Help with graduate ChemE application!!!! I really want to apply to MIT for the ChemE Phd program and apparently they look at your class rank quite a bit....I might not have a very good class rank, let alone be the top student!! What are my chances going to be if I spend about 2.5 doing research and get a publication or 2? Did anyone actually get into mit with not so stellar grades? If so what did they/you do? On average how many publications should I aim for?