I am an Indian student studying in the 11th grade in the CBSE syllabus. I have always wanted to go to MIT. It has been my dream college. So what does it take for an International Indian to get a seat in MIT?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

With an 8% overall acceptance rate, it is difficult for anyone to gain admission to MIT. Every year more than 4,000 international students apply to MIT, and fewer than 150 are admitted. In addition to near-perfect or perfect test scores and grades, you will be expected to have taken the hardest possible curriculum, and to have shown intellectual curiosity by doing something in your chosen field that is above and beyond your school curriculum. For instance, if you have the chance to take an online course not offered at your school, or to participate in activities outside of school, you....View More

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I am in short, a clueless ninth grader, with a substantial dream. I really want to study medicine in the US, hopefully in Ivy League schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins. I am a U.S. citizen currently living in India. I am a student in the CBSE board of education.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

It’s great that you are starting to prepare this early for your dream. In order to have the best chance at getting a seat as a pre-med student at a top U.S. university, you will have to consider the following factors: Grades, Difficulty of Curriculum, Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose and Supplementary Questions, and a possible Interview. You will want to take the most difficult course of studies that you can handle well. Try to maximize your sciences and math courses. Be sure to take Biology, Physics and Chemistry, in addition to as much Calculus as....View More

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I'm currently studying in class 11 and I'm a bit confused about when I should be applying to the US colleges like MIT, Harvard and Stanford. I know that their application deadlines are generally during end of year. Should I be applying during my class 12 or after completing class 12?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

For U.S. colleges, you apply in the fall of your senior year. Early deadlines, both Early Action and Early Decision, generally occur in early November or your senior year. Regular Decision is generally at the beginning of January of your senior year. The most reliable place to find out actual deadlines is to check them on www.collegeboard.org. or from the college’s own website under the Admissions section. If you want to take a Gap Year, we still recommend that you apply during the fall of your senior year, and then defer. It is easier to get teacher recommendations and have....View More

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    Aditya Karmarkar
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How could Ivy League admission officers evaluate the applications of international students while keeping in mind weight of their accomplishments?

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Judith Winters Answered 8 months ago

Ivy League admission officers, albeit all admission officers, evaluate a student's academicperformance and their extracurricular activities. Admissions officers realize that in someschools and in some countries the student doesn't have access to a worldwide array ofextracurricular activities. This information is usually presented in the high school profilethat accompanies a student's transcript the profile often lists the activities and clubs thatare available for students. Some students prefer to be involved in organizations outside ofschool and this is equally important.

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Are Harvard interviews really selective? If yes, to what extent are the selective – everyone interviewed is either admitted or waitlisted?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Students often get very excited when called for an interview with Harvard. For better or for worse, however, everyone is supposed to be offered an alumni interview for Harvard. As such, interviewees fall evenly into the same categories of all applicants; they will either be Accepted, Wait Listed or Rejected. Alumni interviewers at Harvard are like those at other colleges. They range from young, recent graduates to alums who graduated sometimes decades ago, and who do not have current information on what’s happening on campus. We always suggest googling your interviewer to find out a little bit about their background.....View More

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We have three terms in school. And my grades look something like this: 9th (84%, 85%, 87%) , 10th (86%, 87%, 95% [Boards]) , *school change*, 11th (84%, 70%, 72%). I am in 12th grade now, as can be seen my 11th grades are terrible - has that ruined my chances at "top" schools forever? Some context: I gave up preparing for the JEE to focus on this. I am looking for full (or nearly full) financial aid (anything else would be totally unaffordable). I met an online counselor who suggested colleges like Drexel, etc. Sure, they are good, but my parents are extremely hopeful (considering I gave up on the JEE) , aka, think HYPSM (or top 20, at the very least). I honestly thought I had a tiny, tiny, tiny chance - but now I am not so sure and am freaked out and disappointed. Should I just give up and prepare for the JEE?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Hi there! Although your grades have fluctuated quite a bit, there is no reason to give up completely on attending a US university. The first question I would ask as an admissions officer is what happened when you changed schools. Was the change of curriculum responsible for your dip in grades? Are there any other extenuating factors? I am also curious about your test scores. Grades are the No. 1 determinant of eligibility, but your test scores go hand in hand with grades. It's hard to thoroughly determine your best choices without this info.Having said that, even top domestic students with....View More

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How selective is the Stanford Summer Session for High School students?

