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Tips mention: Interview (7), ACT/SAT (14), Grades (14), Sports/Extracurriculars (15), College Essay (6)
Get good grades, good SATs, do something *amazing* inNov 10 2003Business - Management and Administration
get good grades, good SATs, do something *amazing* in the sciences realm (compete in science fairs, scholarships). Show your interest in the interview.

Most important are your academics.
SAT: 1550 Female

Try to have at least one meaningful research experienceNov 09 2003Economics
Try to have at least one meaningful research experience in high school. For example, you could contact a professor from a nearby university whose work looks interesting and volunteer as a research assistant. Aside from the intellectual rewards, this sort of thing will make you a near lock for admission assuming that your other stats are OK.
SAT: 1550 Male
Despite what MIT try to sell to the generalSep 08 2003Computer Science
Despite what MIT try to sell to the general public, I still think they look for the science/math superstar, preferably with strong ECs. In a sense, if you don't excel in these field it might not be in your best interest to go there anyway so you might want to consider schools that are less technical. Grades & scores wise, most of the people I knew had 1500+ scores (a few 1600s). Just to give you an example, I had two roommates freshman year and we had a 1540,1510 & 1510. Highschool grades are also important but I think the school puts more emphasis on standardized scores as a common comparator. I think MIT also looks for people who show initiative because in some sense, that shows a level of independence that could come in handy when you need to cope with the stress and the pressure that comes with going to the top engineering school in the world.
SAT: 1510 Male
If you really want to go to MIT, doJul 12 2003Computer Science
If you really want to go to MIT, do some research in a lab somewhere over the summer during high school. Go to your local university, and ask the professors if they need any help in the lab. The common thread that most MIT students share is prior research experience.
SAT: 1510 Male
I think doing what you care about is muchFeb 19 2003Physics
I think doing what you care about is much more important than trying to fit an admission committee's mold. Having high grades in difficult classes (including classes at local colleges, if at all possible) and high board scores is of course necessary. But in terms of extracurriculars, don't just do what you think MIT is looking for. I did dance and political activism because they made me feel alive. I also did the typical science research and contests, but that's because I loved that as well.
SAT: 1570 Female
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