried to be great. Apparently not hard enough. What did you want from me?

    Your jilted ex-lover.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Okay guys, we can appease each other, but let face that we all are the bunch of unlucky fellows. We should better do somthing about it.

  68. !interview says:

    Hm, maybe I should have signed up for an EC interview after all…

  69. the optimist says:

    common yaal just forget it as a chapter which you could not complete on time.Even though you completed it you got a 99 instead of a dont worry congrats on getting a 99.

  70. Mike says:

    @ !interview:

    While having a solid interview can certainly help your chances of being admitted, it guarantees nothing. Case in point: myself.

  71. Nikita says:

    I am glad I followed the blogs as closely as I did because I’ve had a glimpse(and a wonderful one at that) at things that are so distinctly MIT. More than anything else, I am so happy that I applied. MIT is a great place! And I will have my ring, if not as an undergrad, as a grad student for sure! wink

    @Chris, Matt, Mikey, all of you nice admission officers: Thank you for making the application process simple and interesting. Over the course of submitting the app and waiting for the decisions, I fell in love with the ‘Tvte and a lot of the credit for that goes to you. Thank you!

    @Bloggers: A big thanks to you too, for letting me and others like me steal a glimpse at the wonder that is MIT!

    @Anna(of Blogger fame): My dream stays with me inspite of not having made it. Your blog post did a wonderful job of making me hang on to my dreams for dear life. Thank you! smile

  72. S2 says:

    I scold everyone who tries to make it seem like not such a big deal, because it is a big deal. Dreams crushed in the click of a button. There is no way to forgive such a thing. I know most on this page feel the same way. And MIT Admissions, I am upset that you chose to baby the grown men and women of the high school class of 2011 by daring to write “Not Admitted” as the title of this page. Just type rejected and give it to us straight. We know. We suck in your eyes and we know that we will kick ass somewhere else. It’s okay. We still have our state schools with 100+ kids in our classes to look forward to and we are ready to kick their butts to the moon. Thanks for the ride. It ended badly.

  73. Kyubizt says:

    Meh, you win some, you lose some. That’s life.

    Everything happens for a reason, so hopefully this is just God shutting a door that I shouldn’t have touched in the first place. If it’s just me failing at the application process, then I’m as good as screwed.

    But I didn’t think I’d fit in too well there anyway. The place just didn’t seem to float my boat too well for some reason.

    Congrats to those who got in!

  74. Harsh says:

    Whatever has happened its done. Now I can only do is put myself away from this anxiety and wait and get along with life… Life isn’t over yet we have great things still ahead of us…
    Good luck to everyone

  75. Anon says:

    Well, time to go make some spaghetti and meatballs. C’est la vie.

  76. Anonymous says:

    Spaghetti and meatballs. My favorite. :D

  77. Gumpy says:

    Don’t worry, getting rejected means you have a life.

  78. Spectre says:

    Hey guys I know the let down is tough, but keep your heads up! I was rejected last year after being deferred, and I was very confused/sad during the ensuing days. I felt as if the MIT rejection meant that I wasn’t good enough to be accepted to any elite schools. In the end, you win some and you lose some. I’m sure many of you applied to many amazing schools, some of which you may have already been accepted to and most of which you will find out about in the next couple of weeks. MIT is only one of the many amazing places out there. It is totally untrue to think that a college has the ability to determine your success in life. If you have a vision of what you wish to achieve in life, nothing will stop you. Rejection often makes one stronger and more focused. Sure MIT is a great place, but everything happens for a reason. Given the huge (very qualified) applicant pool and the limited number of spots, it is absurd to take this rejection as an indicator of your potential or character. Congratulations on all of your successes, and always remember to aim high.

  79. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t make it :D
    frankly, I’m just glad its all over… raspberry

    To all those who made it…Rock N Roll!!!!Loads of love, peace and regards from Kathmandu :D

  80. Anonymous says:

    I’m an international and the only other places I applied to are the Ivys….hahahahaha….okay….its C-Grade Education for me :|

  81. Corey :) says:

    Wow. this sucks, they took no one regular round from my high school. Which is wack, because my high school is more selective than they are. I don’t understand. I just don’t get it. I’m gonna go to a great college, I’m gonna do something fantastic with my life and someday I’m gonna look back and say: “It doesn’t matter.” And I’m gonna prove that.

