Here at MIT, with our large population of international and immigrant students, World Cup fever is in full force. I got to watch the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica on the big screen with a huge and rowdy group of MIT students, and I’m looking forward to watching many of the remaining games with such an intense group of students from around the world.
Today, I’d like to kick off the MIT Admissions World Cup Challenge. The Challenge is meant to be just for fun, and an interesting way to see just how many countries around the world come to MIT. Here’s the challenge:
In each World Cup group, name the country from which MIT received the most freshman applications this past year.
A few notes: There are no ties, and only three countries in the World Cup had zero applications submitted to MIT this year. Also, in Group E, we won’t count the USA (and not just because they played so poorly against the Czech Republic yesterday).
To recap, here are the groups:
Group A: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Poland
Group B: England, Paraguay, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago
Group C: Argentina, Cote d’Ivoire, Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro
Group D: Angola, Iran, Mexico, Portugal
Group E: Czech Republic, Ghana, Italy, USA*
Group F: Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Japan
Group G: France, South Korea, Switzerland, Togo
Group H: Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine