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Learn more about how MIT Admissions is responding to COVID-19 in this blog post from our Dean and new dedicated FAQs.

Pages: EA Deferred FAQs

If you’ve been deferred in our Early Action (EA) cycle, we will automatically consider your application again in our Regular Action (RA) pool. Understandably, you may have some questions, so we’ve assembled some answers to FAQs.

What are my chances in Regular Action?
We can’t give you a sense of your chances of being admitted to MIT in RA. Yes, we know that’s an unsatisfying answer, but unfortunately it’s true. It’s just too hard for us to know how things will shake out in an applicant pool that we haven’t even fully seen yet! However, we can tell you that in the past few years we’ve admitted between 100-300 students in RA who were deferred in EA. And you won’t be disadvantaged or advantaged just because you applied in EA.

Can I call or email to find out why I was deferred?
No. We know it’s tough to wait, but if you call us, we won’t tell you why you were deferred because honestly, we can’t. We make decisions as a group in committees, so no single person in our office will know why an individual applicant was deferred. We know that the ambiguity is difficult and frustrating. But if you were deferred, you were and still are considered a competitive applicant.

Can I send in new materials, redo parts of my application, send in new letters of recommendation, or send in a new portfolio?
We deferred you because we want to reevaluate your application as is (i.e. it is competitive as it is!). You CANNOT rewrite your essays, redo your interview, replace your letters of recommendation with new ones, or redo your application.

The only update you need to send is the February Updates & Notes (FUN) form. In the FUN form, you can tell us things like:

  • Your midyear grades
  • Anything new that has happened or will happen before we review RA applications, like new awards, activities, work, etc.
  • Anything about your circumstances that have changed since you submitted your application that you think we should know about

Note: You do NOT necessarily need to fill the form with a ton of new (or really, any) updates. If you’re only providing your midyear grades, that’s totally fine. You can complete the FUN form through your MIT application portal and it’s due by February 15.

If you have new test scores, you can designate MIT as a score recipient and we’ll automatically update your application.

You technically can submit a supplemental portfolio by January 1, but again, your application is competitive as-is and there is absolutely no pressure to submit anything else. In fact, we only recommend you submit a supplemental portfolio or letter if you were planning to do it for EA but just ran out of time. You can’t make changes to portfolios that have already been submitted, but if you absolutely must, you can email us about progress you’ve made regarding an existing portfolio at [email protected].

Things you DON’T have to do:

  • Send us an email saying you’re still interested in MIT (we’ll assume you are unless you tell us otherwise)
  • Write a new essay (the FUN form has a ~200 word limit to prevent you from doing this)
  • Bombard our office with excessive emails or new materials

What if I do NOT want to be considered for RA admission to MIT?
If you’ve been deferred, you’ll automatically be considered for Regular Action admission. However, if you want to withdraw your application from MIT, let us know at [email protected] with your first and last name and application ID.

I really, really, need to contact the Admissions office. How do I do that?
If you really, really, REALLY need to, you can call us at 617.253.3400 or email us at [email protected]. We’ll try our best to answer emails and calls, but just be patient as there may be some delay.

I know what I can do. But what should I do between now and the RA deadline?
Do your best to keep your grades up. Remember what you wrote in your 11a essay, the one that asks what you do for fun? Do that. Spend time with friends and family. Read Selam’s post. And try your best to relax :)