Cambridge, MA
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Reviews 572 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Community Is the Best Part – The best thing about MIT is the people. The classes are hard, there are lots of annoying requirements to fulfill, but the community makes up for it. There are so many different types of people and everyone is so accepting and interesting.

2 College Junior

Weather: Very Cold – The weather gets pretty bad in the winter and it can become extremely cold.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Lots of Good Options – MIT provides a shuttle to the fraternity and sorority houses for free. There is also a T line nearby which is very convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – We're not in the middle of Boston, but the crime is around. There are reports of mugging of students in the city pretty frequently and theft is a problem (as I imagine it would be at any school). Just don't be stupid and you're fine. The police will drive you home if you are uncomfortable wherever you are.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is great diversity at MIT in terms of race, sexuality, and origin. Groups of minorities do tend to hang out together in groups, but it's not really a big deal. I love the different perspectives and interests that everyone brings to campus. We all have one thing in common, we're really really smart, no matter what other differences there are.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Internships that students acquire on campus can be payed or graded. All the students that I know have wanted a UROP have gotten one.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Strict but Helpful – They really take into consideration all of your needs and try to help you out as much as possible. However, they have a set system and are not willing to compare their offer with other institutions' offers.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston Has Many Options! There are many options. The main problem is that most of the good options are on the expensive side. Those that are accessible to a college student income tend not to be the best dining options out there. That said, there are many off-campus dining options near by or easily accessible through public transportation.

5 College Junior

Facilities: MIT has a nickname for everything. These things are (mostly) all good!

IAP: aka "J-Term" aka Independent Activities Period. A month in which MIT drops their classes and you either get a) an extra month of vacation, b) an opportunity to do an additional internship during the year, c) time to focus on your research, d) time to go to Charm School and get your PhD in Charm!, e) a chance to take classes like the Chocolate Lab's truffle class, or DAPER's "Head of the Zieger"...

UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. MIT has a lot of grad students, and undergrads can capitalize on their research, mentorship, and general awesomeness by doing research with them. Many students have several publications before they graduate because of this....

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4 College Junior

Transportation: 100% Possible to Get Around – MIT runs several campus shuttles that get you from everywhere important (your dorm, your sorority/fraternity, your classes) to everywhere else important (your friend's dorm, your study group, the subway, Boston, etc.). They run all day and until 2am (4am on Fridays and Saturdays). Most of the drivers are nice, and the GPS-tracking is *usually* working.

MIT is right on the Red Line (subway) and the number 1 bus. These provide easy access to the rest of the city. This review gives an A- because the Boston Transport system shuts down at 12:35am everyday.

3 College Junior

Athletics: PE Requirement Expands Horizons – MIT has a 8 unit PE requirement- meaning 2 seasons of a varsity sport, or 4 PE classes. This requirement is a great way of keeping kids in a semblance of "fitness", and is a fun way to be exposed to different athletic areas. PE classes include archery, pistol, sailing (get your pirates licence with those three!), Pilates, yoga, Zumba, lifting, swimming, SCUBA certification, health, soccer... There are also varsity sports and three different league levels of intramural sports.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Easy for people with REALLY low income. Hard for middle class to get any scholarships, so most financial aid generally comes from other programs.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls are located in five dorms and open for anyone to eat in. People who live in dining dorms must have a meal plan while others may choose not to. Plenty of variety since every dining hall has different food everyday. However lunch is somewhat limited to Maseeh Dining Hall. (the biggest one on campus)

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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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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