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Kim Dixit Answered 7 months ago

There are several different summer programs that run at Stanford. Admission to the Humanities Institute is competitive and so is the Math program. The other programs require a solid application but there are more seats available so admission is not as selective. Students I have worked with have really enjoyed all Stanford programs because they attract a high caliber peer group and the length of the programs offers an immersive experience in college life. Good luck!

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Tell me about the MIT selection process, and the application process to any Ivy school.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

The best way to tell you about the MIT admissions process is to ask MIT themselves. They do an excellent job on their admissions blog of letting you know what they value, and how the selection process works. Here’s from a recent entry: After you click the submit button, it's easy to feel as though your application has entered a black hole. So what really happens between when you apply and when you receive your decision? We understand that not knowing the details can add a lot of stress to the waiting period, so we're happy to shed some light into that black hole. Once your application is complete,....View More

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I'm in 11th grade now and have opted for Commerce course study in 11th and 12th grades. I'm planning to apply to the Ivy leagues for a Computer Science major. Since I'm not doing any sciences now, will that hurt my application to colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Hi! Most top US colleges will want you to have a minimum of two, preferably three, years of science. It may not be a problem if you have taken sciences in grades 9 and 10. Have you taken any computer science courses? I recommend to all of my students that they have a well-rounded list that includes schools beyond the Ivies. Make sure that you have schools that are targets and safeties as well. Let me know if you have any further questions! 

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Would you suggest applying as Undecided for competitive institutes like the Ivies, HYPMS and NSU for an Economics and PolItical Science double major?

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    Geetha Swamy
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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

If you are so sure that you want to pursue these subjects, I am not sure why you would want to apply undecided. On the other hand, if you are still not sure this is the path you want to pursue, you know that you can still change your major AFTER you are in the university. The advantage of declaring your major is that it gives you the opportunity to talk about your love for the subject, how you developed your interest, what have you done so far to foster your interest, what you plan to do with the course....View More

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How hard is it for international students to get a full scholarship at MIT or any other great university for undergraduates? Is it even possible?

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Kim Dixit Answered 7 months ago

It is extremely competitive for any student to be admitted to MIT.  For international students the odds are even more daunting.  I've compiled these statistics: MIT admissions – what it takes (Class of 2020)Total number of freshman applications - 19020Number of applications (international)- 4299Percentage of applications (international) - 22.6%Total admitted students - 1511Overall acceptance rate - 7.9%Number of admitted students (international) - 132International acceptance rate against total applicant pool - 0.69%International acceptance rate against international applicant pool - 3%Total class size - 1485For more information: http://mitadmissions.org/apply/process/stats http://mitadmissions.org/apply/process/profile A competitive applicant would need to demonstrate excellence in academics as well as a depth of commitment and talent outside the classroom through....View More

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Is Dartmouth good for engineering/computer science as compared to Upenn?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

Both of those schools are amazing and if you get into one or both, you'll be just fine at either!  They are quite different, however, in terms of location and culture. Always remember that it's not the school brand or name, but what YOU do at school and in life that matters.

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For Ivy leagues, GeorgiaTech, Caltech kind of universities, instead of CS, if I choose 'Undeclared' in my application , would it increase my chance of admission?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

I have no idea why so many students think that applying undecided increases your chances of getting into  a school. You have to remember that computer science is one of the more sought after programs at university and if you don't show your interest in the field, how do you expect to be accepted into the program later? What if your grades at that point are not good enough to get into the course? Would you study history or literature instead? Are you interested in these courses? Apply "undecided" only when you really are not sure of what you want....View More

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Which need aware Ivy offers the most generous financial aid for international students?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

The amount of financial aid is not dependent on the university but on the student. If you have been admitted to an Ivy, and you have demonstrated a clear financial need, then it it likely that your need will be met. The challenge is to be admitted!! 

