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I JUST visited the MIT Track & Field department. And I am confused about the recruiting process of it after I have read all the comments on CC regarding to this specific matter.
When I visited there, everything was going smooth. The coach I met was welcoming me outside his office and gave me a lot of compliments(?) and advice at the same time.
Yes, he said that he has a limited influence over the admission committee. In fact, only 37% of the supported recruits got in eventually, according to what he said. And he said that I already committed myself to come to MIT if I get in here because I filled out the questionnaire form? I was bewildered and felt like I was cheated. But, I would have committed anyways. So, I cared not.
Well, here are the topics we talked about:
1) my stats
2) my chances?
3) advice on my application
My stats are:
SAT(1st try. will be re-taken on may 1st)
CR: 560 M:710 WR: 670 (w/ 11 score on essay)
(note: I have been in the US only for three years now. So, the coach said that adcom will take account of this matter?!)
Math level 2 760
I said that I will be taking Chem at the end of this year.
School rank: 1/18 (I know..haha)
4 on AP Bio
4 on AP Econ
(these two ap tests were taken without taking classes because of my limited circumstances at my school. And he was pretty impressed about this)
So, he said that "you have to grade as a top 5% student, which means I have to be a valedictorian no matter what. haha
And about my SAT score, he said that my math score is competitive, which I was surprised about. And reading section is average. And writing score is competitive.
My GPA is good.
Most importantly, he said that "you have to show your academic initiatives to the admission committee to convince them that you are a qualified one. So he suggested that I need to take classes at a community college.
Also, he said that I need to take an internship at a business firm since my intended major is business.
And I was urged to do lots of activities related to business. (I am a treasurer assistant and blah blah.)
He said, I wouldn't be rejected at least if I apply as an early applicant. And I went like Wow in my head.
He said, my application will be highlighted just to show the adcom that I am an athlete.
He said, MIT really puts strong emphasis on math section on SAT. And not so much on reading, which I don't believe.
He said, as soon as the app opens, start it with finding a MIT alum in my area for the interview.
Just for your note, he has been at MIT for 2 years now.
So, people who have experience with this,
Do you agree with all the things he said?
And do you guys have any opinions on this situation and advice for my app?
Please just throw yourself into this thread for I needed every advice I can get.