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MIT Admissions Opens New Personalized Online Portal

By Tiffany Chen

The Undergraduate Admissions Office has recently revamped its Web site for students interested in applying to MIT.

The new admissions Web site, which launched in early September, offers a more colorful look in addition to new features including links to MIT student Weblogs, tips for writing application essays, and a photo gallery. In addition, using portal registration called MyMIT, prospective students can create their own accounts and individualize the Web site.

Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones, Dean of Admissions said the new Web site is designed to be “dynamic” and should reflect the “authentic nature of MIT.”

She also pointed out the usefulness of the portal system in identifying prospective students and thus expanding MIT’s recruitment capability.

The new admissions web site was created in a joint project between two technology and design firms. Jones said that the Web site was made with consideration of input from student focus groups.

Prefrosh approve of new Web site

Prospective students have generally been pleased with the new Web site.

Madalyn Berns, a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in California, said “I thought it was very informative. All the information I could ever want about admissions was at the tip of my fingertips.”

She said the layout and easy navigation were pluses for the site. “Everything is covered pretty thoroughly,” she said. Berns plans to apply to MIT early action.

Alice Wu, a sophomore from Temple City High School in California said, “I really like [the Web site] because everything is really neat and accessible and definitely makes browsing” very easy.

Jones noted that one especially unique aspect of the new Web site is a section designed specifically for parents. She said that no other school has anything similar to this.

The section guides parents through the admissions process and provides advice on how to help their children through this potentially stressful process.