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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I still apply for the 2017 MITES/E2/MOSTEC Programs?
The application for the 2017 MITES/E2/MOSTEC Programs is NOW CLOSED.  All students who submitted applications prior to the deadline on February 1, 2017 at 7:59 PM EST will be considered for admission into the programs. The OEOP cannot accept additional applications or make exceptions to this deadline. Information about additional summer opportunities can be found on our website: oeop.mit.edu/resources.

ELIGIBILITY

1. Who can apply to the MITES/E2/MOSTEC Programs?
The MITES/E2/MOSTEC programs are 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 our programs.

2. 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 MITES/E2/MOSTEC. Students in other grades are ineligible for MITES/E2/MOSTEC.

3. 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/E2/MOSTEC programs, proving that you are recognized as an 11th grader. This document must be sent along with your application.

4. I have a U.S. visa. Am I eligible for the MITES/E2/MOSTEC?
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 MITES/E2/MOSTEC if you only have a visa.

5. 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 MITES/E2/MOSTEC. If you are eligible to obtain citizenship or permant residence status or are in the process of obtaining your U.S. citizenship or permanent resident card when the application is open, you are ineligible for the program.

6. Can I apply to MITES/E2/MOSTEC 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.

7. What are acceptable ways to verify my U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency? If you are admitted to one of our programs, we will ask you to verify your citizenship or permanent residency via one of the following options: (1) Official U.S. Birth Certificate, (2) Valid U.S. Passport, (3) Official Permanent Resident (Green) Card. Students who are unable to provide these documents will be ineligible to participate in our programs. If you are unable to provide us with one of these documents, you will not be able to participate in the program to which you were admitted. We do not need students to supply documentation until after they are admitted to one of the three programs.

8. The program dates for one of the national programs conflict with my school calendar-should I even apply? Each year, the program has accommodated students who have school calendars that extend past the beginning date of the program. Upon acceptance, we ask those students to notify us about this issue. We will attempt to work with the school system and students to try to find a solution, but we do expect students to be the main point of contact coordinating assignments and testing changes. If your school year overlaps with one of the OEOP programs, we still encourage you to submit your application.

APPLICATION  & TIMELINE

* When will the MITES application open and how do I apply?
The MITES/E2/MOSTEC application is now open. To apply, you will need to register for an account with summerapp.mit.edu and submit your application by February 1, 2017 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

1. I have a question about the programs or the application process. How do I contact the MITES/E2/MOSTEC Team?
Due to the very large volume of requests we receive, we suggest you first thoroughly review the following resources to learn more:
2016 OEOP Application Webinar (Please note: Application deadlines and some details of the application process may have changed)
Application Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions
OEOP Website
Application Tips

If you still have questions after reviewing the resources above, please contact us at: summerapp@mit.edu.

2. When and how will acceptance decisions be released?
Decisions are typically released in mid-April. Applicants will receive an email when decisions have been posted. Applicants can view decisions by logging onto their account. Decisions will not be given via phone or mailed out to applicants.

3. Is there a waitlist?
Unfortunately, our programs do not have a waitlist. Additional spots will not become available after decisions have been released.

4. I was not able to submit my application by the deadline. Can I still turn it in?
For your application to be considered, you must complete all required sections AND  then click the "Submit" button by the deadline. If your application has not been submitted by the deadline, it cannot be reviewed.

5. The dates/times associated with my submitted material seem to be a few hours off. Why is this?
This happens when the local timezone on your application is not set. Please set your timezone in your account settings page.

6. Can I choose which program to apply to?
No, you can not apply to a particular program. When you submit your application, you will be considered for one of three of our programs: E2, MOSTEC and MITES. If accepted to a particular program, you cannot switch to a different program.

7. When is the application deadline?
The application must be submitted by February 1 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. All sections of the application (including test scores and requests for recommendations) must be complete and your application submitted by February 1 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time to be considered. With our "Edit After Submitting" feature, you can submit your application early and still edit your application until the submission deadline. Teacher Recommenders have until February 15 at 7:59 PM Eastern Standard Time to submit their applications.

