What Are My Chances Of Getting Into MIT?





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By Samprasace (Samprasace) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 11:03 pm: Edit

I know you guys have answered this question so many times before, but could you please assess my chances of getting into MIT. Here are my stats:
1500 SAT (760m,740v)
35 ACT
800 on SAT II Chem, Math IIC, and Writing
Varsity lettermen 4 years
Varsity tennis team captain.
Ranked Sectionally (one step below national) for 3 years in a row for tennis(top 30).
Spanish club
National Honor society
Math and Science Club
600 hours of community service (organized and taught my own science camp for children, taught tennis lessons, worked at Habitat for Humanity,etc.)
4.11 GPA w/ 5's on AP chem and psychology last year. Taking ap english, ap european history, ap biology, ap spanish, and ap calculus next year(we only have 5 class periods, so I am taking all aps).
Hispanic(Don't know if this matters)
Numerous academic awards
Many high placings in tennis tournaments, including a 3rd place at state.
In top 1% of class and will be #1 after this year.
Good essay writer
Have 1 science teacher and 1 spanish teacher that absolutely love me and have already offered to write letters of recommendation
I also plan on spending a lot of time making my essays as good as possible and I will fill out all of the optional parts of the application.
I come from a small town in Colorado. My school is reasonably competetive, but I literally have not had the opportunity to compete in any of the Math or science national olypiads. Do you think this will hurt me?

So, do you think that I have a chance?

Thanks In Advance

Derek

By Misterpeachy (Misterpeachy) on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 01:41 pm: Edit

You're in, I'm serious. Unless this is a joke, then •••• you.

"Hispanic(Don't know if this matters)"
-WTF? Don't be a dumbass; hispanics with you're stats are one in a million, literally. You're in.

So far, I'm very good at "guessing" chances for MIT. If you want to get quantified, look here:


You're an academic 5: Perfect SAT IIs (which make up 3/5ths of youre academic "index") plus highest rank and GPA. Pure 5.

Personal side (3 rankings):
You dont seem to have a lot of stuff awards-wise. No biggie though. Challenging courses, no problem you havent taken math up to whazoo. Ill give you a 4 for rating one.
If your recs kick ass and you come accross as motivated, congenial, sensitive, a leader, etc. You get a "5" Sounds like youre set here.
Now if you're really hot •••• in tennis, then you should get at least a 4 for the extracurricular accomplishments.
Average these three to get a score of minimum "4"

Thats a 5-4 you boob of course you're in. If MIT's not your top choice, dont apply early, apply early to your top because you'll get in there too.

-007

PS: Are you pretty affluent? What's your parents' educational level? Are you living in a bario or a good area? context counts, big. Its not just your skin color for MIT; A filthy rich black girl will have little advantage.

By Misterpeachy (Misterpeachy) on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 02:22 pm: Edit

BTW, I just read your post about debt and MIT.

If what you say is true, honeslty I wouldnt go to MIT. Carnegic Mellon, Berkeley, UIUC are all incredible schools which give out a lot of aid, and you could probbaly get a free ride. Go to one of these schools, stand out, and just got ot MIT for GRAD and get PAID (no tuition for grad) to do work. Yes, you will probably incur a lot of debt, but unless youre really committed hardcore to MIT, don't do it. There are plenty more schools out there. Unfortunately for me, I am hardcore set on MIT, even if I gotta work 30 more hrs/wk to pay, I dont care.

007

and as Im sure you know, its the grad school that counts. There are people from Alcorn State in Stanford Graduate EECS. Whatever fits you the best, go for it. Ive known a lot of kids who choose state schools over MIT because they get free rides and just apply for grad @ MIT.

By Serene (Serene) on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 02:25 pm: Edit

Finaid?

By Cmaher (Cmaher) on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 02:18 am: Edit

90%+ chance

By Munik (Munik) on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 01:16 pm: Edit

I am student from Nepal.
I am giving SAT II math IIC and Physics in october. My score at Barrons practice test is 800 in Math2c(48/50 average)and 800 in physics (75/75)and MIT needs only SAT2 and TOEFL for admission to interantional students whose native language is not english and my native language is Nepali.

I had a distinction in my high school and ranked 1st in high school. I had also created national and international record in cricket from my country. I play cricket from Nepal national side. Heres my cricket record;

Youngest Player ever to represent Senior National Team.
First and youngest Nepalese player to score a century in an international tournament for Nepal National team
Selected for ICC U-17 Asia camp, Karachi, 2001.

