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Application Checklist


MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
Learn more at: oeop.mit.edu
Apply at: summerapp.mit.edu
Contact us at: summerapp@mit.edu

Please refer to the list of required information below when working on your application (all information included below is up-to-date for Summer 2018). This list will help you start preparing your application and it can be used as a checklist when you submit your final application.

Important Deadlines
Student Submission Deadline:  February 1, 2018 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
Recommender Deadline: February 15, 2018 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Student Online Application 
  • Applicant information (REQUIRED)
  • Academic information (REQUIRED)
  • Test score upload (OPTIONAL; see below for more information)
  • Extracurricular activities (REQUIRED)
  • Recommendation Requests (REQUIRED)
  • Essays (5 REQUIRED, 1 OPTIONAL; see below for more information)

Test Scores:
Test scores are NOT required for submitting your application. Our admissions process is holistic, considering numerous factors and information shared in all sections of your application. While test scores are not required to submit an application, we do also consider test scores in this admissions process. We strongly encourage applicants to submit scores from one standardized test (SAT I, PSAT, ACT Aspire/PLAN, or ACT). Including test scores will give us more information by which to review an application and a more complete picture of the applicant.  In order for test scores to be available to you in time for the submission deadline, tests would have to be taken during or prior to the fall semester.  You should refer to the collegeboard or ACT websites to determine test dates and score release dates.

Essay Section:
There are 6 short essays of 300 words or less. Essay 6 is optional while the first 5 essays are required. The essays prompts are listed below:
  • Essay 1: What are some career goals you have for yourself at the moment? How might the OEOP summer programs help you attain these goals?
  • Essay 2: Which one of your extracurricular or volunteer activities is most important to you, and why?
  • Essay 3: How has your racial, ethnic or cultural identity impacted your academic development or shaped your academic aspirations?
  • Essay 4: Please describe a significant challenge you have faced and how you overcame it. (This challenge can be personal, academic, or social).
  • Essay 5: If you could develop, invent, or innovate anything to change the world for the better or improve the lives of others, what would it be, and why?
  • Essay 6 (OPTIONAL): Is there any other information you would like to share with us that is not presented elsewhere in your application? 

Recommendations
The application requires three recommendations that must be completed using a unique online form. The recommendations must be completed by a math teacher (from a pure math course, such as Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, or Geometry), science teacher (from a natural science course, such as Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), and school counselor or administrator (from someone who has access to the student's transcript, test scores and academic record). Engineering or computer science teachers should only be used if you do not have a math or science teacher from this year or last year who fits the above descriptions. Each recommender gains access to their account and the recommendation form after the students submit their recommendation requests. Students must submit recommendation requests by February 1 at 7:59 PM EST via the online application portal. Students will not be able to submit the application until recommendations have been requested. See below for additional information about the recommenders and the materials they will be required to submit:

SCHOOL COUNSELOR must submit:
  • School Counselor Recommendation (Online Evaluation Form and Narrative)
  • Unoficial copy of High school transcript for Grades 9 & 10, and copy of 11th grade 1st semester grades (either included on transcript or report card)
  • School Profile/Grading Scheme
  • Test scores and score reports if applicable
MATH TEACHER (Current or Previous Year's) must submit:
  • Math Teacher Recommendation (Online Evaluation Form and Narrative)
SCIENCE TEACHER (Current or Previous Year's) must submit:
  • Science Teacher Recommendation (Online Evaluation Form and Narrative) 
The OEOP SummerApp Application Team suggests that applicants talk with recommenders immediately and provide them with information about the programs, the materials they will be required to submit, and why you are interested in applying. Once you complete your recommendation request, your recommenders will receive an email with a link to set up their account and submit their recommendations. School counselors and teachers must submit their recommendations by February 15 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that recommenders have submitted their materials by the deadline using the online platform. The application will not be complete if recommendations are not submitted on time.
 
To Submit: Students must submit applications by February 1 at 7:59PM EST. Applications can be submitted after all sections of the application are complete and after recommendation requests have been sent to a math teacher, science teacher, and school counselor. Because of the large number of applicants, OEOP encourages students to submit applications  early - as soon as all sections are complete - in order to avoid the last minute website traffic right before the deadline. If you submit before the deadline, you will still be able to edit your application until the deadline. 

Supplemental Material Needed Upon acceptance to OEOP Programs
  • Admitted students must complete all enrollment materials in order to participate in the OEOP summer programs.
  • At this time, OEOP programs are limited to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with a valid green card.  In order to participate in the OEOP summer programs, admitted students, must send one of the following in addtion to other enrollment materials: (1) Official U.S. Birth Certificate, (2) Valid U.S. Passport, (3) Official Permanent Resident (Green) Card.  Students should not send this documentation until they are requested to do so after they are admitted to one of the summer programs.