8. What is Edit After Submitting? Why would I submit my application if I still need to edit it?
We do not want you to wait untill the last minute to press "Submit" and run the risk of missing the deadline. To make this easier, we have a feature called "Edit After Submitting".  "Edit After Submitting" allows you to fill out all required application sections, press the "Submit" button as early as possible, and then you can log back in to make edits to any section until the student submission deadline. This feature is useful if there is information-such as grades, test scores, etc. that might end up changing before the deadline. It's also useful if you want to proofread the application multiple times but not run the risk of missing the deadline. When you edit your application after you submit, you do not have to hit submit again (in fact, you can't!). Simply make your edits and save the changes. We will see what you see on your screen.

9. I already completed a section but the application won't let me edit it. What do I do? 
Everyone can edit all sections of their application until the student submission deadline. This includes both applicants who are still working on their application and those who have hit submit.

To edit a section, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Click 'Edit' next to the section you want to edit. You will automatically be brought to the last page that you edited in this section.
Step 2: Use the blue buttons at the bottom of the screen and click "Save & Next" or "Save & Back" until you land on the page you'd like to edit.
Step 3: Make your changes and don't forget to hit 'Save'

10. After I submitted my application, I made some edits, but nothing happens when I try to resubmit. How do I make sure the new changes were saved?
 Thanks for submitting early!-You've made sure that your application has been received before the deadline. When you edit your application after you submit, you do not have to hit submit again (in fact, you can't!). Simply make your edits and save the changes. We will see what you see on your screen.

TEST SCORES

1. I will be taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in the spring. Can I still apply to MITES/E2/MOSTEC?
All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline of February 1. You should schedule to take your test so as to receive your standardized test scores by this deadline. If you cannot enter your scores by the application deadline, you can still submit your application without these test scores.

2. The application is requiring me to upload scores for a test I didn't take or for which I do not have a score report. What do I do?
Please note, if you indicate that you will enter scores for a particular test on page 2 of the test scores section, you will be REQUIRED to enter test scores and upload a score report for that test. You will not be able to submit your application until you enter your scores and upload your score report. If you do not have scores to upload, you MUST indicate that you will not submit scores for that test.

If your application is asking you to upload or report scores for a test you did not take or for which you do not yet have scores, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Navigate to the second page of the test scores section.
Step 2: Make sure you click 'No' for all tests that you either did not take or for which you do not have score reports to upload.
Step 3: Click 'Save & Next' or 'Save & Continue' until you are brought back to the summary screen. The task prompting you to upload scores will no longer be visible.

PROGRAM DETAILS  

1. How much does it cost to participate in MITES/E2/MOSTEC?

The MITES/E2/MOSTEC programs are free for all participants. The only monetary cost is for travel to and from MIT.

2. Will I receive high school or college credit or grades if I participate in the MITES/E2/MOSTEC?
Although there will be homework and tests and students take college-level classes, students do not receive college credit. All students will receive qualitative final evaluations. The final evaluations that students receive at the end of the program can be submitted with their college and scholarship applications.

3. Where will students be staying during the course of the program?
Students will be staying on MIT's campus. There is no housing or food cost (room and board) incurred by the student.

4. How much homework are students given?
The amount of homework in each course is determined by the instructor of each course. MITES/E2/MOSTEC are extremely rigorous programs and the workload reflects this rigor.

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

6. 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.

7. 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.
 
GRADES

1. My first semester grades will not be released by the application deadline. What should my guidance counselor submit?
If available, please have your guidance counselor upload your first quarter grades in their recommendation. If your first quarter grades are not available, your guidance counselor should submit your most recent grades.

2. I attend school in a different country and my grades are on a different grading scale. How do I fill out the section of the application were I submit grades and GPA?
Please use the short answer question in the Test Scores and Courses section to describe in detail how you have been graded. Your guidance counselor should upload your transcript and official documentation that explains how you have been graded. These materials should be translated by a school official.

ESSAYS

1.  Is the 6th essay question optional?
The 6th essay question is optional and is for students to provide more context around special circumstances and their application. We understand that no application can meet the needs of every individual that applies, and this essay can be used to provide us with additional information that may give us a more complete understanding of your application.

2.  What is the word limit on the essays?
The essays have a strict word limit of 300 words per essay question.

RECOMMENDATIONS
1. My recommender has not received the recommendation request email with the link and instructions to fill out my recommendation. What do I do?

