Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private university in MA, founded in 1861 and offers Bachelor’s degrees for undergraduates and Master’s and Doctoral degrees for graduate students. The undergraduate enrollment is 4,361, and the graduate enrollment is 6,893. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a hyper-selective school, receiving 20,075 applications and accepting 4.0% of applicants. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s athletics teams competes at the club, intramural, and varsity levels. Additionally, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology employs 1,320 full-time instructional staff (91% of whom hold doctorate degrees) and has a 3:1 student to faculty ratio.
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- Standardized Tests
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Applicants applying to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will apply through MyMIT, a specific application to the university. The MIT application consists of several short response questions and essays designed to help to get to know applicants.
Deadlines For Submitting Applications
Early Action Application Deadline
Regular Application Deadline
- Extracurricular Activities - Important
- Character/Personal Qualities - Very Important
- Application Essay - Important
- Rigor of Secondary School Record - Important
- Standardized Test Scores - Important
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According to Niche.com, Cambridge, MA, ranks as the #1 “Best Cities for Young Professionals in America” and has an overall “A+” rating. The heart of MIT consists of interconnected buildings designed to encourage communication between the different departments and schools. The campus has a solid architectural history, evident through buildings designed by leading architects. Students will discover state-of-the-art facilities inside, from drone and robot test labs to wind tunnels. On the 168-acre campus, you will also find over 30 gardens and more than 60 public works of art, and thanks to the school’s curiosity-driven ethos, its mindset extends from the classroom to residence halls and beyond. As an MIT student, you will learn, live, work, and play in a diverse, creative community.
- 92% of students live on campus
- Guaranteed housing for freshmen
- Freshmen are required to live on campus
MIT describes its 18 residence halls as equal parts brain trust, entertainment center, and support center. To maximize your entire undergraduate experience, the school guarantees housing for all four years, with all first-year students required to live on-campus. Each residence hall is individual in many ways, like layouts, cultures, and traditions to support student growth as much as the classroom does. Dining is likewise another central aspect of student housing MIT has put a lot of care into it, giving you numerous choices with five dining halls, flexible meal plans, and around 20 retail eateries. MIT uses its urban setting to make all student housing components accessible, walkable and sustainable, including green spaces, complimentary shuttles, and bike-share stations.
Life as a Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology chose the beaver as its mascot in 1914, inspired by a quote from the book The American Natural History, “Of all the animals of the world, the beaver is noted for his engineering and mechanical skill and habits of industry.” Life as an MIT student can be as busy as a beaver but can also be fun. MIT offers a unique student life with more than 500 student organizations, 40+ fraternities and sororities, and chaplains for over 20 faith traditions, cultural associations, and performance troupes. If nothing interests you, the school encourages you to start your organization by making it easy. MIT has its own Science Fiction Society, Puppy Lab, and Chocolate Science Lab, which orders over 500 pounds of chocolate annually, all to provide a welcoming place for everyone.
Health and Safety
- 24-hour trained security on campus
- Late night ride/safe escort service available
- Lighted pathways/sidewalks
- Health Center
- Psychological Counseling
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
MIT meets 100% of an undergraduate student’s demonstrated need through different types of aid.
*All costs below are estimates and may be adjusted based on your circumstances.
- Tuition - $57,590
- Student Life - $368
- Housing - $11,980
- Meals - $6,810
- Books and Supplies - $850
- Personal Expenses - $2,224
- Total Estimated Cost of Attendance - $79,850
CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP / AFFILIATES
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts awarded an official charter. The concept, vision, and mission for MIT was the brainchild of William Barton Rogers, a professor of natural philosophy. He wanted to build an innovative institution of higher learning that addressed the fast-evolving science and technology of the mid-19th century. While it was established only two days before the Civil War began, the school, then called Boston Tech, held its first classes starting in 1865 with Rogers as its first president. The original MIT campus was located in downtown Boston, but as the Back Bay campus rapidly outgrew the space by the end of the century, it moved to its current location in Cambridge in 1916.
A name change to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the name and initials it is best known globally today, accompanied the move to Cambridge. An anonymous donor later revealed to have been the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, George Eastman, generously made the construction of the new campus possible. Harvard failed to absorb MIT six times since its establishment. Since its founding years, MIT has had many firsts for a United States university, including the first to have a curriculum in architecture, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, marine engineering, nuclear physics, and artificial intelligence, among many others. MIT’s first female graduate received her degree in chemistry in 1873, while the school’s first African-American graduate received his degree in architecture in 1892.
According to U.S. News Best Colleges, MIT ranks #4 in National Universities and #2 in Best Global Universities. With a continuing focus on scientific and technological research, the university enjoys 4,641 undergraduate and 6,893 graduate enrollment. Additionally, with its 4.1% acceptance rate, MIT stands as one of the most competitive schools to apply to. If you are accepted to MIT, you’ll be happy to know that its average freshman retention rate is a remarkable 99%. That’s because the school is committed to growing its students’ scientific and technological creativity with its long history of one-of-a-kind expertise to which no other institution comes close, even worldwide. It’s no surprise that MIT’s distinguished alumni include such trailblazers as GPS developer Ivan Getting, famous architect I.M. Pei, and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.