An insider's guide by a real, current student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

View my complete successful MIT admissions application

The winning admissions strategy of a regular kid who beat the odds with no special hooks or talents

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Welcome to the only MIT-Specific College Admissions Resource!

Dear Future MIT Student,

A couple years ago during my senior year of high school, I wanted absolutely nothing more than to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Improving my chances of admission and beating the ridiculous 90% odds of failure constantly plagued my mind. My parents had little faith in me, my teachers gave me discerning looks when I told them their letters were being sent to MIT, and my college advisor warned me that even applying was “setting myself up for a huge disappointment.”  

The day I got accepted was one of the best, most personally fulfilling days of my entire life.
I knew I could do it.... and if I can do it, anyone can do it. And that's because I realized something...

MIT rejects thousands of remarkable students every year (people far more intelligent and talented than I am) in favor of those who present themselves most insightfully on their applications.

You may find my bakcground surprisingly unexceptional. I'm not a legacy or first-generation college student, and I don't have any ground-breaking talents, connections, or secrets that helped me pull strings behind the scenes. I'm not dumb, but compared with many of the geniuses applying to MIT, I'm really not even that smart. Check out my profile below:

  • Non-minority male (effective acceptance rate of about 4%)
  • Not a first-generation college student
  • Don't come from a wealthy family (parents' income is $50K/year)

  • SAT I Score of 1380/1600
  • Never took an AP Science Class
  • Ranked 22nd percenile of high school class
  • Never played a varsity sport
  • No “ground-breaking” special talents or abilities

I knew MIT was the place for me, that I had to come, that failure was not an option. I devoted myself entirely to getting into MIT- researched the process inside and out and put my heart and soul into bringing my life together in a coherent, meaningful, touching application package. Along the way, I reflected tirelessly on my past, learned a lot about myself, and became a master of the admissions process. And I got in- while worldwide chess champions, international science fair winners, and perfect scoring SAT test-takers didn't.

The day I got my acceptance letter and the subsequent few years have reflected a new, drastically improved life full of exceptional education, people, and opportunities. Going to MIT opened doors that I never even knew existed before I set foot on campus during my freshman fall. I've taken mind-blowing courses, aced and failed final exams, programmed robots, designed and built car parts, done game-changing research and prototyping as part of an effort sponsored by IBM, spent a summer on Wall Street, met billionaire entrepreneurs, made lifelong friends who share my goals and outlook, developed leadership skills and social acumen as part of a fraternity, tiptoed across the roofs and secret tunnels of world-famous buildings, schemed up campus-wide pranks, and absolutely had the time of my life.

My Acceptance Letter

For most good students, there is nothing in your way of a future at MIT except your own ambition and determination. If you are seriously setting your sights on a school as competitive as MIT, if you are really willing to put in the extreme time and effort necessary (some of you may have already done much of this by working hard throughout high school), you need to realize that you must truly make an outstanding case for yourself to stand a chance, even if you are the smartest or most talented applicant out there.

What it can definitely do is help you optimize your valuable time during the admissions process and show you what you should to do in order to stand out amongst top applicants in the competitive MIT admission pool. Only you know the details of your personal story and academic motivations, but I hope I can help you unlock those things to let you shed a unique and passionate light on yourself as you prepare your high school endeavors and MIT application- whether you're just starting out as a freshman or you're a senior about to apply.

Putting together the right experiences in a convincing application that tells a story is an extremely important art- the most important part of applying to elite universities. Thousands of otherwise extraordinary students are rejected every year because they neglect the importance of this difficult task. This was my strong suit, this is what I've already gone through successfully, and this is where I can help you can shine.

See my entire successful MIT application right now

This PDF copy of my actual application to MIT is the only availabe product of its kind. This is, word for word, the exact application that MIT judged my acceptance on. You will see first hand how I implement the strategies in my guide, how I reflect on personal experiences, and how I develop a personality "match" and strong character on the actual document that MIT admissions officers judged. It will be most beneficial to strong performing high school students who seek to differentiate themselves on their MIT applications through activities, writing style, and intangibles. This is an exact example of how a current student presented himself and framed his story for the admissions office. Below is a list of the complete sections included in this PDF document.

I'll give you my best possible example at the approaches you can use to create a convincing application package that sells yourself and tells a story where MIT is the next chapter. Use this simply an example: you must do your own work and you can't submit this application. However, this example of how I did it and how I presented my achievements will help you optimize your time and stand out amongst top applicants as you approach the admissions process. This kind of resource is not available anywhere else.

  • Grades and SAT/SAT II test score profile, including grades for every course taken in high school
  • AP tests taken and scores
  • High school coursework
  • Awards won
  • Short answer essay: "what do you do for fun"?
  • Short answer essay: "what department at MIT appeals to you and why?"
  • List of summer activities and how I wrote about them (very important)
  • List of extracurricular activities including leadership roles, accomplishments, and experience
  • List of jobs held and how I wrote about them
  • Long, creative essay about my experience working at a family business as a life challenge
  • Long essay about a challenge I faced and implying interest in a field of study at MIT
  • Optional long essay about something I created (unconventional, creative approach to answering the question)

My entire, complete application to MIT, exactly as it was submitted to the University!

I think you will find this particularly helpful as a strong example of the "soft skills"-- character, writing, persuasive presentation, etc which go beyond grades and scores and play very significantly into MIT admissions.

I received a lot of praise for my long essays and short answer questions, and had an exceptional high school writing education which helped me produce essays that I believe got me into MIT. I was told by numerous advisors that my writing style was exactly what the top schools were looking for. The essays were also reviewed and edited by a former, long-time Harvard admissions officer who has significant experience in the prep school and elite college admissions industry. I think they will be very helpful in demonstrating how one can use the application space to craft the story of an interesting, motivated, resourceful character that admissions officers want to see thrive at MIT.

It's going to take a LOT more than this application, and you must submit your own unique application based on your experiences and motivations. However, you can't beat this as an effective sample to get you started, view my writing style, and see how I sold myself despite not being any kind of super genius. Let me show you exactly what I did and how I wrote about it to approach the admissions process effectively and sell myself to the MIT admissions committee!

You can read it in less than an hour and it will cost you NOTHING in relation to the extraordinary benefits you'll gain if you get accepted. If an MIT education is worth $200,000 (approximate cost of tuition) and viewing this application helps you improve your chances by just 1%, a reasonable price would be anything under $2,000! Full-time college admissions advisors with similar advice can charge upwards of $20,000!

Unlike them, I am a true, current student at MIT who did exactly what you are trying to do and can show you exactly how at a fraction of the cost. I would have paid for this had it been available to me when I was applying. You'd be stupid to think it's not worth it!

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Take the first step towards optimizing your valuable time during the admissions process and standing out amongst the top 10% of competitive applicants to get accepted to MIT. Show you're a stellar applicant that deserves to go the best technology school in the world: if you end up pulling it off, I assure you it will change your life forever. Good luck!

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