  82. SS says:

    Ah….. This feels so damn bad… I screwed up my Math paper yesterday and the sole ray of my life have been snatched away from me….. But MIT will still remain the place where I ever wanted to be. Sure to apply as a transfer student.

  83. S2 says:

    Spectre, where did you end up getting in and where are you currently enrolled?

  84. Angry says:

    MIT you are honestly missing out on minds that could have advanced your institution by unmeasurable means.

  85. Worgus says:

    somehow i feel happy not getting in. well, that because God obviously has a better plan for me.
    There is always a reason for everthing, and like the first post said, “If u can’t join them, beat them”. Beat them, i will.

  86. Anon says:

    I was pretty depressed about getting rejected.(By “pretty,” I mean extremely). However, some of these rather optimistic comments cheered me up (somewhat). Thanks and good luck, wherever you guys go!

  87. David W. says:

    Anyone that sees this post, help me out and test my theory. If you are a well qualified applicant (strong SATs, Schedule, GPA) Take your birth month and add your birthday (August 21= 8+21) If the resulting number is a perfect square, you should have gotten in. Prime numbers got deferred at Early Action.

  88. Ikki Sato says:

    Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. I suppose I didn’t have what it took to get in this year, but I’ll just try again next year smile.

  89. Gaurav says:

    Well, I take that as a compliment! MIT doesn’t want me in its campus bcoz they don’t think that I’ll be able to cope with it!!! Well, what can I say!

    I feel quite lucky that atleast MIT took a look at my profile, at my life! I feel so honored☺☺☺!

    I just wish that one day should come when MIT will remember me and will blog about me saying that a human who also didn’t get into MIT!

    Cheers Guys!!!! Peace.

  90. Amy says:

    Off course there is the disappointment, but I’m really not as depressed as I could be. I am sure to fail that test on Taylor Series tomorrow in Calc, but whatever. Life is quite a bit more than college decisions and math tests, and academics; it’s about finding your niche and being happy- both of which can be done without MIT. Good luck to the rest of you wherever you applied, and wherever the future may take you!

  91. Kristine says:

    Oh well…
    @David W. Hey, your theory works for me as I got a prime number and I was deferred at Early Action.

  92. Roland says:

    I’m not going to lie, it sucked that I didn’t get in. But cmon, everyone that applied had the perfect SAT scores, the great high school grades, and all the sports and extra activities. They can’t accept everyone, and its really not that big of a deal. I’m going to to great things in life, MIT or not. Rejection is just another form of motivation.

  93. Gah says:

    You know what sucks? I actually ended up doing something super duper amazing yesterday. Maybe not compared to other guys in MIT, but if you look at my background, I’m like, the bawss. Made every international school in my city + 3-4 other cities (my city is the capital of this country) get together y asking for delegates, and now we’re going to have an inter-school chess tournament, debate tournament, programming competition, and a whole bunch of other nerdy stuff no one could ever DREAM of having in this country, let alone the city. Soo.. :D
    By pushing me to work harder, knowing MIT has made me a better person. smile
    I’ll never feel bad I poured my soul into applying to MIT, and put so much dedication into my application (I literally spent less than an hour with the others, and have been accepted from 4-5 other universities, all of the ones that have replied), because in the end, it’s the people at MIT who shape it – the place does not shape the people as much as the people shape each other.

    I don’t know whether I should cry right now. Kept telling everyone in my family that I probably will get accepted, and now I’ll start blaming myself for having done something wrong on the application…

    Thank you anyways Admissions Officiers. 17k people are in the same situation as me right now, and I know I’m most definitely not the best of these 17k applicants, and so there’s someone even better than me who wasn’t accepted either. :((

  94. Shannon says:

    @Gumpy: People at MIT are really cool. When I visited everyone was really friendly. Dont hate.

    @Ikki Sato: That is the right attitude. Try to put a positive spin on rejection, however you can.