Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
740 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 780
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
33 - 35


Early Action
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Computational Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Linguistics

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Music, General

Students Say

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the East Coast mecca of engineering, science, and mathematics, “is the ultimate place for information overload, endless possibilities, and expanding your horizons.” The “amazing collection of creative minds” includes enough Nobel laureates to fill a jury box as well as brilliant students who are given substantial control of their educations; one explains, “The administration’s attitude toward students is one of respect. As soon as you come on campus, you are bombarded with choices.” Students need to be able to manage a workload that “definitely push[es you] beyond your comfort level.” A chemical engineering major elaborates: “MIT is different from many schools in that its goal is not to teach you specific facts in each subject. MIT teaches you how to think, not about opinions but about problem solving. Facts and memorization are useless unless you know how to approach a tough problem.” Professors here range from “excellent teachers who make lectures fun and exciting” to “dull and soporific” ones, but most “make a serious effort to make the material they teach interesting by throwing in jokes and cool demonstrations.” “Access to an amazing number of resources, both academic and recreational,” “research opportunities for undergrads with some of the nation’s leading professors,” and a rock-solid alumni network complete the picture. If you ask “MIT alumni where they went to college, most will immediately stick out their hand and show you their ‘brass rat’ (the MIT ring, the second most recognized ring in the world).”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Capt. Catherine (Cady) Coleman '83

Helen Greiner ‘89
inventor and co-founder, iRobot

H. Robert Horvitz '68
Nobel Laureate, Physiology/Medicine

Shirley Ann Jackson '68
Physicist and President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst

I.M. Pei '40

Carlos Prieto '58

Thomas Massie '93

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

MIT’s Global Education & Career Development “seeks to empower” students and alumni by taking a holistic approach to career services. A few offerings (among many) include career counseling and mock interviews, study abroad informational sessions, and graduate school advising. Frequent career fairs connect undergrads with potential employers (and the Career?Fair Online Workshop will help you make the most of your time with them) or you can also peruse job and internship listings on CareerBridge. Students definitely get a hand-up from the rock-?solid alumni network, and the surrounding areas of Cambridge and Boston abound with tech and research companies, offering students abundant opportunities for networking and internships. Alumni who visited reported starting salaries at about $68,600 and 57 percent felt that they do meaningful work.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Freshman Advising Seminars at MIT are academic courses with a twist: Your professor is also your adviser. Courses in digital and darkroom imaging or an immersion into startups and entrepreneurship bring together advisees in one course. Don’t expect to see quizzes or p-sets here (though you do receive college credit). The school says these classes are completely different in “size, style of learning and pace” from other courses at MIT and are meant for adviser and advisees to know each other as people, “not just as student and teacher.” They are also a fantastic way to experiment in a new subject by looking into the intersections between engineering and art (and designing, say, a display in the MIT Museum) or to get a jumpstart on Chemical Engineering with like-minded first-years.
New students may instead opt into one of the first-year Learning Communities, which are a great way to make smaller communities, within the larger campus community, right off the bat. You can choose between four communities, which bring together students of common interests: You’ll take a several classes together, have freshman advising together, and socialize at special programs like pizza parties or weekly lunches. In the Terrascope Community, for example, students are tasked to explore problems related to the environment and sustainability (a recent class worked to design an environmentally friendly plan to feed the planet for a decade.) Students do field work together over spring break (in locales like Sirsi, India), and produce a series of radio programs about the overall experience. And in the Concourse Community, students take small, seminar-style versions of some of their core requirement classes together (in both science and the humanities) as well as Friday seminars that bring guest faculty across the disciplines for a behind-the-scenes look at “how different disciplines think.” Most communities have facilities on campus with study areas, kitchens, and lounges for meeting up between classes. Students often say that these communities are the best part of freshman year.
Service Learning

