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MITMathJam
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Facilitator:MattMcGann

LauraZed 2016091519:21:53
WelcometotheMITAdmissionsMathJam!TheMathJamwillbeginat7:30pmET(4:30pmPT).
RJS 2016091519:29:14
whatisthisjamabout?
LauraZed 2016091519:29:16
InthisMathJam,you'lllearnaboutlifeatMITandtheMITadmissionsprocess.
blacksheep2003 2016091519:30:20
DouhavetobegoingtoMITtoattendthis???
LauraZed 2016091519:30:23
Nope!It'sopentoallAoPSusers.
Woolly_Mammoth 2016091519:30:59
Soundsinteresting.Doesn'tAOPShavesomesortofonlinepartnershipwithMIT?
LauraZed 2016091519:31:01
You'reprobablythinkingoftheMITPRIMES/AoPSCrowdMathproject:
http://artofproblemsolving.com/polymath/mitprimes2016
MITChris 2016091519:31:28
Welcometothe12thannualMITMathJamonAoPS.Thankstorrusczyk,LauraZed,andthewholeAoPSteamfor
hostingustonighthereinthemathnerdcenteroftheuniverse.
MITChris 2016091519:32:05
Matt,Qiaochu,andIwillbeginfieldingyourquestionsshortly.Ifyou'dliketoposeaquestiontous,I'drequestthatyou
posttheminthisformat:
Name/Grade/StateorCountry:Question
e.g.
Harambe/11thgrade/OH:rosesareredmemesfillmewithgleewhatisthefoodlikeatMIT?
MITChris 2016091519:32:24
Beforewegettothequestions,letmetellyoualittlebitaboutMIT.
MITChris 2016091519:32:39
ManyquestionscanbeansweredonMITwebsites,includingtheMIThomepagehttp://web.mit.eduandtheMIT
Admissionshomepagehttp://www.mitadmissions.org,whichfeaturesourstudentblogs,includingmanywrittenby
Qiaochu.Also,youcancheckthetranscriptsfromourprevious11MathJamsat
http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/school/mathjamstranscripts.
MITChris 2016091519:32:49
MITisaprivateresearchuniversitywithafocusonmath,science,engineering,andotheranalyticaldisciplines.The
Classof2020,whichjustbeganitsfreshmanyear,has1113students.Ofthose,54%aremale,and46%female,andwe
arefairlycertainallofthemarehuman,althoughstatisticallytheymaywellbesimulations.Themostrepresentedstate

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isCalifornia.OurclosestadmitcamefromCambridgeourmostdistantadmittraveledfromAustralia.Ourbestadmits,
ofcourse,comefromNewHampshire,becausethatiswhereIamfrom#603.
MITChris 2016091519:33:00
Forthoseofyouinterestedinmajoringinmathwehavethathere!Themany,manyclassesaretaughtbysomeofthe
topmathfacultyintheworld.Moststudentswilldomath(orother)researchduringtheirtimeasanundergraduate.
Qiaochu,whostudiedandcompetedinmathematicshere,cantellyoumore.
MITChris 2016091519:33:18
Beforewebegin,Laurawillprovideyouwithsomepreliminaries
LauraZed 2016091519:33:46
Incaseyou'renewtotheAoPSclassroom:thisroomismoderated,whichmeansthatallyourquestionsand
commentscometothemoderators.Wemayshareyourcommentswiththewholeroomifwesochoose.
LauraZed 2016091519:33:54
Also,you'llfindthatyoucanadjusttheclassroomwindowsinavarietyofways,andcanadjustthefontsizebyclicking
theAiconsatopthemainwindow.
LauraZed 2016091519:34:12
WeareveryfortunatetohaveMattMcGann,ChrisPeterson,andQiaochuYuanheretonighttotellusallaboutlife,
admissions,andmathatMIT.
LauraZed 2016091519:34:19
MattMcGann(MattMcGannMIT)isMIT'sDirectorofAdmissions.Heisalsoa2000graduateofMIT.
LauraZed 2016091519:34:25
ThisisMatt's12thyearhostingasessionhereatAoPStotalkaboutMIT.Whenhehostedthefirstsession,hewasan
AssistantDirectorofAdmissions.Sincethen,weatAoPShavealsohadthegoodfortunetospendtimewithMatthere
inSanDiego,onvisitstoBoston,andasourguestattheUSAMOAwardsCeremony.So,we'reparticularlyhappyto
introducehimtonightasMIT'sDirectorofAdmissions,apositionweatAoPSliketothinkheearnedbybeingthefirst
admissionsofficertorecognizehowawesomeAoPSstudentsare.
LauraZed 2016091519:34:31
ChrisPeterson(MITChris)isAssistantDirectorforTalentedOutreachatMITAdmissions,whereheoverseesMIT's
recruitmentandevaluationofmakers,entrepreneurs,andacademicsuperstars.Collegefootballfanswillrecognize
himasMIT'sNickSaban.
LauraZed 2016091519:34:37
QiaochuYuan(t0rajir0u)isanNSFGraduateFellowinthemathematicsdepartmentatUCBerkeley.Hegraduatedfrom
MITin2012.
LauraZed 2016091519:34:47
Now,I'llturnthefloorbackovertoMatt,Chris,andQiaochu!
MITChris 2016091519:35:12
ThanksLaura!Itwouldhavebeenusefulformetowaituntilafteryou,butalas,thisisthefirsttimeIhaveeverbeenon
theinternet
MITChris 2016091519:35:18
Butyes,we'lldigintoquestionsnow!
MathStudent2002 2016091519:35:46
MathStudent2002/HighSchooler/CA:rosesareredmemesfillmewithgleewhatisthefoodlikeatMIT?
Jasminecho 2016091519:36:05
JasmineCho/8thgrade/Austin,TX/whatgradelevelsisthisfor
MITChris 2016091519:36:06
HiJasmine!It'sforwhatevergradesyouwantittobefor,justaskusstuffaboutMIT/math/mathatMIT
t0rajir0u 2016091519:36:29
@MathStudent:myinformationisalittleoutdated,butbasicallyitdependsalotonyourlivinggroup.somewillhave
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mealplans,otherswillhavekitchenswhereyoucancookindividuallyortogether,anddifferentoneswillbecloseror
fartherawayfromvariousrestaurantsand/orthestudentcenter
Eugenis 2016091519:36:48
Hello,whatdoesadMITtedmean?
MITChris 2016091519:36:49
HiEugenis!Itmeansastudentwasadmitted,butpeoplecapitalizetheMITinadmitted,becausepeopleherearevery
easilyamusedbysimplepatterns
MITChris 2016091519:37:09
OkaywaitI'vedoneaterriblethingpleasedonotactuallyusetherosesareredformatinthequestions.ITWASA
MEME.Unlessyoucanactuallygetittorhyme,inwhichcasegoahead.
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:37:10
Againwe'reheretofieldyourquestions!Werequestthatyouposttheminthisformat(rhymingversenot
necessary):
Name/Grade/StateorCountry:Question
e.g.
Harambe/11thgrade/OH:rosesareredmemesfillmewithgleewhatisthefoodlikeatMIT?
crosbykane 2016091519:37:55
Art/11thgrade/CA:Whatdoyouseeasmostlackinginstudents(educationorotherwise)applyingto/beingadmitted
toMIT?
MITChris 2016091519:37:56
@crosbykaneHonestlyIthinktheonlythingwearelackingisspacestotakeallthestudentswewouldlike
MP2016p42 2016091519:37:58
Piers/9thgrade/WA:WhatprogramsdoesMIThave?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:38:00
Youcanseeafulllistofmajorsandminorprogramshere:http://mitadmissions.org/discover/majors
Gwena 2016091519:38:08
Piper/11thGrade/MA:Whatarethedormslike?
splendor621 2016091519:38:34
splendor621/8thgrade/CA:rosesareredmemesfillmewithgleeisthereanundeclaredmajorprogramatMITsuch
asundeclaredengineering?
MITChris 2016091519:38:35
@spendor621notsurewhatyoumeanbyundeclaredengineeringthereisa'flexibleengineering'program.Butall
studentsareadmittedtoMITundeclaredandthengettochoosewhattheywanttostudy.
t0rajir0u 2016091519:38:49
@Gwena:itdependsalotonthedorm.onethingIthinkmakesMITprettyspecialisthatdormshaveadecentamount
ofleewaytodecidewholivesthere,meaningdormscanpasson"dormculture"fromyeartoyear.differentdorms
haveverydifferentculture,andifyouwantmoreinformationyoucanvisitoraskpeoplewhogotoMITwhattheythink!
T628319 2016091519:39:13
T628319/12thgrade/outsideUS:Forthe"Department"essay,howdowerespondtoit,ifweintendonpursuinga
doublemajor.
MITChris 2016091519:39:14
@T628319justtalkaboutwhateveryouareinterestedinstudying.Itdoesn'thavetobeaformaldepartmentor
discipline,justanythingthatespeciallyattractsyoutoMIT.
SirCay 2016091519:39:34
SirCay/10thGrade/NY:InJanuary,wheny'allhavethatmonthlongbreak,whatdomathematicians/engineersnormally
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doduringthattime?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:40:00
@SirCay:whatpeopledoduringIAPisn'tparticularlyrelatedtotheirmajor.somepeopledointernships,sometake
classes.ipersonallyprefertojustusethattimeforhangingoutanddoingMysteryHunt!
Eugenis 2016091519:40:02
JasonTang/MiddleSchooler/MA:forabiologymajor,isMITagoodoption?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:40:04
MIThasoneofthegreatestbiologyprogramsintheworld.EricLander(IMOmedalistfirstauthoronthepublicationof
theHumanGenomeProjectandallaroundawesomedude)teachesfreshmanbio.3Nobellaureatesareonthebiology
faculty.Readmorehere:http://mitadmissions.org/discover/majors
splendor621 2016091519:40:18
splendor621/8thgrade/CA:rosesareredmemesfillmewithgleeisMITmainlyfortechnology
MITChris 2016091519:40:19
@splendor621Iwillacceptthisbecauseitrhymesish,butnoIdon'tthinkofMITasbeing'mainlyfortechnology.'Isee
itasbeingmainlyforpeoplewhowanttobechallengedbyarigorouseducationandtoreaptheattendantrewards,
primarilyahighdegreeofskillandludicrousmindexpansion.
