How do you get admission in MIT?

Assuming one isn't inflicted with any special conditions and probably will not add any degree of fantastic diversity to the school, one basically has to try extremely hard to get in--a good rule of thumb is to become "the perfect student." Take as many highly advanced classes that you can, get amazing scores on standardized tests, receive a fantastic GPA and consequently class rank, join some programs or participate in activities that will separate one from the crowd, etc. MIT is one of the hardest schools--if not the most difficult school--to get into. I think they have an admissions rate of around 11 percent. I know several amazing kids who met many of the criteria above, yet they still didn't make it in; it's very competitive.