I am currently attending UC Santa Cruz as a freshman majoring in electrical engineering. I want to transfer to MIT to major in nuclear engineering (UCSC like most schools doesn't offer nuclear engineering). During high school, I spent most of my time building various devices such as Tesla coils and other high voltage things. During my senior year, I finished the construction and successful operation of my fusion reactor. These projects took most of my time (occasionally three hours or more each day), which meant my grades suffered. I ended high school with a 3.4 GPA, and my college adviser told me that MIT, my dream college, was out of the question. I didn't apply, which is a decision I now regret. I ran the first experimental tests with my fusion reactor in April (after college applications were finished) and decided to get professional opinions regarding the results. From my personal email, I contacted the head of nuclear science and engineering (who is also the director of the fusion center) at MIT and kindly asked him to verify my data. To my surprise, he responded. After many emails and additional experimental testing, he agreed that I had observed fusion neutrons. He also cc'd the director of undergraduate nuclear science and engineering. If I decide to submit a transfer application to MIT, both professors are willing to write me supplemental evaluations. I am also in communication with the chair of nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley and the chair of electrical engineering and the chair of physics here at UCSC. While MIT accepts junior transfers, they only accept students as sophomores. To not lose a year, I must apply to transfer this year as a freshman. I will have to take chem and bio courses outside of my major at UCSC to qualify for the transfer. If I don't get into MIT, I will be behind in my current major. I will be taking the sat math II and physics subject tests soon. I feel very confident in both. I will also be retaking the ACT in order to improve my score from junior year of high school. I want to transfer because my passion is in nuclear science and the facilities at MIT are amazing. I want to become a fusion scientist as I believe fusion is the key to reducing human suffering. As it stands, the transfer acceptance rate is low (less than 5%). I am telling myself that because I built a fusion reactor and will be receiving two recommendation letters from directors of the department I will be applying to, I will have a better chance than 5%, but I know there are applicants with far greater credentials than myself. So far, I believe that I can get a great GPA here at UCSC as most courses I am taking are review from AP Physics and AP Calculus. TL;DR: I built a fully functional fusion reactor and will be receiving two recommendation letters from directors of the department I will be applying to at MIT. Do I have a decent chance of getting in as a transfer student?