WinMaC 2016091519:40:22
WinMaC/0thGrade/MAHowarethemathprogramsatMIT?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:41:18
@WinMaC:Ihavenoideawhat0thgrademeans,buttherearealotofverygoodmathpeopleatMIT,bothamongthe
facultyandamongthestudents.youhavealotofleewayasanundergradtotakewhatevermathclassesyoucan
convinceyouradvisoryoucanhandle,soIthinkMITisparticularlygoodforpeoplewhoareveryselfdirectedandjust
wanttoexploreabunchofstuffrelativelyindependently.
isaac_wanderers 2016091519:41:21
Isaac/9thgrade/BCDoyouneedtodeclareamajorwhenyouapply?
haopengyou 2016091519:41:21
Haopengyou:8th:CA:Isitpossibletoremainundecidedonamajorforyourbeginningyear?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:41:23
AllstudentsenterMITundeclared.Attheendofyourfirstyear,youcanchooseanymajoryouwant,withoutany
additionalapplicationmajorsdon'tfillup.ItisnicetogettocomeinandexploreallthemajorsMIThastooffer.
ninja542 2016091519:42:02
ninja542/11thgrade/MI:I'mnotsupergoodatmathcompetitions,willthatbeabarriertoapplyingtoMIT?
MITChris 2016091519:42:03
@ninja542notatall.WedohavemanymathletesatMIT,butitisneithernecessarynorsufficienttobeconsidereda
competitiveapplicant.
thkim1011 2016091519:42:17
TaeHyung/12thgrade/CA:Whatisthedifferencebetweendoingmathwithcomputerscience(Ithinkitwascalled
18C?)anddoublemajoringmathematicsandcomputerscience?
themathgenius 2016091519:42:34
Arjun/11thgrade/FL:WhatisthebesttimetovisitMIT?
MITChris 2016091519:42:35
@themathgenius:toafirstapproximation,wheneveryoucan.Academicyearisnicebecauseyoucansitinonclasses
andsuch.
FN2187 2016091519:42:41
JorgeCastello/11thgrade/RiodeJaneiro,Brazil/IsitpossibletodoadoublemajoratMIT,suchasPhysicsand
Engineeringtogether?

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MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:42:43
Studentscandoanydoublemajorcombinationtheylike.Physicsandanengineeringmajorwouldbeafine
combination.
t0rajir0u 2016091519:42:44
@thkim:thesecondoptioninvolvestakingmoreclasses.Idon'tthinkit'sworthworryingtoomuchaboutmajorsin
general.thespecificclassesyouenduptakingaremoreimportant,Ithink.
thkim1011 2016091519:42:54
TaeHyungKim/12thgrade/CA:Mayweaskapplicationspecificquestions?Morelikequestionssuchas"ohwhat
specificallyisthispartoftheapplicationlookingfor?",etc.
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:42:56
Sure!
LoneConquerorer 2016091519:42:57
JerryZhang/11thGrade/MO:WhatdoesittaketobeoneoftheMITAdmissionsBloggers?
MITChris 2016091519:42:59
@jerrytheabilitytowarpspacetimewithyourmind
SirCay 2016091519:43:14
SirCay/10thGrade/NY:Soasaschool,doy'allparticipateininmathematicsorengineeringcompetitions?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:43:47
@SirCay:weparticipateinthePutnamcompetition,andgenerallydowellinthat.There'saclassforPutnamtraining
too.Idon'tknowaboutengineeringcompetitions.ThereistherobotthingpeopledoduringIAP.
themathgenius 2016091519:43:50
themathgenius/11thgrade/Orlando/FLHowmanySATsubjecttestsdoyourecommendthatweshouldtake?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:43:51
Two.Onemath,onescience.See:http://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/tests
NumberNinja 2016091519:44:04
NumberNinja/11thGrade/CA:Isit"easier"forgirlstogetacceptedintoMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:44:05
No.
Donultimite 2016091519:44:13
Don/11th/NC/Iamsittingonaperch,I'mtypingthisbecauseIneedtosearch,howdoesahighschoolergetstartedwith
mathresearch?
mathlover12 2016091519:44:13
mathlover12/11thgrade/CA:CanagoodAIMEscore(1011)makeupformissingUSAMO
MITChris 2016091519:44:19
@mathlover12anAIMEscoreisalwaysagoodthing.Neithernecessarynorsufficient.
First 2016091519:44:58
First/8/USA:IsittruethatMITlikesapplicantsthatarepointy(skilledatonethingatthenationalorinternationallevel)
andmaybestraightA'sandgoodSATorACTratherthanwellroundedones?
noobynoob 2016091519:44:58
nobbynobb/12th/ILarethereanygoodbiketrailsaroundcambridge
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:44:59
Yes!Learnmorehere:http://cycling.mit.edu/
MITChris 2016091519:44:59
@Firstwelikeallshapesamongourstudentbody
isaac_wanderers 2016091519:45:50
Isaac/9thgrade/BCWhatarethemostimportantadmissioncriteria?GPA,SAT,orextracurricularsuchasAMC
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Gwena 2016091519:45:50
Piper/11thGrade/MA:WhatdoesMITAdmissionslookforinrespectofscoresfromSATSubjectTestsandAPs?
MITChris 2016091519:45:51
@isaacwepracticewhatiscalled'holisticadmissions,'i.e.thatwelookatgrades,scores,letters,everythingwhen
evaluatinganapplicantandtryingtobuildaclass
t0rajir0u 2016091519:45:54
@Donultimite:youcantrytalkingtoaprofessororgradstudentandseeingiftheyhaveanyprojectstheywanthelp
with.YoucanalsolookupResearchOpportunitiesforUndergradsthesearesummerprogramsthatintroducepeople
tomathresearch.
splendor621 2016091519:46:13
splendor621/8thgrade/CA:rosesareredmemesfillmewithgleedoesastudentinMIThaveaflexibleorbusy
schedule?
chemistrygirl 2016091519:46:25
chemistrygirl/10thgrade/us:doesattendingmitsummercampshelpadmission?
MITChris 2016091519:46:26
@chemistrygirlnotassuch,butmanystudentswhoattendacademicsummerprograms(includingthosehostedat
MIT)areoftenwellmatchedapplicantstous
MP2016p42 2016091519:46:43
Piers/9th/WA:Howdoyougetin?
MITChris 2016091519:46:44
@piersapplyingisusuallyagoodstart
apolloheo 2016091519:46:46
Apollo/7th/OR:IfIqualifyforUSAMOandIamoneofUSAMOwinners,isithelpfultogetadmissiontoyourschoolalong
withscholarship?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:46:48
Beinggoodatmathiscertainlyaplus!Butscholarshipsaregivenoutonthebasisofyourfinancialneed,notbasedon
merit.Tolearnmore,seehere:http://mitadmissions.org/afford/basics
t0rajir0u 2016091519:46:54
@splendor:itreallydependsonyourmajorandonhowmuchyouchoosetotakeon.themathmajorisprettyflexible
andIdidn'tparticularlyfeelliketakingtonsofclasses,somyschedulewasprettyflexible.butothermajors(e.g.
architecture)arelessflexible,andsomepeoplejustloveoverloadingtheirschedulesforsomereason...
Woolly_Mammoth 2016091519:47:45
WoollyMammoth/10thgrade/JupiterfL:isAOPSaccreditedwithMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:47:46
Not"accredited,"perse,butwecertainlyrecognizeAoPS,andhavespaceintheapplicationwhereyouwouldbeable
toselfreportanyAoPSclassesyou'vetaken.
Goliath 2016091519:47:52
Goliath/9thgrade/VA:OntheMITadmissionsblogthereisanarticleaboutwelcominghomeschoolers,butthisyear's
admissionsstatisticsshow0%homeschoolers.What'sthedeal?
MITChris 2016091519:47:53
@goliathsmallnumbersofapplicants,smallnumbersofapplicants,dominatedbymuchlargerconventionalstudents.
wedohaveagreatcommunityofnontraditionallyeducatedstudentsatMIT,includingmanywhohavesupplemented
theireducationwithAoPS.
ninja542 2016091519:48:57
ninja542/11thgrade/MI:Isittruethatyouguysreallylikeseeingpassioninapplicants?
MITChris 2016091519:48:59
@ninja542Ihatetheword'passion,'butIlikeseeingstudentswhoreally,reallycareaboutsomething,andthat
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degreeofcarewillhelppowerthemthroughtowhatevertheywanttodowithMIT'sconsiderableresources
themathgenius 2016091519:49:17
Arjun/11thgrade/FL:Doyourequireustotakeanyspecificcoursesinhighschool?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:49:19
nope
SuzieMae 2016091519:49:33
SuzieMae/Mom/Brazil:whatkindofphysicsresearchisavailabletoundergradsatMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:49:35
MIThasmany,manyphysicsprofessorsandlabs.See:http://web.mit.edu/physics/research/index.htmlStudentsmay
doresearchinanyareaviaUROPhttp://web.mit.edu/urop/Nearlyallstudents(~90%)doresearchatMIT,andphysics
certainlyisapopulararea.
MITChris 2016091519:49:52
@arjunno,butwedoexpectstudentstotakebasicmathandsciencecourses,typicallysomeexposuretobio,
physics,chem,andcalculus
LoneConquerorer 2016091519:50:30
JerryZ/11thGrade/MO:Whataspectoftheapplicationessaysmakesthemuniquetosomeonewhoneedstoread
thousands(andwhatisanono)?Also,pleaseshareoneofyourfavorite/mostmemorable!
MITChris 2016091519:50:31
@JerrygenerallyIthinkthatwhenpeoplejusttrytowritesomethingtruetotheirownexperienceit'smoreinteresting
andcompellingthananythingthattriestobeunique.
chemistrygirl 2016091519:50:45
chemistrygirl/10thgrade/us:doeslegacyhelpadmission?
