Location
Undergrads
4,480
Tuition
$43,498
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 600 total reviews with an average rating of 4

{{ error }}
close
5 College Freshman

Majors: If I could do it all over again, I would. MIT is an amazing place. I plan to be a physicist and an astronaut, and I know MIT will prepare me well in how to find opportunities to do what I want. MIT helps you look for jobs, and helps you prepare for networking, resumes, and anything else to help you succeed

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party School – There are frat parties every weekend at MIT and even some during the week. If you are in to that kind of stuff, you won't be disappointed.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Weather: I Mean... You're in Boston – It's Boston. You didn't choose to go to University of Miami. It's cold. It's wet. The sun doesn't shine too often. It snows. I love Boston, but I didn't come here expecting to sunbathe...

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Easy to Go Anywhere in Boston/Cambridge – Between the MBTA ("The T" aka Boston's subway system), the 1 bus, MIT's saferide and Boston Daytime, it's always easy to get anywhere on or off campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: Best of the Best – We have "athena clusters" --essentially large computer labs -- all over campus. Printing is free for up to ~2000 pages per semester, and no one ever goes over that.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Decent Except for Meal Plan – Students living in dorms with dining halls are required to enroll in a dining meal plan, which is my largest complaint. Else then that, food trucks and food court are always available and serve decent quality food.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Boston definitely has seasons, but the weather is generally pretty mild. The temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees in the winter and above 90 in the summer. One could always wish for more sunshine though. :)

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Priority of Student's Well-Being and Success – The police and EMS service cares most about the well-being of students. and not under-age drinking. Academic policies are extremely fair. The school provides endless resources to help students succeed.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Incredible and Diverse Boston Dining Options – There is a plethora of restaurants in the Boston/Cambridge area with a wide range of cuisines and prices for any night out.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Living Group Culture – This is by no means a rule, but dorm/living group culture is pretty strong here. Based on MIT's housing rules, one could live in the same dorm, within the same wing, all 4 years. And some people actually do so because they form a tight group of friends in their dorm. In addition, those in Greek life (about 40% of MIT), often move to their Greek houses. Each dorm or living group tends to have a "culture," and even wings within dorms have very distinct personalities. In many ways, the dorm you choose to live in shapes your identity and how your peers view you.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Greek Life – Greek life is pretty big here, to the surprise of some. 50% of males are in fraternities, of which we have 25. They host parties Thurs. night through Saturday night, so there is always someplace to go on the weekend. There is also a bar close to campus in Boston popular with MIT students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse Interests – Every weekday there is some student group fundraising for their cause or promoting some sort of message. The range of extracurricular interests is visible, and people respect each other's interests. For the LGBT community, MIT has student groups who do a few campaigns a year, such as a Day of Silence. Outside of those big events, MIT students are very open to all sexual orientations.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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....

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

Photos More photos . . .

Killian Court and The Great Dome
Killian Court and The Gre...
Killian Court and The Great Dome Killian Court and The Great Dome

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
View all previous student authors

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.

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!