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General ACT: 34+ <-- taking October and November SAT II: Math 2 (800) Physics (780+) <-- haven't done these yet but these are my scores from when I practice for them - taking September and October GPA: 5.8/7 <-- Idk my GPA but this will be my guess... IB Subjects: IB Predicted 40/42 - HL Math 7, HL Physics 7, HL Economics 7, SL Chemistry 6, SL French 6, SL English Lang & Lit 7 Extended Essay: Mathematics - Queueing Theory (expecting an A) TOK: Expecting an A/B Total IB Points: I'll say 42-43/45 (I'll find out the one's being sent to uni in October) School type: Small private IB school Applying for financial aid: Yes. I think my family income is <100k Intended major: Computer Science (but I can change that considering CS is a hard major to apply to) Ethnicity: Indian passport but lived all my life in the middle east Activities - Founder and Instructor of TheCodingClub (I taught people how to program in C++, turned out to be one of the largest and most successful clubs in the school) (3 years - plan to do it in G12 as well) - Founder and President of MIT LaunchX Club - first in the country (helping people create companies of their own [I made one app-based company as well]) (2 years) - Co-Founder and Executive of TheEntrepreneurialClub (3 years) - Executive Member of the Student Council (2 years - altho one year was in middle school) - Main Symphonic Band of the school - first chair Clarinetist (6 years) - considered one of the best in the middle east - Working with a local orphanage - Certified Scuba Diver (SSI PADI) - Wankan Shotokan Karate Black Belt (6 years) - Tennis (internationally represented the school) (4 years) Certificates/Awards/Achievements - Sports medals - Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (bronze and silver) - Certificate of Leadership (the principal made this award 'in honor of me' for being a role model to all IB students) - Have done 4 computer science courses in my free time (certified) - Published author of "MatheMazing! The Beauty of Mathematics" (I wrote a book on the beauty on mathematics and many fun and interesting problems [it's like a 100 page book] published on Amazon and in-print copy. I was featured on the newspaper, and I have received many praises from university professors [including some field medalists!] from around the world). Work Experience - Chief Website Developer at The Echo Report (I managed my own team for about a year where we managed anything online to do with this Virginia-based newspaper company) - Trainee at the corporate banking department in Bank Muscat (in my country, internships is very very rare and having a job under 18 is illegal. So not many people do get the opportunity to get any work experience. I was lucky to be at the biggest bank in the country for about a week, shadowing various people in the department). Letters of Recommendation - Math teacher - he's like my father. Been my teacher for 4 years and also my Extended Essay supervisor and a great mentor and person to me. - English teacher - like my mother - she has also been my teacher for 4 years and was also the supervisor for the Student Council. She knows how much I've grown in English and also how determined I am in Student Council. - Additional rec: He's my Physics/TOK teacher, and more importantly my Tennis coach. He was also the head of the International Award expeditions and Scuba diving. - ED-specific rec: He helped me start The Coding Club. Where I'm applying Okay so I'm confused where I should apply ED. Either UPenn (NETS or M&T first choice and SEAS second choice) or Cornell engineering. UPenn has accepted 7 out of 14 people in my schools (and they've accepted all the two ED applicants). Cornell has accepted 2 out of 20 people. I know this may not matter, but just saying... Also, I'm applying to the following Early Action programs: UChicago, Georgia Tech, UNC Chapel Hill, Fordham+Columbia (Specialized 5 year program), Caltech and MIT. If I shouldn't apply to some, then please do tell me Regular Decision: Amherst College, Williams College, Yale, Yale-NUS, UC Berekely, UCLA, Dartmouth, Cornell/Penn (whichever I didn't apply ED).... The list may reduce, but this is it so far. Thank you :)

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I'm an Indian studying in a CBSE school! I took Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology without Mathematics in my classes 11 and 12. However, I studied Math till Grade 10, have enrolled in an online edX certified Calculus BC course for my senior year and gave the Math 2 SAT subject test in June. I'm targeting HYP and other ivies for an undergraduate course in Biology (PreMed track). Will this affect my chances considering good ECs in STEM and research in cardiovascular medicine that involves a lot of Maths in it? How else can I prove my competency in mathematics?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

What are your grades in classes 9, 10, 11 and 12? Why are you targeting only the Ivies? Have you even considered other top schools for Biology?  What score did you receive in SAT Math 2 test? There are so many other questions you need to consider before you dash into planning for admission to HYP. It seems that your competency in Math is uppermost in your mind. Please consider the other factors I have listed above. They are very important. I am glad that you have some good extra curricular activities. They will certainly work in your favour. Math....View More

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Between the Ivy Leagues and HYPMS , which institute would you recommend for an Econ/Pol-Sci Double Major or Major/Minor combination?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi there, these are all excellent institutions, where you will be able to double major. All have terrific departments in both Econ and Poli Sci. Are you trying to decide which institution you should apply to ED or EASC? To give you a truly meaningful answer, I need to know more about you. Feel free to email me at lisabuchwalter@gmail.com and I can answer in more depth once I know your particular strengths and desires.

