So I'm expecting to get some significant awards around like Feb 24. Lets say I send them in then and the adcoms have already reviewed my application and I was either waitlisted or rejected, would it get me another look possible or would they ignore it?
There won't be a final decision on your application at that time -- the final decisions are made around the second week of March. But the admissions officers may not be able to see your updates, since they will be away from phone/internet/fax/smoke signal/pony express contact while in committee.
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I'm an international student doing Math HL in IB. However, I intend to ask my teacher if I can study for and write the Further Math paper in addition. Since it isn't actually offered at my school and wouldn't be part of my official courseload/transcript, can I still send predicted grades for it?
If not, could I in any other way (e.g. uploading a sample marked paper) substantiate my pursuit of an additional challenge in Further Math on my application?
There's a space on the application for "anything else you feel we should know", so you can explain the situation there. This would also be something you could consider asking your teacher to write in his/her recommendation, if that particular teacher will be writing one of your letters.
I am asking this question on behalf of my son. He just finished 9th grade and took SAT II math test this year. He already completed Calculus I at local flagship, so he should know all the concepts.
He got 750. Should he retake, given that next year he will be taking SAT II Chemistry and maybe US History, and therefore will need to simultaneously prepare for at least 1 more test?
One caveat. He has ADHD and is prone to self destruction. As result he is not a straight A student. He will be lucky to have 3.5 unweighted gpa by the time he is done with HS, which will be that high only because he got credit for 4 years of HS math he took in middle school for which he received all As. He also will be getting extra credit for at least 3 Calculus courses which will probably be all As too. If he did not have all these extra As, he probably would graduate with 3.3 gpa maximum.
He does take the hardest workload in terms of AP and Honors course at his HS and in fact takes more than full time credits because of his math studies at the local flagship.
My son really wants to go to MIT and, not having stellar gpa, he needs to have high test scores.
He was quite overwhelmed at the end of this year with AP Music Theory test and final tests at school and the U and literally only spent 2 days preparing for SAT II math test, so I am confident with the right preparation he can do much better than 750. The question is, is it worth the effort?
From Matt McGann, the director of admissions, here:
Let me tell you one more story that I often relay. I was doing a regional reception in a city a few years back, and afterwards a student -- we'll call her Artemis -- comes up to me and tells me that she has a 760 on the Math SAT. As I was about to tell her that her score was just fine, she keeps talking, to inform me that she was going to take the test again, since "clearly" her score was "too low." I was like, "What?!?!" I "ordered" Artemis to not take the Math SAT again, and instead to have a picnic on that Saturday. Because to us, a 760 math is the same as any higher score she could receive on the retest.
Haha I'm having the same problem with the Math II. I would have been happier with a 650 than 750 because then at least it would have been easier to retake :P
I have a question for mollie or Chris. I am very fortunate and go to a very advanced public school. Because of this I was able to take high school courses in middle school. Unfortunately during this time I was happier to play hockey or watch tv than to study. So up until sophomore year my grades are definitely below average, at least for MIT. I have matured since then and have achieved a 4.0 since second semester sophomore year, however my overall gpa will probably end up as a 3.68. I have the most rigorous course load in my class, I'm just afraid that my gpa will scare away the admission officers and the rest of my application wont get another look. How should I best present this information to let the officers know that I have learned from my problems and become a better student because of them? Thanks! (sorry for the long message)
Which one does MIT prefer more for an International student?
A top position in an acclaimed science/IT olympiad or science fair (like INMO/Iris) in a country like India or a top position in an acclaimed science/IT quiz (like TCS IT Wiz)?
I love science, but due to limited resources, I've never ever seen an actual research taking place, forget participating in one. Due to my love for robotics, I made a few interesting bots and other simple yet innovative gadgets, but have never showcased any of my bot in a science fair or contest. Will it hurt my chances? How to showcase our creations in the MIT application?
I study in one of the best Indian schools, and about 5 students including me will apply for admission to MIT the year I'll apply. By common sense, I know that only one-two of us will be admitted at maximum. How much consideration do you all give to Teacher's recommendations? I'm asking this question because one of those students is the most famous and loved students in all of us because he lures teachers into believing that he's the best solely for the sake of the recommendations (He is extremely good with marks and contests, but he lacks creativity & innovative mind). Will it hurt others' chance?
(Forgive me if I've asked any vague question)
I am interested in the PhD in Economics program and have been wondering when would applications be available. I have registered an online ID and password but was not able to access any application online. Do you have an idea when would applications be available? Thank you for your time