7 months ago
Admissions Advice

☀️ What Tier is My Summer Program?

Hey Y'all,

Can you help me figure out what Tier My Summer Programs would be? I have been accepted to and will be attending three. I'll list their details below.

1. UT Austin Women in Engineering: Free, Application Process, Unsure About Selectivity/Prestige, Meets Weekly for 2 Months

2. Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN): Free, Application Process, Michigan State & Notre Dame, 1 Week, "Sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) which is a Physics Frontier Center funded by the National Science Foundation"

3. MIT LLRISE: Free, Application Process, Highly Selective (Acceptance Rate 7.5% or Less) with Only 30 Students Total, Two Weeks, A Lot of Work (Full 8-Hour Lecture Days, Projects, Etc.)

I am assuming they would be at least Tier F, but do you think any (especially LLRISE) could be Tier E or C?

Any insight is appreciated.

Thank you!


UT Austin WEP: https://www.engr.utexas.edu/wep

PAN: https://www.jinaweb.org/educational-outreach/physics-atomic-nuclei-pan

LLRISE: https://www.ll.mit.edu/outreach/llrise


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7 months ago

I believe that the MIT LLRISE is at least a Tier E, because it is highly coveted and has a low acceptance rate. Most people also come out of this program with a meaningful project. If you're planning to include this on a college application, make sure to include any research you conducted there. Honestly, the ranking doesn't matter in this case, as long as you are able to do something important with your time there. Hope this helps :)


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