Grades matter to enter MIT?

<p>HI~ everybody....
I'm kinda of worried... I'm a junior and will enter to senior after summer and colleges applications are due almost at my feet...
I really really want to get into MIT... and people told me that it could be possible but I'm worried...
During my sophomore year I got an 73 or 76 in physics and during my junior I got and 76 in social studies and and 83 for precalculus...
Will MIT consider alot this fact, will I get disadvantage of this.... My math class grades aren't as brilliant but I always try to maintan an 90...
Please help me out!</p>

<p>If you got a C in Physics, lets face it, you are not MIT material.</p>

<p>I just got a C once... not for the entire grades...</p>

<p>If you have to struggle to get 90% in math classes, why do you think MIT will be a good fit for you?</p>

<p>I agree about it possibly not being a good fit if you struggle with math/science. but, if you ARE good at those things and just had a few bad grades, it won't necessarily stop you from getting into MIT. fun fact: last year, MIT accepted someone with an ACT between 22 and 25. personal qualities and your interview/passion in the area you're going into actually matter almost as much as grades.</p>

<p>Considering we have no other stats from you we really can't help you. How did those grades affect your GPA? I agree with the poster above though, that this isn't going to be the only thing stopping you.</p>

<p>Sarahchoi13, anything at all below a 90% in any class is going to hurt you if you're looking at top colleges like MIT. The fact that you got a 73-76 in physics is pretty damaging to your appeal to a Math/Science oriented school.</p>

<p>Sarahchoi, where is your country of residence? I know that in India, those grades would be excellent due to the extraordinary rigor!</p>

<p>Wow, way to be so serious. I mean at least give the person some hope.</p>

<p>Yes, there's definitely a shot at you getting in still. You just have to show that those grades were flukes or mistakes and that you are otherwise a great fit for MIT. You may want to explain what you mean exactly by 76 for not the whole grade.</p>

<p>I have deleted several posts that contain totally unnecessary hyperbole regarding MIT's affirmative action policies.</p>

<p>If you would like to start a thread in this forum to wank about MIT's affirmative action policies, by all means, do so. This thread is not currently the place for such wanking.</p>

<p>"fun fact: last year, MIT accepted someone with an ACT between 22 and 25."</p>

<p>They forgot to mention that their parents donated a gymnasium to MIT.</p>

<p>MIT is a really difficult school to be admitted to with really challenging academics once you are there. I question whether someone who is getting Cs in physics in high school is a good fit for MIT.</p>

<p>This thread is such a downer. I got two A's in HS math, one in the first semester of algebra II, the other in the second semester of Calc BC. Everything else was a B. And I got straight C's in physics (not considered in admissions, for full disclosure). Sure, I'm terrified of a couple of the required classes, but I never felt like I wasn't a fit for the school as a whole.</p>

<p>My posts about AA were deleted, but they probably somewhat apply</p>

<p>You may seriously want to reevaluate what made you so convinced you wanted to go to MIT. You have just taken Precalc and struggled in physics. Most applicants have already taken a full year of calculus and a number of math and science APs. </p>

<p>As a personal anecdote, my D is a rising senior at MIT with top math/science grades from a very competitive HS with boatloads of APs to her credit. She still struggled freshman year at MIT. The first year at MIT has always been a form of bootcamp in math and physics. You work in teams on homework but in the end you have to take the exam on your own. It can be pretty dispiriting when you average 98 in HS and you get 25 on your first test at MIT. Pass/Fail first semester only works if you pass. Quite a few students flunk some of the classes and have to retake them later (this time for a grade). And it does not get any easier after freshman year. You just develop better study habits. </p>

<p>If you are still intent on applying to MIT maybe you should take some intensive college prep class at a local CC in math and/or physics during the summer and see how you do. If you do really well, take the most advanced math/science classes your HS school offers in the fall. MIT expects all its applicants to take the most challenging program available to them. If you again do well, you may be MIT material after all.</p>

<p>^the kid already got into MIT, thats the ridiculous thing</p>

<p>I think that before judging we should consider the applicant and where she/he lives. School are very different, and also grades; ex: my english teacher gives us grades from 1 to 8, but we use a decimal scale! This is not right, but she does. In my sister school, if you have a 7 out 10 GPA, you are a genious, because they don't use the decimal scale..</p>

<p>I can understand some B's, but a C in Physics???</p>

<p>Considering that MIT is an Institute of technology, maybe , I say "maybe" because I don't know how it works, it will hurt you.
I'm worried about 9th year grades ( but in italian schools at the end of high school, 9th year grades are not considered, because they are not important, so should I tell it to colleges?; this year my gpa has had an exponential increase, but I have a 6 out 10, in Latin xP , I don't think that it really matters.)</p>

<p>What about an A/A- in Physics, but a B-/C in Physics LAB?</p>

<p>I'm seriously doing horrible in lab right now, but decent in physics. I gotta say, physics is my weakest science subject so far on my transcript.</p>