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Reviews 534 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: More Diverse Than Meets the Eye – The students are not all nerds, but you can find an inner geek in most students, even the hard-core partyers. The dorms each have a very unique culture.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You're Given Your Freedoms, but Don't Abuse Them – The police are definitely out of your face. Most frats are off campus, so they also have less control.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Be Aware, but Don't Be Paranoid – I have always felt safe. Some people lock their doors, others don't feel the need; it depends on your dorm. There are occasional reports of robbery, etc. but that is not unexpected.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Instant Credibility in the Working World – If you are able to graduate from MIT, you will be able to succeed anywhere, have an infinite global connection of friends and alumni worldwide, and gain instant credibility with your degree.

Additionally, MIT offers research experience for students without prior work experience, thus setting students apart in searching for internships. For example, I was able to secure a freshman year research opportunity just by applying through an online listing. My Rubbermaid-sponsored work for the MIT Media Lab was also highly fascinating.

Finally, MIT's Boston location is unparalleled. It's the largest college town in the world, highly educated and affluent, and a jogger's paradise. Recruiters constantly came to MIT, and I always felt I had a finger on the pulse of what's going on in society while having a sanctuary between NY and DC to make lifelong friends (many of whom I've now imported to California!).

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: MIT accepts based on merit, so the diversity students at this school stand their ground and are truly exceptional. MIT LGBT students are also highly prevalent on campus, and have activities that are all inclusive. MIT has a global orientation and outlook, so anyone from any race would feel included here.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Go crazy – at MIT they try their best to make sure that the students here can work hard and then play hard. I haven't heard of MIT police arresting anyone for alcohol use. The police here are really nice and you can get away with most anything if you aren't stupid about it.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Whatever you want – If you know where to look you can find anything. No really there isn't a drug that I haven't heard of running through this campus somewhere. There is ample access to pot and other hallucinogens.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I think the title says it all
You're in the northeast
be realistic.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is none really.
Unless you feel like blowing 8 bucks a meal. The difference at MIT is that students can cook for themselves, and learn life skills that will follow them beyond their years at MIT. So even though the dining here isn't great, I wouldn't rank my college choices based on this.

And go get off campus if you want food diversity. There are plenty of places to eat down Mass. Ave, in Harvard square, central square, and across the river. If you think there's nothing to eat then you aren't looking hard enough.

4 College Senior

Transportation: You don't really need transportation to get around campus, it's pretty small. There is a shuttle that goes to the far reaches, but I never take it because it's really not that far.

There are night shuttles around the city. It's cool, they come pretty frequently and you can call a number for ETA or to find out where the stop is, but the number isn't reliable and I've had trouble finding my way back to the stop.

Luckily, public transportation in Boston is pretty good, except that it stops running late at night. But you can get nearly anywhere with public transit. MIT offers passes, but you have to buy a month's pass a month in advance, which is super inconvenient. You often don't know you need it until it's too late.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Pretty Good, If You Get Off Campus – There are frequent parties at the frats for if you're underage and there are plenty of clubs for if you're of age. They close relatively early in Boston, though. Just walking home from campus down Mass Ave, (a few blocks away), the streets are full of people going to clubs late at night. Makes it feel safer to be walking home at night because the streets are so full of people.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There's Something Outside of Lab? MIT could do a lot better to give back to its community. Central Square, just down the street, is a poor and undeveloped area, but it could be thriving like Harvard square is. Harvard square is nearby, and it's cute, and Boston has a lot of nice places to go, but it would be nice to be located in one.
Kendal is growing,though, and there are some restaurants tucked in there. So is the Mass ave area between central and MIT, several places have opened while I've been here.

Boston in general is pretty great, if you ever manage to get yourself off campus. Unfortunately, being at MIT leaves you with little time to do that. On campus, though, food choices are highly limited.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: boston and cambridge have so many options for every price level and variety

5 College Sophomore

Computers: athena clusters all over the place.
printers everywhere.
mit n wireless network is super fast and everywhere.
i know of people that don't have a computer, but i think that would be tough. also i know there is a program where mit students can borrow/rent out a laptop for weeks at a time..
some of the printers aren't 100% reliable (especially dorm printers), but it's not hard to just print to one in the infinite through quickprint.mit.edu, which is easy to do

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: What You Have Is Awesome... Now Multiply It by 10 – it's nice, especially when the weather is good, but i wish there were more "reading room"-esque lounge places in the infinite, like in or near an athena cluster

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – In certain parts of campus, you can definitely find people that use every type of drug you can name. Usually, though, people stick to drinking. I have never heard of or encountered peer pressure to do drugs or drink.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Either a Greek House or a Really Expensive Apartment – Apartments near campus are really easy to find in Boston - they are all over the place. However, the better option for off campus housing is a frat or sorority. Apartments are really expensive and sometimes don't have certain amenities (like a washer and dryer).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Obviously, MIT has a reputation for a solid science, math, and engineering curriculum. One thing that you don't hear is how easy it is to get help with the difficult coursework if you are struggling. There are tutors and TAs that are always willing to give up time to help you out. And in addition to being renowned scientists, researchers, and physicists, our professors are extremely approachable and are willing to not only talk with you about the class but also about their research or other things that interest them.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At MIT, more than half of boys and a good percentage of girls are a part of a frat or sorority. It's a big part of the school because frat parties dominate the socializing scene.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not Too Hot – Both the girls and the boys at MIT are not too attractive, although they make up for that with intelligence. Once in a while though, you can find one or two that are worth a double take.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Diverse, Mostly Asian – you can find lots of different races and religions at MIT, although the majority of the school seems to be asian.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: there is usually lots and lots of snow during the winter, which gets tough when you are walking to class from your dorm

3 College Sophomore

Parking: there is almost no parking available on campus, only a few garages and metered spots (which are always full). but this isn't an issue for most students because, instead of having a car, we usually walk, use the school shuttles, or ride a bike.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing on Campus – each dorm on campus has its own community, making it easy for students to find where they fit in. although not all of the dorms have dining halls, there are campus food options within walking distance. some of the dorms are situated a little far from main campus, which is rough during the winter.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: For the most part, students exercise a good degree of intelligence when it comes to drugs and alcohol. There are usually about 3-4 episodes a year where freshmen have to get their stomaches pumped. Some of the students smoke. However, most don't let it interfere with their daily lives. Students still perform well in class and extra-curriculars.


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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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