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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1. By applying to the MITES program, am I also considered for E2@MIT and MOSTEC?

Yes. Students who submit a MITES application, if selected, are automatically considered for MITES, E2@MIT and MOSTEC. Through these three programs, OEOP is able to serve a larger number of selected students from the growing pool of MITES applicants.

Each of these enrichment programs provides unique opportunities to engage in STEM activities with MIT students, staff and faculty. Each of these programs is 100% scholarship-based.


2. If my application is selected, will I be able to choose which of the three programs (MITES, E2@MIT, MOSTEC) I want to enroll in?

No, you will not. Selected students will be designated to a specific program and informed of their assignment by early April.


3.Who can apply to the MITES Program?

The MITES Program is open to current 11th grade students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a current U.S. green card. Students can attend public or private school or be homeschooled. Students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds can apply for the MITES Program.


4.I am not in the 11th grade, but I am currently doing the work of an 11th grade student. Can I still apply?

You must be registered as an in the 11th grade when you apply for the MITES Program. Students in other grades are ineligible for the MITES Program.


5.I am homeschooled and am essentially doing the work of an 11th grader. Can I apply?

You must submit documentation of your current curriculum to the MITES program, proving that you are recognized as an 11th grader. This document must be sent along with your application.


6.I am in the 10th or 12th grade. Am I eligible to apply for the program?

At the time you submit your application, you must be in the 11th grade.


7.I have a U.S. visa. Am I eligible for the MITES Program?

Visas of any type (work, student, J-1, etc.) are not substitutes for U.S. citizenship or U.S Permanent Residents holding a valid green card. You are considered ineligible for the MITES Program if you only have a visa.


8.I am in the process of obtaining my citizenship and will be a U.S. citizen by the start of the program. Can I apply?

You must have your U.S. citizenship or permanent resident card when you apply for the MITES program. If you are in the process of obtaining your U.S. citizenship or permanent resident card at the time of applying, you are ineligible for the program.


9.Can I apply to the MITES program if I do not have my permanent residency card at the time I submit my application?

You must be in possession of your permanent residency green card at the time you submit your application. Students who are not citizens or permanent residents are ineligible to apply and their applications will be returned.

10.Do I need a Social Security Number (SSN) to apply for the MITES Program?

The MITES Program does not require applicants to give their SSN; however, selected students will have to provide the program with their SSN.


11.My first semester grades will not be released by the application deadline. What should I submit?

Please send us your first quarter grades if you cannot give us your first semester grades by the deadline.


12.I attend school in a different country and my grades are on a different grading scale.

Please either send an official translated version of your transcript that corresponds to the grading scale used in the United States or send your transcript along with official documentation that explains your school’s grading scale in relation to that of schools in the United States. The grades should be translated by a school official.


13.I will be taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in the spring. Can I still apply to the MITES Program?

All application materials must be submitted by the application closing date. You should schedule to take your test so as to receive your standardized test scores by the deadline. We do not accept test scores for tests scheduled after the deadline.


14.I do not know my guidance counselor that well. Can I get a letter of recommendation from someone else?

It is required that the applicant submits a letter of recommendation from his or her current guidance counselor.  


15.I do not have a guidance counselor to request a letter of recommendation from.  May I request a letter from another teacher?

If you do not have a guidance counselor, please request this letter from someone in your school administration who can discuss the information requested in the counselor recommendation (i.e. your school assistant principal or principal.)


16.Do my letters of recommendation have to come from my current math or science teacher?

Unless you do not currently have a math or science teacher, your letters of recommendation must come from your current math and science teachers.  If you are not taking a science or math course this year, please ask a science or math teacher from last year to provide your letter of recommendation.


17.I do not have a math or science teacher this semester. What should I do?

If you have not had a science of math class yet this semester, please ask a science or math teacher from last year to provide your letter of recommendation.  We must have a letter from each of these two subject areas.


18.Can I send in extra letters of recommendation that I feel will make my application stronger?

Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to accept any additional recommendations beyond the required number.


19.I was not able to submit my application by the deadline. Can I still turn it in?

All applications must be submitted online by the application deadline including recommendations. If you have missed the deadline, you should contact the MITES Director at mites@mit.edu.


20.When will I find out whether or not I was accepted into the MITES Program?

Decisions will be released in early April.


21.Will I receive high school or college credit or grades if I participate in the MITES Program?

Although there will be homework and tests, the grades received will not be counted for high school or college credit. All students will receive qualitative midterm and final evaluations during the MITES Program. The final evaluations that students receive at the end of the program can be submitted with their college and scholarship applications.


22.Where will students be staying during the course of the program?

Students will be living on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA.


23.How much homework are students given?

The amount of homework in each course is determined by the instructor of each course. It should be noted MITES is an extremely rigorous program and the workload reflects this rigor. The core courses (Humanities, Calculus, Physics, and a life science) will also give mid-term and final exams. Elective courses require students to work in groups to complete a final project to be presented at the end of the program.


24.Will I have any free time during the summer?

The MITES Program includes time for classes, eating, studying, and special seminars during the week and planned activities on Saturdays. During the week students are typically in class from 9 am to 5 pm. After dinner, students will study 3 to 5 hours in the evening. Students will have some time to relax and study on the weekend.


25.How much does it cost to participate in MITES?

The MITES Program is free for all participants. The only monetary cost is for travel to and from MIT.


26.How do I contact the MITES office?

Please feel free to email our office at mites@mit.edu or call at 617-253-3298. Our office hours are 9AM-5PM EST.


27. What is the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program?

MITES is a six-week residential summer program during which students have the opportunity to experience a demanding academic atmosphere and to begin building the self-confidence necessary for success at America's top universities. This program also stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering.


28. What is the Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT) program?

E2@MIT is a one-week residential summer enrichment program during which students complete short project course in an engineering field, attend admissions and financial aid sessions, tour labs, meet with MIT faculty, students, and alumni and participate in social events. Through this program students are exposed to a demanding academic atmosphere, and are introduced to the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering.


29. What is the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program?

MOSTEC is a 6-month online enrichment program that provides students with an engaging experience that extends from the fall into the early spring when they submit their college applications. Via this online community, OEOP staff provides students with exposure to MIT faculty and staff, information about admissions and financial aid tips, opportunities for discussions about science and engineering research, opportunities for mentorship and to share their own research with peers and professionals. MOSTEC students have also the opportunity to attend a week-long conference at MIT.


All selected applicants will find out if they were selected for the MITES, E2@MIT or MOSTEC programs by early April.

You can email the MITES Program at mites@mit.edu, call at (617) 253-3298, or fax at (617) 324-1120.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

Building 1-123, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 02139

617-253-8052 oeop@mit.edu

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