I am currently a rising junior in high school and the time to college has rapidly been approaching I have been trying to see if I have a chance to attend MIT. I have a 4.5 out of a 5.2 GPA and I am class ranked 13 out of 980. I have worked at MIT for well over a year now as a computational biologist have received payroll have a MIT Id and email. I have also worked as a game designer started my own company after a sciEnce fair engineering project where I built an all touch screen keyboard that gathers energy from mechanical impulse or in more simpler terms, by typing ( I got offers from intel and professors told me it was a better project than some of his grad students) I patented the item as well. I am currently skipping physics to go to AP physics, and as scheduled will take 8 AP classes in highschool. I am also teaching an honors objective oriented programming class at my high school. I know about 8 programming languages, MATLAB, Autodesk, and solidworks, etc. (labview, pspice, etc.). I have written a proposal for an idea (to MIT) and writing a research paper on it (hopefully publishing).For sports I play rugby. Also this year I am going to be working for Harvard as a Software Developer. Also, I am currently about to finish and launch my own operating system (with tweaks to the LINUX kernel. I am fluent in 3 languages, Georgian, Greek, and English and can read and write in Russian. My big question is with this experience will I get into MIT? Thanks for any feedback.
A guy as smart as you claim to be should already know that it is unlikely that you won't be accepted. That said, please don't add to the reputation of CC as a forum where over-qualified college applicants fish for compliments from people who they've never met in an ill-disguised inquiry regarding whether or not they will have a chance at acceptance in some prestigious university.
Yes, you have a good chance (but not guaranteed). You can still get rejected if your senior grades drop (from A's to C's and D's for example), or if you somehow blow the interview. So if you don't do those things, you should be fine.
You may also want to consider Caltech, even though it is MIT's "rival." With your credentials, Caltech may be a better fit for you.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert in any way, shape, or form
I agree with rspence. From what I know about these schools, cal tech sounds more like your speed. I have friends who attend both schools, and it seems like MIT students are more creative-genius types whereas cal tech students are more structured-serious-genius types. From your style of writing and your ECs it seems like you would fit in better down in Cali
lsmajones, rspence, wcgh13, what is this nonsense?
ddeisadz, I know one other person who worked for an MIT lab in computational biology before coming to MIT. He not only got in but also blows many of us out of the water when it comes to research and his level of expertise in his field. MIT values research very, very much. Your personality matters more than anything else at this point, so make sure you do your best on your essays and ask people who know you well for recommendation letters. Make sure you get supplemental recommendation letters from the MIT and Harvard professors you've worked for.
Ignore the stereotypes mentioned above. I would not say that you're a better match for Caltech, though there's no harm in applying to both, and other schools in addition. Also, Caltech isn't really MIT's rival. The Internet is the only place I've heard that.
^As an MIT'16, I agree with lidusha. Personality is most important. My friend who had very similar qualifications as you (although he didn't work in the Cambridge area as he lives quite far away, but took about 12 AP tests, attended a prestigious program, national robotics competitions, top 1% in his HS, 36 ACT, and so on) got outright rejected when he applied Early Action. I suspect that his attitude or perhaps even his recommendation letters, which reflected his attitude, were the reason for his rejection. However, he got accepted to other great schools. Aim for the school you love -- MIT, in this case -- but keep your options open.
i never said that you shouldnt apply to MIT, you definitely should if your interested. I am just saying, based on the people how I know who go to MIT and CalTech, you seem more like the one who goes to Cal. But I may be wrong, I was just following up on rspences post