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How to Update MIT After Submitting Your Application

By Eric Eng

By Eric Eng

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So, you’ve poured your heart into your MIT application, but what if something changes after you hit submit? It’s important to keep MIT updated with any new info that could boost your application. Here’s a guide on how to update MIT after submitting your application. We’ll cover everything you need to know to keep your application strong.

Why Updating MIT After Submitting Your Application Matters

One key reason to update MIT is to share your latest academic performance. Midyear grades can make a big impact, especially if you’ve improved or kept up your high performance.

You might also win new awards, take on leadership roles, or get involved in more extracurricular activities after submitting your application. Letting MIT know about these changes gives a fuller picture of who you are. Admissions officers want to see continuous growth and involvement, and these updates can tip the scales in your favor.

Life can throw unexpected changes your way, whether it’s personal circumstances or shifts in your academic interests. Keeping MIT updated ensures the admissions committee has the most accurate picture of you. This transparency helps them understand your context and fairly evaluate your application.

Updating your application also shows your continued interest in MIT. It proves you’re still engaged in the admissions process and eager to join MIT’s community. This proactive approach can leave a positive impression, showing your enthusiasm and dedication to becoming part of MIT.

MIT’s applicant pool is highly competitive, so any extra information that strengthens your application can help. Updating MIT with new grades and accomplishments keeps your application competitive.

Where to Update MIT After Submitting Your Application

After submitting your application, the main way to provide updates is through the February Updates & Notes (FUN) Form, available on your MIT application portal. The form is available in mid-January and should be completed as soon as possible after your fall semester grades are available, or after the second quarter if your school uses a quarter system.

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Who should fill it out

This FUN form is mandatory for all applicants. Those admitted or deferred in Early Action (EA), or those who applied for Regular Action (RA), need to submit this. These also include students from trimester schools, homeschooled students, and those who have already graduated.

When to submit

The form should be submitted by February 7. Even if you don’t have new grades to report, you still need to complete the form. There is a section to indicate if grades are not yet available.

What information to include

You need to report your latest grades—or if you don’t have new grades—and any significant updates since submitting your application. This could include new awards, activities, or changes in your circumstances. Use the text box provided in the form for these updates.

How to Submit MIT Application Updates Through the February Updates & Notes Form

Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide to completing the MIT February Updates & Notes Form effectively.

Step 1: Access the form.

The February Updates and Notes Form is available in mid-January on your MIT application portal. Log in with your credentials and find the link to the February Updates and Notes Form on your dashboard. The form should be easy to spot.

Step 2: Enter your grades.

Accurately reporting your midyear grades is crucial. Get your midyear grades from your school counselor or academic records. If your school uses a semester or quarter system, report your grades accordingly. For trimester systems, use your first trimester grades.

Enter your grades clearly and concisely. For example:

Subject Grade
Art History 93
IB Physics HL 95
Spanish A+

If your school provides quarter grades, report them as follows:

Subject Grades
Literature A, A+
AP Chemistry 93, 96

If your school doesn’t provide midyear grades, select the option indicating this on the form. If you’ve already graduated, choose the option stating that MIT has all your grades.

Step 3: Provide updates.

Use the text box on the form to share any significant updates with MIT. Think about any new achievements, activities, awards, or changes in your circumstances. You only have a maximum of 250 words, so be clear and concise.

If needed, to make your updates easier to read, use bullet points to organize your information. For example:

  • Won first place at the California Science and Engineering Fair for my renewable energy project. This project involved developing a more efficient solar panel using perovskite materials, which can potentially reduce costs and increase accessibility to sustainable energy.
  • Elected president of the student council. As president, I initiated several new programs, including “Peer Pals,” a peer tutoring system that pairs upperclassmen with underclassmen for academic support. This program has improved participants’ grades by 20%.
  • Launched a community tutoring program called “Bright Futures” focused on underprivileged students in my local area. Held at the City Central Library, this program provided over 200 hours of free tutoring in subjects like math, science, and English. Participating students have shown significant improvement in grades and confidence.
  • Completed a summer internship at TechSolve Innovations, a local tech startup. I worked on a team developing software to optimize supply chain logistics. This experience involved coding algorithms to improve inventory management, and it deepened my understanding of practical applications of computer science.
  • Co-authored a paper on renewable energy solutions which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of High School Research. This paper discusses innovative methods to increase solar panel efficiency using layered perovskite structures, which could lead to more cost-effective solar energy systems.

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Step 4: Review and submit.

Before submitting the form, review all the information you’ve entered. Ensure that all grades are accurately reported as they appear on your transcript. Do not average grades or make estimates. Make sure your updates are clear and concise, and avoid unnecessary details that don’t add value to your application.

Finally, submit the form by February 7. Missing the deadline can negatively impact your application, so make sure to complete and submit the form on time.

Common concerns

When completing the February Updates and Notes Form, you might run into a few specific issues. Here’s how to handle them:

1. No new grades

If you don’t have new grades to report, you still need to fill out the form. There’s an option to indicate you don’t have any new grades, and select this to update MIT of your current situation.