MITChris 2016091519:50:46
@chemmistrygirlno
ninja542 2016091519:51:03
Youmusthatethewordpassionwithapassion(sorrynotsorry)
MITChris 2016091519:51:07
@ninjaiwillendyou
themathgenius 2016091519:51:13
Arjun/11thgrade/FL:SocanaComputerEngineeringstudentdoresearchinneuroscience
reun 2016091519:51:17
Charlie/8th/GAIfwemadeAIME,isthereaboxthatasksyoutoputyourAIMEscore?
MITChris 2016091519:51:19
@charlieyes
t0rajir0u 2016091519:51:28
@arjun:youcandowhateverresearchyoucanconvincesomeonetoletyoudo!
champion999 2016091519:51:56
champion999/10thgrade/IL:Howwouldyourecommendusgoingaboutwritingourapplicationessay(s)?
MITChris 2016091519:52:00
@championhttp://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/howtowriteacollegeessay
Gwena 2016091519:52:08
Piper/11thGrade/MA:WhatdoyouthinkthecoolestthingisaboutMIT?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:52:22
@Gwena:tonsofreallyinterestingpeoplewhoknowalotofcoolstuff,livingtogether

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puwei99 2016091519:52:32
Pravin/12thgrade/CA:HowistheMITinterviewlike?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:52:33
TheMITadmissioninterviewisaconversationwithanMITgraduatewholivesinyourarea.Itwillnotbeaquiz,and
therewillbenotrickquestions.Wewanttogettoknowyoubetter.Youcanlearnmorehere:
http://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/interview
t0rajir0u 2016091519:52:51
Myinterviewwasverystraightforward.Justtalkedtoanalumforawhileaboutrandomstuff.Prettychill.
FN2187 2016091519:53:09
JorgeCastello/11thgrade/Brazil:Howistheapplicationprocessforforeignstudents?
GMoney228 2016091519:53:09
GaryNguyen/11thgrade/MS:Whatarethefoodoptionsinthecafeteria,andaretheyparticularlypopularamong
students?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:53:30
@Gary:thereisnocafeteria,really.Therearesomerestaurantsinthestudentcenter,someotherrestaurantsnearby,
anddormspecificmealplans
MITChris 2016091519:53:33
@Jorgeessentiallythesameasforourdomesticstudents.Seemore:
http://mitadmissions.org/apply/international/howto
mathlover12 2016091519:53:50
mathlover12/11thgrade/CA:HowdoestheprestigeoftheUSACOcomparetothatofUSAMO
svg613 2016091519:53:50
Sahana/10th/GA:Ifwehaveastrongmathbackground,butdon'tdocompetitivemath,willthathurtourapplication?No
AIMEorAMCoranything
MITChris 2016091519:53:51
@sahanaitwillnotharmyou
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:53:51
Iwouldn'tworryabout"prestige."Iwouldbeinvolvedwiththingsthatinterestyou.IthinkbothUSAMOandUSACOare
prettyawesomeandhaveinteresting,challengingproblems.
nykjlimmath 2016091519:54:01
Nyk/9thgrade/VA:WhenyouapplytoMIT,youare"applying"toMITandnotaseparatepartofthecollegeright?Or
doesMIThasdifferentstudiesyoucanmajorin?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:54:09
Yes,youareapplyingtoallofMITatonce.Youpickamajorlater.
ukulifeguard 2016091519:54:12
CouldyoutalkabouttheScience,Technology,andSocietyprogram?
MITChris 2016091519:54:13
@ukulifeguardatalmostinexhaustiblelength,whatwouldyouliketoknow
Anno 2016091519:54:21
Anivrit/9thGrade/CA:Howbigisthecampus?Andwhatistheweatherlike?
Mario2357 2016091519:54:28
JulianTutuncuMacias/11thgrade/NY:Whatistheacceptancerate?
MITChris 2016091519:54:29
@julianlastyearitwas~8%
t0rajir0u 2016091519:54:41
@Anivrit:it'sprettybig.Bostongetsprettywarmandhumidinthesummerandprettycoldandsnowyinthewinter
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that'sprobablythemainthingtoknowabouttheweather.
svg613 2016091519:55:14
DoesMIThavearowing(crew)team?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:55:16
Yes.MIThas29NCAADivisionIIIsportsteams,and4DivisionIteams:our4rowingsquads.See
http://web.mit.edu/mitcrew/www/
themathgenius 2016091519:55:20
Arjun/11thgrade/FL:Soshouldwetalktothealumniwhointerviewusandaskthemtohelpuswiththeprocessifthey
havethetime?
MITChris 2016091519:55:21
@Arjuntheinterviewsdon'thelpyouwiththeprocess.They'rejustanalumnustohaveaconversationwithsoyou
canlearnmoreaboutMITandtheycanlearnmoreaboutyou.
pdxsmart 2016091519:56:11
Amogh/9thgrade/WAWhataretheusualcostsforMIT
MITChris 2016091519:56:13
@AmoghMIToffersneedblind,fullneedaidtoallstudents.Thatmeansweconsideryourapplicationwithoutregard
towhetheryouarerich/poorandgiveyouasmuchfinancialaidasyouneedtoaffordtoattend.see:
http://mitadmissions.org/afford/basics
t0rajir0u 2016091519:56:40
I'mseeingalotofquestionsaboutstuffliketestscoresandcompetitionperformance,somaybeIcansaysomethings
toaddressseveralofthesequestionsatonce.Thereisnoparticularscoreonatestorcompetitionwhichiseither
necessaryorsufficienttogetintoMIT."Holisticadmissions"meansthatMITistryingtofigureoutifyou'reawesome,
whichisacomplicatedthingthatdependsonalotoffactorsinacomplicatedway.Everythingintheapplication
contributestowardsMITfiguringouthowawesomeyouare.Theadmissionsprocessislikeaneuralnetworkthat's
tryingtolearnaboutawesomeness,notastraightforwardformulayoucanplughighAMCscoresorwhateverintoand
expectadmissiontocomeout.
Donultimite 2016091519:56:54
Don/11/NC:Howmanyclassesdoesatypicalstudenthaveeveryweek?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:56:55
Eachsemester,atypicalMITstudentwouldtake4(maybe5)classes.Classestypicallymeet23timesaweek,though
theymightmeetasfewasonceaweekorasoftenas5xaweek.
MITChris 2016091519:57:39
Forthoseofyouinterestedinaverageincomingtestscores,applicationrates,demographics,etc,wepostthosestats
publicly:http://mitadmissions.org/apply/process/statshttp://mitadmissions.org/apply/process/profile
svg613 2016091519:57:59
Sahana/10/GA:WhatsurpriseyouthemostwhenyougottoMIT?
MITChris 2016091519:58:00
@SahanahowmuchIfeltathomew/theotherpeoplearoundme
guluguluga 2016091519:58:17
HowmuchsleepdoMITstudentsusuallygetpernight?
t0rajir0u 2016091519:58:18
@guluguluga:likewiththeclassloadquestion,thisdependsalotonhowbusyyouchoosetomakeyourself.Igot~8
hoursofsleepanight,whichwashighrelativetomyfriends.manypeoplegetless,afewgetmore.
thkim1011 2016091519:58:24
TaeHyungKim/12thgrade/CA:UnderthePart2,Section2,SummerProgramsportion,isitoktoputreadinga
textbookdailyforaspecifictimethatIallotted?Moregenerally,dothethingswelisthavetobeofficialthings...(Itlisted
readingasanexamplebutIjustwanttomakesure.)

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Teol352 2016091519:58:25
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Isdormingmandatoryforthefirstyear?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:58:25
Yes,Ithinkthatwouldbegreat.Inmostpartsoftheapplication,includingthisone,youcanlistthingsbeyondjust
"official"activities.
MITChris 2016091519:58:26
@Teolyes,studentsmustliveoncampusforfreshmanyear,andhousingisguaranteedforallfouryears.
Woolly_Mammoth 2016091519:59:03
WoollyMammoth/10thgrade/JupiterFl:DoesMIThaveanypreferencebetweentheACTorSAT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:59:04
No
champion999 2016091519:59:08
champion999/10thgrade/IL:Howmuchfreetimewouldatypicalstudentexpecttohaveeachday?
MITChris 2016091519:59:09
@champion999mostMITstudents,whentheyunexpectedlyencounterfreetime,tendtoallocatesuchavaluable
resourcetoweirdandorinterestingprojects
bjkim98 2016091519:59:28
Blake/12thgrade/TX:HowmuchdoesMITlookatschool/localpeercompetitionforadmittance?Isthereasetlimitfor
studentsacceptedfromoneschoolordistrict?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091519:59:29
Nolimitorquota.
t0rajir0u 2016091519:59:44
@champion999:Ihadalotoffreetime,butthat'sbecauseImostlytookmathclasseswhereIknewthematerial
already.Ifyouchoosetotakelotsofhardclassesyou'llhavealotless.
ukulifeguard 2016091519:59:58
@MITChrisAwesome&ThankyouI'minterestedinworkingforcommunityorganizations(e.g.YMCAs,libraries,
education,localgovernment,communityserviceprojects)tomakethemmoreefficientusingscienceandtechnology,
andpossiblyinscienceandtechnologyeducationorcurriculumdevelopment.IsScience,Technology,andSocietya
goodmatchforthoseareas,oristhefocusprettyfarawayfromthatkindofthing?
MITChris 2016091519:59:59
@ukulifeguardSTSismoreaprogramthatstudieshowscienceandtechnologyinteractwithsociety.Forthose
interests,Ithinkyou'dbereallywellmatchedwiththeDepartmentofUrbanStudiesandPlanning,whichdoesalotof
stuffwithresourcemanagementandeducation/learningscience.
