There aren't any on-campus interviews offered -- they're all done by alumni volunteers in your local area. Interviewer contact information will be available through MyMIT starting in late August or early September, and applicants can have their interviews from the time contact information is available through mid-October (for EA) or mid-December (for RD). The application doesn't need to be completed before the interview is scheduled or held (except maybe in some, usually international, limited-interviewer/many-applicant areas).
My interpretation is that they prefer the EA program to an ED program because they feel it's more fair to applicants -- you can be accepted early, but there's no requirement to commit to MIT immediately.
I've run a couple spaceflight experiments, one as part of a team and one solo, and I'm currently drafting a paper that I'll submit for publication in Advanced Space Research. My solo experiment (well, I was the only high schooler - I'm principal investigator of all the scientists from NIH/Univ of Nottingham that I've gotten to work with me) is pretty important to me and I was planning on writing an essay on it. Would it be possible, though, to send a video of a talk I gave at a conference at the National Air and Space museum? I'm assuming there's a supplemental section where musicians can upload pieces of their works, but could I upload a YouTube or downloaded video in that section? Would adcoms actually watch it?
There's usually a space on the application for a link to "something you've created", so you can paste your link there. They can't guarantee they'll watch it, but it's likely at least a few of your readers will.
Thanks for the answer Mollie!
I was also wondering how strict the word-limits are enforced for the essays. From past years it seems like the individual essays are supposed to either be fewer than 100 or 250 words. Would it be bad to go to like 300 or 350?
For independent study should I provide proof of independent study? Like Guidance Counselor testimonies, notes, practices test I take? I know you said i can just list it would it help to provide proof?
No, you don't need to provide proof.
Originally Posted by shh662
How difficult is it for an international applicant from Canada to be accepted? I read on the stats site that acceptance rate for international students was 3.7%; is that number higher for Canadians?
MIT has never released acceptance statistics by country, so it's impossible to say. You can see how many Canadian students are currently at MIT (22 last year; fourth-highest after China, India, and Korea; Enrollment Statistics: MIT Office of the Registrar), but not how many applied or were accepted.
Was the goal of last year's essay topic on a significant challenge to gather a more complete picture of the applicant? How successful were applicants in their approach to this topic? There seems to be greatly differing opinions on the challenge/hardship essay when the question is broad enough to write about something else. It seems that most applicants are warned against writing it in fear of focusing too much on explaining the circumstances/events rather than on their character.
Hi! I go to a high school with relatively low funding and, subsequently, few course choices. Will the MIT admissions office look unfavorably upon my application for not including course rigor that wasn't offered to me?