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Selection = Finished by Ben Jones


Wow. Just got home – so many emotions. Feeling quite tired, but very proud of the class we’ve admitted. The predominant feeling, however, is sadness – because we were not able to offer a spot to SO MANY wonderful people. This seems to be the case every year. You’d think I’d get used to it, but I never do.

We’ll spend the next week preparing all of the letters and packages to be mailed. I’ll keep you posted. Decisions will definitely be available online on the 18th, and if all goes well we’ll mail on the 17th (but until I confirm that, it’s not set in stone – after the EA mailing I want to be 100% certain before I say “in the mail!”).

I promise to write a more thorough entry soon, after some sleep.

Hang in there – only one more week until decisions are released.


100 responses to “Selection = Finished”

  1. Oh .. My .. God…..

    Well all we can do is pray now. Ben, Matt, Nance, and all the other admissions officers…I really, truly cannot say this enough…I’ve applied to 10 universities and NONE have even come CLOSE to what my dream school, MIT, had to offer me throughout this process. Crises occurred during mailing and were solved…You adults were apologetic instead of saying “so what deal with it”…Dean Jones and her soothing words….It’s all coming back to me as I realize I’m 6 Days, 2 Hours and 34 Minutes from the decision of my life…The wait is eating me from the inside but what can I do…all I can do now is pray….

    Now really Ben, please get that well-deserved rest and some healthy food for a change! Send my best regards to all the admissions committee…If i get accepted I’m coming to the office and giving you all a hug personally wink Even if don’t and i do end up in Boston, I’ll still come over =D…Thank you Ben and all others for your amazing service….MIT has the best tracking service, the best hospitality and by far the best admissions website and blogs I’ve ever seen…You guys ROCK!!!!

    Thank you for everything…MIT is truly an amazing place…I will never regret applying although I surely will be depressed if i don’t get in….But it is what God wills that will happen….in 6 Days, 2 Hours and 31 Minutes…

    GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!! Come on people we can do it we’re almost there!!!!

    Abdulaziz (Aziz) Albahar

  2. Sam says:

    I appreciate your effort to get the decisions out so soon.

    MIT admissions officers could easily make it their policy to release decisions on, say, April 1, but instead they work hard to get them done by mid March. I really thank you guys for that smile

  3. fugue says:

    Your hardwork and feelings are much appreciated. smile

    Thank you!

  4. Yasmin says:

    Wow, you are all wonderfully devoted, and I really admire that. I would like to commend you for your passion and thank you for your hard work. Now, take some well-deserved rest smile.


  5. C Minh says:

    Thanks, thanks so much.

    No matter what the result is. this aaplication is one of the most wonderful things I have ever done. Thanks again.

  6. Ben S. says:


    I really appreciate the devotion you and the rest of the admission staff have. Besides MIT, I’m waiting for decisions from a few other schools. MIT is sending info out mid-March. The rest are saying end of March/Early April. With May 1 coming up faster than it seems, the few extra weeks are a blessing. Thank you so much.

  7. You’ll never know what all the time and effort you and the rest of the admissions committee have put into the blogs, answering all our questions, ….basically everything has meant to me and I am sure to other applicants, especially international applicants.

    Thank You so much.

    now that it is all done, I pray I/ we will get a chance to meet all you guys.

    MIT ROCKS!!!

    Patricia Lorraine Mutyaba

  8. Benjamin says:

    I don’t anticipate being admitted, but I want to thank you for having the policy of thoroughly reviewing ALL applications.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I know everyone’s already said this, but THANK YOU, THANK YOU for giving us the incredible relief in knowing our decisions mid-March. Whatever the outcome, this is a much needed stress relief.

  10. chris says:

    You guys are awesome! Thanks for all that you’ve dont to make the whole admissions process easier on us. Honestly, no other school has been there to make the process as painless as you guys have. ..//.-../—/…-/.//–/../-!!!!!

  11. Phil says:

    hey Ben,

    First of all, major props for finishing the selection process. It’s good to hear that all is done.

    It’s an exciting period once again. Your passion for your job is truly inspiring and heart-warming. :] I appreciate how you let us personally let know of things all the time, allowing us to not glance at a silent wall called “The Admissions Committee,” but, well, some character called “Ben.” raspberry

    Thanks again, and get some good rest (and healthy food)!

    ps. thanks for the reply!

