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my MIT decision

Postby william » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:37 am UTC

Dear William,

The Admissions Committee has completed its review of your application and I am very sorry to tell you that we are unable to offer you admission to MIT.

This year we had more than 3,900 Early Action applications for just 500 offers of admission. We expect to have a large increase in Regular Action applications as well, so this year is truly the most competitive ever at MIT. Please keep in mind that most of our applicants are exceptional students, who are not offered admission simply because we do not have enough space in our entering class.

I wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Stuart Schmill
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 30 minutes as of this post

Postby BurntCornMuffin » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:43 am UTC

Good luck, there.
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 20 minutes as of this edit

Postby sethicus » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:48 am UTC

you will fail.
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 20 minutes as of this edit

Postby Antimatter Spork » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:48 am UTC

Hope it works out for you.

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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 20 minutes as of this edit

Postby Phentos » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:14 am UTC

sethicus wrote:you will succeed.

I concur.
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 12 hours as of this edit

Postby Solt » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:20 am UTC

I remember awaiting that decision... :(
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 12 hours as of this edit

Postby MoonBuggy » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:31 pm UTC

Me too... :cry:

Errm, I mean, good luck.
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 12 hours as of this edit

Postby thedufer » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:01 pm UTC

william wrote:I'm going crazy here!

"You have successfully confirmed your ability to view your decision online, which will be available beginning at 12:00PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on Saturday, December 15."

I misread that. It said PM, not AM. silly me, going crazy :(


Wait a second. Last I heard, midnight and noon were neither AM nor PM, but rather midnight or noon. Have I been deceived?

Oh. And good luck. I know a lot of people who applied there too, so this is going to be either a really good or really bad weekend.

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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in 12 hours as of this edit

Postby phlip » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:09 pm UTC

thedufer wrote:Wait a second. Last I heard, midnight and noon were neither AM nor PM, but rather midnight or noon. Have I been deceived?

Times on clocks are typically rounded down... Thus ε before noon it'll be called 11:59 AM, and ε after noon it'll be called 12:00 PM... and exactly noon is also 12:00. Thus (to me at least) it makes sense to refer to exactly noon as 12:00 PM. If ε before noon was rounded up to 12:00, but was still called AM, then I wouldn't refer to noon as AM or PM... but it's not, so I do.

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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in ~30 minute as of this edit

Postby thisisdavid » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:52 pm UTC

MIT was beating down my door this year due to my test scores and minority status (1/16 Chickasaw ftw), but I didn't bother applying since my grades are B range and I'm better at liberal arts anyways.
Good luck though, if you get in you should start likening yourself to Gordon Freeman at every opportunity.
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Re: I get MIT admissions decisions in ~30 minute as of this edit

Postby celandine » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:54 pm UTC

Good luck! And don't spend all morning clicking "refresh," if you can avoid it.

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby william » Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:07 pm UTC

so yeah, I didn't get in.

i don't know how I feel right now

oh well, it was a long shot anyways, I guess
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby Angelene » Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:11 pm UTC

william, if you don't feel overwhelmingly disappointed, then it wasn't right for you.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby crazyjimbo » Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:24 pm UTC

William, don't feel too bad about it. I applied to Cambridge in the UK, which is similar in prestige to MIT and I was turned down. I was really disappointed when I got the letter and spent a good week just moping around not knowing what to do. I had focused all my energy and thoughts about the future on Cambridge and it felt like I had failed at life when I didn't get in. I don't know about your situation, but I find it can be very hard to not get single minded about these things. Looking back now though, I realise that it didn't really matter, I was still very good at what I did and there are plenty other awesome universities. Prestige isn't everything. I am unbelievably happy at Edinburgh, I'm still getting a great education with great prospects and I wouldn't change anything even if I could.

The other thing it took me a while to come to terms with, is that just because they didn't appreciate that I was 'good enough' for them, doesn't mean that I'm not. No admissions testing could be that thorough.

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby zingmaster » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:00 pm UTC

I don't know if I can really sound nice when I say this, but you need to accept that you can't get in everywhere. And while rejection is a hard pill to swallow, you will have to do so many times. But hey, things will turn out okay in the end. And no matter where you go, you will be happy eventually, because you'll find a place you really like.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby b.i.o » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:15 pm UTC

william wrote:so yeah, I didn't get in.

i don't know how I feel right now

oh well, it was a long shot anyways, I guess


Don't beat yourself up too much about it. I got rejected from six of the nine schools I applied to--I got two of my acceptance letters first before spending the next month getting my 6 rejection letters--it was pretty depressing, but everything worked out wonderfully in the end.

