The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts along the bank of the Charles River Basin. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research. However, in the past 60 years, MIT’s educational disciplines have expanded beyond the physical sciences and engineering into fields like economics, philosophy, linguistics, political science, and management.
Founded by William Barton Rogers in 1861, MIT followed the European university model and emphasized laboratory instruction from an early date. The university was one of the pioneers in research and training collaborations between the academy, industry, and government.
Collaborative arrangements with industrialists like Alfred P. Sloan and Thomas Edison led the school to establish an Office of Corporate Relations and an Industrial Liaison Program in the 1930s and 1940s. These programs now permit over 600 companies to license research and consult with Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty and researchers. Undergraduates are required to complete an extensive core curriculum called the General Institute Requirements.
The science requirement, generally completed during freshman year as prerequisites for classes in science and engineering majors, comprises two semesters of physics classes covering classical mechanics and electricity and magnetism, two semesters of math covering single variable calculus and multivariable calculus, one semester of chemistry, and one semester of biology. Undergraduates are also required to take a laboratory class in their major, eight Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences classes (at least three in a concentration and another four unrelated subjects).
MIT eases freshmen into their undergraduate experience by grading all first semester courses on a pass/no entry basis. Second semester classes are scored with letter grades, but anything below a C is not reported on the student’s transcript. After that…well, MIT’s classes have a reputation for being very intense. But there is no doubt that the university’s students receive a world-class education. The university guarantees housing for all four years and freshmen are required to live on campus.
Undergraduates participate in research through something called UROP – the Institute’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. By the time they graduate, almost 85 percent of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students will have collaborated on and helped produce real, ground breaking research. In fact, many undergraduates find their names appearing in published papers. A few even earn patents.
Non-restrictive Early Action application deadline: November 1
Decisions are mailed by mid-December.
Regular decision deadline: January 1
Decisions are mailed by mid-March.
Transfer application deadline: March 15
Decisions are mailed by May 1.
Number of 2016 (Class of 2020) applicants: 19,020
Acceptance rate: 7.8%
Early Action Admissions
Number of 2017 (Class of 2021) applicants: 8,394
Acceptance rate: 7.8%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of 2016 (Class of 2020) waitlisted applicants: 437
Acceptance rate: N/A (Last year, 55 were admitted off the waitlist.)
Number of applicants: 490
Admitted transfer applicants: 22
Acceptance rate: 4.5%
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 98%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 680- 770
SAT Math: 750-800
SAT Writing: 690-780
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 33-35
ACT Math: 34-36
ACT Writing: 8-10
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests required — one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m)
4 years: 82%
5 years: 90%
6 years: 92%
Loan default rate: 1.7%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 45
Salary after attending: $89,200
Sex offenses: 22
Aggravated assaults: 5
Car thefts: 3
Tuition, room and board (2016-2017): $61,870
Total estimated cost of attendance: $64,990
|$0 to $30,000:||$8,803|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$6,391|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$11,650|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$18,365|
|$110,001 and more:||$41,018|
Graduates with student debt: 32%
Average student debt at graduation: $23,485
MIT waives all tuition charges to students with family incomes of under $75,000.
Student to Faculty Ratio: 3 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||18%|
|40 to 99:||14%|
In State: 8%
Out of State: 80%
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