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Deadline Extended For Apps To Nov. 5

By Tiffany Chen

STAFF REPORTER

The deadline for early action applications has been extended from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 due to technical difficulties involving MyMIT, MIT’s new undergraduate admissions Web site that launched this year.

Edmund A. Jones, administrative officer at the Admissions Office, said MyMIT was shut down between last Wednesday night and Friday afternoon due to technical difficulties. Because the computer failure occurred so close to Nov. 1, the early action deadline for both online and paper applications was extended. Application information already submitted to MyMIT such as essays and test scores, were not lost.

Jones also wrote in an e-mail that MyMIT was shut down intentionally because it was not working properly. He said the Web site was affected by a bug and then repaired by MIT Information Systems and Technology technicians, but said he did not know details.

Before MyMIT was fixed, anyone trying to access the undergraduate admissions application received an error message which said the Web site was experiencing problems and said all data for registered users was “100% safe and sound.”

This is the first year the undergraduate admissions office has used MyMIT. As Jones said in his e-mail, “we did expect occasional glitches with our new portal” but “it’s unfortunate that [the failure] occurred so close to the November 1 Early Action deadline.”