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Admission in US

  1. May 26, 2009 #1
    I just got my IIT(Indian Institute of Technology) result. I qualified but i wouldnt be able to get in Mech Engineering. Meanwhile I am taking admission in BITS this coming July(Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences). BITS is a respected university in India.

    But i want to apply to a better university. Am i egligible for MIT,Caltech and etc... Cause if i am then i may apply for it. If i get admission in MIT then its the best thing... And if i dont then i am still enrolled in BITS.

    And if i am egligible for applying for admission then can i use my IIT JEE exam qualification as an extra mark...(of course i am going to give the SATs)
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    I dont get it you did not get into mech eng in IIT and youre thinking you could use MIT and Caltech as a backup? Is this right?

    You could add Harvard and Cambridge to your backup lists.
  4. May 26, 2009 #3
    No no...

    I didnt get into mech at IIT. So now i want to start over... So now i can either appear for IIT JEE 2010 or apply at these prestigious colleges. I know that the chances are scare for admissions at MIT and all... But i should atleast give a shot.

    And its not that risky, if i dont get in these colleges i do have BITS with me.
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  5. May 26, 2009 #4
    I hate to be a downer, but your chances are almost nil. MIT and similar institutes in the States accept VERY few internationals and less than ~15 a year from India (out of literally thousands of applications).

    You can submit and hope but I would most definitely not plan on getting in and make alternate arrangements. I've seen a lot of stellar students apply and get rejected so I know that the competition is cut-throat at best.
  6. May 26, 2009 #5
    Well, thats heart breaking....

    But in the current circumstances... isnt it worth the effort? Means like, i am safe with my admission at BITS and if can spend a few hours a day for SATs and get a good score then may be...

    I know that SAT scores are not the only important thing but....
  7. May 26, 2009 #6
    High SAT scores are necessary to apply (keep in mind that almost every single person you'll be competing against will have 2100+) but the emphasis seems to be on extraordinary extracurricular achievements. Stuff like original research, winning a national science competition, getting articles published and such.

    Obviously nothing is impossible and you have nothing to lose by trying, so go for it if you like :)
  8. May 26, 2009 #7
    As long as you can afford to totally throw away the cost of applying, sure, go ahead. But I think you'd be wasting your time.

    I also have one minor correction to MissSilvy's posts... if you take a look at http://web.mit.edu/registrar/stats/geo/index.html, you'll see that MIT currently has 31 undergraduates from India... which means they admit ~8 per year, not 15.
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  9. May 27, 2009 #8
    Wasting? Jeez!! Why is everyone being pessimistic? Or are you just realistic? I know that you guys know the real scenario.... But i am trying to be a bit optimistic.. Just 8 is real hard...
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  10. May 27, 2009 #9


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    Funny, I was just looking at those figures, and they have 3 grad students from my country... The funny part is I know 2 of them, hahaha, and only 1 of the 2 is being funded by an assistantship.
  11. May 27, 2009 #10

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    Here you have a case where someone posts you the facts - the facts - on how many are accepted by country, and you complain about pessimism.

    The MIT "culture" is one that elevates cold hard facts over the things we would prefer to hear. You might want to ask yourself how well you would do in that culture and if it's a good match to you or not.
  12. May 27, 2009 #11
    I am talking about "wasting your time"...

    If everyone would think that they are wasting their time then no one would apply for such colleges...

    I know that you guys are trying to show me the real picture... All i am trying to say that applying for these colleges is worth the effort if i do work hard for it...

    Well i did qualify for the Physics Olympiad for a start... The JEE exam day wasnt just good for me... My friends who were just of my level got admissions.... So i have been working hard... And if i could do it better i may be get into this schools....

    I have no problem in hearing the facts.. I am saying that 8 is a small number and the competiton is really tough
  13. May 27, 2009 #12
    If you had started your original post "I just got my IIT result and I sailed through easily with top marks, but I'm thinking about trying for top universities abroad instead," my response would have been a bit more encouraging.

    You live in a nation of over a billion people. You couldn't qualify for IIT's Mech Engineering. Do you really think that you are one of the 8?
  14. May 27, 2009 #13
    Your friends who were your level got admissions to where? If it was MIT, then you have a shot. If it's IIT, then your chances are still the same. I know IIT is tough to get into, but only Indian students apply to IIT; MIT takes a slew of applications from every single country on earth and they are heavily biased towards accepting American students.
  15. May 27, 2009 #14
    There was a similar thread claiming that a student had no chance getting into ANY grad school and he ended up getting into a pretty decent one. Just apply and see what happens.
  16. May 27, 2009 #15
    They got admissions in IIT.
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    Huge difference in admissions to ANY program and MIT
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    Its not realistic, if you realistically had a chance at MIT as an international then you wouldnt have to ask because you would have met an admissions representative at IMO or IPO medal ceremony or some other similar achievement . I know people who have been admitted to MIT and Caltech from countries where single digits are admitted yearly and it always was apparent they already knew they had a good chance at admission because they were successful at an international level(this is what it takes) at an activity that has a history of having students enter MIT and Caltech yearly. You obviously have not achieved the international level of success necessary. In terms of difficulty for admissions -- International >>>>>> Domestic.
  19. May 28, 2009 #18

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    Furthermore, the fact that one's second choice takes 8 students suggests a misranking on the OP's part of relative degrees of difficulty to get in.

    If it's "just apply", I agree - there's nothing lost. But if one is passing up other opportunities on the hope of admission, this is not a wise strategy.
  20. May 28, 2009 #19
    The particular schools weren't really the point though.

    Yeah, I hope that's not the case. Maybe I should have said apply, but don't get your hopes up.
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  21. May 28, 2009 #20


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    Nothing lost but he has about the same odds as a domestic student with a 2.5GPA 1500 out of 2400SAT and no extracurriculars getting into UCLA if not weaker odds.
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