Is MIT major-blind?

<p>Hi!</p>

<p>Does your choice of preferred major affect your chances for MIT?</p>

<p>For example, is it harder to get admitted by saying you're planning to major in mathematics (rather than say Materials Science) because so many math geniuses (USAMO, IMO ppl etc.) will be applying to MIT?</p>

<p>Nah. That section is another place to talk about your interests - they can't really fill majors by it (so many people end up changing their minds). Basically, how the section helps you depends on how you use it.</p>

<p>Isn't it like 50% of undergrads change their majors?</p>

<p>^ I would guess more than that, actually. And then there are the people who put they don't know what major they want to be in the first place (I have two friends who did this ^_^)</p>

<p>I think your choice of major won't directly be the problem, but I would guess that if the main strength you seem to have is mathematics, it may be tough going, because mathematics is one of those subjects where a lot of the brightest show signs of being talented early on and come in hyper-super-accomplished. </p>

<p>Like everyone says above, I do not think this is because MIT expects all talented math students to go into mathematics as a discipline.</p>

<p>I'm pretty sure they say on their admissions website that it doesn't matter because, as yodelo said, too many students change their minds.</p>

<p>You don't typically declare a major until your sophomore year and even then there are undeclared sophomores. Admittance is to MIT, the unversity, and not to any specific department.</p>