MIT Transfer - Fall 2011!

<p>Heyy is anyone considering applying as a transfer for next fall? :)</p>

<p>Andd what's the difference between applying for a February or September term? Is getting into the first easier?</p>

<p>Transfer admissions is highly unpredictable and difficult. I doubt there’s a significant predictable difference between fall and spring.</p>


<p>Hoping it’s just us, since if I recall correctly only 10 transfers get in on average.</p>

<p>I plan to when im 18, ill have my A.A degree by then. but im kinda wondering if i should keep going or start over with MIT. Ill probally have a better chance If i apply as a freshman.not sure of it though.</p>

<p>You don’t have to start over, if you have your AA you probably have enough credits to be a junior at MIT.</p>

<p>That is probably not the case – transfer credit at MIT is very harsh.</p>

<p>Oh, I should have been more clear.</p>

<p>You may have the amount of coursework and credits to transfer for sophomore and junior admission, the distinction is that those courses will not necessarily be considered for credit (you will have to stay more than just the last two or three yours).</p>

<p>It may be best then, for you to go in as a freshman, but given the introductory nature of most of the freshman courses, I would think you have sufficient credits to be “on track” for sophomore admission. Especially if you take classes in summer.</p>

<p>^ So you do recommend summer classes after freshman year if you’re hoping to transfer in sophomore february? </p>

<p>Also - are there usually more sophomores or juniors who transfer?</p>

<p>MIT may open up admissions more this year for transfers. MIT is expanding undergrad enrollment as a way of partially compensating for lost endowment funds and will open large renovated undergrad dorm in the fall. in addition to more freshman, I supect that they will be looking to augment at least the rising sophomore class and possibly the junior class as well</p>



<p>Not true. One of my fellow-transfer friends had his AA, with straight A’s from a local community college. 4.0. </p>

<p>One class transferred. It was Calculus 1. The rest didn’t. </p>

<p>Anyway, don’t be surprised/upset by this. MIT does this for a reason and it makes all the sense in the world. Chances are wherever you were, your math/science classes weren’t as intense as MIT. So you think you know math, but you really don’t. And you want to jump in into junior level MIT physics? That’s suicide. </p>

<p>From personal experience, for my freshman year of college I attended a small private university. I was doing covering stuff way more advanced than the state’s flagship or the state’s renowned “public Ivies.” But even though my coursework was way more intense than comparable coursework at other schools, and even though I aced every single class, when I got to MIT I failed both the physics placement exam and the chemistry placement exam. I simply had never seen some of the material because my previous classes weren’t as intense. </p>

<p>I think if you’re serious about a math/science career, this shouldn’t bother you at all- it should be a good thing. You’re going to be trained by the very best. Believe me, when you sit in that Calculus 1 class, you’ll realize you knew very, very little calculus or none at all.</p>

<p>^ Dude, that’s legit. :)</p>

<p>I know it’s tough to talk about individual cases, but I wanted opinions on this. </p>

<p>In freshman year, my first semester grades were reaally low. I got two Cs in these insanee classes …andd that really killed my gpa. For the two semesters since, I’ve gotten perfect scores in all my classes. </p>

<p>My university is pretty competitive [top 10 for engineering] andd my activities, SAT scores and essays are chill. </p>

<p>Would that really blow me off? Hahah you know how the first semester in college is …do you think they’d be okay with it – especially cause that was three semesters ago?</p>

<p>Hey! Just saw this forum. I’m also applying to MIT as a transfer next year! I’m a freshman and I just got my grades. The thing is my college was wicked grade deflation. It’s supposedly the worst in the country. Essentially, any grade at my college is equal to one letter grade higher at another institution (especially Ivies where grade inflation is ridiculous). So would it hurt me if I got really high grades (top of my class) in my math and physics courses but they weren’t A’s (more like B/B+)? Do you think they’d be kind about grade deflation?</p>

<p>Hi everyone!</p>

<p>I’m also applying for transfer (fall). </p>

<p>I heard MIT is going to increase its undergrad admissions. Any guess what part of that increase will come from transfer admissions?</p>

<p>Just found this thread and thought I’d say hi to the other folks applying for fall transfer/wish everyone good luck :)</p>

<p>About me: non-traditional student since I’ll be turning 24 this fall - left Caltech as a first term junior three years ago for financial reasons, have been working in the tech industry since, moved to Boston 1.5 years ago, and am now looking to go back to school.</p>

<p>Also, wow, it’s been ages since I posted on CC >.<</p>

<p>Looks like the prospective freshmen have gotten their decisions. Only about 2-3 weeks more of agonizing for us transfer applicants…</p>

<p>Is that really how things go? I mean, is the timeline so short? I thought the earliest we’d hear back would be in late April…</p>

<p>Sent from my DROID PRO using CC App</p>

<p>An email I got from Emily on 2/28 says:


<p>I am going to be a freshman and want to aim for a transfer in my junior year. I was wondering other than a high GPA what kind of things does MIT look for in a transfer application so that I can make myself a competitive applicant. Also does the undergrad i go to matter a lot in the decision? Reading other post it seems that most colleges do not prepare a student for the intense courses at MIT. If i do somehow get in how should i better prepare myself for these courses? </p>

<p>Also good luck to everyone maybe one day I will also be able to make it.</p>

<p>What coursework do I need to complete before I apply to transfer?
Ideally, every applicant for admission should present college coursework in calculus, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and biology. Core graduation requirements for all majors at MIT are two semesters of college calculus and calculus-based physics, and one semester each of chemistry and biology. (on MIT Transfer Admissions’ web-page)</p>

<p>FutureEEMajor, </p>

<p>No, the undergrad you attend does not make a difference. We have transfer admits that come from Ivies like some that come from community college. It really does depend on how you use the opportunities around you. </p>

<p>From personal experience, no, I don’t think many schools prepare you for MIT-level work. To improve your preparation, you should review the courses online at OCW over the summer (you don’t want to get distracted throughout the school year) and solve a lot of really challenging problems. </p>

<p>Good luck! =)</p>