If your grades will be available after the February 7 deadline, provide the date when they will be ready. Choose the option “My semester grades are not available. They will be available on the date below.” Then enter the date in the dropdown. MIT will follow up with instructions on how to submit these grades once they’re released.

2. Grades already sent

Even if your counselor has already sent your midyear grades, you still need to complete the February Updates and Notes Form. This is because the form acts as a verification tool to ensure all information is accurately recorded in your application. MIT requires every applicant to fill out the form for consistency and completeness in their review process.

3. Your school does not provide midyear grades

This is a common situation, and MIT has your back. Indicate on the form that your school does not provide midyear grades by choosing the option, “I attend a school that does not provide midyear grades.” Even without midyear grades, you still need to submit the form to keep your application complete and ensure MIT has all necessary information.

4. Homeschooled students

If you are homeschooled, you still need to provide grades for any current year courses. List any grades you have received for the current academic year, including online courses, community college courses, or other educational programs you’re participating in. Use, if needed, the text box to explain your homeschooling curriculum and any unique aspects of your grading system.

5. Graduated students

There’s an option to indicate that you are no longer attending school and that MIT has all your grades. Select the option “I’m not currently attending school; MIT has all of my grades.” This confirms there are no new grades to report and that your academic record is complete.

How to Submit Updates to MIT If You Are Deferred

Like for EA admits and RA applicants, the February Updates & Notes Form is your go-to for updating your application after a deferral. But what exactly does being deferred mean?

Being deferred means your application was strong, but the admissions committee needs more time and context to decide. You’re not rejected; instead, your application will be reviewed again during the RA cycle with all other RA applications.

It’s natural to wonder about your chances after being deferred. According to MIT, while specific odds can’t be predicted, they usually admit between 150-250 deferred EA applicants in the RA cycle. You might also wonder why you were deferred, but MIT can’t provide specific reasons because decisions are made by committee and involve many factors.

If your application checklist disappears from the portal, don’t worry—this is normal for deferred applicants. The checklist will reappear two weeks after the RA deadline.

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What to do if you are deferred

As mentioned earlier, if you are deferred, you need to update your application through the February Updates & Notes Form. Include your midyear grades, which are crucial as they show your most recent academic performance. Use the FUN Form to report any significant new achievements, awards, or activities, or if there have been any major changes in your personal circumstances.

If you have new test scores, you can self-report them via the Application Status Page. If you planned to submit a supplemental portfolio for EA but ran out of time, you can still do so for RA by the January 4 deadline. However, you can’t make changes to already submitted portfolios.

Important reminder: Don’t submit new materials like additional essays or letters of recommendation unless specifically requested by MIT.

If you decide you no longer want to be considered for RA admission, you can withdraw your application through the Applicant Status Page. This process typically takes 5-10 business days.

While waiting, keep up your strong academics and engage in activities you enjoy. Remember to take care of your mental health—spend time with family and friends, pursue hobbies, and stay positive about the process.

Conclusion

Updating MIT after submitting your application is straightforward if you follow these guidelines. The February Updates & Notes Form is your main tool for this task. Make sure to complete it accurately and on time to ensure your application reflects your most current achievements. Keeping MIT informed of any new developments will help strengthen your application and improve your chances of admission to MIT.

FAQs

Does MIT accept updates after I submit my application?

Yes, MIT accepts updates after you submit your application. The primary method for providing updates is the February Updates & Notes (FUN) Form.

What can I update after submitting my MIT application?

You can update your midyear grades, significant new achievements, awards, activities, and any changes in your personal circumstances. Use the FUN Form to report these updates. Unless specifically requested by MIT, you cannot submit additional essays, letters of recommendation, or other materials.

When will the February Updates & Notes Form be available?

The February Updates & Notes Form will be available on your MIT application portal in mid-January. The deadline to submit the form is February 7. Make sure to complete and submit it by this date to ensure your updates are considered.

How should I report my grades if my school does not provide midyear grades?

If your school does not provide midyear grades, select the option on the FUN Form indicating this. You are still required to submit the form, but you can skip the grades section if your school doesn’t issue them.

What should I do if I don’t have new grades to report before the February 7 deadline?

If you don’t have new grades to report before the deadline, you still need to complete the form. Indicate on the form that grades are not yet available and provide the date when they will be. MIT will follow up with additional instructions.

Do I need to complete the form if my counselor has already sent my midyear grades?

Yes, you need to complete the form even if your counselor has already sent your midyear grades. This ensures all information is accurately recorded.

What should I do if I have already graduated and have no new grades to report?

If you have already graduated and have no new grades to report, you still need to complete MIT’s FUN form. Select the option on the form indicating that MIT has all your grades.

How can I contact MIT about my application?

If you have urgent questions that you can’t find answers to on the MIT admissions website, you can contact MIT admissions via phone at 1.617.253.3400 or email at [email protected]. Be patient, as response times might vary. Avoid overwhelming the admissions office with emails or calls and trust the process. Use the FUN Form for your updates.

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