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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    If I was interested in studying an area in Physics or perhaps Nanotechnology, would MIT be the place to be? Also, does anyone know how hard it would be to get into it? From what I've seen in addition to extracurricular activities, am I right in assuming that I would only need around a 90% average in SAT exams or would I be incorrect? How competitive are the international students?

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Quote Originally Posted by HisNameIsChris
    If I was interested in studying an area in Physics or perhaps Nanotechnology, would MIT be the place to be? Also, does anyone know how hard it would be to get into it? From what I've seen in addition to extracurricular activities, am I right in assuming that I would only need around a 90% average in SAT exams or would I be incorrect? How competitive are the international students?
    Yes MIT would be the place to be. You have to be pretty hardcore though, this is for the CERN types. If you can't get straight into MIT, you may have to do well in your physics undergrad here and then do postgrad there. Any serious physicist will be doin postgrad work anyway.

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    Yep, any sort of engineering or technological sciences MIT is the palce to be. I might even be there myself next year for exchange!

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    can we doin exchange with MIT in our unsw exchange program?
    is MIT on of our partner uni?
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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Quote Originally Posted by RIZAL
    Yes MIT would be the place to be. You have to be pretty hardcore though, this is for the CERN types. If you can't get straight into MIT, you may have to do well in your physics undergrad here and then do postgrad there. Any serious physicist will be doin postgrad work anyway.
    but CERN is mainly particle physics and nuclear physics, no place for nanotechnology...

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrolysis
    but CERN is mainly particle physics and nuclear physics, no place for nanotechnology...
    funny signature...MIT is crazy to get into because the physicists/engineers go there. You'd have to do it for exchange.
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    Oh, ok. Thanks guys for the info - upon doing research myself back around the time I posted this, I discovered that I'd probably not be able to afford the fees anyway - even with support, it is still expensive and I don't want to ask for help from my parents or anything.

    Looks like I'm sticking here in Australia for now and maybe I'll do post grad study there as you said, hopefully I can build up some money through some sort of part time or casual work.

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    my sister goes to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS) - sports scholarship. :wave:

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    90% for SAT is enough, but not enough for full scholarship...
    If u can't get scholarship, the study fee for MIT is really high...
    I know some Chinese students went for these top unis in USA with full scholarship...
    The get nearly full marks for SAT, most of them even did GRE...
    Hope u enjoy it~

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    MIT is a very hard school to get into. To give you a bigger picture... it is within the top 5 Universities in America.
    Source: Couple of Friends attend MIT, one got a 36/36 on ACT another 35/36.
    Good luck, work hard!

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Try CIT? While CIT isnt as famous as MIT but sometimes it out ranks MIT and the two schools really hate each other.
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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Are you kidding?

    Sorry to rain on parades, but MIT accepts 100-200 international students per year...from a pool of potentially larger than 2000!

    You'd need a VERY high SAT or ACT mark, as well as nothing lower than 95 UAI. And lets not forget the fact that you need to have rock solid recommendation letters, a solid interview and the fact that american unis dont accept anyone unless they have extracurricular activities(unlike Australia where its like wow numbers, youre in UNI! lol)

    Good Luck!

    CIT is just as hard, it is only a small Uni. You guys needs to go to some american college forums to see how heavily the deck is stacked against us internationals in the states.

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    there goes my dreams of getting into MIT LOL!

    been dreaming since i was a kid....

    pretty sad i know hahaha
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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Well, dreams for undergrad at MIT are almost gone fo you I guess; unless you're a 100UAI kinda person. For graduate study..well you can decide that.

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    MIT reminds me of the movie 21... the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings!!
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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Quote Originally Posted by hollaholla View Post
    MIT reminds me of the movie 21... the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings!!
    haha yeah i read that book the movie is based on. apparently there are still card counting teams at MIT and also Caltech. but there very hush hush (ie you cant just go around asking about them, as most members are alumni and most students wouldnt even know if one existed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotdimsim View Post
    haha yeah i read that book the movie is based on. apparently there are still card counting teams at MIT and also Caltech. but there very hush hush (ie you cant just go around asking about them, as most members are alumni and most students wouldnt even know if one existed)
    How awsm does it sound...
    its way harder than how they show it in the movie though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisNameIsChris View Post
    Oh, ok. Thanks guys for the info - upon doing research myself back around the time I posted this, I discovered that I'd probably not be able to afford the fees anyway - even with support, it is still expensive and I don't want to ask for help from my parents or anything.

    Looks like I'm sticking here in Australia for now and maybe I'll do post grad study there as you said, hopefully I can build up some money through some sort of part time or casual work.
    They actually pay you to do graduate studies, not that much though, and I don't think it applies for international students, so you would probably need to get a scolarship, not to cover tuition fees, but to cover living expenses, unless you already have enough money to live off for 5 years.

    Getting into MIT for undergraduate studies is probably really hard, you are more likely to get in at graduate school. Aim to be the 1st or 2nd highest rank in your undergraduate studies in physics at a Group of 8 uni and you might be able to make the scolarship. Oh, also you definently need to do honours.

    Have a look at piled higher and deeper comics to see what life might be like as a doctoral student in USA, and also for a bit of a laugh
    I've heard the comics are surprisingly accurate at times.

    Good luck
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    I personally think that he planned to hold up a liquor store or gas station or something like that.

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    MIT is need blind, like a few other us unis, so they'll give you jobs/loans/grants to cover fees....plus some unis have a policy where if your parents combined income is under $60k you pay no fees, regardless of citizenship

    but MIT is ridiculous to get into + need 3 SAT II's

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    Quote Originally Posted by z600 View Post
    Try CIT? While CIT isnt as famous as MIT but sometimes it out ranks MIT and the two schools really hate each other.
    I'd like to go to either, maybe as third year uni, but i'm still gonna attempt the SAT. Is there a thread about the SAT? like how it works and how subject tests work?
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    CIT offers little international fin aid...

    There are two general SAT tests: SAT I and SAT II's...SAT I is 3 sections: maths, critical reading and literacy stuff, and an essay. SAT II's are subject tests e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Maths, History. Generally, you have to take SAT I and 2 SAT II's, although some unis need 3, some need 1 and some don't care. Go to collegeboard.com - you need to register asap, otherwise you'll have to pay late fees. and the application forms are huge.

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    Re: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Quote Originally Posted by wendybird View Post
    Interesting info for Aussies applying to MIT.

    - Heard recently from a very reputable source that MIT has an unofficial policy of accepting only 1 australian a year.

    Good luck people.

    FYI these are last year's statistics:

    - Harvard accepted 4
    - Yale accepted 6
    - MIT (1)

    and MIT has consistently kept their aussie admissions numbers at 1.

    Oh and I second sikhman - there are no such thing as merit based "scholarships" for the top US schools (Stanford, MIT) or the Ivies. So anyone talking about "getting a scholarship" is inaccurate.

    Wiki "need blind admissions" : Need-blind admission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The top schools will admit without regard to whether or not you can pay. They're exclusive enough that you need to be the best of the best to get in in the first place. If they want you, they'll foot ALL the bills for you (intl flights included). That said, you're going to have to overcome the <10% admissions rate first.

    ETA:

    PS. To the OP, you can no longer apply to MIT for the class entering september 2010. Application deadline was 31st Dec/1st January. MIT also had extra deadlines (I think interviews had to be scheduled before December 15th). If you do apply, I'm afraid you're going to have to wait another year.

    Thats very interesting, where did you get the statistics on the number of Australians being accepted from?

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