MIT is positively brimming with opportunity and resources. One student puts it bluntly: “MIT has dough. If you want to do something, there are a million and one ways here to get funding.” But MIT also places a premium on social responsibility, and hosts a few unique spaces on campus doing just that. Housed on MIT’s campus, D-Lab is a global network of innovators “trying to improve the lives of people living in poverty.” D-Lab academic courses and projects are all tied to real-world communities, and students are asked to draw upon their math, science, engineering, social science and business skills to tackle very real global problems. Conceived in 2003 as a research center within the MIT Economics Department, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, or J-Pal, has grown into a global network of partners who “are driven by a shared belief in the power of scientific evidence to understand what really helps the poor, and what does not,” according to the Center. J-Pal headquarters still remain on the MIT campus, where researchers work on issues as diverse as “boosting girls’ attendance at school, improving the output of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, racial bias in employment in the United States, and the role of women political leaders in India.”
The Public Service Center facilitates hands-on service learning opportunities for members of the MIT community through fellowships, grants, internships, and trainings. There are many programs going on at any given time at the PSC, but one of particular interest to incoming first-years may be the Freshman Urban Program. This pre-orientation event acclimates incoming first-years to campus and the surrounding community by giving them of a preview of “who’s who and what’s where” with five days of service projects in Boston and Cambridge. Past projects have included an elementary school clean-up, gardening with CitySprouts, or working with a local rescue mission, all alongside MIT upperclassmen. Participants get a first look at the resources that will help them become leaders on campus as well as the issues affecting the surrounding community. Plus it sets them up for future participation in CityDays of service, CityWeeks, which organizes an Alternative Spring Break event in Cambridge, or Four Weeks for America, a pre-cursor to a Teach for America-like experience. The Public Service Center helps students connect their academic interests and strengths to service opportunities and become leaders no matter their discipline or area of study.

MIT’s approach to entrepreneurship is fresh and inclusive. One way that everyone from freshmen up to graduate students can get involved is through the MIT Global Founder’s Skills Accelerator. If you think you’ve got a great idea, round yourself up a team of MIT talent and apply to be a GFSA founder. Select teams with “an interesting idea or proof of concept focused on creating impactful, innovation-driven startups” are given start-up capital (up to $20,000), office space, and a stipend along with mentorship and other helpful resources, all with an eye to eventually pitching their concept to investors at Demo Days in San Francisco, Boston, and NYC. Other funding streams on campus are the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Challenge, a series of competitions designed to help students accelerate over the course of an academic year; the MIT Global IDEAS challenge, an invention competition put on by the Public Service Center; or the Legatum Fellowship for incoming or current MIT students “who demonstrate the potential to create innovative, sustainable, and for-profit enterprises that promote prosperity in low-income countries.” Of course, in addition to competitions and the dozen or so student organizations on campus focused on entrepreneurship, there is a top-notch advising network facilitated by the Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Students meet first with a Peer Advisor (student leaders on campus who hold meetings and office hours), and then have the option to meet with Entrepreneurs in Residence (full-time Center staff with different areas of expertise like business strategy, brand development, or fundraising), as well as Professional Advisors (industry experts across the country who donate their time and know-how to intrepid MIT inventors. An impressive collection of courses complete the picture and are taught by both faculty and practitioners.
Special Facilities

Named after beloved MIT professor, engineer, and inventor Harold “Doc” Edgerton, the Edgerton Center is a special space on campus—full of workspaces, machinery, and hands-on training programs—for all kinds of makers. It’s a place to skill-build, create prototypes, or just get advice for self-initiated independent projects (there are lots and lots of curious and motivated students at MIT) or for projects for credit. Here you might find students in one of the three Student Shops learning to fabricate the parts of a flashlight from scratch and working with 3-D printers or over in the Strobe Lab learning the fundamentals of high-speed imaging. Edgerton is also the hub for many of the student teams on campus such as the Solar Electric Vehicle Team, which designs 100 percent solar powered cars to race in long distance competitions, and the MIT Robotics Team, which enters and designs for a variety of competitions in the field of robotics.


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

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Bottom Line

For the fall and spring terms, MIT tuition is about $44,720. Room and board averages about $13,224per academic year, though those costs vary depending on a student’s living situation. Books run about $1,000. MIT admits students without regard to their familys’ circumstances and awards financial aid to students solely on the basis of need. The school is very clear that its sticker price not scare away applicants; approximately 76 percent of undergrads receive some form of aid. They also try to limit the amount of aid provided in loan form, aiming to meet the first $6,000 of need with loans or on-campus work, and covering the remainder of a student’s demonstrated need with a scholarship.

Bang For Your Buck

Aid from all sources totals more than $115.6 million, and 72 percent of that total is provided by MIT Scholarships. Sixty-two percent of undergraduates qualify for need-based MIT Scholarships, and the average scholarship award exceeds $32,000. MIT is one of only a few number of institutions that have remained wholly committed to needblind admissions and need-based aid. (There are no purely merit-based scholarships.) What truly sets MIT apart, however, is the percentage of students from lower-income households. Twenty-eight percent of MIT undergraduates are from families earning less than $75,000 a year, and 19 percent qualify for a federal Pell Grant. MIT also educates a high proportion of first-generation college students, including 16 percent of the current freshman class.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