I was involved in cricket for 4 hours per day for practice only.
I am not sure what my chances because i dont know how mit looks at stundent with atheletical achievement
and my high school dont have College Board 6 digit no.
Also i dont know mit would be familiar with out grading system and course contents at high school.
IS A level compulsary for international students applying at MIT.

Thank you,

Your sincerely,
VERY to the power infinity INTERESTED STUDENT AT MIT.

By Munik (Munik) on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 04:14 am: Edit

I am student from Nepal.
I am giving SAT II math IIC and Physics in october. My score at Barrons practice test is 800 in Math2c(48/50 average)and 800 in physics (75/75)and MIT needs only SAT2 and TOEFL for admission to interantional students whose native language is not english and my native language is Nepali.

I had a distinction in my high school and ranked 1st in high school. I had also created national and international record in cricket from my country. I play cricket from Nepal national side. Heres my cricket record;

Youngest Player ever to represent Senior National Team.
First and youngest Nepalese player to score a century in an international tournament for Nepal National team
Selected for ICC U-17 Asia camp, Karachi, 2001.

I was involved in cricket for 4 hours per day for practice only.
I am not sure what my chances because i dont know how mit looks at stundent with atheletical achievement
and my high school dont have College Board 6 digit no.
Also i dont know mit would be familiar with out grading system and course contents at high school.
IS A level compulsary for international students applying at MIT.

Thank you,

Your sincerely,
VERY to the power infinity INTERESTED STUDENT AT MIT.

By Diconoclastx (Diconoclastx) on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 03:45 pm: Edit

"You're an academic 5: Perfect SAT IIs (which make up 3/5ths of youre academic "index") "

Misterpeachy can you clarify? I didn't know SAT IIs were worth that much.

By Heatherb8z (Heatherb8z) on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 03:56 pm: Edit

Hello. I am 14 in the 8th grade. I'm going to make sure I make it into MIT no matter what. Everyone in my school couldn't care less about their future, but I'm totally obsessed with MIT. I can't wait any longer to find out what it takes to get in.
I'm extremely smart in the math, science, and computer fields. I'm taking the highest algebra class in my school, which is Algebra 1A. It's so easy I'm bored to tears. I've been holding an A+ and got an A+ on my recent exam. I've talked to the teacher about the boredom I have and that everything she teaches I already know. I shouldn't be in that class, but threes nothing more they can do.
Back in October I took the Math Performance Assessment Test and the results said my Math Level was >12.9, a college level. I know my math, science and computer intelligence will help in the future, but because next year I start high school, I need some advice about what all I can do to be sure I'll make it into MIT. PLEASE HELP! THANX
-heather-

By Ishan (Ishan) on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 04:06 pm: Edit

http://www.prstats.com/display.php?user=Ishan

please evaluate

By Bluestardust (Bluestardust) on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 05:27 pm: Edit

Samprasace- if you haven't dont math or science competitions, it won't hurt you unless your school already had those teams set up. my school is more english oriented so there are no math or science contests. if there were, i would have participated. but there aren't even enough ppl interested in math to get any sort of team started. i got in EA so i don't think it matters. it helps if you have participated, but it won't hurt you if you haven't.

heather- if the math class you're in is really too easy, you should talk to the math department supervisor. even if they say you can't skip a math course, keep trying. make sure you get your parents involved-- have them do most of the talking. schools are afraid of parents (literally) so if your parents complain enough, your school will cave. i had to do the same thing in 8th grade ;). also, start talking to the supervisor NOW, so you can be placed in a more advanced math class when you start high school. later on, if you run out of math classes to take in high school, take classes at a local college.
when it comes to your education, be aggresive :)

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 10:15 pm: Edit

Hey you guys...Im new on this site, and after seeing your rocking stats and EC's and all, I feel horrible I am sure to be rejected by MIT...crap! and MIT was my dream school!

I am from Sri Lanka and these are my stats

they are hardly impressive, i have
a measly 670 for SAT II Writing (disgusting!), 790 for Physics, and 800 for Math IIC
1540 for SAT I (disgusting)
4As for GCE London Advanced levels
top of class
a bunch of school awards
black belt in karate
intl debating awards at Model UN (both best delegate and best delegation)
bunch of schol clubs
boring, sucky essays (man I dunno waht happened to me)
OK recommendations

I did get into Cambridge University, and my Counselor mentioned it in my testimonial coz they gave me an interview (MIT did not!)

