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Reviews 534 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: No Meal Plan – Dining options are not very good. The dining halls are only open for dinner from 5:30-8:30. Only two are open on Fridays and Saturdays. Although the meals themselves are good and accommodate nearly every dining style, students have to pay by meal, which costs about $8. I suppose students have the option to save money by cooking for themselves but when in a time crunch, its not very convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Advisors Have Your Best Interest at Heart – While I have not officially started classes in my major (Mechanical Engineering), I have already met with my academic advisor and spoken with other various professors in the MechE field regarding my classes. They were all extremely attentive and helped me work out my class schedule for this semester and the semesters to come

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and I love it! I'm closer to my classes and my dorm's on the river.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: So Much to Do! Nerds party long and hard. Our school is known in this area for a reason. Something about 26 frats and stressed week days, means great weekends!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Might as Well Go Out – Dining is difficult at MIT. I often find myself going off-campus for meals and such. Off-Campus dining is great, though :)

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Everything You Need. There are plenty of computers all over the campus. There are also lots of places to print and everything you need computer-wise. I mean, we are a tech school.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: MIT gives all of its student the chance to get a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) where the students will get hands on experience in a lab for either credit or pay. It is a great resource that many take advantage of to learn what they like and what they don't like.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Challenging Yet Rewarding – If you are ready for a challenge academically, but still want to have a good college experience, this is the perfect place. You will meet some the most amazing people and learn so much over your years here. You can play sports, be in a sorority or fraternity, and do well in school and have a life if you budget your time well enough. It was the perfect place for me.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free Transporation – We have a great bus service around campus and off campus to many sororities and fraternities and also in Boston. They are very helpful getting to frat houses and getting to class, especially when the weather isn't very nice. The public transportation is also very good when trying to get into and around Boston and Cambridge.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe If You Use Campus Resources – MIT is in a very urban area, and crime does exist. In the past two years there have only been 2 recorded muggings and/or other attacks. However, by utilizing campus resources, these incidents could have been avoided. Campus resources are:
1) Campus police: can be called at all times of day either by telephone or by activating a panic button on campus (there are 28).
2) Saferide shuttles: as the names suggest, these shuttles are campus-run and free for students and also run very late into the night, going on and off campus to a large variety of locations in Boston and Cambridge.
3) MIT Medical: summoning an ambulance is as easy as making a call. Furthermore, the visit is confidential and neither the caller or the patient will be billed or reported to any outside authority or even their parents.

Given these resources, MIT is very safe, even considering its location in a very large city. Use of these campus resources with a dose of common sense and you will be safe at MIT, on and around campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Good Balance – The campus police are mostly around to ensure safety. There aren't too many crackdowns on underage drinking and such, as the party scene is quite large here. Academic-wise, however, it is in your best interest to follow the integrity policy as professors will dish out punishments accordingly if caught cheating or copying.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Not in Spotlight – While there is a good variety of sports, and a solid athletic program, unlike most schools, athletics are not as big of a deal here. They're visible, but not a top priority. However, among the people you meet are still a large number of athletes. IM sports are more common across the general population.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The main athletic center (dubbed the Z-Center) is modern and well-equipped, and there are a number of other gyms as well. The student center has everything you need - ATMs, convenience store, food, study rooms, and a whole host of other rooms perfect for meetings. The campus isn't known for being beautiful, though, and things tend to have a more stark, modernistic look.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Odds Are Good, but the Goods Are Odd. Most people at MIT are very open-minded and very easy to get along with, but not all are good-looking. Lots of girls sacrifice fashion due to the workload, but on weekends people dress up to go to parties. The best part though is that if you're looking for hot girls we have BU across the river.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very Nice but Too Expensive – Off-campus housing at MIT is way too expensive for most people. An apartment on University Park behind campus runs for much more a month than any dormitory. On-campus housing is more convenient because of the proximity to classes and the many resources available at dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Something to Do Almost Every Weekend. The nightlife for most students consists of going to frat parties on the weekends. During the week frats host smaller get-togethers, but the big parties are mostly Thurs-Sat. The frats are very friendly and always let in other MIT students. All parties are free and alcohol is provided for over 21 guests. They offer coat check-ins during the winder which is really nice and MIT shuttles run late on weekends to accommodate for people partying.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Research Opportunities – You can get any kind of research position you want as an undergrad. 80% of students have a research job at some point in their 4 years here; you can try a new field completely or go for something in a field you are majoring in. Professors are very approachable about research opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Could Be Cheaper Places Around – College students live on a budget, so it would be nicer to see more cheap options around. Perhaps even some places giving MIT students discounts would be great. But there are plenty of nice places to go on a date either across the river in Boston or right here in Cambridge.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Melting Pot – Coming from a small town in a red state, MIT's diversity was spectacular. People are very open and accepting, people have very different tastes, and it's very easy to meet people with the same interests, economic backgrounds, or religious affiliations or sexual orientation.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Make no mistake, the Cambridge/Boston area can be dangerous at times, as all city areas are. However, MIT Campus police are physically around enough that I feel very safe at all hours of the night, and they are very willing to help out. They are also very accessible to contact by phone.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There is a wide range of classes offered. The workload will keep you very busy, and students often have extra-curricular activities that keep them even busier. There is a lot of help offered, though office hours and tutoring services. There is even a Reading Room, which is a quite room of tables and desks to study.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food is not a problem but it isn't a great thing either.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Life it self is not surrounded in the bounds of a book , it is not surfaced on a page and the end of a pencil , it surpasses the boundaries of the brain to a land lost in time . Everyone doesn't seek for self benefit , though that is the purpose of a greater education , everyone aids in another life. Everyone gives . They know the true meaning of "it is better to give then to receive ", that inst a problem in MIT .

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It Can Be Dealt With – There are underground tunnels connecting most of the main buildings. That being said, weather is fairly unpredictable. It can be hot one day, and cold the next, bright and sunny, then snowing 3 feet. It can be dealt with though. Shuttles are also very helpful during rainy and snowy days.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: You really shouldn't go on rooftops, or you can get fined if caught... Yet every year, the frosh and prefrosh go on tours that take them up there with no problems.
If you drink and you weren't suppose to, you might get yelled at, or your parents might be informed, but usually that doesn't happen. My friend ended up in medical after over-drinking. He had also fallen and hurt his head. They ended up shaving his hair off. Well, he's still around and nothing else happened.
Parties that involve alcohol in your dorm buildings have to be registered in advanced, but it is a very straightforward process.
Unless you are planning to hurt someone or damage property, you're likely not to get in much trouble.


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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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