It's a big goal, I know. I'm going to a top-20 in its field undergrad school (for chemical engineering). It's a state school in my state, but a solid school nonetheless. I wasn't the best student in high school. I say that after graduating 3rd in my class, but in all honesty, I didn't get what school was all about. I now have motivation to learn and to apply myself. I'm really excited about all of the opportunities that await me. I didn't do all that great on the SATs (2040). Part of that was because I only took them the weekend between my final exams, part of that was because I didn't practice for them at all, and part of that was because I knew I could get into the school I wanted to go to with what I expected to earn (based on 217 PSAT). So, I've made up my mind to become a completely different person in college. I'll make friends with people like me (living in an honors dorm should help with that). I'll study for each class every day. I'll do my homework. I plan on trying to get a research position (probably in chemistry) in the spring semester of my freshman year. I found a blog post- http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics...eers_grad_school/grad_school_admissions.shtml - that encouraged me that perhaps I CAN get to MIT after all. I'm really glad that I have a goal in my undergraduate career unlike in high school. Can anyone offer me any strategies or words of encouragement? I'll probably try for a Master's, maybe even a PhD. While I'm going to aim for MIT, I'm definitely going to be open to other universities.