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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Your Combined ACT:
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SAT Math + Verbal:
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Your Chances at MIT
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at MIT
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
13,380
5,609
# Admitted
808
740
% Admitted
6.0%
13.2%
% Overall
8.2%

Students who got into MIT:

Tips mention: Interview (7), ACT/SAT (14), Grades (14), Sports/Extracurriculars (15), College Essay (6)
Be the best at what you enjoy, which meansApr 03 2013Physics
Be the best at what you enjoy, which means quality over quantity. It can be math, music, physics, engineering, robotics etc... It is better too be darn good at 1 thing than average at 10.

Since you are interested at MIT, I won't even comment on the grades/score. If you are to flourish here, those things should come effortlessly.
SAT: 1540 Male

1. Get good test scoresOct 03 2011Computer Science
1. Get good test scores. (Mine: 35 ACT, 1530 SAT)
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)
6. Profit.
ACT: 35 SAT: 1530 Male
You should know what it takes to get in hereAug 23 2011Computer Engineering
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.
SAT: 2400 Male
I participated in manyAug 04 2010Chemical Engineering
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.
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.
ACT: 34 SAT: 2340 Female
Personally, I think that being different from the stereotypicalApr 13 2010Economics
Personally, I think that being different from the stereotypical MIT student helped me a lot in the admissions process. I mean, I was dead set on studying econ in a school that's 85% engineers (even though the econ program is here is something like 2nd in the nation). I also came from a school that emphasized humanities, submitted an art portfolio (painting), and wrote my essay about playing sports. MIT already has plenty kids who can take apart toasters, build robots, write computer programs, and win math olympiads; they won't make you unique here. I am not saying that doing any of these things will hurt your chances, I'm just saying that make sure you show them that you have other dimensions too.
SAT: 2220 Female
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