Bio score good enough for MIT?

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By Aoe2guy (Aoe2guy) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 03:07 pm: Edit

is a 740 M on bio satII good enough for MIT?

By Confused2007 (Confused2007) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 06:17 pm: Edit

yea its good, but its not all about your scores anyways. I'm a freshman at MIT so if u have any other questions let me know.

By Poutingminotaur (Poutingminotaur) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 07:05 pm: Edit

i got a 710 on bio m and i got in. but i agree with confused... its not just the scores that matter... the adcom looks at an array of things.

By Kenilb (Kenilb) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 10:16 pm: Edit


Hi, I'm going to be a senior next year, and I really want to go to MIT. I have done lots of research on that school, and I think it just suits me perfectly. This here is my problem. I have great SAT score, ECs are not that bad, good work and volunteer experiences, plus I have LOTS of national awards in science and math related stuff. The problem is: I am an international student and my GPA is around 3.5 (yikes!). Do you think I still have a change at MIT??

Thank you for ur input.


By Confused2007 (Confused2007) on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 01:28 pm: Edit

Yea you have a chance, but I'll be honest its really tough to be admitted as an international student. What kind of awards do u have? Have you been to any of the international olympiads because that would really help.

By Kenilb (Kenilb) on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 03:29 pm: Edit

I agree that it's tough for internationals. I'm from Canada, and I'm a girl, which doesn't make it whole lot easier. I heard something like MIT only accepts like 8 Canadians per year. Um.. Awards? Awards in national Math and sciences competitions. I have a few national titles. I have not been on any International olympiads teams, but I was invited to write the Canadian Math Olympiad. And I was only like a few points short of writing the USAMO this year (but i'm not an american, so i guess it doesn't matter) Um... yeah, I hope things work out. Do you think Campus visits are important? Maybe it shows the Adcom that you are interested? And, how do you get in contact with a professor?

Thanks for your help!


By Jszab (Jszab) on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 06:18 am: Edit

I would like to relate to Your post [To Poutingminotaur, and Confused2007].

I am second year [sophomore?] high school student. I will be taking SAT II exams this year, so I could send it to MIT, and have no interferring with Polish [I am from Poland, as You can see in my e-mail adress] exams.

I would like to study on MIT, and work there after studies.

Do You mind to tell me, What are the other things, that You were talking about?

I will be very pleased, If You would take a look at my CV, description, and few other documents.

I can't remember by now, whether I included there, that I am Mensa member. I am preparing research about cockroches ethology [personal social behaviour of Blaberus Giganteus]. I am about to end collection of data, and start to write a paper.
I have made one bigger work with simple research on physics, and I got almost highest rate possible, and best in the school [I don't have information about other schools, but my school is one of the best in the capitol,and in country, thus.]. O. I was youngest representant in school, in IYPT. []
My overall grades average is in approximately 40 % in school, and about 30% in the class [we are have special Physics program].
But I am best in Physics, Biology, and one of the best in Chemistry.

And one information, that is not certainly there. I have individual way of learning in biology. I will have a promotor [heh. ;) To stimulate genes in brain] from University, probably.

The last [I think...]: I am preparing patent from transport. I don't know, whether someone has made it already, but I couldn't found it in world base. [I searched approximately 200 descriptions, searched by different keywords. I have also seen all descriptions in two connected categories in Polish patent offic.]
I am not sure of this, first because, I must find money for it, and second, prepare it better, with rsearch to end it. But having a patent in 17th year of life would be big plus in admission, It wouldn't?

Yours sincerely,
Jerzy Szab³owski

By Jszab (Jszab) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 03:22 pm: Edit

"Do you think Campus visits are important? Maybe it shows the Adcom that you are interested? And, how do you get in contact with a professor?"

By Irishgoldenbird (Irishgoldenbird) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 06:09 pm: Edit

I got a 670 on bio-m and I got in- go for it!

By Quain (Quain) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 06:16 pm: Edit

I'm deferred from MIT. Is it possible to get in RD without any national/internation awards?

By Editho13 (Editho13) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 06:18 pm: Edit

I got a 530 on Chemistry, 440 on Writing, and a 440 on BIology, and I got in! Anything is possible!

By Quain (Quain) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 07:46 pm: Edit

That's because you're from Puerto Rico.

By Aaronhoy (Aaronhoy) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 07:48 pm: Edit

R U kidding me? That's no fair man

By Editho13 (Editho13) on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 08:10 pm: Edit

For what I know, Writing doesnt count for me because I'm Puerto Rican, however chemistry does. The thing is that my application (essays and rec's) was much more than high scores, my app was well-rounded and it depicted me as a whole, not as a 1600 nerd.

By Foreignboy (Foreignboy) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 12:30 pm: Edit

Are you BS-ing?
No one should get in with those scores, regardless of how outstanding they are otherwise.

By Vsage3 (Vsage3) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 12:39 pm: Edit

is it just me or did you list scores that were different on your app?

By Memememe (Memememe) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 12:43 pm: Edit

Screw well-rounded... be well-lopsided. It'll get you so much farther in life. If you're the biggest science nerd in the world, with scores and achievements to prove it, that's better than if you're the jack of all trades.

By Vsage3 (Vsage3) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 12:54 pm: Edit

the phrase does go jack of all trades, master of none. the implication is obvious there

By Memememe (Memememe) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 01:05 pm: Edit

Exactly... Nick in the Great Gatsby in the first chapter defines the well-rounded man as "the most limited of all specialists." It's an incredibly insightful statement. I agree with it very much. One wonders if Nick should be an admissions officer today if he can make that statement.

By Editho13 (Editho13) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 01:29 pm: Edit

Based on your attitude (meme, vsage, foreign), I think we're gonna have problems next fall..........You'll be beaten by a Puerto Rican girl, shame on you!

By Memememe (Memememe) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 07:22 pm: Edit

Yet another one decides to call me meme.... I'm memememe, or me^4, but please, don't meme me if you please.

Seriously, haha, the thought of the well-rounded person beating me in what I do well is quite amusing. I give you that you can be good in a lot of things, but I'd rather be really top-notch in a few areas. When it comes to academics, I am quite versatile. However, I don't have sports or acting skills to speak of. Nobody would come running after me for help in such areas. Yet I'm really quite good in what I love doing. I assure you, in your life, you're going to find a focus or you're going to sink. The world isn't made for well-rounded people. You should be versatile, sure, but you need something you're better at than other things. For me, it's math and computer science. And it's gotten me further than any well-roundedness could have taken me.

By Webhappy2 (Webhappy2) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 09:04 pm: Edit

Hey memememe, you seem like a party-ish person. Is that the main reason you're not considering Caltech?

By Memememe (Memememe) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 09:32 pm: Edit

The main reason actually is RSI. I estimate that there may be somewhere from 25 to 30 people already accepted to Harvard or MIT. If this year is like other years, 30 or more Rickoids (participants of RSI) may end up in one of those two places. Needless to say, when you get so many friends in one place, you need a very good reason to go some place else. I am considering Caltech. However, unless they give me a scholarship or something, I'd have very little reason to go there. A scholarship indeed is one of those very good reasons that could turn me away from Cambridge, MA. Basically, the point is that with such a high density of RSI people going there, it's hard not to be one of them.

By Webhappy2 (Webhappy2) on Sunday, December 21, 2003 - 11:56 pm: Edit

Ah, I see. According to Caltech's stats, only 3% of income is from tuition, and from what I hear, they are rather open to scholarships.

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