|Students who got into MIT say:|
Essay (6) |
1. Get good test scores. (Mine: 35 ACT, 1530 SAT)
| Computer Science|
| Oct 03 2011 |
2. Ace the interview (This is where they cut a LOT of students)
3. Make sure you have HS extra curriculars (I had Swimming, Band, Government Service, etc). They have lots of bright kids applying, so they don't need one-track mind math nerds; they have plenty. They want to know why YOU are special.
4. Take college classes while in HS at a local college - show you can handle it.
5. ??? (Get lucky - over 60% of rejected applicants are fully qualified)
You should know what it takes to get in here. Even if you have it, it's still a crapshoot if you're not a URM. Welcome to modern competition.
| Computer Engineering|| Aug 23 2011 | Do your best in high school, and on your application be honest. If you are genuinely interested in science, express that. If you genuinely want to be there, express that.
Learning about computers did a lot for me mentally. It won't really make you stand out in admissions, but it will make your life a lot easier once you're here and will give you more of a common base for talking to others.
| Political Science|| Aug 14 2010 |