MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, United States
All photos (10)
  • Total Documents
    283
  • Class Notes
    248
  • Textbook Notes
    13
  • Study Guides
    22
  • Currently Enrolled
    201
  • Previously Enrolled
    488

Overview of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

About this school

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861, is a private institution, and, like all great institutions of higher education, it is grounded in the past, interacts with the present and aspires to influence the future. The school applies its talents to problems posed by society, industry, commerce, arts, healing and politics. It has defined new forms of research, scholarship and education. MIT students, faculty and staff are deeply engaged in the process of learning in the classroom, in the laboratory and from each other. There is an exhilarating sense of being at the cutting edge. MIT is intense and demanding, yet the atmosphere is collegial. Its students are an important part of one of the world's great institutions of learning and exploration. MIT, with technology and natural science at its core, and encompassing the work of humanistic scholars, social scientists, architects, planners, management experts and artists, plays a major role in the establishment of a new world security, in which all nations are united by the need for a safe and healthy environment. The school shows us how to mend our nation's social and racial rifts, provides a model for all of us to enhance industrial quality, productivity and especially knowledge. MIT students join a community of scholars and practitioners whose work is challenging, energizing and of enormous importance to this new world security. The quality, style and content of its educational programs will prepare students for a wide variety of leadership positions in industry, academia and public service, leadership essential to a vital future in an increasingly technological and interdependent world. Its 155-acre campus is located in Cambridge.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:4,547
    • Men:2,455 (54.0%)
    • Women:2,092 (46.0%)

Location

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Admission Information (MIT)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Massachusetts Institute of Technology is most difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma or equivalent is not required

  • High School Program:

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
4
Foreign Language
-
2
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Required
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
77 Massachusetts Avenue
City, State, Zip
Cambridge, MA  02139-4307
Phone
(617) 253-3400
Fax
(617) 258-8304
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 20
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
7% of 20,247 applicants were admitted
Women
11% of 6,254 applicants were admitted
Men
5% of 13,993 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,099 (76%) of 1,452 admitted students enrolled
Women
506 (70%) of 718 admitted students enrolled
Men
593 (81%) of 734 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 And Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
781 average |770-800 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
99%
• Score 600 - 700
1%
• Score 500 - 600
0%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
747 average |720-770 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
88%
• Score 600 - 700
12%
• Score 500 - 600
0%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
34 average |33-35 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
99%
• Score 24 - 29
2%
• Score 18 - 23
0%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (MIT)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $51,832 (73.87685290763969%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,510 (22.10661345496009%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,000 (1.4253135689851768%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,818 (2.5912200684150513%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
February 15
Award Notification Date
On or about March 17
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002178
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
866 (77.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
681 (78.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
681 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
681 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,524
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 668 (98.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $45,215
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 495 (72.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,234
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 23 (3.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,912 (64.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
2,591 (89.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,591 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,591 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,451
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,517 (97.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $45,570
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,956 (75.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,451
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 49 (1.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
29%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$20,048
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,365

Academics & Instruction (MIT)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Not reported

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,283

Part-Time Faculty


293

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


75%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 44% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 25% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 9% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 5% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 9% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 4% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 22% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 44% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 19% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 5% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,479,385

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1050
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


99.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


85.3%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


92.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


94.0%

Programs & Majors (MIT)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (36)


  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • History, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Science, Technology and Society

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad

Study Abroad


Engineering, Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Architecture, Master of Science, Master of Science in Architectural Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of City Planning, Master of Science in Real Estate Development, Master of Finance, Master of Science in Building Technology, Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology, Master of Engineering

Master's Programs of Study (57)


  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Genomic Sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Information Science
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Geology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Real Estate
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Technical Writing
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • Toxicology
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Urban Studies
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Writing

Campus Life (MIT)

Location & Geography

Population


107,289

Nearest Metropolitan Area


166 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Boston

Weather


Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
5 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Bus Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Train Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


94% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


6%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beaver
School Colors
Cardinal red and silver gray

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Lacrosse
Riflery
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Lacrosse
Riflery
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, educational studies program, dance troupe, science fiction society, the tech (student newspaper), anime club

Sororities


34% of women participate

Fraternities


46% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


4,510

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
4,547
Women
2,092
Men
2,455

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 29.7% Asian
  • 7.0% Black/African-American
  • 16.0% Hispanic/Latino
  • 7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 37.7% White
  • 1.7% Unknown

International Students


10.3% from 107 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


6,919

Student Resources (MIT)