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Feb. 8, 2012

Oops! Will MIT Keep My Email About Cal Tech?

Question: I am in 11th grade and wondering if admission officers keep your emails. I recently sent an email to MIT and accidentally wrote "a student interested in Cal Tech." I straightaway sent another email to apologize, but now I feel super upset and super worried. And do the colleges share the emails they receive with other colleges? Thank you

Many colleges will keep all materials that pertain to an applicant in that student’s folder, so this would include every email as well. However, because you’re just a junior and not yet an official applicant, your message may not have been saved. (Some colleges do hang on to this stuff in a general file and then add it to a student’s personal file once he or she officially applies. I don’t know how MIT operates, but they will definitely NOT share your email--or any other application materials later on--with other colleges.)


In any case, don’t sweat the snafu. MIT admission officials realize that, given their miniscule acceptance rate, MIT candidates must not only be smart but also smart enough to apply to other schools. I promise you that, if you don’t get into MIT, it will not be due to this one small screw-up.

(posted 2/8/2012)

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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