• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products Here!

Uk and mit

  • Thread starter samb53
  • Start date
  • #1
5
0

Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi I’m just about to start my A Levels in the UK and for my GCSE's I got

English Lang B
English Lit B
Maths A
Science A*
Additional Science A*
RE B
Statistics B
IT (Diploma Worth 4 GCSE's) A
Graphic Products B
Engineering Level 2 BETC Distinction (Worth 2 GCSE @ A*)

I’m going to do at A Level and predicted

Computing A
Maths A/B
Physics A
Electronics A

With that could I get into somewhere like MIT to do Electonic Engineering/Computer Sciences as i learnt C at the age of 14

Cheers Sam
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
300
1
Not without extensive extracurricular activities, research/internships, or participation in competitions. The standards for Americans are almost perfect grades plus a lot of extras, and their standards for the few internationals they admit are even higher. So no, not without a lot of extra work because for MIT, perfect grades don't guarantee or even give you good odds at getting a spot unless you supplement it.
 
  • #3
5
0
extracurricular activities: i run my own programming company which makes about $200,000 proft a year is that ok
 
  • #4
1,119
21
Running your own company should definitely help. But you should probably take a look at http://web.mit.edu/registrar/stats/geo/index.html to get some idea of the odds though. There are currently 6 undergrad students from the UK at MIT, which means they admit 1-2 per year on average.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #5
513
0
extracurricular activities: i run my own programming company which makes about $200,000 proft a year is that ok
"Is that ok"?

Why wouldn't you mention this in your first post? Do you feel that running a software company that nets $200K (UK) in profit is not important to disclose when asking about your chances of getting into MIT?

You mention "per year", so I'm assuming you've made around $200K for more than one year. Well done. If you are still unsure - yes, you should mention that on your application to MIT. It's a pretty decent extracurricular activity.
 
  • #6
Vanadium 50
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Education Advisor
2019 Award
24,558
7,449
I agree - if you've made > $400,000 running a software company ($200k/year for more than one year), you should mention it. Of course, this can all be easily checked - and you should expect them to.
 
  • #7
2,017
85
If you were making a hundred grand a year at 18, why on earth would you want to go to university. Apart from garbages and giggles.
 
  • #8
160
0
If he is just past GCSE's the OP must be around 15-16, he said he only learned C at 14. So he has learnt C and built a 200k company in just over a year? I can't help but doubt this
 
  • #9
2,017
85
If he is just past GCSE's the OP must be around 15-16, he said he only learned C at 14. So he has learnt C and built a 200k company in just over a year? I can't help but doubt this
Oh I doubt it too.

It just got me wondering, why would anyone go to university if they were earining 100 grand a year. Apart from 'for the hell of it'.

If I had a company that turned me 100 grand a year. I'd probably become a baker.
 
  • #10
cristo
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
8,107
73
With that could I get into somewhere like MIT to do Electonic Engineering/Computer Sciences as i learnt C at the age of 14
Why do you want to go to MIT? There are British universities that are as good if not better than MIT, and will cost a fraction of the price!
 
  • #11
Go to Portsmouth University like I did.
 
  • #12
Pyrrhus
Homework Helper
2,178
1
Why do you want to go to MIT? There are British universities that are as good if not better than MIT, and will cost a fraction of the price!
I agree, Imperial College of London is a fine school
 
  • #14
290
2
If you were making a hundred grand a year at 18, why on earth would you want to go to university. Apart from garbages and giggles.

Was this in jest?
 
  • #15
2,017
85
Was this in jest?
No.

Most people go to university to get a good job, and earn lots of cash in their chosen profession.

So lets see, he can put the £100 thousand a year business in programming on hold to go to university for what, 4 years, to learn wonderful things about computers.

To then graduate and attempt to get a job in something like progamming that pays lots of money, maybe even a 100 thousnd a year or so.

yes, indeed if that is the case it makes PERFECT sensse.
 
  • #16
77
0
As many people have said, there are fine institutions in the UK for you. If everything is as it seems, just take a look down the list of Russell Group universities and pick a few to apply to.
 
  • #17
1,199
25
If you are only motivated by money then there is no reason for you to go to University. But it's a great way to meet a wide variety of people and to learn new things.

The B's in the humanities subjects, especially English, are rather worrying. If you apply to Oxbridge and other top universities you should demonstrate that you have made some effort to improve in these areas. Having made a few bucks through hacking up some C code and selling it will not impress them that much. Some humility about your weaknesses and evidence that you have made some attempt to fix them might help. I recommend a course of great Victorian novels -- Dickens, Austen, Gaskell ...
 

Related Threads on Uk and mit

Replies
31
Views
24K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
994
Replies
51
Views
16K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
47
Views
12K
  • Last Post
Replies
15
Views
4K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
48
Views
8K
Replies
3
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
9K
Top