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I'm an Indian student studying class 12 in a CBSE school. I took Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology without Mathematics in my classes 11 and 12. However, I studied Math till Grade 10, have enrolled in an online edX certified Calculus BC course for my senior year and gave the Math 2 SAT subject test in June. I'm targeting HYP and other ivies for an undergraduate course in Biology (PreMed track). Will this affect my chances considering good ECs in STEM and research in cardiovascular medicine that involves a lot of Maths in it? How else can I prove my competency in mathematics? Please let me know your thoughts on this.

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Kim Dixit Answered 5 months ago

Competitive US universities require students to demonstrate a strong competency in mathematics for 3-4 years especially if they want to study sciences. Since you have not taken math  you will need to explain why in your application through counselor LoR. Although your research shows your competency in math, there is no way universities will know its level since you cannot upload your research. So, I suggest you to take the AP Calculus BC course next May (though keep in mind the results come out after you received all your offers). Moreover,  engage yourself in math-related research projects and/or participate in....View More

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    Jane Doe

ChanceMe (CS/Bio major) for Johns Hopkins, UIUC, WashUSTL, Stanford, Ivies, and other T30s. Stats: (Just started my junior year at a new school) Freshman - SAT Math 2 (800) Sophomore - SAT Physics (800), SAT Chemistry (760) APs - 2017 - Calculus BC (5), Physics C: Mechanics (5); 2018 - AP Chemistry (5), AP Physics C: E&M (5), Statistics (5), Computer Science A (5) Upcoming tests - SAT in October, SAT Biology M in December, AP Biology and AP English Language and Composition in May. If my practice tests are any indication, I'll probably end up getting a mid-1500's score on the SAT. GPA (CBSE) - 9th - 10.0/10.0; 10th - 95.4% **school change** ECs: One of 11 state finalists for the Junior Science Olympiad (NSEJS) - 10 State Rank 25 in JSTSE - 9 Guitar (no certifications though) - 3 years now House Captain - 9 IT Secretary - 10 MOOCs on edX - MITx's Python track and Data Science MicroMasters program (or was it XSeries?) without a certificate.

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What is the best time to start applying for the Ivy League Universities?

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Judith Winters Answered 5 months ago

The deadline for EA/ED applications to Ivy League Universities is November 1st and the regular deadline is January 1st. I suggest that you apply early providing your standardized tests are completed and your results are in the range for  your universities. Furthermore,  it is essential that your grades have been consistently strong throughout high school and you have requested teacher and counselor  recommendations. The answer to your question is that you apply when you are ready and your application and essays are polished and ready to submit.  If you are applying to a school that is early decision (Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth,....View More

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    Mradul Bhatnagar

I had applied to 4 colleges in USA last year and got selected to NYU , UIUC but got rejected by cornell and waitlisted by purdue . I also got admitted to IIT and BITS in india , I couldnt go to USA because the fin aid wasn’t sufficient. Can I apply again to top institutes like Upenn , Princeton , Duke in the states next year while joining IIT as a backup. If yes , anything except improving standardised testing scores that I can do ?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi there, congratulations on your admits! You got into some great places. NYU is notoriously stingy with financial aid, so I am not surprised that it's just too much to consider. If you do choose to go to IIT or BITS (and wow, IIT? That's a great school) you would be applying as a transfer student. As such, the main thing you can do to get in is to get all A's in your first year, taking difficult courses, and to find a teacher in college who will recommend you highly. The schools you mention will all require SAT/ACT also even....View More

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I am an american expat studying in grade 12 in the CBSE syllabus in India. I have got 1560 in SAT and school grades are fine( score near 90% every time) , don't really have a lot of significant EC's but i an editor in my school's newspaper, part of the soccer team for 5 years and have verbal mentions in a few MUN's. I come from an upper middle class family so would want to get in with a financial aid. I want to do CSE( computer science engineering), what are my chances at cornell,columbia or any other ivy league school?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 5 days ago

While the Ivies are great, every single student needs to broaden their scope in terms of schools to apply to. There's never a guarantee with admission to an Ivy and it is a reach for every single student who applies. With admit rates around 5% it's tough for even the top students. I recommend that you broaden your list of schools; sometimes being the big fish in a smaller pond is a better strategy.

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