Cambridge, MA
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Reviews 534 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is pretty good. The downside is that students who choose a meal plan have limited options.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The administration is pretty hands off when it comes to drugs and alcohol; they expect us to be safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If I have a question, I can ask a financial aid counselor and always count on receiving a helpful response.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: MIT is known for its parties so parties, often hosted by fraternities and sometimes by living groups and dorms, make up most of the nightlife on campus. However, some over 21 students go to bars. Frats are usually either within walking distance or accessible by shuttle.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have too much experience with off-campus housing. I answered the above questions to the best of my ability based on what I've heard.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm involved with Greek life on campus as I'm part of a sorority. Many men are also part of fraternities. Greek life plays a huge role in the party scene as well as the social scene. However, there are many people not involved in Greek life that still are a large part of the social scene. Other living groups and dorms also throw parties. Also, Greek parties are usually not limited to Greek people.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Though I didn't qualify for any financial aid, MIT gives as much money as any student needs to attend. This includes expenses like travel and a laptop if need be.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I plan to have an internship this summer. I know that MIT can help me find one. Employers prefer MIT students as MIT is known preparing students well for the workforce.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't yet experience my program (electrical engineering and computer science) as I'm only a freshman. I'm not sure if I will stick to my program or switch to another one based on my interests.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic center is very new and updated. The student center can use updates but does include many different fast food places. The libraries are very nice and updated with much study space.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: By far, MIT is a rare place in the world. It is extremely diverse and accepts all type of people. It's academic program is extremely rigorous and gives you an academic background that is unlike any other university in the fields of engineering and science. MIT also has a lively social scene that many students participate in.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I've enjoyed the diversity on campus as I come from a very homogeneous background. Everyone comes from very different places with very different beliefs. MIT is also accepting to how anyone identifies in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are challenging at MIT as it holds up to its prestigious name. However, first semester of freshmen year students are on a pass/ no record system where every class they take appears on their transcripts only if they pass. And if they pass, the only grade indicated is a P. Professors are amazing and very helpful as well as TAs and upperclassmen. So though the work can be hard, MIT supplies a large support network. Also, many students are involved with research on campus and finding an internship is very easy.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are amazing and teach well to the curriculum. There is rarely a problem of getting the classes you desired. Though the workload is a lot, there are many resources to help you along. Many people study in the libraries, dorm lounges, or in their rooms. There is rarely a time where finding a study space is a problem.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: MIT has been the perfect fit for me. It's the perfect combination of an academic and social environment.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Most dorms at MIT assume you're adults and that you can conduct yourself. However, visitors must sign in and, if not on guest list, get picked up by their host.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most students have their own laptop but if a student cannot purchase his or her own MIT will help cover the cost. There are also many labs and computers in almost every dorm and most buildings.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: MIT provides shuttles to all the Boston frats and sororities as well as the Cambridge dormitories.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some buildings are old and the facilities aren't completely updated but the dorms provided a social environment and a culture for their students.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: While MIT's campus is not the prettiest to look it, it's facilities are generally very convenient and everyone is very friendly. There's always something going on, and it's always a lot of fun. The meal plan is a little weird, but it's designed to profit the people selling us food, so there's not much we can do about it.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: MIT is weird. I don't mean that in a bad way, but it's definitely the first word that comes to mind when describing my school. I love it, and I love the people. I feel completely at home at MIT. It's well known for the hacks that happen around campus, and for pushing a very strong dorm-oriented culture.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have not run into any issues regarding diversity personally, but there are people on campus who constantly push for more recognition of diversity, so I have to assume that there are still problems.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: MIT does not have a hospital, and the clinic is relatively small, making the wait sometimes very long.

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College Freshman

Majors: MIT doesn't make majors competitive, so far as I can tell. Since I have not yet taken any classes within the major (having only declared in the past 2 weeks), I cannot yet give a comprehensive review. I am looking forward to learning though!

College Freshman

Majors: Having only declared recently and not taken any major-specific classes, I am not yet the right person to ask about my major. The department is relatively new, and I have heard reviews that it is still disorganized, but those upperclassmen who I have talked to who are part of the department are quite enthusiastic about biological engineering.


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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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