What did you guys write for the optional essays and 'why you should get accepted to MIT?"

I reheated one essay for the first topic, for the latter I wrote a court proceeding where I sue MIT for not giving me an interview... I thought it was a good idea at the time but now I feel like it sux and I am so gonna get screwed for that...

Damn! MIT is my dream school, and I guess I have to become emotionally prepared for the thin letter blues...

Hope u all get accepted, GLuck


so yeah...doubt i have much of a chance...but hoping for a miracle

By Memememe (Memememe) on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 12:18 am: Edit

El Diablo. Your stats are friggin' awesome. Who says 1540 is disgusting?

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 03:42 am: Edit

Memememe

thanx for ur words of encouragement...but most of the ppl who are appling seem to be having 1600 or close...i feel like such a retard!
wahts more I have 670 SAT II Writing! Disgusting! that really hurts coz I ONLY worked for Writing, coz my english is not so good...

I even emailed this dude Rohan Abeyratne (Head of Mechanical Engineering at MIT) and he said "most ppl who apply do have very high SAT scores, and if I were you, I would get one of my teachers to explain your low sat scores"

so what chances, my friend?..... zilch...

By Mrowry (Mrowry) on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 02:20 pm: Edit

...
You got into Cambridge, and you're worried?

By Memememe (Memememe) on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 08:02 pm: Edit

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too. Anyone who said 1540 is a bad score is mistaken. That's what I got the second time (because I made TWO mistakes on the math portion, bad me^4). So 670 isn't great, but it's not bad either. It's way above average.

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 09:18 pm: Edit

670 doesnt suck too bad? Really? I hope so! (but it still doesnt beat the fact that most of the ppl applying seem to have 800's)...anywayz, I can only hope they will see past the suckie score since English is not my mother tongue... its a long shot, I know!
..............
When I look at the stats at the top of this page, that is when I really lose hope... :) Does anyone else have stats to post (please dont if they rock as much as the ones above because that would get me desperate ;) )?

By Memememe (Memememe) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 01:24 am: Edit

You can look at my stats in my profile, but don't take offense. You won't be rejected based on your numbers.

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 04:53 am: Edit

Hey memememe, I saw your stats...u got in ED to MIT or sumthing?

thanx man...now i am not desperate...i am calm...yes I am calm (take a deep breath Hisham (thats me))...

does anyone know how I can withdraw my application from MIT?

By Webhappy2 (Webhappy2) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 02:05 pm: Edit

Memememe is a national superstar... very few are at his level in the admissions process.

By Spacecadet (Spacecadet) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 03:22 pm: Edit

El Diablo--

Quit being such a schmuck and fishing for compliments; you seriously need a reality check. I almost vomited all over the keyboard when I read your opinions of your 1540 SAT and great SAT IIs. People like you need to shut up about this kind of stuff and stop feeling sorry for themselves--it's getting ridiculous.

By Penguin (Penguin) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 04:28 pm: Edit

Oh, come on, Spacecadet, there's no need for that kind of cynicism. It is true that a 670 on the Writing SAT II is only the 71st percentile rank (see this chart - PDF), and we are talking about MIT here.

That said, ElDiablo, you are being too hard on yourself. Test scores are only one small part of an application (I was deferred with a 1600/800/800/790), and yours are good enough to get you past triage and make you competitive. That's all they're worth. Are your chances of getting into MIT good? No. Very few people (save the likes of (me)^4) have a good chance. Being international makes it even harder for you. But you do have a chance.

By Spacecadet (Spacecadet) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 04:59 pm: Edit

...I wasn't being cynical, I thought releasing emotions was supposed to be healthy..

