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Updates for the Admitted by Matt McGann '00

There's good stuff on your MyMIT portal.

Hello, Class of 2012! There’s lots of fun stuff now on your MyMIT portal now, including:

Campus Preview Weekend Registration: Please register for CPW on March 31 or when your travel plans are solidified, whichever is sooner. Also, when you fill out your CPW registration form, give us as much specific information as you can; this will help us make your CPW experience as good as possible. Finally, please complete the Medical Release Form.

Notes to the wise: if you’re flying in, book your plane tickets early; if your parents are joining you, have them book their hotel early; providing us a mobile phone number we can reach you at during CPW is very helpful.

Campus Preview Weekend Schedule: There are now hundreds of events listed on the schedule, from formal events like the President’s Welcome & Faculty Keynote Lecture to more unique events like the Bouncy Ball Drop, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Archery Club Open Practice, the mitBEEF Club Beef-Off competition, and more.

Local Admitted Students Meetings: During MIT Spring Break next week, MIT alumni across the globe will be hosting gathering for the Class of 2012, as nearby campus as Providence, Rhode Island, and as far away as Singapore. There will be meetings in 58 locales, including New York City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, and many more. RSVP information is included.

Class of 2012 Guestbook: Hundreds of your classmates have checked in to introduce themselves. Since only admitted students can enter themselves on the guestbook, it’s a good way to share your contact information securely with your future classmates, and to get emails and screennames to be in touch with fellow MIT 2012s!

The MIT Reply Form: As soon as you’ve made up your mind for sure about whether or not to attend MIT — after you’ve received your financial aid package, come for CPW, or anything else that you need to make your decision — please let us know your decision through the online reply form. You have three choices: tell us you’re enrolling this fall (Yay! Welcome officially to the MIT Class of 2012!), that you’re declining our offer of admission (it’s okay, we know you’re making the best choice for yourself), or to request a deferral/gap year(s) before enrolling at MIT (for a gap year, military service, or other reason — see future entry for more information on this option). Take as much time as you need to make your decision (and if we can help, please let us know), but be sure to let us know by May 1.

Overnight Program Registration: If you can’t make it for CPW, don’t despair, you can still come visit through our Overnight Program. Please register at least two weeks in advance, and we’ll do our best to show you MIT.

Finally, Class of 2012, what would you like to see us do blog entries on over the coming month or so? How can we be best helpful for you as you make your college decision?

39 responses to “Updates for the Admitted”

  1. in all seriousness, campus food and cooking.
    and how much free time (if any) exists.

  2. Shannon '12 says:

    I literally don’t have enough time to do everything that I want to at CPW. I’m not sure that this is exactly a bad thing, but it’s going to require a bit of delicate planning, methinks. I’m totally pumped.

  3. 3rd says:


  4. Omar '12 says:

    Good to hear that the schedule has been updated.
    Also, it’d be nice to hear about where students eat and cool things about MIT that only people who go there would know about.

    So Detroit or Chicago? I’m in the middle

  5. Andrey'12 says:

    Matt, I’m a deferred student from last year and I don’t have any links on my MyMIT portal. What should I do?

  6. Karen '12 says:

    @Omar: Chicago, definitely. Fly out at 1:40ish on American Airlines and we’ll be on the same flight!

    I am SOOOOO excited for CPW!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know more about FEE. What happens if we pass; what happens if we fail. Do students who fail do significantly worse on HASS requirements.

  8. Cathy '12 says:

    A tad bit on the serious side, but how will AP Policies change between 07-08 and 08-09, particularly for humanities AP exams? I’ve only got until Tuesday to decide what exams to take, and I’m trying to be as informed as possible!

    And thanks for the call of blog topics! We greatly appreciate it! :D:D

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is it okay if we have to leave CPW early? I think that I would have to leave on Saturday or like late Friday

  10. Celena '12 says:

    @ Anonymous
    I think you can come and go as you want. =)

  11. carmen'12 says:

    I am curious…how long does it take for mail to get from boston to nj?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Maybe stories of this year’s freshmen adjusting to the workload. There has been many blog posts on how hard a MIT is, not enough on how people over come the difficulty.

  13. akara '12 says:

    @ Carmen….yea i want to know too. I’m in NYC and still nothing…

  14. Karen '12 says:

    I got my mail today – Boston –> Chicago. It was pretty exciting – the folder is nifty smile

  15. Emily says:

    Blog entries about what it’s like adjusting to college life and especially the workload at MIT would be helpful.

