Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe 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.

MITFounded 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.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology campusCollaborative 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.

MIT studentsThe 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).

MITMIT 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, ab08t 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.


Acceptance Rate

MIT acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

MIT top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

MIT SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

MIT ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Decision
Non-restrictive Early Action application deadline: November 1
Decisions are mailed by mid-December.

Regular Decision
Regular decision deadline: January 1
Decisions are mailed by mid-March.

Transfer application deadline: March 15
Decisions are mailed by May 1.

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 21,706
Enrolled: 1,110
Yield: 77.2%
Acceptance rate: 6.7%

Early Action Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 9,557
Admitted: 664
Acceptance rate: 6.9%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of 2017 (Class of 2021) waitlisted applicants: “over 400”
Acceptance rate: “under 3.5%”

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 569
Admitted transfer applicants: 27
Acceptance rate: 4.7%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 97%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700-790
SAT Math: 760-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-35
ACT Math: 33-36

Standardized Test Requirements

MIT requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

MIT does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

MIT does require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests required — one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m)

Note: Only the application volumes and acceptance rates have been updated for the Fall 2018 (Class of 2022) application season.

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Graduation Rates

MIT graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 84%
5 years: 91%
6 years: 93%

Loan default rate: 1.0%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 47

Salary after attending: $94,200

R&D Expenditures: $946,159

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 22
Robberies: 1
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 16
Car thefts: 3

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

MIT financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Massachusetts Institute of Technology student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $67,030

Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $70,240

Net Cost
Average: $21,576

By income
$0 to $30,000: $5,968
$30,001 to $48,000: $3,029
$48,001 to $75,000: $8,633
$75,001 to $110,000: $16,544
$110,001 and more: $42,237

Graduates with student debt: 27%
Average student debt at graduation: $24,954

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

MIT undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

MIT student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 3 to 1
Women: 46%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 70%
20 to 39: 14%
40 to 99: 12%
100+: 4%

Student Population
Total: 11,376
Undergraduate: 4,524

Student Residence
In State: 9%
Out of State: 80%
International: 11%

massachusetts institute of technology student population

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This page was last updated in May 2018.