MITChris 2016091520:00:20
STSandDUSParetwoofthelesswellknownmajorsatMITbuttwoofmyfavorite
MITChris 2016091520:00:33
(intermsoftheclassesItook&peopleiknewingradschool)
T628319 2016091520:00:53
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:Howwouldyoudescribe,inashortphrase,theinteractionbetweenundergraduate
studentsatMIT?Iheardsomeplacesdescribingitasverycompetitive,whileothersnlessso.
t0rajir0u 2016091520:00:54
@T628319:itdependsalotonyourlivinggroup,andprobablyonyourmajoraswell.IlivedinafraternityandIfoundit
tobeaverycooperativeenvironmentwealljustwantedtohangoutanddocoolstuffandhelpeachotherbe
reasonablepeople.
BobaFett101 2016091520:01:20
BobaFett/10thgrade/CA:whatweresomeoftheweekendactivitiesyoulookedforwardstothemsotatMIT?

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MITChris 2016091520:01:21
@bobafett101cookinglotsoffood,goingtothegym,catchinguponsleep.Buteveryonewillhaveadifferentanswer.
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:01:25
Justsoeveryoneknowstherearemany,manyquestionsinthequeue.Wearedoingourbesttofieldasmanyof
themaswecan.
MITChris 2016091520:01:38
yeahthere'slike164ofyouheresowe'redoingwhatwecan
iamalive10 2016091520:02:25
iamalive10/9/:Doyouknowhowimportantvolunteeringis?AlotofpeopleareadvisingmetodobutIamunsure,does
itsignificantlyraiseyourchances?
MITChris 2016091520:02:26
@iamalive10wethinkyoushoulddothethingsthatyouwanttodoanddon'texpectorrequireyoutodoanyparticular
activities
Teol352 2016091520:02:38
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Haveyounoticedanytrends/weirdpatternsamongthepeoplewhoattendMITcurrently?
MITChris 2016091520:02:39
@teolthey'reallprettysmart
Teol352 2016091520:02:52
Teol/10thGrade/NY:WhydoyouthinkMITisbetterthanothercolleges,likeStanfordorPrinceton?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:02:53
Idon'tthinkMITisbetter,orworse.Itmightbebetter(orworse)forspecificstudents.Weareheretonighttotrytotell
youabitaboutwhatMITis,andwhatmakesitspecialitwillbeuptoyoutodecidewhichcollegesarethebestfitfor
you.
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:03:16
Isaac/9thgrade/BCSinceMITisclosetoHarvard,arethereanyjointprogramsbetweenMITandHarvard?
MITChris 2016091520:03:17
@isaacthereisfullcrossregistrationbetweenharvardandMIT,meaningstudentsateachschoolcanregisteratthe
other.MITalsohascrossregistrationwithwellesley.
NumberNinja 2016091520:03:31
NumberNinja/11thGrade/CA:WillMITacceptOldSATscoresfortheClassof2018?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:03:32
Iexpectthatwewill.
themathgenius 2016091520:03:35
Arjun/11thgrade/FL:WhatisMIT'smissionstatement?
MITChris 2016091520:03:36
ThemissionofMITistoadvanceknowledgeandeducatestudentsinscience,technology,andotherareasof
scholarshipthatwillbestservethenationandtheworldinthe21stcentury.
lillyg 2016091520:04:22
Lilly/9thGrade/Isitbetterifonehasstartedfocusingonacertaincareerfromreallyearlyon,orisitokayiftherewas
alittlebitofeverythingatfirst?
MITChris 2016091520:04:23
@lillyI'm29andstilltryingtofigureoutwhatI'mgoingtodowhenIgrowup,so,Icertainlyhopeit'sstillokay!
MASTERPIECE 2016091520:04:32
Sri/10thGrade/FL:WhenapplyingtoMIT,isthemajorwechoseonourapplicationpermanentorcanwechangeitas
wediscovernewfields?

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t0rajir0u 2016091520:04:33
@Masterpiece:youdon'tdecideyourmajorformallyuntilaroundayearafteryoufirstcometoMIT,andyoucan
changeitafterthattoo.
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:04:41
Isaac/9thgrade/BCIsthereamusicprogramatMIT?
MITChris 2016091520:04:42
@isaacyesit'sourmostpopularminorandtherearemanygroupsoncampus
abhigod 2016091520:05:08
willmakingIChOguaranteeadmission?
MITChris 2016091520:05:09
@abhigodno.thereisnowaytoguaranteeadmissiontoMIT.Justdoyourbest,apply,andseewhathappens.
FN2187 2016091520:05:53
JorgeCastello/11thgrade/Brazil:DoesMITofferprogramsforstartupscreatedincampus?
MITChris 2016091520:05:57
@jorgeyes.http://entrepreneurship.mit.eduisagoodresourcetobegin,butoverall,it'sanontrivialpartofstudent
activityhere.
lillyg 2016091520:06:10
Lilly/9thGrade/Doyouofferotheractivitieslikearchery,fencing,orlesscommonactivities?(Thanks!)
t0rajir0u 2016091520:06:10
@lilly:yep!YoucanseealistofwhatkindofPEactivitiesareofferedhere:http://mitpe.mit.edu/
MITChris 2016091520:06:47
@gulugulugaeveryMITstudentmusttakeacorecurriculumofSTEMandhumanities/socialsciencesclasses.The
humanitiesconcentration==34coursestakeninaparticularfieldofhumanities,arts,andsocialsciences(HASS)that
youchoose.
ukulifeguard 2016091520:07:00
Margaret/12th/NJ:Haveyounoticedanydifferences(good,bad,orneither)betweenfraternities&sororitiesatMIT
versusotherschools?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:07:01
@ukulifeguard:they'remuchmoreMITlike,ifthatmakessense.abitlesspartying,abitmorepsets.ofcourseit
dependsalotonthefraternity/sororityaswell.butingeneralMIT'snotreallya"partyschool"
Anno 2016091520:07:29
wehavetotakepeatmit?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:07:30
yep.buttherearelotsoffunoptions!
MITChris 2016091520:07:48
seehttp://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/ineverwanttofinishmyperequirement
simranK 2016091520:07:54
simranK/11th/WI:Ifyouselfstudiedatopic(ieasahomeschoolerIselfstudiedMVCalconMITOCW),isthat
somethingMITdoesn'tgivecreditto/doesn'tlike?Andshouldwedefinitelytakeanaccreditedcourseforadmissions
officerstobelieveweknowthematerial?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:07:56
You'llbeabletoASE(seehttp://math.mit.edu/academics/undergrad/first/advanced.php)outofthesecoursestogetMIT
creditandplacement.Andwhileaformal,accreditedcoursecanbehelpful,itisbynomeansnecessary.Isuspectyour
homeschooledstudyingofthesesubjectswillbemorethansufficient.Wehavemanystudentseachyearwhohave
donejustwhatyou'vedescribed.
abhigod 2016091520:08:11
Isithardtominorinmusicwithanengineering/sciencemajor?
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t0rajir0u 2016091520:08:11
Notparticularly.There'slotsofpeopledoingmusicstuffatMIT.
guluguluga 2016091520:08:15
I'veheardaboutahumanitiesconcentration.What'sthat?
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:08:15
Isaac/9thgrade/BCFromyourconversation,itseemslikeMITvaluesacademicachievementmorethanforexample
volunteering.Isthistrue?
MITChris 2016091520:08:16
@isaacno,wejustwantyoutodowhatyouwanttodo,andwewantabunchofdifferentkindsofpeopleinourclass.
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:08:24
Isaac/9thgrade/BCDoesMITpracticeaffirmativeaction?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:08:26
@Isaac:Yes.
FN2187 2016091520:09:29
JorgeCastello/11thgrade/Brazil:Howmanystudentsapplyperyear?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:09:30
Lastyear,19,020.Seehttp://mitadmissions.org/apply/process/stats
themathgenius 2016091520:09:52
Arjun/11thgrade/FL:IsMITbindingfortheEarlyaction?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:09:53
No.Seehttp://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/cycles
guluguluga 2016091520:10:09
WhatdoyouthinkaboutCalTech?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:10:10
Ithinkitisaprettyawesomeplace.
lillyg 2016091520:10:14
Lilly/9thGrade/WillthistranscriptbeavailableaftertheMathJam?
MITChris 2016091520:10:15
@lillyyesitwill
T628319 2016091520:10:18
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:IsitagoodideatotaketheASTsforclassesthatyoualreadyknowmostofthe
material,studyingthematerialthatIdon'tknowbeforehand,ratherthantakingtheclass?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:10:19
@T628:youmeantheASEs?yes,that'sexactlywhatthey'refor!takingclassestakesahugeamountoftimeandthe
moreofthemyoucangetoutofthebetter.
Teol352 2016091520:11:20
Teol/10thGrade/NY:IfyoucouldchangeonethingaboutMIT,whatwoulditbe?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:11:21
@Teol:Iwishallthelivinggroupswerealittlecloser.IlivedacrosstheriverinBoston,andwhilethatwasgreat,that
madeithardtovisitmyfriendswholivedoncampuswhichwasunfortunate.
mathcrazymj 2016091520:11:49
Matthew/9thgrade/CA:DoesMITcaremuchaboutliberalarts,orcanIgetinbytakingthebareminimuminlibartsand
stockinguponmath/science/programmingknowledgeinstead?
MITChris 2016091520:11:50
@Matthewdoyoumeaninhighschoolorcollege?Eitherwayit'ssortofthesameactually.MIThasastrongfocusin
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scienceandtechnology,butthehumanistic/socialconcernsareneverthatfarapartfromthem,andsoyoualways
needtobeincorporatingthemintoyourSTEMsensibilities.
thkim1011 2016091520:11:52
TaeHyungKim/12thGrade/CA:DoesMIThaveanofficialsummerresearchprogram?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:11:53
@Tae:yep:https://math.mit.edu/research/undergraduate/spur/index.php
simranK 2016091520:11:58
simranK/11th/WI:whatisyourtransferstudentacceptancerate?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:11:59
Lastyear,22/490.http://web.mit.edu/ir/cds/2016/d.html
lillyg 2016091520:12:11
Lilly/9thGrade/(Sorry,Ishouldhaveincludedthisearlier,but)WherecanIfindthetranscriptafterward?