  16. Ram says:

    OMG Matt do you love Hindi movies? Thats a great news. I guess I can borrow some hindi(bollywood) movies from you once I come to MIT then.

  17. Marissa says:

    I live in MA, half an hour from MIT and I just got my packet today.

    You guys should all be getting them soon smile

  18. Hey, Matt, if you (or one of the other bloggers) could write a very specific blog entry about GIRs and other requirements needed to graduate, that’d be extremely helpful. There are so many acronyms floating around (HASS-d, CI-H, the list goes on) that I’m just a little confused about how I would academically organize my tentative four years at MIT in order to obtain a degree (or two!). Thanks so much!

  19. Edan says:

    I would love to see a blog about all the Tech-babble and Jargon used to describe everything MIT. A simplified dictionary perhaps? Everything you need to know from GIRs to twss smile

  20. Yuzhi '12 says:

    All my friends got their MIT letters today, except me!!!
    one denied friend got hers; one waitlisted friend got his; one accepted through EA got his. Either it is coming tomorrow, or my mail man really hates me and lost my college letters again!

  21. anonymous says:

    How about what type of computer we should get?

  22. Becky '12 says:

    I’ve checked my mailbox every day this week excitedly anticipating my acceptance folder. Still nothing, though. *tear*

    Do they deliver mail on Good Friday? They should.

  23. Paul says:

    @ Edan: I’ve been planning an entry about an MIT-English dictionary forever. I’ll get around to it eventually, but here is one ridiculously comprehensive list of acronyms in use at MIT.

  24. Paul says:

    Anonymous ’12 – An entry from me about the GIRs is also in the works, though I was planning that for after May 1 (when you’ve all, hopefully, matriculated to MIT ^_^). For now, I’d suggest looking at these entries.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Emily – I blogged a little about this here; you may also like Mollie’s entry about it…

  26. Paul says:

    Oops, that was me. wink Sorry for leaving so many comments, Matt!

  27. Robert '12 says:

    Hey Matt and co.

    It would ridiculously, incredibly helpful to see some sort of blog entry about money management.

    I’ve discovered a past entry by (everyone’s favorite Blogger) Mollie that dealt with what jobs she had over the course of her MIT education. But I’m curious more about daily workings with money. How much do people typically spend on food? Do most kids use debit or credit or cash or TechCASH? (I am reminded of a great post by Jess about low balance…)

    I’ve got a savings account of a few thousand from life and working since sophomore year, a summer job that’s full time and worth a few more thousand, and I plan on working at MIT even freshmen year.

    I’m wondering if I should find a particular savings account or whatnot.

  28. Matt, are all the financial aid awards sent out with the acceptance packages? Because I had a conflict with mine which delayed my financial aid from being processed, and I’m wondering if that’s why I still haven’t received the “Big Envelope.”

  29. Paul says:

    And once you’ve signed the guestbook, join the MIT Class of 2012 Facebook group! It’s a great way to get in touch with your fellow pre-frosh, and there’s a lot of current students (myself included) in the group who are more than willing to answer any questions you may have.

  30. Ram says:

    Matt is it possible to post some interesting photgraphs of MIT?
    I am dying to see everything. Cannot attend the CPU.

  31. Ram says:

    sorry got it CPU while I wanted to say CPW.

  32. Judith '12 says:

    Hey Matt,

    I know Mollie posted about this a few times, but perhaps a more general post on double majoring? The Tech today suggested that MIT encourages it, but a blog post on common double majors, people’s rationale behind double majoring, and combinations that probably wouldn’t work out would be helpful. Thanks!

  33. Nope, concerned, all big packages were mailed out, some with award letters some without.

    If your financial aid award was missing, it will follow in the mail once we have your complete file and have a chance to review it.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I’d like a blog post on how all you convinced your parents to pay $200000 for college.

  35. Kayla says:

    i randomly hear about tests we have to take as placement/credit/etc. maybe some input on that won’t scare me away? haha.

  36. Jessica says:

    How about the differences between MIT and other technical colleges in the North East – What makes MIT the school we should go to as compared to RPI or BU? Or even some smaller schools like WPI, WNEC, or UMass College of Engineering?

  37. Stephanie says:

    Hey, just wondering, what bank do most people use at MIT?

  38. Anonymous says:

    hey you accepted people do not go to MIT!!