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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Freedom Is Great – Our administration is not very strict. They encourage safe hacking, and generally are not concerned too much about alcohol and drugs. If they are, it isn't prominent. Most of the issues come from within the IFC and JuddComm.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want certain substances, they are not that difficult to find. But people are good at keeping stuff hidden for the most part. Some fraternities and dorms are well known for their use, but there are some people who have never encountered substances before on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: No One Drives – so no one parks... I know 3 people with cars. Because you don't need one, it's like inconvinent to have one. Parking on campus is hard. Parking around campus is not.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: MIT is MIT... unless you're a student here, you won't really get us from outside. It's a nerdy place yes, but the stereotypes of a bunch of kids who only study is bogus. Yeah, we do a lot of work, but here, the unofficial motto is "work hard play hard". Why else would the BU and Wellesey people always crash the MIT parties. Dorm culture is super unique to MIT. And it makes dorm life awesome. There is no real dining hall and most of campus is OK with this. Social atmosphere is literally what any kid who actually gets into MIT will want. We are all dedicated to our work, but we have SO much more than that to do in college, and it makes for a great place.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Extremely Easy – It is extremely easy to declare your major because all you have to do is choose one at the end of your freshman year (and you can still conceivably change it for about a year after that). Before declaring your major, you take required general education classes, so if you don't know what you want to major in or change your mind during that year you don't fall behind in any way.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Recreational Sports Are Great – Our recreational sports facilities are absolutely amazing. Our Z-center (gym) is state-of-the-art and there are always ways to play a sport in an intramural league or in our wide open field spaces. I can't say much for the varsity sports since I'm not on one, but I can say that the games aren't as widely attended as at Division I sports schools

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I Can't Really Say – There are very few undergraduates who choose to live in off-campus housing during their four years at MIT. Most people will live in dorms or fraternity/sorority houses, so I don't know much about living in apartments

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good and Easy – Most of the people I know receive a good financial aid. I received a great amount of financial aid. It is pretty much organized with most of the forms filled online. You would like to make a personal appointment with a financial aid officer since they are very helpful and will explain everything you need to know.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: It has pretty good athletics facilities and libraries. These resources are constantly used by students. The student center has a central location and it has all basic things you need as a student: computers, printers, study rooms, lounges, conference rooms, food vendors, etc. In general the campus provides a good environment and is currently under some nice aesthetics renovations. There are a lot of campus activities, many of them run by students themselves.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms for Any Type of Person – Each dorm at MIT can be perfect for any type of person. MIT doesn't separate freshmen and upperclassmen in different dorms, and I think that's a great way to get freshman to know and talk to upperclassmen. Also, every dorm is different, so there are a few places each type of person can comfortably live at. Most dorms at MIT have hall and dorm culture, so everyone on a specific hall can be close to those people that they live next to or near each other. In my opinion, I think that is really cool, and something that I feel is a positive thing. But there are some dorms that don't strive to achieve that sort of close dorm culture. Anyways, because MIT does have greek life, some people can also move into their fraternity or sorority's house, though most of those are off-campus and take some time to commute to. I think the housing process is pretty great for freshman trying to find the best fit for themselves, but it can sort of be difficult for those people who want to move out of their current dorm, and are on the waitlist to a dorm that they really want to get into.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: So Much to Do, So Little Time – Everything around MIT is really awesome. There are a lot of restaurants, shopping areas and movie theaters in boston and cambridge. The only problem is that there isn't a lot of time to go out and explore those things. With all the work that MIT hands us, it's hard to make time to go out a lot. Maybe I'm just not making it a priority, though. I feel like all of the great places around MIT are really interesting, and I wish I could get out and see them more often.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Sure, there are plenty of guys and girls that fit the nerdy-looking, socially awkward stereotypes. But I've found that a comment that lots of us hear from people we meet at other schools is "I wouldn't have expected you to be from MIT." there's a whole range of types here: hot and not, trendy and goes-outside-in-pajamas, partiers and those who do homework on Friday nights.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: MIT students are perfectionists. They give their best for their sports and most of us enjoy exercising. I would like more support on athletics events from students out of the sport.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good Living on Campus – Each dorm has its own personality. It is very unique and most of the people live in the dorm they fit at.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Intense All the Way – MIT is known for being a rigorous school. That certainly is true. Academics can be extremely tough if you don't balance yourself, but help is always available if you're willing to go look for it. The social scence can get pretty intense, if you're that type of person. Also, make sure to look for a UROP, which is basically a program that lets undergrads do research. MIT has so much to offer and I'm only just beginning to scratch the surface of it all!

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Fairly Diverse – You definitely meet people from all over the world that it's amazing. I would say the grad international student population is even bigger than the undergrad though. And in undergrad, you still get your fair amount of Asians

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: MIT is not a cheap school but admission is completely need-blind and financial aid is fully need-based. In my opinion, aid falls off a bit sharply at higher income brackets, but the figures given to students are always manageable and more than fair. For most prospective students, dealing with financial aid won't be too much of a hassle and the financial office and programs are quite helpful. If you are considering enrollment at MIT, finances should not be an impassible wall, though it might seem like a steep hill.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Boston-Cambridge area has one of the best integrated transportation systems anywhere in the country. It is easy and relatively inexpensive to utilize the subways and busses that make up the T system, and there are also many cabs and other busses that one can take to get anywhere off of the main route that the T takes. Most things that one needs can be found within walking distance of a T station, although in winter a couple blocks might still seem like a trip to the North Pole and back. The biggest issue with transport in the area is if you might want to take a car with you to school. For the most part this will turn out to be completely unnecessary as most students will inform you. Parking can be expensive and hard to find and the roads can be difficult and confusing. If you don't plan on taking a car to school, there is no need to worry about transportation. If you do plan on taking a car, forget it and you'll have one less thing to worry about.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: MIT boasts an accepting and diverse student body comprised of driven individuals of all walks of life. There is a strong spirit of cooperation and support in school life which carries on into the openness and fellowship that all students can expect from their peers in their social lives. The faculty takes additional efforts to illuminate and build upon the school's varied background with events and meetings with incoming students, as well as continued programs that help to bridge any gaps one might come across during their time at school. The strongest part of the mixed cultural backgrounds of MIT students is the overall acceptance of other peoples, cultures, and beliefs, and the willingness to learn about and understand them. MIT students for a strong community that is both close-knit and open in its interactions. This is one of the many things that helps make MIT a wonderful place to be.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: WTF Did I Just Eat? Dining is HORRIBLE and students are REQUIRED to buy an over-priced meal plan if they live in a dorm with a dining hall.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I Hate Athena – It's all Linux based which is super obnoxious, but there's a lot of computers available.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Many Punishments Are Severe – During orientation, students lost their housing because of first time alcohol use. A single copied HOMEWORK problem can get a student expelled depending on the professor. The only rules on which the school is lenient are campus housing: any person can walk into a dorm without being questioned or asked for ID, which has led to armed robberies inside dormitories.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Better Than on Campus – Around the campus are the cities of Boston and Cambridge. Almost every type of dining is present within walking distance. Everything off campus is better than any of the food on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not That Nerdy, Really! We're really not all that nerdy. We definitely do have our share of people who live for school and are socially challenged, but we also have people who are extremely social. The people are my favorite part of MIT. They're so quirky and you can find some nice, genuine people here. And, I'll admit that they throw some decent parties.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Usually State of the Art – MIT facilities tend to be well kept and also are very state of the art. The athletics center was recently re-done and is very nice now, with multiple floors and a bay opening up to view the pool while working on cardio or weights. The libraries are incredible (smaller ones all over, so you can study wherever).


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Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
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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