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The Freshman Application

The freshman application consists of the following components (click for related instructions and tips):



How To Apply

The preferred method to submit Part 1 and Part 2 (the application pieces you complete) is via our online application. You can access this by logging into your MyMIT account. If you do not have internet access to apply online, you may submit a paper version of your application. Please contact our office at [email protected] to request the appropriate forms.



Helpful Tips

Below you will find advice and answers to commonly asked questions for each section of our application.

Part 1: Biographical Information Form

Submitting this form and the $75 application fee initiates your application process. We encourage you to register for a MyMIT account which will enable you to easily submit this form online.

Deadline
This form must be submitted (or postmarked) no later than November 1 if you're applying Early Action (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only), or no later than January 1 if you're applying Regular Action. We prefer that you submit this form as soon as possible, so that we can get a head start on processing your application file; however, early submission does not advantage or disadvantage your application in any way.

Fee waiver
If the application fee presents a hardship for you and your family, you may qualify for a fee waiver. To request a fee waiver, ask your high school guidance counselor, principal, or other school official to fill out the SAT Request for Waiver of College Application Fee form or to submit an official letter on your behalf. The form, or official letter, should be mailed to: MIT Office of Admissions, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Rm. 3-108, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 by the application deadline.

Parent Information
If you're a member of a non-traditional family, please provide information about the persons whom you consider to be your mother and father, whether they are your biological parents, adoptive parents, or stepparents.

Field of Study
We're asking about your preferred field of study because we're curious about what interests you right now - not because we have any quotas. You won't declare your major until the end of your freshman year - there's a lot of time between now and then to explore, discover new things, change your mind. For this reason, approximately half of our students ultimately major in something entirely different from what they wrote on their application, so we couldn't use this data to predict anything even if we wanted to. Moral of the story: writing "underwater basket weaving" will not give you an edge in the admissions process, so just be honest!

Part 2: Essays, Activities, and Tests Form

Deadline
This form must be submitted (or postmarked) no later than November 1 if you're applying Early Action (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only), or no later than January 1 if you're applying Regular Action. We prefer that you submit this form as soon as possible, so that we can get a head start on processing your application file; however, early submission does not advantage or disadvantage your application in any way.

Short Response Questions and Essays
Rather than asking you to write one long essay, the MIT application consists of several short response questions and essays designed to help us get to know you. Remember that this is not a writing test. These are the places in the application where we look for your voice - who you are, what drives you, what's important to you, what makes you tick. Be honest, be open, be real - this is your opportunity to connect with us.

Activities
Please use our form, not your resume, to list your activities. There is only enough space to list five things - please choose the five that mean the most to you and tell us a bit about them. This will tell us more about you than any "laundry list" of everything you've ever done in high school.

You are welcome to submit a resume, but submitting a resume in lieu of filling out our standard activity list can hurt you (so don't).

Self-reported Coursework Form

How you fill out this form will not make or break your application, so don't stress about it. Use your best judgment - we're simply trying to get a clear picture of your academic preparation by subject area. We see thousands of different transcripts, so it really helps us to view your coursework and grades in a consistent format.

Here are some tips and instructions to help you complete this section:

  • To be completed by students in U.S. school systems only.
  • The information you provide does not replace your official high school transcript, which must be sent to us from your school.
  • It might help to have a copy of your high school transcript in front of you while completing this form. Consult your guidance counselor if you have questions.
  • Avoiding abbreviations, if at all possible, enter the names of your school courses by subject area. Please include all classes you have taken and are currently taking.
  • If there aren't enough spaces for all the courses you have taken, start with your most recent (current) class and work backwards. You can also use the "Additional courses" section as an overflow section for any of the subject areas.
  • If your courses were taken outside of your high school (at a local junior college or university, for example), tell us where they were taken in the "Course Title" field.
  • In the "Term and/or Final Grade(s)" field, list term and/or final grades for each class, as found on your school transcript (semester, trimester, quarter, final, etc.).
  • Use one line only per class - for example, it's not necessary to use a separate line for each semester of the same class. Place all grades for a class in the same field, separating grades with commas.
Interview

Interviews are conducted by Educational Counselors, or ECs - MIT alumni volunteers who meet with prospective students in their home communities. You'll find your interviewer's name and contact information in your MyMIT account. Though an interview is not required, it's a very effective way for us to learn more about you and for you to introduce yourself as a real live individual. 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. For more information, click here.

Standardized Tests

Testing must be completed by the November test date for Early Action and by the January test date for Regular Action. These dates change each year and are set by the testing agency. Click here for specifics on our testing requirements.