  12. Anna says:

    all your comments have made this post even more worthwhile.. all of us are amazing in our own regard..and just knowing that I was competing with people like you – makes me feel honored =) Thanks to absolutely everyone who was part of this intense admissions process.

  13. Aaron says:

    I can’t imagine stuffing that many envelopes. Maybe I should have put in an essay “if accepted, I would create a robot that stuffs admissions envelopes” :p Thanks guys for all your hard work.

  14. woo-hoo! OMG I am soooo nervous for decisions to be released! Even though I was already admitted Early Action, I have 20+ good friends anxiously awaiting March 18th. Man, I think I am even more nervous now than I was back in December~

    Anyways, I was wondering if you can answer some questions?? 1) how many kids were admitted

    2) how many kids from the deferred pool made it?


  15. Arka says:

    Great news!

    Go MIT

  16. Teck Lee says:

    Ah, so it’s almost completely done. Now for the home stretch! I want to join everyone in thanking all of you. I also wish everyone the best of luck.

    Can’t wait for the admission stats, though not nearly as much as I can’t wait for the decision. Heh.

  17. Molly says:


    Thanks ALOT Ben and everyone else for all your dedication and hard work!!! Now you can finally relax a little.

    As for me I will tell myself I have no control, and therefore shouldn’t worry, but as every other applicant knows that will never work hehe grin

  18. Tomathy says:

    Since you’re already done with selection, why not flip that PHP script switch and let us see the results online on Pi day? =)

    Seriously, though, thank you for your postings on this site… If it weren’t for these blogs, I’m positive that I would be MUCH more stressed over the whole admissions process. You’ve allowed a great number of us to find comfort during one of the most important decisions of our respective lifetimes.

    Regardless of the outcome, I’m glad that this Institute knows what it’s doing when it comes to admitting students. =)

  19. Anonymous says:

    wow, ben, we really appreciate all you do. you’re the man!! thanks for keeping us posted during this whole stressful and exciting time.

    *just a quick question*: do you think that since i live in massachusetts, my decision will reach me via snail mail the same day that it is sent?

    thanks again, so much. smile

  20. Olga says:

    AMAZING. I’m out in Oregon, and although I promised myself I would wait until the mail comes .. I think I just want to know smile

    Ben, Thank you so much for all the long hours you and the team put into admissions decisions this year, last year, and every year to come. smile

    Good luck to all, and follow MIT’s advice and do what you do for fun until Saturday!


  21. renuka says:

    The openness with which you shared information with us throughout this process has been outstanding. It has been a unique experience and it is something I deeply appreciate regardless of my individual decision outcome.

  22. Sam T says:

    This is great, I can’t wait until the 18th. No matter what my decision is, I’m just happy all the waiting is over.

    Goood luck to everyone, hopefully we’ll all be fellow classmates next year.

  23. Salik says:


    now we wait… it seems so semi-surreal… oh well MIT or no MIT … lifes still worth a livin’

    can’t wait … won’t check online

  24. Anonymous says:

    Sir, what can I say…your dedication and consideration for each and every candidate, regardless of their admittance rejcetion is just touching. You might not realise, but words of encouragement, whether its just about notifying, really make a difference to all of us. Hats of to you for taking up such a monumental task. Regardless of whether i get in or not, I will always cherish my memory and thank myself of applying to MIT and getting to chat with such dedicated and nice people!

  25. SpeckJr says:

    So, admissions in a week..judging from what I’ve read you put in so far this year, you had better get ready to start consoling those of us who don’t make it..

  26. Thank you Ben and all you guys for your effort and hard work! Now all we can do is wait for online decisions or the snail mail. I am so nervous right now.

    Good luck to everybody

  27. Christina says:

    Thank you x infinity. raspberry

  28. Fadl says:

    Ben I would just like to express my gratitude for everything you have done for us. I hope you know how much comfort you, Matt, Nance and all the rest of the admission staff have given us over the past few months. It is because of you that when someone says MIT I think of nice and friendly people who are always trying to do the best they can and who try help others.

