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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus has many pros in terms of being closer to cheaper restaurants and places to shop, but many students stay on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Our campus is not very strict. They generally treat us like adults and allow us to decide what's best for us.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love studying biology at MIT. The workload is probably average for an MIT major, and there are so many amazing professors to learn from and do research with.

5 College Senior

Academics: The professors are amazing. You'll probably learn from Nobel laureates and future Nobel winners. A lot of professors will discuss a topic in class and casually mention, "I figured this out in my graduate research" or "my lab made this discovery." The curriculum is challenging but very interesting and doable. The workload is manageable and registration is easy.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I order food often and there are tons of restaurants nearby to order from. Many students use Grubhub to order froyo from Cafe 472 and places like Rice Bowl late at night.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There has been a lot of attention given to campus security lately. MIT security has been getting tighter over the last few years, though I felt safe from the very beginning.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The campus facilities are varied and interesting. There are plenty of easy-to-access computer labs with great services such as free printing.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I am not on a meal plan, but from what I've tried, the campus dining seems pretty good.

4 College Senior

Majors: Studying biology at MIT is great. It's a relatively flexible major, and you'll (almost) never have trouble scheduling the classes you want to take.

4 College Senior

Majors: MIT is a great place to find research or biotech internships if you're studying biology.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I received need-based financial aid as necessary, and it was not a problem for me.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I love our campus housing. It allows us so much more freedom than your typical university, and the dorms are really hubs of MIT student culture.

5 College Senior

Diversity: MIT is very diverse. I know people of all ethnic, economic, religious, sexual, and political backgrounds, though we are probably more liberal than your average college.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at MIT is fantastic. It's a positive aspect of the community in many ways, and many students choose to participate in Greek life (supporting Greek events) even if they are not actually Greek.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a fantastic college city. There are concerts, clubs, restaurants, and tons of college students to mingle with.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: MIT is an amazing school with lots of incredible opportunities that are within grasp of a motivated student. The people are all very friendly and open but also super hardworking. It is a place that fosters innovation and development but can be a little too much to handle at times. Often compared to drinking from a firehose, an MIT education is definitely an experience in itself.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is an incredible network of alumni and an abundance of resources in landing jobs. At career fairs, it is almost as if you walk in and find summer employment. The value of an MIT degree is one that cannot be underlooked.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: There are a lot of great facilities at MIT - particularly in the more science/technology side of things but we are lacking in some of the facilities for arts, etc.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus aside from the Boston Marathon incident and shooting of police officer Collier. I walk home late at night and there are always people around and MIT police driving by so it is a pretty safe environment.

5 College Junior

Diversity: MIT is filled with students from all over the world and from all walks of life. I have always found it to be an extremely open community in terms of receptiveness to opposing views and types of people. I feel like everyone can find their place at MIT.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's lots of places to live in Cambridge or Boston if you want to move off campus after Freshman year. MIT does not impose any restrictions on living off campus so it is an option that many students take. With Greek life a big part of the MIT social scene, many affiliated people move into their respective sorority and fraternity houses while other students move into apartments.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I am actually not on campus dining so I can't really speak to it, but I know that there are about five dining halls across campus - and each has it's own speciality.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: My only problem is with the amount of aid they give. MIT uses a separate algorithm from the federal one to calculate the amount of aid awarded which sometimes can make it so you get less money than you need. Aside from that, the process went smoothly.

2 College Junior

Athletics: I feel like the sports teams actually do well, but the problem is that there isn't much school spirit. The fact that I don't even really know how the teams are doing is a testament to this statement.

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Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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MIT students have a love/hate relationship with the school. They love the people and the atmosphere and hate the boatloads of work. Correction: Some people like the work and learning things, but most people hate being ignored by certain “research-oriented” professors. Most students who come to MIT had some tough decisions to make about schools before making a final decision, like “Should I go to Harvard or MIT?” and “Should I go to this in-state school with a full scholarship and a free computer or go to MIT and pay for almost everything?” Overall, every student, at some point, will think that they made the wrong decision, but it’s the fact that these people made the decision to attend MIT that sets them apart from the rest. Whether they knew what MIT was like or not, students here were willing to take the chance. As a result, the people at MIT are the most creative, helpful, brilliant, and unique in the world. MIT admissions doesn’t admit people accidentally—no matter how dumb you may feel when you fail your first exam. Everyone at MIT is incredibly down-to-earth, and everyone has the potential to do great things, even if everyone is deprived of sleep. It’s okay—you’ll find that some of the best work happens between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.

MIT will teach you how to survive on your own in the real world, and it will teach you more about yourself, too. Don’t expect to be babied—MIT is one of the most challenging schools in the country, but it is also one of the most rewarding. It is an opportunity that few are given, so don’t waste your time. While you are here, you will grow up and become an adult. You will form some life-long relationships, and if you survive, you will thrive anywhere.

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