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Accepted to MIT EA...but should I apply to more?

pd2013pd2013 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
edited January 2013 in College Admissions
So I got into MIT Early Action and that was the only college I applied to early. But the thing is I haven't visited so I'm not 100% sure I'm gonna like it (even though my parents really want me to go). So I applied to Yale, UPenn, and Cornell regular decision because I have visited before I liked them. I know its kinda last minute, but should I apply other places I haven't visited (Duke and JHU), too? I was kinda on the fence and my parents aren't too thrilled about spending the extra money but I'm afraid I won't have any options.

(And I know the JHU deadline is tomorrow and the Duke deadline is the 2nd lol)
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Replies to: Accepted to MIT EA...but should I apply to more?

  • MizzBeeMizzBee Registered User Posts: 4,578 Senior Member
    Congrats on your acceptance to a great school.
    the main question to ask is if you would rather attend Duke or JHU more than MIT. If not, why waste the money? Save it to visit MIT ASAP in order to make your choice. You can then save the time and money to revisit the other schools in April once your other acceptances come in.
  • BriannajBriannaj Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Wow congrats! I think you should just to be on the safe side. Try virtual tours if they have them or check out reviews on the school at **************.com
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    MIT is somewhat tailored to a specific type of student. I would recommend applying to a few more schools ranked 10-30 (like Duke and JHU) in case you don't get into those three you mentioned (though if you got into MIT, Cornell should be pretty much locked, but Cornell sucks).

    Like MizzBee, only apply if you would really consider the school over MIT. Do more research on student life at MIT. Like I said, MIT is pretty tailored to a specific type of student, but you may be that type.
  • cbamengelcbamengel Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    ^Why does Cornell suck?
  • CallmeMaybeeCallmeMaybee - Posts: 209 Junior Member
    I say shoot for the stars.
    You seem like a brilliant young lad!
  • pd2013pd2013 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,736 Forum Champion
    It is interesting that you applied to a school that you have never visited over schools have actually visited and liked. Any specific reason you applied to MIT over Yale (all others seem to be ED and so I can see why not)?

    You are asking the question should I apply to more. The thing is none of the schools you listed are a lock and it is quite possible not to be accepted at any of them in RD. So be prepared to go to MIT unless you have a safety or another school you are already admitted to that you are ok with.
  • tt6238tt6238 Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    If it were me I would stick with MIT, but that's because I actually want to go there. Can you give me any information about your grades, extra curriculars, ect.to help me figure out what to do in high school to he a good MIT applicant?
  • pd2013pd2013 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @texaspg Yeah you're right, I didn't apply to the others early cause they were ED. And after I got into MIT, I took my safeties off my list because to be honest I would go to MIT over them even w/o visiting MIT. I mean I've obviously seen pictures and read about it online. And yeah these other schools are basically all reaches. I just applied to JHU right now so fingers crossed for at least 1/4 acceptances I guess...???
  • unicameral2013unicameral2013 - Posts: 830 Member
    I'm in the exact same position. I'm doing HYP regular decision, but in the last few days I've also thought about adding tons of random schools that I already ruled out for various reasons. Honestly, it depends how much you like MIT. For me, MIT was my top choice (even though I haven't visited so I'm not 100% sure) and I also applied to lots of schools early action, so I was comfortable cutting my RD apps back. I would say you will most likely get into Cornell, at a minimum.
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,736 Forum Champion
    I know someone who got into MIT EA and only got into JHU in your list (did not apply to Cornell). Two were deferrals with eventual rejections and one was a rejection.

    Be prepared for MIT! It is a great school for the right kid.
  • pd2013pd2013 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @tt6238 To be honest, I think their looking for a wide-range of different things. I think grades are important, but also people with different passions. For me, I love running on the XC and Track teams. But I can't speak for MIT admissions so I could be totally off lol sorry

    @unicameral2013 That's so funny! Unfortunately none of the schools I was really interested in were EA. And MIT is a great school so it's not like I'm doomed if I don't get into any of my RD schools. I think I might I'm going to leave it at UPenn, Yale, JHU, and Cornell.

    Like @MizzBee said I should probably save some the money.

    @Briannaj Thank you! The url didn't show up, but I'm pretty sure I looked at all the pictures/videos I could find anyway lol

    @Pancaked Thank you. I think I could find my niche somewhere in MIT student life.

    @texaspg I know. That's crazy. College admissions are so unpredictable these days.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,931 Senior Member
    So I applied to Yale, UPenn, and Cornell regular decision because I have visited before I liked them.

    Don't forget Columbia -- urban+engineering. Sure, toss an app to Duke and Hopkins.

    And no, Cornell does not 'suck'. :)
  • muaythaiguy2muaythaiguy2 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Wow! Congratulations on your acceptance to MIT. This is really a subjective question that no one can answer here. You will have to research the programs and student life at MIT to see if it's for you. I also strongly recommend that you visit it.
  • pd2013pd2013 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @bluebayou I've visited Columbia, but unfortunately for my preferences I took it off my list as it's 5 minutes from my house.

    @muaythaiguy2 Thank you! I hope to visit soon!
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