|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)
I participated in many extracurriculars, in math/science, the arts, education, service, etc. I also performed well on standardized testing, including the SAT subject tests.
| Chemical Engineering|| Aug 04 2010 |
MIT seems to attract well-rounded individuals. I would recommend that you simply be yourself on your application--your honesty and personality will stand out more than smart-sounding descriptions. Then, if you're admitted, you will know that MIT believes YOU will succeed there, not the person you pretended to be on your application.
The dean asked me to perform sick sex acts with a few faculty members. Good grades and SAT scores help, of course. The most crucial thing, though, is that little extra. You must go above and beyond your peers, by winning a competition or getting an internship or starting your own company, however you want to do it.