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Cambridge, MA
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4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

9 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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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'.

8 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are lots of good frat parties. You have to know brothers to get in which isn't hard because MIT guys are really cool. I would say, if you want to party every weekend, join a frat or a sorority. I'm not in one so I can go to parties whenever I want but I don't go out every weekend.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The best college, nobody can ever see.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The best part about MIT is the people. I have never met more interesting, intelligent individuals in my life. They come from all walks of life, and a look around campus will disprove the nerd stereotype (though we are all nerds at heart). You have guys and girls with rainbow colored hair who walk around barefoot. You have your not-so-typical jocks, and preps, and hipsters. But even when you think you have someone figured out, they always surprise you. Individuals, therefore, get an A+

As far as social life and relationships goes, you run into some road bumps and blocks. People are tend to hang out with a particular friend group after freshman year, making it difficult to branch out and socialize. Additionally, there is no dating culture. You are either in a serious relationship or just hooking-up (which kind of sucks). Plus it can get kind of awkward your senior year when you know everyone and have weeded out all the eligible options

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Nightlife: We have several mottos at MIT:

IHTFP
Work hard, play harder
Sleep is for the weak

Take what you want from each, but with this attitude, you are bound to enjoy some sort of nightlife on and around campus. Be it a late-night psetting-turned-beeriocart session, or chairing race through the tunnels, or your typical frat rager (at one of our 25 fraternities housed in brownstone mansions), there are always people looking to have a good time.

Unfortunately, there is often so much to do on campus (be it work or play), you forget there are some 70 other universities in the area, not to mention bars and clubs. And even when I venture out of the MIT bubble, I always return cause you just can't party like us nerds ;)

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: If you are in need of an apartment, you'll have no trouble finding one, but the price might scare you far from your ideal location. My dorm closed down this year and I managed to find a 4 bedroom, 2 bath flat 10 minute walking distance from campus within the 3 days of searching. The flat ended up being quite affordable because we are fitting 6 people (2 in massive living room), and I have a roommate. Otherwise, I would say the flat was quite expensive for building quality and location (Central Square is not the best of neighborhoods).

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's so much variety for off-campus dining. Since MIT is in the city, you can go to many local restaurants as well as familiar chains. There's somewhere for everyone to eat.

4 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Weather is pretty unpredictable, so you need to pay close attention to weather forecasts to avoid getting rained on. The winter is long and snow is heavy. However, as long as you have all the winter garbs wintering in MIT is not as bad as it might look, as the facilities do pretty good job of clearing snow, and most of MIT main campus buildings are connected to each other.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge's pretty safe and student-friendly neighborhood.
It is also pretty easy to get to interesting places as well. Boston is a city where you can actually get around without a car, if you are familiar with the local transit. MIT students frequent Back Bay just across the river and Central Square&Harvard Square to the North as well.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: There is no special application process for entering any major at MIT; you just enroll in the relevant classes. You can declare a major at the end of your freshman year.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: I'm studying Nuclear Science and Engineering. It has been a fantastic experience so far. The department is very small--we have approximately 35 undergrads, and around 100 grads. However, we also have on the order of 30 professors, so you get to know everyone really well. UROPs are really easy to come by, and the faculty and staff as a whole are very supportive.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really excellent restaurants if you're willing to walk a little ways. Look for the wide variety of ethnic food (Middle Eastern, Thai, etc.), as well as some great Boston classics.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Scoozi's scampi calzone! Excites me to think of it

1 person found this useful Report
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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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