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:19 pm UTC

So, where else are you applying/have you applied?
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby une see » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:25 pm UTC

Awwww, I'm sorry you didn't get in. Although if it's any consolation, the last time I was there, I was under the impression that MIT is ugly as fuck.

What other schools have you applied to? Every senior in my high school has been going crazy this past week, trying to find out where everyone has gotten into/gotten rejected from.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby DesperatMezures » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:40 pm UTC

I got my decision earlier today, too. Ended up being deferred... :| Now I have to wait until March for more info.

The worst part is, now I actually have to work on my other applications until then. Yuck...
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby TRM » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:09 pm UTC

Sorry to hear. The best thing you can do for now is to completely forget about it and shrug it off. There are many, many other universities out there which will probably be able to fulfill whatever standards you've set. In fact, just delete this thread if you really want to forget about it. :wink:
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby william » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:36 pm UTC

I don't think I can delete this thread now that others have posted on it.

I'm coping pretty well, actually, and posting things out in the open is probably helping.

The other schools I applied to were UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Georgia Tech. I think I will get into them, since they aren't as unreasonably competitive(well, I think Chapel Hill actually is, but only for out-of-state students) but I don't get to know my decision until January or so, which sucks.

I guess MIT will be just that much less awesome next year ;)
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby Twasbrillig » Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:07 pm UTC

zingmaster wrote:...rejection is a hard pill to swallow... will turn out okay in the end.


Works better as a suppository, eh?

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby spelunker » Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:33 pm UTC

You could also try similarly-minded schools to MIT, such as Caltech, RIT, or Rice. I hear Rice is pretty damn cool.

And really, simply graduating with a degree is enough for a career; sure, having one from MIT would give you a leg up somewhere, but having the education is what counts.

Plus, it's not like places like UNC or Georgia Tech completely suck or something.

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby william » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:31 pm UTC

Man, everybody is treating me like I'm depressed and need cheering up now.

Yeah, mods, just delete this thread.
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Postby zingmaster » Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:50 am UTC

Or rather than just delete, why doesn't someone merge it with the college apps thread?
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby Mricpx » Sun Dec 16, 2007 6:44 am UTC

I found out yesterday I got into WVU. :D It's around my 16th choice because I knew their was absolutely no way I wasn't getting in there.

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby segmentation fault » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:24 pm UTC

join the club. its MIT, not very easy to get into.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby parkaboy » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:37 pm UTC

Mricpx wrote:I found out yesterday I got into WVU. :D It's around my 16th choice because I knew their was absolutely no way I wasn't getting in there.


their wasnt? but you got in they're. i'm sure there very happy to have you. =]
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Re: my MIT decision

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby hendusoone » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:11 pm UTC

Isn't Early Action the application process where if they accept your application, you're definitely attending the school? Like, where you only put in for your absolute top choice? If so, that means you still could get in, through their standard application process. It's worth a shot, at least! And if not, there's always transferring in after a year of general ed at some other school.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby apricity » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:16 pm UTC

hendusoone wrote:Isn't Early Action the application process where if they accept your application, you're definitely attending the school? Like, where you only put in for your absolute top choice?

Early Action isn't binding, Early Decision is. Early Action is where you apply and find out early, but you're not required to attend. It's got the same statistics (sometimes even lower) for acceptance rates than Regular Decision, whereas Early Decision usually has higher acceptance rates.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby hendusoone » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:23 pm UTC

Thanks for the clarification, 'cita! It's been six years since I've done that crazy pick-a-college thing*, and it's all one big fuzzy blur now.


*It's not actually crazy - it's highly recommended. Just confusing after not caring about/having to do it for so long.
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby Midnight » Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:13 am UTC

i read a book on lists of colleges... something like 95% of students at MIT are in the top 3 of their class. 99.8 or something is top 20 (possibly 100%, but I forget)
and that's not even talking about test scores..
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Re: my MIT decision

Postby Windmill » Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:30 am UTC

Rice is the place to be.

The deadline is Jan. 2nd, you should fill out the application and send everything in. It is, in my mind, the best private school in the US.

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Re: my MIT decision

Postby Mystitat » Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:20 am UTC

There is always graduate school at MIT, right?
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