As soon as you submit your recommender's email address, they are sent an email with a link to the application portal and information about completing the recommendation form. This request email is sometimes blocked by school spam filters.

If your teachers have not received the email containing the link, please first ask them to check their spam folder. Also, please check to make sure there were no typos in the recommender's email address in your application. 

If you are sure that your recommender has checked their spam and that their email address was correct in your application, then your recommender may need help accessing their account, and you should read the information below carefully:

Recommenders who have submitted a recommendation on summerapp in a previous year, should be able to log into their account at summerapp.mit.edu to complete your recommendation as long as they are still using the same email address. If a recommender who has logged into summerapp in the past needs help accessing their account, they should contact: support@fluidreview.zendesk.com

Recommenders who are completing a recommendation for the first time on summerapp, should email us at summerapp@mit.edu, and we can give them a link to complete their unique online recommendation. 

Alternatively, applicants themselves can contact us at summerapp@mit.edu with the subject line "Request for Recommendation Link". Make sure to include your name and the names and email addresses of all teachers who need the recommendation link. Please check with all three recommenders first and then reach out to us one time with the names and email addresses of anyone who is missing the link.

To ensure that we can resolve your issue as quickly as possible, please have only one email regarding the same issue sent on your behalf.

2. I accidentally entered the wrong contact information for my recommender/my recommender can no longer complete the recommendation and I need to request a different teacher. What do I do?

You may change/update your recommender, however the recommendation will still be due on February 15. If you need to update the name and/or email address of your recommenders, you will be able to make this change yourself in your summerapp acount.

If you must change your recommender, first reach out to your old recommender to let them know. Once the recommender is changed in the system, any work that the initial recommender completed will be lost. This means you should make sure your recommender has not already started their recommendation before you make any changes.

To change the name and/or email of a recommender, follow the steps below:
  • Sign into your account at summerapp.mit.edu and scroll down to the recommendation request section
  • Click 'Delete' next to the recommender's information you'd like to change (even if you only need to update the email address.)
  • Confirm the deletion of the request
  • Enter the new/correct name and email and click the blue 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page  (this will automatically send a request email)
  • Check in with your recommender immediately to ensure they received the new request

3. I do not have a guidance counselor to request a recommendation from.  May I request a letter from another teacher?
If you do not have a guidance counselor, please request this recommendation from someone in your school administration who has access to your transcript and academic record (ex. your school assistant principal or principal.)

4. Who should complete my recommendation forms, and how should they be submitted?
This application requires three recommendations that must be completed using a unique online form. You should let your recommenders know that the recommendation includes both an evaluation form and a narrative section that must be completed on the online application platform. These recommendations must be completed by:
  • A recent math teacher (current or last year)
  • A recent science teacher (current or last year)
  • Guidance counselor or school academic advisor who has access to your transcript and academic record.
Once you have identified these recommenders, you must request recommendations using the online application.

5. I do not know my guidance counselor that well. Can I get a recommendation from someone else?
We heavily encourage applicants to have their current guidance counselor submit a recommendation form. However, this can also come from a dean or principal as long as the individual has access to your transcript and academic record. 

6. 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 and the required type (math teacher, science teacher, guidance counselor).

7. I am homeschooled. Who should I ask for my letters of recommendation?
Homeschooled students should request recommendations from individuals other than their parents or guardians. We suggest they reach out to a representative of a local community group to which they belong or an instructor from a class they took at a local college, school, or online. The "guidance counselor recommendation" should be filled out by whomever can best speak to the student's academic program. If a student plans to submit a recommendation from someone other than a teacher or guiance counselor, they mention why in the optional 6th essay question and describe the recommender's relationship to the student. Homeschooled students are encouraged to contact us with questions/concerns regarding recommendations.

8. My recommendation status is "Pending." What does that mean? How do I know if my recommendations have been submitted?
When requesting a recommendation, the task will show as "Pending" before the recommender has submitted their recommendation form. The task will be marked "Completed" when the recommender has submitted their recommendation form. You and your recommender will also receive an email when the recommendation has been successfully received.

9. My math teacher and science teacher are the same person. Can this person write both the math and science teacher recommendation? 
No, your math and science teacher recommendations should come from two different people. Please see the application checklist for more information about recommendation requirements. If you have questions about who to reach out to for a recommendation, please contact us.