Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Administrators and campus police are very nice. As long as everything is done in moderation and doesn't pose any health or safety threat, they're cool.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The athletic center is great, the student center is okay. The location is fantastic and there's plenty to do. Some of the buildings are beautiful and others are ugly. It's not the prettiest campus, but being on the Charles River is great and being in Cambridge is even better.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Since it's so academically rigorous, it sets you up to do very well when you graduate. Many of the professors are world-renowned and very interesting. There are many opportunities to do paid research at the undergraduate level. And those who want a more active social life will have many opportunities.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Love MIT!!! Amazing opportunities, really smart and kind classmates

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Great options! It's a city!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although there is alot of alcohol consumption on campus, most students are responsible and smart about it and rarely does it get out of hand.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: With a mobile app that tells you all the times the bus will be there by, the transportation shuttles are easy to use

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The officers are very understanding, very nice, and will not bust parties unless they have already given out multiple warnings

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Being a freshman I have no idea what the program looks like as I havent taken any classes for it yet.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: We are in boston. Enough said. The T is super convenient to use, and endless options in terms of nightlife outside of the school campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although safety is really secure here (very hard to get into dorms unless you are an MIT student) with a front desk at every dorm, the medical center is very far off where the dorms are and a pain to get to.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: MIT admissions spends a lot of effort on getting a very diverse student body, and they do a good job overall. There is a wide range of students from different backgrounds, some from well off prep schools and others who had to raise their other siblings.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It definitely is one of the most challenging schools out there, but with amazing people around you, it gets better. The social scene is not very vibrant however, and it is not uncommon to ditch plans to study.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: With Boston right across the bridge and Cambridge on the school side, there is an endless variety of options from all kinds of different types of food. I had legitimate dimsum (chinese food) in the morning and italian for dinner, with mochi ice cream for dessert.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of kids drink on the weekends, but a good amount don't. Drinking is casual and nobody cares if you don't drink, as long as you're cool if others are. Generally, the attitude is that you can do whatever you want as long as you're not bothering anyone else around you - this includes recreational drugs as well as alcohol.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: MIT students are decently good looking, and smart and interesting as hell. They don't dress particularly well - half the year is brutally cold winter weather, so jeans and Northface coats are in heavy circulation most of the year. The 'work hard play hard' culture makes it difficult to have any type of casual relationships. Hookups and serious relationships are generally the only two options.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The workload is unreal. Hell weeks with three or four tests come every month and if you're up at 4am it's usually because you're finishing a problem set instead of drinking and partying or hanging out with friends. But the people are incredible at MIT. They are fun and interesting and diverse, and they have these amazing ideas that they are really excited to implement during, or after, their time at MIT. You never know what to do with free time because you never have any, but you leave MIT prepared for absolutely anything, and with friends you would never have met anywhere else.

9 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is awful and makes everyone depressed. Nobody comes to Boston for the weather.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Get off the meal plan as soon as you can because the food in Boston and Cambridge is amazing and much cheaper than the meal plan! Ethnic food and vegan/vegetarian options are huge in Cambridge right next to campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: MIT frat and dorm parties are huge on the social scene. Kids from all over Boston and Cambridge come to our parties. Pub nights and parties are going on Wednesday-Saturday nights and fill up quickly. Frat parties are basically the only big parties that go on, besides the occasional East Campus party.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have MIT shuttles which run during the day through campus and across the river to the Boston-based living groups, and nighttime shuttles which run until 2am across the river and through Cambridge. The subway stop is on the other side of campus from most dorms, but it's still at most a 20 minute walk away, and the bus system is really easy and convenient to use as well.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: You don't need a computer, but it helps. Athena clusters (rooms full of desktop computers) are everywhere and printing is free, but having your own laptop is more convenient so you don't have to always be working in a cluster.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: MIT dorm life is crazy and fun and different than anywhere else. Every dorm is different, and every floor/entry/house within each dorm has its own culture as well. Housing process is pretty involved for freshmen - you get placed in a temporary room, then have the option of switching dorms, then have the option of doing a 'floor rush'.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you know someone on a varsity team, you will probably go support them at a couple of games/meets during the year. Otherwise sports are beneath the typical student's radar.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In terms of partying, campus is pretty lenient. Most everyone can drink in their dorms - in some you can drink out in lounges if your living group is cool with it, but everywhere you can have a small party in your room and it's fine.

Academically, attendance is rarely mandatory (except in humanities classes), it just helps boost your grade if you are on the border at the end of the semester. You're pretty much free to do what you like academically as long as you turn in your work and do well on tests.

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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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