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Cambridge, MA
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4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Parking: Parking around Boston is generally hectic, but there are places. I always know where to direct people to park their cars, and it never costs money.

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Parking: Parking around campus is by permit only. Maybe you can get away with it once or twice, but you'll just end up getting towed if you do it too often. Like everywhere else around Cambridge and Boston, it's probably easier to get a bike or just rely on public transportation.

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Parking: You shouldn't bring a car. Parking is a nightmare-it is the same with driving.

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Parking: It's not great. You can get passes, but you probably don't want a car unless you're planning on driving back home a lot.

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Parking: I don't have a car, but it seems painful to have one.

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Weather: Bring clothes for all weather types. Students must learn to check weather.com every morning, because the weather can, and will, change within hours.

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Weather: So far, it's been erratic. The winter has been pretty brutal this year, while the year before it was quite mild. Bring everything from shorts and tank tops, to ski jackets and hats because you might need it all-maybe even within the same month.

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Weather: Best thing to do is layer. If you are from the West Coast, buy your jacket, sweaters, and boots here.

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Weather: Today it's sunny, tomorrow it will snow, and next week we'll have 90-degree-in-the-shade weather.

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Weather: New England weather is crazy. One day, it's 90 degrees out; the next day, there's snow on the ground.

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Weather: New England weather is unpredictable, so pack for all four seasons. In the fall, long pants and a shirt with a jacket will keep you toasty. In the winter, wrap on a thick down jacket and slap on some ear muffs. The cutting wind, snow, and sleet, and the occasional blizzards will also require you to wear some tough boots. In the spring, do not forget to bring your umbrella. And if you stay for the summer, equip yourself with minimal attire: shorts, tank tops, flip flops, and an air conditioner.

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Weather: New England weather is very different. Going into fall, it gets colder and colder, but once we get through winter and spring comes, it is very nice. Because we are right next to the Charles River, our weather varies throughout the day. It can be cold in the morning, get warmer by mid-day, and get cold again in a few hours. Then it will get warmer again by nightfall. It gets hard when it comes to dressing appropriately for the weather, but we never get anything too extreme. Since I'm from New York, I kind of knew what to expect.

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Weather: The heat, haze, and humidity will probably make you want to crawl inside a freezer. Looking at the bigger picture, Boston's fall foliage, wintery snowfall, spring flowers, and summer sunshine are all actually quite nice.

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Overall Experience: We get our hands dirty, we work together, and sometimes we fail together. Personally, I think you'll have a much greater chance of figuring out who you really are and what you really want to do with yourself if you come to MIT.

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Overall Experience: It's been an incredible experience: challenging academics, wonderful people, and actually some fun occasionally. There are a few days each term where you say to yourself, `If I had gone to state school, I would be partying instead of studying right now.' But despite the stress, I can't picture myself anywhere else. This is where I belong.

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Overall Experience: I'm satisfied with my college experience. I'm not satisfied with my academic experience. I'm leaving here pretty burnt-out and somewhat unsure of my abilities in the real world. MIT arms you with a lot of educational tools and the ability to learn, but it takes about four years to regain your confidence and self-esteem.

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Overall Experience: Only come to MIT if you know that's where you want to go. MIT prides itself on a rigorous curriculum. Know that when you come here, you'll be doing a lot more studying than you did in high school. Know that there may not always be time to go to a party because you have a problem set due soon, and you need to spend a lot of time working on it. Just know that by coming to MIT, you are sacrificing some of your social life to put in a hard four years of work. Then, when you graduate, you can look back and truly appreciate what MIT did for you.

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Overall Experience: It rocks. It's really tough-you'll hate it, but you'll love it. IHTFP is the local motto-it has a double meaning of `I have truly found paradise,' and `I hate this #$%-ing place,' and we mean every word of it. The culture around here tends to subdivide; the vast majority of students are friendly, but the pressure creates smaller, close-knit groups. Some of them are centered on living groups, some are based on extracurricular activities, and others are just gangs of friends. But even the social life here tends to be more intense as a result of all of the academic stress.

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Overall Experience: I love MIT, and I love Boston. The only thing that would make this place better is better-looking women.

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Overall Experience: I have enjoyed almost every moment of my experience at MIT. Despite all the work and stress, my two years at this crazy institute of learning have been tremendously rewarding and satisfying. Living on my own and supporting myself through school has taught me a lot about life, as well. The people I have met at MIT have been amazing. I would not want to be anywhere else.

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Overall Experience: Its hard, but worth it. I sometimes wish it were easier, but then, it wouldn't be MIT, would it?

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Overall Experience: I love MIT because of the people I've met, but I've struggled with my original decision to come here after spending four years studying something I don't like. I should've gone somewhere else, but I chose MIT because of the people and the environment. I wanted to be all hardcore and stuff. (Sigh) Silly me.

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Overall Experience: It gets better as you go along. The longer I'm here, the luckier I feel.

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Transportation: The transportation is very good, but it's not as good as New York City or DC. The T is kind of ghetto-not dangerous-ghetto, but dirty-ghetto.

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Transportation: Public transportation is great. There is a bus stop right in front of the school, a subway stop on one end of campus, and free shuttles to the mall and to the frats located throughout Boston.

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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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