MITChris 2016091520:12:14
@lillyhere:http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/school/mathjamstranscripts
tmathman 2016091520:12:36
11thgrade/TX:IknowthattheEAdeadlineistypicallyNov1.Whendoyoutypicallyreleasetheapplications,andwhen
doyoubeginacceptingapplications?
MITChris 2016091520:12:37
@tmathmanapplicationislivenow
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:12:54
Isaac/9thgrade/BCAsidefrommyteachers,canmygiftedcoordinatorwritemealetterofrecommendation?
MITChris 2016091520:12:55
@isaacsure
RDescartes 2016091520:12:59
Whatextracriteriaarerequiredforhomeschoolstudents?
guluguluga 2016091520:13:01
What'sanASE?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:13:01
Noextracriteria,butyoumayfindthishelpful:http://mitadmissions.org/apply/prepare/homeschool
t0rajir0u 2016091520:13:02
@guluguluga:AdvancedStandingExam:youcantakethemtoplaceoutofrequiredclasses.see
http://web.mit.edu/registrar/classrooms/exams/ase_exams.html
T628319 2016091520:13:17
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:Whatwillhappenifwerunoutofundergraduatelevelcoursesthatweareinterested
in(i.e.theotherswereASEedorIsimplydon'tseemyselftakingthisclass)areASEsdoneforcredit,orjustsothatI
couldmoreonamoredifficultclass?
MITChris 2016091520:13:18
@t628319:a)youwon't,b)youcantakegradclasses
t0rajir0u 2016091520:13:27
yeah,youreallywon't
TheLuckyAngelo 2016091520:13:54
TheLuckyAngelo/10thgrade/PuertoRicoDoesMIThaveprecollegesummerprograms?
MITChris 2016091520:13:56
@angeloyeswedo,http://mitadmissions.org/apply/prepare/summer

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MathMonk 2016091520:14:24
MathMonk/8thgrade/IN:WhatisthemostpopularmajoratMITcurrently?
MITChris 2016091520:14:25
@mathmonkCS
ukulifeguard 2016091520:14:40
Margaret/12th/NJ:IappliedearlylastyearandnowIcan'taccessthefreshmanapplication,eventhoughIwanttoapply
again.WillthesystembepurgedsothatIdon'thaveanaccountanymore?
MITChris 2016091520:14:41
@margaretyes,inaweekorso
lillyg 2016091520:15:05
Lilly/9thGrade/Whatkindofcreditcanweget,regardingAPClassesandotheractivitiesoutsideofschool?(And
whatisgenerallyaccepted?)
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:15:06
YoucangetcreditforAPs,IBs,collegeclasses,andmore.See
http://web.mit.edu/firstyear/2020/subjects/incomingcredit/index.html
kylex2000 2016091520:15:45
Arethereanyissuesifwe'reapplyingasaJuniorandplantograduateearly?
MITChris 2016091520:15:46
@kylexno,a(small)numberofstudentscometoMITearly.Idon'tparticularlyrecommendfororagainstapplying
beforeyoursenioryear.Uptoyou.
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:16:31
@Kyle:Ididjustthat.Sometimesitistherightwaytogo.Eachsituationisindividual.
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:16:33
Isaac/9thgrade/BCDoesMIThaveafootballteam?
MITChris 2016091520:16:37
@isaacyes,andoneofthepeoplewhopracticeswithitisaPhDstudentinmathwhoisalsoalinemanforthe
baltimoreravenshttp://www.theplayerstribune.com/2016524johnurschelravensmitbacktoschool/
Woolly_Mammoth 2016091520:17:30
WoollyMammoth/10thgrade/JupiterFl:DoesMITofferacceleratedprogramsfordegreecompletion?
MITChris 2016091520:17:32
@woollyyoucanjusttakemoreclassesperterm,Iguess,althoughIdon'treallyknowwhyyouwould.
t0rajir0u 2016091520:17:35
@Woolly:I'mnotsurewhatthismeansexactly,butyoucertainlycangraduateinlessthan4years.Igraduatedin3.5,
andhadenoughcreditstograduatein2.5butchosetostudyabroadatCambridgeinstead.
MITChris 2016091520:17:49
TOPOFTHEMORNINGTOYOUQIAOCHU
Teol352 2016091520:17:50
Teol/10thGrade/NY:IfIalreadytookacollegecourseatadifferentcollege,doIstillneedtotaketheASE
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:17:51
Probablynot.Seehttps://math.mit.edu/academics/undergrad/first/transfer/index.php
Dhman2727 2016091520:18:24
Dhman2727/8thGrade/MADoyouhaveanadvantageifyouareapplyingfromMassachusetts?Orareallpeoplefrom
differentstatesgiventhesameopportunity?
MITChris 2016091520:18:25
@dhmanwedonothaveapreferenceforMAresidents.We'reaprivateuniversityMAisjustinthename.

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T628319 2016091520:18:27
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:Isitagoodideatotake6+classesasemester?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:18:28
@T6:no.justsaveyourselftheheartache.
MITChris 2016091520:18:37
lol
lis4732 2016091520:18:47
What'sthis?
MITChris 2016091520:18:48
toughtosay!
bob23 2016091520:19:38
ShouldyoutaketheSATorACTorboth?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:19:39
Justoneyourchoiceplus2SubjectTests.Morehere:http://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/tests
T628319 2016091520:19:55
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:t0rajir0u,didyougetextremelystressedatMITseemssoatyourresponses.Ithink
thatwe'dappreciateyourstory/experienceasapossiblewarning.
t0rajir0u 2016091520:19:56
@T6:no,actually,IwasextremelyunstressedatMIT,butIknowpeoplewhowereverystressed,foravarietyof
reasons.Oneofthemistakingtoomanyclassesandthat'sjustareallyeasyonetoavoid.
Kaladesh 2016091520:20:52
KWu/10thGrade/AretherepianoinstructorsatMITwhoyoucanaskforlessonswith?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:20:53
Yes.Inadditiontomusicclasses,there'salsotheEmersonProgram:http://mta.mit.edu/music/performance/emerson
program
BradyHan 2016091520:21:11
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,IknowthatMITevaluateseachapplicantasanindividual.Howdoesthisactuallywork
regardingthedifferencesinschoolsintermsofclassrigorandreputation?
MITChris 2016091520:21:12
@zexiangwebasicallylookateveryschool,whattheyoffer,whatthisstudentdidwiththeiropportunities,andtryto
projectwhatthatstudentwoulddoinanMITenvironmentwithMITopportunities
Teol352 2016091520:21:51
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Whathighschoolsdidy'allgoto?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:21:52
HamptonBays(NY)HighSchool.MITstudentscomefromallkindsofhighschoolsallovertheworld.
Penguin17 2016091520:21:59
asma/10th/MA:whatkindsofextracurricularswouldyourecommend?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:22:00
@asma:anythingyou'rereallyinterestedin
t0rajir0u 2016091520:22:10
solike,anythingyouwoulddoevenifithadnoeffectonyourMITadmission
Mercrist_089 2016091520:22:12
Mercrist/10thgrade/PuertoRico:WillparticipatinginmathcompetitionslikeAMC,AIME,USAMO,IMO,etchelpmeto
getintoMIT??
MITChris 2016091520:22:41
@mercristwon'thurt.asIsaidearlierthosekindsofmathcompetitionsareneithernecessarynorsufficientfor
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admission,butmanyalumniofthosecompetitionsdocometoMIT,includingmanyolympians
Kaladesh 2016091520:22:45
Howmanyclassesdoyourecommendtakingpersemester?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:22:46
AtMIT?4.Thoughyoucantakeasmanyasyouwant.
Teol352 2016091520:23:12
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Whathighschoolhasthehighestadmission%?
Maths4J 2016091520:23:13
Parent/ofyoungster/USAorAusQ:IsthereadifferenceinfinancialaidavailabilityforUSbasedversusoverseas
students?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:23:13
Amanywaytiebetweenabunchofrandomhighschoolswhereonepersonappliedandweadmittedthem.
MITChris 2016091520:23:14
@parentno,samefinancialaid.
T628319 2016091520:23:24
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:WhattypeofstudentsarenotabletosurvivetheacademicsatMIT?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:23:25
@T6:that'sacomplicatedquestion.MITcangetoverwhelmingclassesarefastpacedandsometimespeoplefindfor
avarietyofreasonsthattheyfellbehindandarehavingtroublekeepingup.somepeoplemakeitthroughthis,
especiallyiftheyhaveastrongsupportnetwork,andothersfindthatit'stoomuchandmayhavetoleaveMITfor
awhile.lotsofstuffhappens:/
lis4732 2016091520:23:47
Hm.LooksliketheseareMIThighschoolandcollegerelatedquestions.WellI'mamiddleschooler.Ihaveaquestion.
Myschooldoesn'tofferAlgebra1oranythinglikethat.Everyonedoesthesame.ButIwannastartlearningmoretobe
readyforhighschool.Ifletssay,IlearnAlgebrahereonaops,willthathelpforhs?Iwontneedtotakeitinhsthen,
right?Howdoesitwork?WilltheytestmetoseeifIhavetheknowledge,ordoIneedprooffromschoolthatItook
Algebra?
MITChris 2016091520:23:48
@lisprobably!I'malwaysafanofpeopledoingthingsthattheyareexcitedaboutdoingandtheythinkwillhelpthem
learn/challengemore.
MITChris 2016091520:23:58
Asforwhatyourschoolwilldo,reeeeallydependsontheschool
kylex2000 2016091520:24:23
IsbeingagolddivisionerinUSACOworthputtingonanapplication?
MITChris 2016091520:24:23
@kyleyes
T628319 2016091520:24:45
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:Howdoestaking4classesandtaking6classesbeahugedifferenceifthelatteris
just1.5timestheformer?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:24:45
@T6:it'samatteroftheabsolutedifference,nottherelativedifference.classestakeupalotoftime,between
classwork,psets,etc.atsomepointyou'retakingsomanyclassesthatyoudon'thavetimetorelax,hangoutwith
friends,sleep,orcatchuponanyotherclassesyou'rebehindon...therelevantnumbertokeeptrackofishowmuch
timeyouhavetospendonthisotherstuff,nothowmuchtimeyou'respendingonclassesassuch
Eugenis 2016091520:25:01
JasonTang/MiddleSchooler/MA:DoesMIThaveagoodfootballteam?