    I just want to make it clear that I for one am truly grateful to you for going through the selection process. It must really be difficult and I completely understand that you mean no harm or ill intentions against anyone you rejected. I would like to take this opportunity to say a statement loud and clear: Thank you so much. You have truly helped me not only in diminishing my anxiety over admission but also for showing me a side of MIT that I had not previously known, I knew of all the innovation and dedication at MIT but I learned from you how kind and warm people at MIT are.

    Even if I did not get accepted into MIT these few months will remain with me forever and I hope that I will learn from these anxious yet happy days.

  29. Saad Qasim says:

    Thanks to all the admission staff for the wonderful work they’ve done. You guys have really made this application process a great experience. I think its safe to say that if I don’t get in, I’ll still be happy that I applied. Your blogs have really helped me get through this with minimum stress and they have allowed me to read the comments of several truly great minds who, like me, are trying to get admitted to the place of their dreams. Once again, thank you Ben and Nance and everyone else involved in the decision making. Its been great flying with you.

    Good luck to all you people out there!

  30. Shen says:

    Awesome to all the Admissions Committee! You’ve been wonderful all the way through, and as an EA admit, I’m so excited to meet you at CPW! I’m truly honored by all the hard and sincere work you’ve done for all applicants.

    Thank you so much for everything and hugs to all!

  31. Nina Toleva says:

    well, this is it! =)

  32. Sam T says:


    Can you tell how many people were accepted from the defered pool? Thanks in advance.

  33. Nabil says:

    Yeah, Fadl, I also think that I’m going to remember this period of my life forever, regardless of the decision.

  34. Shikhar says:

    oh man…the decisions have been made….well now its hard to wait for the next week….

  35. Emilia says:


    Thank you for all the wonderful support throughout the whole admissions process. It has really meant a lot to me to feel involved and up to date with everything that this involves. Of all the universities I applied to, the MIT admissions team has really helped make applying to a unversity feel easy and not stressful.

    Thank you very much for everything!!!

    Good luck to all applicants!

  36. Richa says:

    The selection has been done and it has got me very excited. ooh!! Its hard to wait!

  37. Catherine says:

    Oh wow. Well, good luck everyone! ^^;;;

  38. Praful says:


    all you admissions people are already finished reading all applications……

    man thats really quick.

    anyways!!! as I ve sed before may the best men (and women)win…

  39. usha says:

    THANX BEN !!!!!

  40. Mushal says:

    Thanks a lot Ben for keeping us updated about admissions…one of the things that struck me about MIT was how efficient their tracking system is, how humane their admissions process seems and how nice their admission officers are;)

    One week of agony…is their any use praying now?:D

  41. R says:

    Thank you for having been here all along…Good luck everyone!! *cross fingers and toes* smile

  42. Timur Sahin says:

    I believe I can accurately some up my feelings accordingly:


  43. scared girl says:

    i’m just too scared to think logically…

  44. Dapo says:

    MIT remains No 1 in ma books. As I count down the days, I prepare myself for a rejection. If I get accepted, I would be ecstatic. But if I get rejected, I wont be too too heart broken.

    All the best to all you fellow applicants.

    Good job Admission Officers. Now that you are almost done with admissions, what will you be doing for the rest of the year?

  45. Isabel says:

    Ben, you are incredible. Thanks for all of your hard work. It’s great not having to wait until April to find out our decisions. You guys are amazing (truly)! smile

  46. Hey Dapo…same strategy here smile prepare for the worst but hope for the best wink

    5 Days, 19 Hours

    Good luck to all!!!

    Abdulaziz (Aziz) Albahar

  47. JM says:

    To Ben/Matt/ rest of admissions team,

    Thank you for your hard work in reviewing our applications. Its more than just a job, the time u put into debating which candidate is better than another and truelly looking at their strengths instead of simply tossing people out, thats commitment to excellence.


  48. Mohsen says:

    God bless you all THANKYYYOOOUUU

    You know MIT is the only university which I’ve applied to. I’m that stressful that there is no way to explain it. My future depends on it. OK No problem, I’ve done everything I could. Let’s see what God wants for me….