Teacher Evaluations

We require two teacher evaluations - please give them to your teachers early! One ("Evaluation A") should be from a math or science teacher and one ("Evaluation B") should be from a humanities teacher. We find that the best recommendations are written by teachers who know an applicant well as both a student and a person - please choose accordingly. We prefer that teachers use our forms, but it's okay if your high school has its own form or for a teacher to submit just a letter; we just ask that he/she attach the non-MIT form or letter to our form and that the letter address the questions on our form. Teacher evaluation forms can be downloaded via the Application Forms link on your MyMIT account.

Secondary School Report Form

Your guidance counselor or principal should complete this form and return it to us along with your transcript and a letter of summary/recommendation. Give your guidance counselor (or principal) this form early so that he/she has time to fully consider the best way to present your accomplishments. We prefer that schools use our form, but it's ok if your school has a policy to use its own form; we just ask that he/she attach the non-MIT form to our form. The Secondary School Report can be downloaded via the Application Forms link on your MyMIT account.

Midyear Report

This online form is required for all applicants, including Early Action deferred applicants and Regular Action applicants. The Midyear Report will be available on your MyMIT account in January and should be completed as soon as possible after completion of the fall semester (or after completion of the second quarter, if your school uses a quarter-based system). If your school uses a trimester schedule, please use your first trimester grades.

Please be sure to get your official midyear grades from your Guidance Office in order to complete the Midyear Report accurately. Your Guidance Office does not need to mail your midyear grades to us directly - we will verify the accuracy of the information you submit as needed.

The Midyear Report also includes an opportunity for you to update us on anything important that has occurred since you submitted your application. Using the Midyear Report for such updates is preferred over mailed updates.

Financial Aid

Student Financial Aid must receive your Financial Aid materials by February 15 (please note that this is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline). The admissions process at MIT is need-blind, so a Financial Aid application (or lack thereof) will not affect your chances of being admitted to MIT. Financial aid at MIT is entirely need-based and we are committed to meeting 100% of every student's demonstrated financial need.

Contacting A Coach

If you are an accomplished athlete and you plan to participate at the varsity level in college, we encourage you to contact the MIT coach for your sport(s). To contact a coach, visit www.mitathletics.com and click on the "Recruiting" link. To see a complete athletics staff directory, click here.

Submitting A Music Portfolio

Advanced musicians who are interested in continuing their music activity at MIT are encouraged to submit a music supplement via email addressed to [email protected]. If you are thinking about submitting a music portfolio, please be sure to submit it by November 1 if you are an Early Action applicant or by January 1 if you are an Regular Action applicant. Please see instructions below for supplements and emails. If you have questions about this process, please visit the Music Department website for further information.

Please note:

  • If you play two instruments equally well, please submit a separate supplement for each instrument.
  • Formats requested are to ensure compatibility with Mac Platform

For Performers:

  1. Mp3 recording attachments of two pieces of contrasting styles, of about 10 minutes total duration. They may be solo or with accompaniment but not in an ensemble.
  2. A one-page Music Resume attached in PDF or Microsoft Word format
  3. One letter of recommendation from a Music teacher attached in PDF or Microsoft Word format

For Composers:

  1. One recent composition score attached in pdf format.
  2. A one-page Music Resume attached in PDF or Microsoft Word format
  3. One letter of recommendation from a Music teacher attached in PDF or Microsoft Word format

For all applicants submitting a music supplement, in the body of the email, please be sure to include:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Date of Birth
  3. Your Instrument
  4. Composer and Title of the recorded works submitted

Submitting An Art Portfolio

Students who are interested in architecture or art are welcome to submit a portfolio containing any art, photography, or architectural work for evaluation by the architecture faculty. If you are thinking about submitting an art portfolio, please be sure to submit it by November 1 if you are an Early Action applicant or by January 1 if you are an Regular Action applicant.

Format: CD or DVD submissions are preferred. Please be sure to use .jpg or .tif files to submit the images of your artwork. Simple, 8" x 10" hard copies are permitted but not preferred. Please note that slides are not encouraged - they may be difficult to view and thus may put you at a disadvantage.

Please include:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your date of birth
  3. "Art Portfolio" on the envelope

Please send submissions to: Office of Admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 3-108, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Submitting Everything Else
Aside from the required application components and possible art or music portfolio, you may submit supplementary materials by using the Supplemental Document Cover Sheet. You can download this form from your MyMIT account and attach it to the front of any other materials that you are submitting.

All supplemental material will eventually be scanned for review. If possible, please avoid sending in large packages of certificates. If you have large items such as posters, reports, binders, books, CDs, DVDs, robots or any other type of creation, please submit a link, an abstract, or a summary of your work - not the actual project itself. The Part 2 of the online application contains multiple spaces where you can educate us about your creations and accomplishments!

Please fax supplementary materials with your cover sheet to (617) 258-8304.

 

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