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MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:25:03
Dependsontheyear.Here'sanarticleonFoxSportsabouttherecentundefeatedseason.
http://www.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/brainssomebrawnengineersperfectseasonatmit111914
t0rajir0u 2016091520:25:11
Itook6classesonceanditwasjustreallyannoying.Imostlytook5but4isprettyrelaxingandreasonableIthink.
BradyHan 2016091520:25:14
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,forshortanswerquestionsdoyoulookforvariousaspectsofanapplicant(akatalkingabout
differentactivitiesIdotobestshowmyselfasanindividual)ortoconcentrateonafewthings?I'mjustafraidthatifI
talkaboutspecificthingstoomuch,theinformationisnotsovaluableregardingmyapplication.
MITChris 2016091520:25:15
zexiangtalkaboutwhateveryouwanttotalkabout.
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:26:13
Isaac/9thgrade/BCDoyouneedtotakethehardestcoursesthatareavailableinyourschooltohavethebest
chanceforadmission?WhatifthathardcourseconflictswithmyfavoriteclasssuchasJazz?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:26:13
@Isaac:justtakeyourfavoriteclasses.Itwouldbeashameifyoufeltlikeyouhadtotakesomehardclassinsteadofa
classyouactuallylike.Wewantyoutodothestuffyouthinkiscool!
T628319 2016091520:26:35
T628319/12thgrade/outofUS:I'veheardfromsomepeoplethattheychoosenottotaketheASEinsomesubjects
asaGPAboost,ashardsubjectsmightbehardtogetanAin.What'syourtakeonthis?
Grindar 2016091520:26:35
ArestudentsstillexploringthetunnelsystemsatMIT?
MITChris 2016091520:26:36
@grindarhacks.mit.edu
exhonourated 2016091520:27:19
Ian/11thGrade/WhatkindofclubsaretheretojoinatMIT?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:27:20
@Ian:tons.youcanfindalisthere:http://www.mit.edu/activities/.mypersonalfavoritesaretheacappellagroups,
althoughregrettablyinevergotintoone
sherry99xiao 2016091520:28:07
SherryXiao/11thgrade/OH:whydoyouthinksomanymathletescometoMIT?
MITChris 2016091520:28:11
@sherryIthinkbecausewehavereallygood,challenging,interestingmathandscienceprograms
t0rajir0u 2016091520:28:31
@Sherry:well,lotsofmathletesarealreadyatMIT,soit'scooltogowhereotherpeoplearealready.IthinkMITalsohas
agreatstudentcultureforpeoplewhojustreallylikemath,science,etc.Likeatotherschoolsyoumightfindthat
peoplearetalkingaboutpoliticsandphilosophyorwhateverandthat'slessofathingatMIT,peoplearetalkingmostly
abouttechystuff,althoughofcoursetheyalsohaveotherinterests
Mercrist_089 2016091520:28:52
Mercrist/10thgrade/PuertoRico:DoesCarnegiehaveabetterprogramthanMIT??
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:28:53
CarnegieMellonisanawesomeplace,andPittsburghisunderratedasacity.Asfor"better,"Idon'tknowhowone
wouldanswerthat.
bob23 2016091520:29:09
DoyouofferPhDsinphysics?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:29:10
@bob:yep
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isaac_wanderers 2016091520:29:44
Isaac/9thgrade/BCIsthereanybodyatMITthat'snotgoodatmath??
t0rajir0u 2016091520:29:44
@Isaac:sure.therearelotsofothermajors,andIknewlotsofotherpeoplewhoweren'tgreatatmath.notthatthiswas
goodsomeofthemfoundthate.g.theirchemistryclasseshadmoremaththantheyexpectedandstruggledbecause
ofthat.
bhanu123 2016091520:29:55
whatisthisabout
MITChris 2016091520:29:56
memes,mostly
exhonourated 2016091520:29:57
WhatkindofclubsaretheretojoinatMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:29:59
Hundredsandhundreds.Listhere:http://web.mit.edu/asa/resources/grouplist.html
MSTang 2016091520:30:54
Michael/12thgrade/Whatshouldbeourmindsetforthealumniinterview?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:30:55
I'dsay,comeinreadytohaveafunconversation.Bereadytotalkaboutyourself.Don'tcomeinwithascript.Tothe
extentthatyoucanhelpit,don'tbenervous.
Teol352 2016091520:31:06
Teol/10thGrade/NY:WhattypeofpeopledoyouthinkwouldhaveahardtimeatMIT?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:31:06
@Teol:Ialreadysaidsomethingaboutthisabove,butI'llbemorespecific.You'llhaveahardtimeifyoudon'tknowhow
toreachoutwhenyou'reintrouble.It'sveryeasyforpeopletohideintheirroomsandnottalktotheirfriends,ortalkto
MIT'smentalhealthservices,etc.whenthingsstartgoingpoorly,andthat'sjustnotgoingtogowell.
adik7 2016091520:31:24
AK/grade10/WAaresportsandartsthatIliketodoasahobby(notsupercompetitive)worthputtingonan
application?Also,iswritingablogworthputtingonanapplicationaswell?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:31:25
Yes.Wewanttoknowallaboutyou.
BradyHan 2016091520:31:51
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,couldyoupleasesharewithusinwhatyoutwomajoredandwhatdoyoudonow?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:31:52
Management("Course15")AdmissionsOfficer.
Dhman2727 2016091520:31:57
Domoststudentsparticipateinclubs?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:31:57
@Dhman:Ihavenoidea.TheonlyclubIwasinwastheRubik'scubeclub.MostlyIhungoutanddidfraternitystuff.
t0rajir0u 2016091520:32:08
@Zexiang:Imajoredinmath(course18)andamnowamathgradstudent
dankmemes 2016091520:32:14
Whatisyourfavoritememe?
MITChris 2016091520:32:15
@dankmemesdatboi
sherry99xiao 2016091520:32:21
SherryXiao/11thgrade/OH:IfoundonyourwebsitethattherearerepscomingtoCincinnation24th,butthere'snosign
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uporanythingforit.CanIjustgoevenifit'snotatmyhighschool?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:32:22
Yes!
Dhman2727 2016091520:32:55
Isitpossibleforaschooltobeblacklistedorfortheirtobeabiasagainstacertainschoolwhenlookingover
applications?Oriseverybodygivenanequalchance?
MITChris 2016091520:32:57
@dhmanwearenotsobasicasthat
MITChris 2016091520:33:05
i.e.,wedon'tholdyourschoolagainstyou
MSTang 2016091520:33:31
Michael/12th/MN:Iheardabout'demonstratedinterest.'InwhatwaysdoesMITlookatthisinapplications?
MITChris 2016091520:33:32
@michaelwedon't
aakritil 2016091520:33:43
DomathletesdobetteratMITthanothers?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:33:44
@aakritil:I'mnotsure.IthinkthemathletesIknowweregenerallymorecapableofhandlingtheircourseworkthanthe
nonmathletes,butthere'smoretolearningatMITthancourseworkofcourse.
catstormtrooper 2016091520:34:33
CatherineYeo/11thgrade/CA:arethereanysupplementalcomponentstotheapplication?
MITChris 2016091520:34:35
@catstormyep!mostprominently,ourportfolioshttp://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/supplements
Mish42 2016091520:34:42
MichellePang/10thGrade/Doesbeinggoodamathaffectaffectchancesofadmission?Likescoringwellonthe
AIMEs?
catstormtrooper 2016091520:34:42
CatherineYeo/11thgrade/CA:Doesnotdoing/doingwellatcompetitionmathplaceoneatanadmissionsdisadvantage
forMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:34:44
Wearelookingforstudentswhoareexcitedaboutscience,engineering,math,andrelatedfields.Competitionmathis
oneofmanywaystoshowthatexcitement.Forthoseofyouforwhomthisisimportant,wewillvalueit,butoverallmost
admittedstudentsatMITshowtheirmatchwithMITinwaysbeyondcompetitionmath
bob23 2016091520:34:54
Doyouhavetipsregardingwhattodowhenyoustartdoubtingyourself?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:34:56
@bob:reachouttoyourfriends.getsomesleep.drinkmorewater.takeawalk
DoubleStarPlus 2016091520:35:05
WillapplyingtootherprestigiouscollegeslikeHarvardandStanfordeffectyourapplication?
MITChris 2016091520:35:06
@doublestarplusno,wedon'tevenknowwhereelseyouareapplying
Goliath 2016091520:35:25
Goliath/9thgrade/VA:AredailycoursestaughtmostlybyTAsorprofessors?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:35:26
@Goliath:coursesatMITarealltaughtbyprofessors,asfarasIknow

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pc1234 2016091520:35:40
PeterChoi/11thgrade/CA:WhattypicallyhappensattheinformationmeetingsheldbyMITrepresentatives?
MITChris 2016091520:35:41
@peter~*~spookymagick~*~
princessofmathland 2016091520:36:06
sophmoreGirl/10th/NY:IfIselfstudyAPCompScibutdonttakeitatschoolbecauseitdoesn'tfitintomyschedule,is
thatstillthesameastakingtheclassinMIT'sview?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:36:07
@sophmoreGirl:probablyaboutthesameifyoudowellontheAPtest.otherwiseit'sunclearhowyou'regoingto
convinceadmissionsthatyouactuallylearnedanything
princessofmathland 2016091520:36:32
sophmoregirl/10th/NY:IfIselfstudyAPCompScibutdonttaketheclassatschoolbecauseitdoesntfitintomy
scheduleisthatfrownedupon?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:36:33
No
aakritil 2016091520:36:50
WhatareTA's.
t0rajir0u 2016091520:36:51
@aakritil:itstandsforTeacherAssistants.theseareusuallygradstudentsorundergradswhohelpoutwithaclass,
e.g.withgrading.atsomecollegestheyteachclassestoo.
dankmemes 2016091520:37:24
Andrew/11/OH:Regardingevaluatingstudentsinthecontextoftheirhighschool,whatifthe"schoolprofile"theschool
providesisinaccurate.Forexample,itlistsnumerousextracurricularsandAPclassesthatarenolongeroffered,and
administrationrefusestofixit.Isthereanywhereontheapplicationwecanplaceinformationaboutwhatis_actually_
offered?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:37:26
Thereisacatchall"anythingelseweshouldknow"textboxfor,well,anythingelseweshouldknow.Youcouldnotethat
there.