  49. Rafael says:

    When I started thinking about MIT, everyone told me how awesome MIT students and professors are, so I told them “And that’s exactly why I am applying there.” After this adventure called “Admission”, I can honestly say that it is not just for the students and the professors that MIT is such an amazing place to go to. The way everyone involved in the admission process helped us through this time is just overwhelming. Now I can say with confidence that the next time someone tells me “Oh, MIT, that’s where all the excellent students and professors are…” I will remark “Yes, and that’s the place where the best Admissions Committee works.”

    You guys are just awesome!

  50. S says:

    Ben, I know you’ll possibly delete the three previous posts, but anyway, I’d like to answer to this little troll:

    ‘Cause it’s just so funny.

  51. Ben says:

    Hee, thanks S

  52. Phil says:

    haha Sebastien funny link. :] jus increased my self-esteem lol.

    im not sure whether im more excited for my birthday or the decision! raspberry

  53. Danish says:

    thumbs up to all the admission officers!!

    I thank you Ben for making this selection process an interactive activity. At every instant, we would see a new entry in your blog. Thats really awesome. Well, I would feel like a million dollars to see myself listed among the admitted applicants…

    Also, best of luck to all the regular-action applicants..

  54. Mahul Patel says:

    Congratulations guys for a job well done.

    The fact that you all inform us of whats happening and when really removes the suspense from most parts of the admissions process, and I thank you for that…

    However, the suspense is killing me right now – I await your decision.

    Good luck to all the RA candidates!

    Enjoy your weekend guys.


  55. me says:

    woohoo!! now how many other lebanese have applied? just to know my chances raspberry

  56. Anonymous says:

    congratulations on a finishing a hard journey.

    Take your well-deserved break!

    -Dan Jang

  57. Eugeniu says:

    Yay! Go MIT Admissions Office!

  58. Dapo says:

    funny link. totally ignored it at first, until I read Phil’s post about it increasing his self-esteem. Having been there, I can testify that it did just the same to me.

  59. David P says:

    Originally posted by Timur Sahin

    “I believe I can accurately some up my feelings accordingly:


    Exactly, man. Exactly.

  60. hasan says:

    a friend once said if ur doing to be happy if u get into MIT ull definately be sad if u dont. i think its true.

  61. 5 Days, 1 Hour, 10 Mins….It seems like the days are flying…that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!! And I think it’s great that Marilee takes part in finalizing the decisions, just because it makes the admissions process seem even more personal, just when you thought MIT couldn’t get any better wink Thank you guys!

    Good Luck to all!!

    Abdulaziz (Aziz) Albahar

  62. mike says:

    can you give me an idea how many people were accepted from canada?

  63. gm says:

    I just wanted to say thank you!

  64. Alexandre says:

    Awesome Link!

    5 days 14 hrs

  65. David A. says:

    If I’m on that list… i’ll be happy smile

    MIT adcoms, you guys rock!

    Thanks for MyMit, online decisions, informative updates, etc.

    We <3 you, regardless of our decision

  66. Mushal says:

    We most certainly shouldn’t have any free time at all until the 18th…It’ll make me go crazy at least!:)

    yup…Good Luck everyone!…anyone from Pakistan?

  67. Sachit says:

    best of luck to everybody!!! and thanks to the whole admission team regardless of the decision….smile

  68. Linda says:

    You are completely wonderful.

    I’m flipping between premature dejection and… whatever that other state of mind is. It resembles “playing clarinet.”

  69. Anonymous says:


    Are all admissions decisions final at this point? Is there anything that could possibly reverse a decision?


  70. I am from Pakistan Mushal. I am from karachi where are you from??

    And ya…Offcourse thanx a lot Ben and others and congrats!!!!

  71. Fadl says:

    Hey Dapo I didn’t know anyone else used that technique (it doesn’t really seem to work for me though, I will probably still be sad if I get rejected!)!! I wish everyone the best of luck and remember only 5 days and 6 minutes left!!! smile

    PS: Aziz do you know roughly how many people applied from Kuwait??(Just wondering):)

  72. wak says:

    Thank you sooo much Ben !! and you shouldn’t be sad because you had to reject so many capable people. I think i speak on behalf of many applicants when I say that I will not feel “inferior” in any way if I get rejected from MIT … there will just be a different road for me. MIT is amazing, but so are some other institutes … It’s all about embracing oppertunities. I know it sounds cliched but this is how I truly feel.