By Dumplings (Dumplings) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 05:55 pm: Edit

ElDiablo, i don't think anyone here, unless they happen to be adcoms, can accurately gauge anyone else's chance of getting into a particular school. SATs are only a part of what's looked at (I got in w/ a 1530, but 2 of my close friends who I thought were more qualified than me both got deferred with a 1560 and a 1540) Personally, I think anything above a 1450 is very competitive, so you are def. going to be considered seriously. Plus, there are SOOOO many things involved in the whole process, including luck. At least 50% of applicants are perfectly qualified at the schools they apply to, but it all depends on what the mood the adcom is in, what the school is looking for specifically, which word in your college essay you used to the reader's liking etc. Even if you don't get into your 1st choice school, there is NO way that you can fail in the long run. The people I see on this board are absolutely AMAZING. Whereever they end up, I'm sure that afterwards, they'll all be VERY successful.

By Memememe (Memememe) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 10:04 pm: Edit

Me^4 a national superstar? Hardly. You should meet me(^4); I'm just a normal kid. :-) I mean, seriously, who here's heard of me^4?

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 10:23 pm: Edit

Thanx mates...your feedback is appreciated (especially yours, Spacecadet :) )

One thing though: I try never to feel sorry for myself because if I do I know I am at that point -a sad assed bugger who is at the bottom of the barrel...MIT is not the end of the world anyway and I can merely become a statistic (what is the admit rate by the way?) coz I can try to go to MIT on the Cambridge-MIT exchange program...

The only thing I can figure from this crazy application process is it is not entirely an arbitrary proces and a lot of other factors also play a part in the minds of the admission tutors(is that waht u call them in the US?)..so I am going to stop thinking about this $@#^^%$

Two questions I would like to ask...

1) HOW MANY PPL GET 1600 FOR SAT I?
2) WHAT IS TRIAGE?

Adios and thanx again...

By Webhappy2 (Webhappy2) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 10:29 pm: Edit

LOL, you should look at the archives and see some of the inflamatory posts I made regarding MIT after I was deferred.

1) Not important... too many for it to be truly useful (they should remove the centering that gives ~100 free points)
2) First scan to weed out the people who truly shouldn't have submitted an application

By Spacecadet (Spacecadet) on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 11:44 pm: Edit

El Diablo and Webhappy2--
I never applied to MIT. I'm a jazz studies major...By the way, Diablo, exactly which barrel are you at the bottom of? Could I join you?

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 08:51 pm: Edit

Life!!!

Well...speaking of it, I am heading that way...I just got a letter from Cambridge. They want me to show friggin' 90,000 quid (about $130,000?) in liquid assets by next month or I cant go!!! Disgusting!!! So much for cambridge! Man, dont they know that even the stinking rich ppl in Sri Lanka dont hold onto so much money because of the precarious state of the economy??? Those @#^$%$ Cambridge $^%$^*&$##!!!

Ehem...er..ok..noone has yet answered me question yet....

WHAT IS TRIAGE IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS???
HOW MANY PPL IN THE WORLD DO YOU THINK GET 1600 for SAT I?

(Another one)
Memememe, did you get 1600 on your first attempt?

Anywayz...

By Penguin (Penguin) on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 09:31 pm: Edit

Webhappy answered your question about triage; he also answered your question about SATs with a pragmatic (and true) generalization, but I'll be more specific. Per year, slightly fewer than 1000 people get a 1600 in one sitting.

By Webhappy2 (Webhappy2) on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 10:17 pm: Edit

Dude, I didn't even get the Pres. Scholar nomination with 1590 in CA (male, but shouldn't matter for CA). I looked at the list and thought, "Holy crap! 1600 is overrated"

Well, then again, for the majority of the states, ppl with 1550 or so also got that nomination.

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 12:10 am: Edit

ehem... I see that Webhappy had actually answered my question (slightly embarassed about it)...

Man! 1000 perfect sat-scorers? thats crazy stuff!! In the history of Sri Lanka, the highest score ever was this dude who got 1570...and he went to Cambridge anyway!!! The highest in Sri Lanka this year is 1460 (as far as I know - its a small country)!

I wonder whether its because we are all retards or because we are unfamiliar with the american educational system, and all of specialise in chosen career-path subjects at Advanced Levels? I hope the adcoms know this...

Exactly on what criteria would ppl like us be weeded out on during Triage?

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 03:30 am: Edit

Hey mates!

I am really messed up coz I applied to MIT but have not yet received the letter with my PIN for online checking. Another guy from Sri Lanka applied AFTER me and he already has it. Should I email or call the admissions office?

please reply ASAP

By El_Diablo (El_Diablo) on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 09:40 pm: Edit

Please...anybody? some please answer this distress call...


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