BradyHan 2016091520:38:45
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,doesMITprovidestudyabroadoptionsforALLMAJORS?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:38:46
@Zexiang:asfarasIknow,thestudyabroadoptionsarenotmajorspecific.IdidCambridgeMITExchange(CME),
whichwasforallmajorsthatCambridgealsohas
urbanduck 2016091520:39:03
MyschoolsanIBschool,butIchosenottodoIBinfavorofotherextracurriculars(I'maChemolycamper,sciolycoach
formiddleschool,etc)wouldthatsitwellwithMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:39:04
Wedon'tcareabouttheparticularsofexactlywhatacademicprogramyoudoAP,IB,dualenrollment,etc.Weare
interestedinseeingthatyou'vechallengedyourselftoareasonabledegreeinhighschool.Thatcanbedonewithor
withouttheIB.Myguessisyouwillbefine.
ukulifeguard 2016091520:39:08
Margaret/12th/NJ:Iappliedearlyandhadaveryscaryanduncomfortableinterviewlastyear.Partofitwasmyown
nerves,butmyinterviewerdidnotactatalllikeyouaredescribingandalsogavemesomeinformationaboutthe
applicationprocessthatwasn'ttrue.IsthereanythingIshoulddoifthathappensagainthisyear?
Penguin17 2016091520:39:08
asma/10th/MA:isittruethatsometimesadmissionsofficersskimthroughyouressayandnotreadthewholethingifit
doesntseeminteresting

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BradyHan 2016091520:39:08
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,shouldIbeconcernedthatnooneatmyschoolhasevergottenintoMIT?Lollll
MITChris 2016091520:39:10
@zexiangnotparticularlypastapplicationsareunrelatedtoyours
pc1234 2016091520:39:23
PeterChoi/11th/CA:DoesMITadmissionsconsider"legacy?"AsindoeshavingrelativeswhograduatedfromMIT
help?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:39:29
@Peter:nope
catstormtrooper 2016091520:39:30
Catherine/11thgrade/CA:doesMITtaketheCommonApplication?Whattypeofquestionsareaskedonitsown
applicationportion?
MITChris 2016091520:39:31
@catwedonot.ourapplicationislocatedatmy.mit.edu
dankmemes 2016091520:39:41
Andrew/11/OH:DoyoulookatACTessayscoresand/oractuallyreadourscannedACTessays?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:39:42
No.
catstormtrooper 2016091520:40:10
CatherineYeo/11thgrade/CA:doesMITallowstudentstotakeagapyearbetweengraduationandenteringcollege?
MITChris 2016091520:40:11
@catyep!onceadmittedtoMIT,youcanrequest(andbegranted)upto2yearsofgapyeartodomoreorless
whateveryoulike.
myne 2016091520:40:17
Woulditbeacceptabletohaveaforeignlanguageteacherforthehumanitiesletterofrec?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:40:18
Yes.http://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/recommendations
moth2013 2016091520:40:20
ALOHA
MITChris 2016091520:40:21
@mothhi!!!
SuzieMae 2016091520:41:08
SuzieMae/Mom/Brazil:WhoistheAdmissionsRepforBrazil?Willy'allbevisitingRiothisfall(springforus)?
MITChris 2016091520:41:09
@suziehi!wewillnotbevisitingrio,unfortunately,butifyouhavespecificquestions,justemailmitintl@mit.edu,which
isouradmittedstudentreporthotline
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:41:19
Isaac/9thgrade/BCHowmanyforeignlanguagesdoyouneedtoapply?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:41:20
@Isaac:none.Ithinkthere'sarecommendationtotake2yearsofaforeignlanguagebutthisisn'tarequirement
supercomputer 2016091520:41:39
Rahul/12th/TX:isthe10minute,twopiecerulefortheartssupplementstrict?Orcanwesubmitforexamplealonger
piece?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:41:41
Idon'tthinkthereisanytechnologicalreasonwhyyourpiececan'tbelonger,butrememberthatthereviewerswillonly
havelimitedtimetoactuallyreviewyoursubmission.
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BradyHan 2016091520:42:00
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,doyoustillrememberbeingahighschoolsenior?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:42:01
@Zexiang:yeah,itwasprettyfun!
AlephNull00 2016091520:42:05
anne/9/AR:Istherejoint/dualdegreeprogrambetweenMIT&Harvard?
MITChris 2016091520:42:06
@anneno,butthereisfullcrossregistrationbetweentheuniversitiessoyoucantakeclassesbetweenthem
Teol352 2016091520:42:38
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Whatforeignlanguagesdoy'alloffer?
MITChris 2016091520:42:39
@teolhttps://mitgsl.mit.edu/languages,butremember,crossregatharvardandwellesleyaugmentsthistoo
princessofmathland 2016091520:43:07
sophmoregirl/10th/NY:HowstronglydoesMITAdmissionsvaluestartingprograms/camps/volunteering?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:43:08
Onethingwethinkaboutishowastudentwillhaveanimpactonthecommunity.Thesethingsyoulistcertainlysound
liketheywouldimpactthecommunity
guluguluga 2016091520:43:09
Ifwesubmitadecentbutnotgreatartsupplement,willthatnegativelycontributetotheapplication?
Teol352 2016091520:43:09
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Whendoesthisthingend?
MITChris 2016091520:43:10
@guluno,wewillneverholdyoursupplementsagainstyou
MITChris 2016091520:43:20
@teol9PMET,ibelieve
User2013 2016091520:43:46
HowmanystudentsatMITwerehomeschooled?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:43:47
Idon'tknowtheexactnumber.Morethanafew
rithwik 2016091520:43:48
Inhighschoolwouldyourecommendtakinglinearalgebra?
MITChris 2016091520:43:50
@rithwikifitsuitsyou!
suika1234 2016091520:44:20
Doyouthinkthatapersonshouldhaveawiderangeofthingsontheirapplicationorfocusedononetopiconly?
MITChris 2016091520:44:22
@suikaithinkbothareokay,justdifferent
catstormtrooper 2016091520:44:56
CatherineYeo/11thgrade/CA:whatisthemaximumnumberofadditionalrecommendationsoneisabletosendin?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:44:58
Youcansubmitoneadditionalrecommendationthroughouronlinesystem.Beyondthat,youwouldhavetomailitin
(andthinkdeeplyaboutwhethermorethanoneisnecessary)
ukulifeguard 2016091520:45:04
Margaret/12th/NJ:Isitokaytosendarecfroma10thgradeteacher(fromanAPscience)?
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MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:45:05
Yes
BradyHan 2016091520:45:09
Zexiang/12thGrade/NC,ifIweretoolaidbackduringtheinterview,wouldmyECthinkthatI'mnottakingthisseriously?
Oritreallydoesn'tmatter?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:45:09
@Zexiang:it'sprobablyfine.
rithwik 2016091520:45:16
@MITChris:ImeanshouldItakeanothermathclassoverthesummertodoitorisitnotworththatmuch?
MITChris 2016091520:45:18
@rithwikifyouwantto,goaheadanddoit.igenerallyadvisepeople:don'tdosomethingbecauseyouthinkit'sgoing
togetyouintoMIT.atthemargins,itprobablywon't.dostuffyouliketodo.
aakritil 2016091520:45:31
doyourecommendgapyears?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:45:32
Yeshttp://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/on_taking_a_gap_year_2
aakritil 2016091520:45:52
Is8thgradetoearlytostartthinkingaboutcollege?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:45:53
@aakritil:don'tgetstressedoutaboutit,butIthinkit'snevertooearlytoatleaststartthinkingaboutyourfuture.but
don'tjuststopatcollegewhatdoyouwanttodoafterwards?theanswertothatquestionhasahugeeffectonwhat
kindofcollegeyoumightwanttogoto
rithwik 2016091520:46:42
IamafreshmanandIamtakingElementaryFunctions/PreCalcthisyear.WouldyourecommendmetakingCalcBC
overthesummersothatIcantakeLinearAlgebrainhighschoolorjusttakingCalcBCduringschoolandnotLinear
Algebrainhighschool?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:46:43
Iwouldthinkdeeplyaboutopportunitycostwhatelsecouldyoudooverthesummerifyouweren'ttakingaclass?
Lotsofinterestingthingsyoucoulddo.There'snorushtogettocalc&beyond.Butitisyourchoice.
Kaladesh 2016091520:46:56
Iaskedthisquestionabout10minutesago,anditwasnotanswered,soIwillaskitagain:Ifyouonlyqualifyforthe
USA(J)MOanddonotqualifyforMOP,doesMITcareaboutyouractualUSA(J)MOscore?
MITChris 2016091520:46:58
@kaladeshImean,we(usually)knowit,butwedon'tplacefinegraineddistinctiononit.JustqualifyingforUSAJMOis
quiteanaccomplishment.
guluguluga 2016091520:47:03
WhatifwedoterriblyontheACTWriting?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:47:04
WearenotconsideringtheACTWriting.
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:47:17
Isaac/9thgrade/BCYoumentionedyoudon'tlooatACTessays,soIassumeyoudon'tlookatSATessaysaswell,
right?
Maths4J 2016091520:47:17
Parent/ofyoungster/forahomeschooler,couldthelackofanykindofhighschooltranscriptbemadeupforbyvarious
proctoredtestsuchasSAT/ACT/APs(andmathcontests)todemonstrateacademicpreparedness?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:47:17
Right.