  73. Anonymous says:

    4 days 22 hours 46 min…

  74. Amalchi says:

    yay!!!!! for MIT .. /._. I wonder how many of us Puerto Ricans will make it RA this time **crossing fingers**

    Listening to Tokio Hotel …

  75. Alexandre says:

    4 days 21 hrs 33 minutes

  76. Mushal says:

    Lahore, I’m from Lahore, Pakistan. And NBTC…are u in NSTC? Nice to see the countdown ppl…I cant keep track of the time that well:)

  77. Adam says:

    Hey, Ben my man, any news on the final tally for students? I think I remember hearing that you usually admit around 1200 peeps. Throw some stats at me!

  78. Hey Fadl!

    Hehe yeah I know even with Dapo’s strategy I’m gonna probably be really sad if i get rejected…but hey it’ll take me a while to recover but eventually I have to go on with my life..don’t get me thinking that way now though…let’s hope for the best wink

    Hmm..I think roughly 8-10 people applied from Kuwait if i’m not mistaken…not necessarily all of Kuwaiti nationality though…I know of 3 or 4 for sure who are Kuwaiti and from my school who applied…How about Lebanese/UAE nationals?

    Good Luck to everyone with 4 Days, 19 Hours and 17 Minutes….Time is passing by so fast…Now I don’t even know if I want it to…The decision is really scaring me! ;P

    Abdulaziz (Aziz) Albahar

  79. Analiese says:

    4 days, 18 hours, 51 minutes

    I’m seriously freaking out over here. I can’t handle the suspense!

  80. KT says:

    Congratulations on surviving the selection process! I can only imagine how tired you guys are after going through so many applications.

  81. Edward says:

    Hey guys, this is it!!!!

    MIT rocks!!!!!

  82. As many have already said, you guys are all wonderful! Thank you so much for going through all that you have had to in order to make these tough decisions this quickly. You are amazing.

  83. Sam says:

    Ben, does Marilee review literally every single applicant? Or only the ones the committee has decided to accept?

  84. ohhhhhh man

    It’s started again…I’m not sure I can take the wait again…

    lol…I’m going to have to change me name from April(No longer waiting but deferred)

    I am now April(Waiting…again)

    I <3 MIT!!!!!!! Thanks for all you guys do!

    4 days, 14 hrs and 50 minutes

  85. Anonymous says:

    anybody from Ecuador?

  86. Alexandre says:

    4 days 14 hrs exactly

    Happy pi day eve!

  87. Mushal says:

    ok…someone clear me up on this. ppl get accepted to more than one place and go to one…what happens to the seats left vacant? waiting lists? but doesnt MIT not use waiting lists some years? How does this all work out?

  88. Mushal says:

    and Happy Pi Day!!!:)

  89. Csaba says:

    Hi everyone happy Pi day smile

    4 days 8 hrs 43′ left. I am not anxious, but very very very curious smile

    Thank you very very very much Ben for everything. I accidentally wrote to you @ Matt’s blog, that’s a bit better written. Whatever.

  90. Ali says:

    Happy Pi Day! (btw I think its Einstein’s birthday today)

    Good luck to everyone!

  91. Csaba says:


    yea, waiting list. but you can imagine how the overwhelming majority of accepted students will indeed choose MIT and thus the overwhelming majority of students on the waiting list will have no place at MIT :( Unfortunately I don’t find any stats about this, but I am definite the “acceptance of acceptance” rate is over 95%.

  92. LoL happy pi day indeed ;P And to think last year at this time decisions were available to many people =/ Anyway, in 4 Days, 9 Hours and 23 Minutes we’ll all know smile

    Good Luck to all!!!

    Abdulaziz (Aziz) Albahar

  93. shammi says:

    My legs have just turned to jelllyyyyy……… OH please Lord let my name be there somewhere, in any corner of the acceptance list…..oh my legs have turned to water. bye bye sleep.

  94. Anonymous says:

    4 days 9 hours 56 min

  95. kim says:

    mohsen,like you,MITis the only school i have applied to.Icant imagine any logical way of dealing with a rejection.Reason says life should go on whatever happens but emotion is so stubborn.Iam a torn man.

  96. 100th comment! Sorry, couldn’t resist. :D