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At MIT, we're interested in the whole person. We don't just want to see how you look on paper. We want to learn about the real you - your interests, your crazy ideas, your secret ambitions, the things that make you laugh - all things that don't come through in the test scores and transcripts. That's why, whenever possible, we offer an interview with a member of the MIT Educational Council, a network of approximately 3,000 MIT graduates around the world who volunteer to meet with applicants in their home area. While the interview is optional, it is strongly recommended. If you do choose to interview, contact your Educational Counselor (EC) early in the application process; it's very important that you meet the deadline for scheduling your interview.

We urge you to make every effort to have an interview. Why? Because your interview gives us a vivid sense of you as a person and how you would fit at MIT - something the paper application alone can never match. In fact, last year, of eligible applicants, we admitted 12.5% of those who had an interview (or who had their interview waived) but only 2.8% of those who chose not to interview. Schedule your interview by October 20 if you are applying Early Action, or by December 10 if you are applying Regular Action.

Keep in mind that the interview should be a two-way exchange. Just as your EC is getting to know you, he or she is providing you with information about MIT. Before your meeting, review your interests and activities, but also think through questions you might ask your EC about life at MIT. Then relax and enjoy the conversation.

Important note: If you're applying Early Decision or Single-Choice Early Action at another school, please know that having an interview with an EC may not violate these early agreements, as having an interview alone does not make you an applicant to MIT. We recommend that you check with your early admission school for their own rules, just to be on the safe side.

Who and Where

Interviews are conducted in your local area by members of the MIT Educational Council, a network of MIT graduates around the world who volunteer to interview applicants from their region.

You will receive your Educational Counselor's (EC) name and contact information via your MyMIT account. Please note that there may be times when there is no EC in your area and we will waive your interview. It is your responsibility to check your MyMIT account to find out the name of your EC, and to schedule the interview before the interview deadline.

Your interview will take place in your local area. Your Educational Counselor will typically have a suggestion about where to meet. Most ECs will suggest meeting at a local coffeehouse, restaurant, bookstore or library and a few may offer to come to your home. Discuss your meeting place with your Educational Counselor and choose a mutually agreeable site.

If there are no alumni/ae volunteering to interview in your area, your MyMIT account will indicate that we are unable to offer you an interview with a local volunteer. Please don't let this distress you. Remember, the interview is not a required component of the application, and the Admissions Committee will be aware that we were unable to offer you an interview. If you would still like an interview you may contact us to see if a distance interview is an option in your area.

Schedule and deadlines

It is your responsibility to schedule your interview. Contact your Educational Counselor as soon as you get his or her contact information via your MyMIT account. Please remember that MIT alumni/ae are typically very busy people, and may even be out of town at the time of your call or email. While most Counselors return calls and emails within several days, please allow two weeks for a response. If you don't hear back, try again.

Above all: Don't wait for the deadline! If you want to have an interview, contact your EC as soon as you get his or her contact information.

Deadlines for scheduling interviews:

Please note that past these deadlines, you may still contact your Educational Counselor with any questions about MIT; he or she may also have a last-minute opening for an interview time.

Early Action Applicants:

October 20 Last day to contact your EC and set up an interview

Regular Action Applicants:

December 10 Last day to contact your EC and set up an interview

Important note: If you're applying Early Decision or Single-Choice Early Action at another school, please know that having an interview with an EC may not violate these early agreements, as having an interview alone does not make you an applicant to MIT. We recommend that you check with your early admission school for their own rules, just to be on the safe side.

The interview process

Typically, interviews last an hour, though they can range from 30 minutes to two hours long.

Before you meet with your EC, try to anticipate some of the questions you might be asked. Talk with friends and family about their interview experiences. Think through stories or examples that will give your interviewer a vivid sense of your passions and aspirations. Some students choose to bring resumes or other materials to illustrate their interests more clearly. Please feel free do so if you wish. However, MIT only requires that you bring yourself.

MIT interviews are not usually formal affairs. Dress in a manner that is appropriate for the meeting place you have agreed upon.

In the unlikely circumstance that your interviewer submits your Interview Report late, this will not negatively affect your application to MIT.

If you are a freshman applicant with questions about the interview process that aren't answered above, please send an e-mail to: [email protected].

Also, please remember that your EC is only one representative of the greater MIT community. If the two of you don't mesh all that well, don't take it personally, and don't let it color your perceptions of MIT as a whole.

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