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MITChris 2016091520:47:18
@mathsthat'stheusualmethod,yes
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:47:21
Isaac/9thgrade/BCSotheinterviewisn'taccountedforinyouradmission?
t0rajir0u 2016091520:47:21
@Isaac:it'saccountedfor,butIdon'tthink"toolaidback"isthesortofthingyoushouldbeworriedabout.
bob23 2016091520:47:44
Whatshouldwedoifwearestressingaboutgettingintoacollege?
MITChris 2016091520:47:45
@bobgooutandexercisetogetoutofyourownheadforabit
Kaladesh 2016091520:47:53
DoesMIThaveearlydecisionoradmission?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:47:54
Earlyactionhttp://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/cycles
Penguin17 2016091520:48:10
asma/10th/MA:whendoihavetofigureoutwhattodowithmylife
MITChris 2016091520:48:11
@penguin\_()_/
supercomputer 2016091520:48:33
Rahul/12th/TX:InschoolIamtakingMultivariablecalculusandlinearalgebra,buttheclassissimplycalled
"IndependentStudyMathematics",isthereawayIcouldindicatetheactualcourseontheMITapplication?Alsois
thereanywhereIcanindicateonlinecoursesthatItook?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:48:33
Yes!Wehaveaselfreportedcourseworkformthatyou'llseeinPart2oftheapplicationitisdesignedforexactlythis!
Mathster360 2016091520:48:35
Isitokayifyouarenotgoodatathleticsornotinanyathleticteam?
MITChris 2016091520:48:36
@mathsteryep!that'sfine
BillytheChamp 2016091520:49:24
IsitokifIneverdidmusicordidwellatsportsbutdedicatedmostofmytimetomath/science?
MITChris 2016091520:49:25
@billyyes,itisokay.
thkim1011 2016091520:50:36
Canweusetheselfreportedcourseworkforcourseraclasses?IthinkitwasmentionedthatAoPSclasseswouldbe
allowed?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:50:38
Yes
MSTang 2016091520:51:13
Michael/12/MN:Howlongdointerviewsusuallygo?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:51:13
3090minutes
PurplePotatoDonkey 2016091520:51:16
IstherearequirementtohowmanyAPcourseswemusttakeinhighschooltoenterMIT?
MITChris 2016091520:51:24
@purpleno
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tmathman 2016091520:51:56
Ifastudentwantedtoapplyregularaction,couldheapplyasearlyasNov2(orisitpossibletoapplyearlierforRA)?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:51:57
YoucansubmitaRegularActionapplicationasearlyasyoulike.Tonightwouldevenbefine.
weiluntwins 2016091520:52:09
Julian/11th/TW:Sojusttobeclear,youguysdon'tconsiderthescoresorthewritingfortheACT/SATessaysat
all?????
MITChris 2016091520:52:11
@julianthat'sright!!!!!!!!
moth2013 2016091520:52:28
Doesmiddleschoolworkmatter?
MITChris 2016091520:52:29
@mothno
catstormtrooper 2016091520:52:37
Catherine/11thgrade/CA:doesMITallowminorsanddoublemajors?
MITChris 2016091520:52:38
@catyes
aakritil 2016091520:52:47
WhatisanMITstudentbedtime
MITChris 2016091520:52:48
@aakritilvaries
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:53:04
@moth:Wedonotaskformiddleschoolclassesoractivitiesinourapplication.
MITChris 2016091520:53:20
thanksfortheclarification,matt
FN2187 2016091520:53:39
JorgeCastello/11thgrade/Brazil:WhatistheexpectedfutureforastudentthatgraduatedfromMIT,givenpast
graduations?
MITChris 2016091520:53:47
@jorgehttps://gecd.mit.edu/resources/surveydata
ddx3 2016091520:53:52
doesmithaveaconcertband,windensemble,etc?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:53:53
Both,andmorehttp://mta.mit.edu/music/performance
MITChris 2016091520:53:55
that'sasurveyofwhatpeopledo/wheretheygoafterMIT
guluguluga 2016091520:54:25
Whattimedoyouusuallyhavetowakeup?
MITChris 2016091520:54:26
@guluiusuallywakeupat5togotothegymbeforework.butmostMITstudentsarelaterisers.
MITChris 2016091520:54:55
@isaacin5minutesorso
isaac_wanderers 2016091520:54:57
Isaac/9thgrade/BCWhenisthisending?

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tmathman 2016091520:55:03
Asafollowupquestion,whatdistinguishesastudentwhoisapplyingEAorRA,ifapplicationsfrombothareaccepted
simultaneously?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:55:04
Theonlydifferenceiswhenwereviewtheapplications.WelookatEAappsinNovember,andRAappsinJanuary.
Otherwiseweusethesamecriteria.
catstormtrooper 2016091520:55:36
Catherine/11thgrade/CA:areinterviewsmandatory?
MITChris 2016091520:55:37
@catnotmandatorybutstrongly,strongly,stronglyrecommended
catstormtrooper 2016091520:56:00
Catherine/11thgrade/CA:doesMITofferanymeritbasedscholarships?
MITChris 2016091520:56:02
@catno,allofourscholarshipsareneedbasedandmeet100%offinancialneed
ingenio 2016091520:56:21
waitdowehavetogotoMITcampusfortheinterviwe?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:56:22
Noinyourhomearea.http://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/interview
catstormtrooper 2016091520:56:44
isittruethatMITstudentshavebuiltarollercoasteroncampus?
MITChris 2016091520:56:46
@catyes,hereugohttp://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/rollercoastersanddanceparties
Gwena 2016091520:56:50
Piper/11thGrade/MA:DointerviewersreportanythingbacktoMIT?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:56:51
Yes.It'skindoflikeanextrarecommendationletter.
samyjung 2016091520:57:09
whydoesapplyingtoMITfeelsodaunting?
MITChris 2016091520:57:10
@samyjungit'sallinyourhead!justapply
WireCat 2016091520:58:22
WireCat/8th/NE:Whatisthemainreasonforthe8%acceptancerate?
MITChris 2016091520:58:23
@wirecatlotsmorepeoplewanttocometoMITthanwehaveroomtofit
Gwena 2016091520:59:05
Piper/11thGrade/MA:Ifthere'sonethingyou'dlikepeopletogetfromtoday'smathjam,whatwoulditbe?
MITChris 2016091520:59:07
@piper:dowhatgetsyoumosthappyandexcitedandengagedinhighschool,don'tworrytoomuchaboutcollege,just
applytoplacesandgowhereyouthinkyou'llbethebestfit
RDescartes 2016091520:59:25
Isittruethatthere'safiretruckontopofoneofthecampusdomes?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091520:59:29
Notallthetime...http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/2006/firetruck/
firefly 2016091521:00:02
doesMIThaveclassicalIndiandancecluborextracurricularactivitysuchasBharatnatyam.
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thkim1011 2016091521:00:02
IfIwanttouseAoPSclassesforselfreportedcoursework,doIneedtoreceiveagradefromAoPS?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091521:00:11
@firefly:Yes
Dhman2727 2016091521:01:23
WhatisyourfavoriteMIThack?
MattMcGannMIT 2016091521:01:24
Maybehttp://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/2009/solar_powered_subway/or
http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/2008/zombie_chainsaws/
Teol352 2016091521:01:35
Teol/10thGrade/NY:Areanyofyoullamasindisguise?
MITChris 2016091521:01:40
@teolhttps://cl.ly/0O3t1y3p2S11/Image%2020160915%20at%209.01.03%20PM.jpg
MITChris 2016091521:01:52
ANDWITHTHATwewillcallitawrap
MITChris 2016091521:01:54
so
MITChris 2016091521:01:57
ifyouhavemorequestions
MITChris 2016091521:02:02
checkoutourwebsiteatmitadmissions.org
MITChris 2016091521:02:09
emailourteamatadmissions@mit.edu
MITChris 2016091521:02:13
keepdoingmath
MITChris 2016091521:02:14
keepdoingyou
MITChris 2016091521:02:16
keepbeinggreat
MITChris 2016091521:02:23
we'llseesomeapplicationsfromsomeofyou
MITChris 2016091521:02:31
we'llprobablyseemoreofyounextyearwhenwedothisagain
MITChris 2016091521:02:48
thankstoMattandQiaochuforjoiningmeandtoLauraforhelpingoutontheAoPSside
MITChris 2016091521:02:57
talktoyouallsoon!
MattMcGannMIT 2016091521:03:12
Itwasgreattobehere!Thanksforyourpatience.Sorrywecouldn'tanswerallofthequestions!
Dhman2727 2016091521:03:45
Thankyou!
Woolly_Mammoth 2016091521:03:45
Thankyouverymuch!

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Gwena 2016091521:03:45
2ndyearhere!
Donultimite 2016091521:03:45
Bye!!!!tyler1Hey
sherry99xiao 2016091521:03:45
Thankyousomuch!!!
weiluntwins 2016091521:03:45
thankyou
GeneralCobra19 2016091521:03:45
Bye!
Teol352 2016091521:03:45
CY@@@@@
isaac_wanderers 2016091521:03:45
Thanksfordoingthis!
suika1234 2016091521:03:45
thankyou!
Goliath 2016091521:03:45
Thankyou!
samyjung 2016091521:03:45
ThankYou!
dankmemes 2016091521:03:45
Thankyou!
guluguluga 2016091521:03:50
Thankyou!
Kaladesh 2016091521:03:50
Thanks
SuzieMae 2016091521:03:54
SuzieMae/Mom/Brazil:ThankyouMITChris,MattMcGannMIT,t0rajir0uandLauraZedforyourtime,allthegreat
information.
LauraZed 2016091521:04:17
Thankyouallforcoming!Sorrywecouldn'tgettoallofyourquestionstonightthereweremorethan200participants,
soyoucanimaginehowmanyquestionscameinduringthediscussion.
LauraZed 2016091521:04:21
ThanksagaintoMatt,Chris,andQiaochuforspendingsomuchtimewithustonighttotellusallaboutMIT!
LauraZed 2016091521:04:31
We'llpostatranscriptofthisdiscussionsoonamongtheMathJamtranscriptsonthispage:
LauraZed 2016091521:04:34
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