46% female
54% male
91% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

“There actually isn’t one typical student at MIT,” students here assure us, explaining that “hobbies range from building robots and hacking to getting wasted and partying every weekend. The one thing students all have in common is that they are insanely smart and love to learn. Pretty much anyone can find the perfect group of friends to hang out with at MIT.” “Most students do have some form of ’nerdiness’” (like telling nerdy jokes, being an avid fan of Star Wars, etc.), but “Contrary to MIT’s stereotype, most MIT students are not geeks who study all the time and have no social skills. The majority of the students here are actually quite ’normal.’” The “stereotypical student [who] looks techy and unkempt…only represents about 25 percent of the school.” The rest include “multiple-sport standouts, political activists, fraternity and sorority members, hippies, clean-cut business types, LARPers, hackers, musicians, and artisans. There are people who look like they stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog and people who dress in all black and carry flashlights and multi-tools. Not everyone relates to everyone else, but most people get along, and it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll fit in somewhere.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

At MIT, “it may seem…like there’s no life outside problem sets and studying for exams,” but “there’s always time for extracurricular activities or just relaxing” for those “with good time-management skills” or the “ability to survive on [a] lack of sleep.” Options range from “building rides” (recent projects have included a motorized couch and a human-sized hamster wheel) “to partying at fraternities to enjoying the largest collection of science fiction novels in the United States at the MIT Science Fiction Library.” Students occasionally find time to “pull a hack,” which is an ethical prank, “like the life-size Wright brothers’ plane that appeared on top of the Great Dome for the one-hundredth anniversary of flight.” Undergrads tell us, “MIT has great parties—a lot of Wellesley, Harvard, and BU students come to them,” but also that “there are tons of things to do other than party” here. “Movies, shopping, museums, and plays are all possible with our location near Boston. There are great restaurants only [blocks] away from campus, too…From what I can tell, MIT students have way more fun on the weekends than their Cambridge counterparts [at] Harvard.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

50% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

89% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Engineers)
18 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Engineers)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


The MIT Office of Sustainability connects researchers, decision-makers, and implementers across MIT to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges of campus sustainability and the cutting edge solutions to address them. The Office of Sustainability and others help to raise awareness and provide engagement opportunities for action around sustainable practices and environmental stewardship with stellar results: MIT’s waste-diversion rate is 47 percent, and recent building demolition projects have recycled 96 percent of their waste. MIT also generates much of the power it uses through the Cogeneration Plant, a 20-megawatt gas turbine that uses its own waste heat to produce power. MIT has also established “MIT Efficiency Forward,” which seeks to reduce electrical use by over 34 million kilowatt hours—about 15 percent of MIT’s current electrical use. This $14 million initiative will save more than $50 million in cost over the next ten years! A new laboratory and administration building both recently earned LEED Gold. They use 35 and 45 percent less energy, respectively, than typical buildings of similar size and purpose. Another inspiring undertaking is the MIT Energy Initiative, which “includes research, education, campus energy management and outreach activities that cover all areas of energy supply and demand, security and environmental impact.” This initiative recently funded a vast array of student energy projects, including on-campus campaigns for energy and heat conservation; design and development of a thermoelectric device, including testing its compatibility with the Cogeneration Plant; and building a demonstration solar dish concentrator and installing it on campus. With several environmentally focused student groups, top technical training, and opportunities for pioneering research, MIT is a great place to go green.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, Sun Microsystems/Oracle, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office Staff

Admissions Office, Rm. 3-108
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ray and Maria Stata Center
Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center
Killian Court
The Infinite Corridor
The Student Center (W20)
Stata Center is a 720,000 square foot building designed by Frank Gehry. Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center is our state-of-the-art athletics facility. At 778.8 feet, the Infinite Corridor is reputed to be the longest straight hallway in the world--it connects many of the buildings on central campus and runs though two popular gathering spots: Lobby 7 and Memorial Lobby (Building 10).

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Boston Common and Public Garden
Newbury Street (shopping & eating)
Freedom Trail
North End
Fenway Park/Kenmore Square
You can tour Revolutionary History on the Freedom Trail. The North End is Boston's 'Little Italy.'

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 11:00 and 3:00 excluding certain holidays (see web site)
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

M-F 10am and 2pm Mid March-Mid Dec.; selected dates; check calendar online

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Not available during vacations. Spring visits limited to admitted students.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is less than 6 miles from campus. The subway (MBTA) and taxis are available for the trip from the airport to campus. Amtrak trains, Greyhound and Mass Transit buses serve Boston.

Driving Instructions to Campus
See website