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This whole "Does getting into RSI guarantees an admission to MIT" is driving me insane. It's been discussed ad nauseaum.
Matt already said, "Being admitted to one of these programs does not mean you will necessarily be admitted to MIT." Yet people keep bringing it up in the form of "Did MIT reject any RSI scholar applicants this year? People always tell me that RSI is the ticket of getting into MIT"
Honestly, RSI doesn't get you into MIT. RSI doesn't guarantee admission ANYWHERE. If anything, the rickoids and their stellar accomplishments, as well as their out of this world personality, match them perfectly with MIT's mission and culture. It's like saying so does winning a gold medal at IMO gets you into MIT? The accomplishment didn't get the person in, it's the person that accomplished the feat who got himself in.