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

Overall Experience: MIT is my favorite place in the whole wide world. Even though the work load can be very intense at times, if you balance it with fun times with friends on the weekends or even taking a day off during the school week, it makes the work manageable. MIT has good parties yet no one here forces anyone to partake in drinking or drugs. The people here are some of the most down-to-earth individuals in the world yet they are some of the most brilliant. I cannot believe how lucky I am to be surrounded by such high-acheiving yet humble people. MIT is definitely a place to be proud of.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Athena Linux Based System – we use an Athena system. super easy access with tons of printers but sometimes they get jammed and the computers are old and slow.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Cute Guy Every Once in a While – There are plenty of cute guys/frat boys, but the overall population is a little too nerdy for my liking.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Great Convenience Store – The Zesiger Center is very clean and efficient. The Student Center offers a variety of food options and student services. La Verdes--school store-- is open late, and has all that you could ever need.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Tech Shuttle Is Always on Time – The Tech Shuttle is the best way to get around MIT's huge campus on cold and rainy days, or when you just don't feel like walking for 20 minutes. You can track it right from your phone, and it is very reliable.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston: Pricey but Yummy – Newbury Street and the Prudential Center have some great and fancy places to dine. Most places are only a 20 minute walk across Harvard Bridge. A bit pricey, but it's a nice change of pace to get out of campus and treat yourself. Recommendations: Pinkberry (froyo), Sweet (cupcakes), Island Hopper (Asian).

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Challenge and Opportunity for Growth – The greatest thing about MIT is the people. The students here are amazing - everyone has a unique talent/passion, everyone is hardworking, and people are (mostly) down-to-earth.

Yes, the academics are extremely hard. Even those who were straight-A students back in HS come here and will suffer their first C. My first year here, my self-esteem was crushed. But I also made my most amazing friends here, who helped me get through those rough times. Challenges are opportunities for growth. Adversity strengthens bonds. Coming to MIT made me realize that.

If you want a challenge, and are prepared to stretch yourself to your limits, you'll thrive here. Just remember the importance of friends and knowing when to seek support. It's always there for you.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You Choose Your Environment – A few dorms are known for prevalent alcohol/drug usage. There's even one dorm known by the saying, "The higher you go, the higher you get."
However, this is only the minority. In other dorms, drugs/alcohol don't make any appearance at all. Each dorm has their own culture - If you pick the place that's right for you, you will most likely feel safe/comfortable. If not, you always have the option to switch dorms.

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5 College Student

Greek Life: Big Greek Culture – Over half of the guys pledge a fraternity, and many girls belong to a Sorority, somewhere around 30%. It's a substantial number, and it affects social life in a significant way. That being said, not being Greek does not alienate you from the school in any way. You can still appreciate the events and parties, and you can still have Greek friends, so it's really up to you what you want to do. There are 26 fraternities and 6 sororities, and each one is different, so look around and there's sure to be a match.

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3 College Student

Athletics: Only One D1, but Plenty of Intramurals – Crew is the only Division 1 sport at MIT, but there are over 1,000 intramural teams, and most individual dorm floors have their own team for some sport or other. The facilities are good, and the student body is active. Not a big sports school -- much more into technology.

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5 College Student

Nightlife: Boston. Enough Said. Parties go on every night of the week, with the biggest days obviously being Friday and Saturday, though the majority take place at the fraternities across the river in Boston. There are a quarter million college students in Boston, so if you're up for taking the shuttle (which runs until obscene hours of the night), or taking a walk across Harvard bridge, you can always find a party.

As for bars, Harvard Square has all sorts of places for food and drink, and so does the whole city of Boston. Again, nightlife is no problem.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: There are some drugs here and there, but it mostly depends on who you associate yourself with. Most of the students here party almost 24/7 but academics are always the first priority.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of wonderful dining places near campus, both in Boston and in Cambridge.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Severe – The police force can be pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter sent home, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's pretty serious if you get caught, so my best advice is to do everything discreetly and not to be obnoxious about it. If you're going to drink then drink, but don't start advertising keg parties in your room. You will get busted!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: OK but Repetitive – The places around campus are good. I guess you get kind of tired of eating at dining halls, but when you need something to eat between classes, you can't complain. MIT dining hall food is not all that bad, it just gets old sometimes. I suggest not buying a huge meal plan after freshman year.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Athena Clusters Are Fantastic. Campus computing is widespread and convenient. Some of the clusters are nearly always busy (Building 12, Building 56) but unless you absolutely have to use a computer in one of those buildings you'll usually find plenty of open workstations. Printing quotas aren't a problem, and the Pharos system is great--just hit print, and then swipe your id card at any printer on campus and your print job pops out.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: An Attractive Nerdly Bunch – Everyone here is a nerd in one way or another. Despite that, just about everyone is well-put-together and reasonably attractive. People here are a lot of fun, too: whether you enjoy mad parties (college kids from all over Boston come to MIT parties because they're organized better) or making plasma arcs with friends in the lounge down the hall, there are people willing to do it with you.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing process is great; administration does everything possible to make sure you end up where you want to be.
Simmons is a very nice dorm with big rooms, good cooking and lounge spaces, and friendly people. It's costly, though, and the in-house dining hall isn't as good as some of the others.

4 College Junior

Facilities: MIT is different in many ways. For one thing, it's very nerdy. I would say the attitude is very work hard, play hard. People place their academics first and it's understood if you have to stay in on the weekend to study. All nighters are not uncommon... However, it's surprisingly social! There are plenty of awkward people but there's also a decent greek community. We also have a great undergraduate research program where students can work in labs and get experience in the field they're studying- it's pretty cool. Academically, things are pretty flexible. You're given a set of requirements but can choose to take classes whenever, so some classes will have students from all years.

2 College Junior

Weather: WTF Boston – The weather in Boston is ridiculous. It'll go from 40 degrees one day to 60 the next. Thankfully, most of the buildings are connected via a tunnel system so even on rainy/ snowy days it's easy to get to class without too much hassle. We rarely get snow days, which is tough.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I usually feel pretty safe on campus, at least on the west side of campus, where the most dorms are. There's a few sketchy areas but MIT police can be seen patrolling and are always willing to give a ride home. There are sometimes homeless people in the student center, but plans to increase security by restricting it to card access will make it safer. In general, I'm not afraid of walking around campus alone and at night.

5 College Senior

Diversity: As a white student! MIT is fantastic at making everyone feel equal (and equally unintelligent :-D) so that race, sexual orientation and everything else don't really matter. We have a fantastic LGBT support group and a thousand different ethnic organizations.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: OMG, Boston! If you've lived in Boston, you probably know how beautiful a giant river looks when it's frozen over. To those of you who don't, it is spectacular. The campus is great too. Lots of old, techie buildings, tunnels that go under all the buildings on campus, giant ridiculous-but-fun statues, and the Big Dome. The campus is also really safe with a fantastic (and really nice!) police force. There's a mall and Newbury Street a bus ride away, tons of food just off the campus grounds, and of course everything in Downtown Boston (China Town, The North End (Italian), Faneuil Hall, etc.).

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Sooooo Much Variety! Fantastic variety, but you are in Boston, so things are never "cheap." There are definitely really well priced restaurants in the area though! Especially Pour House's half priced burgers on Saturday evenings!

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4 College Junior

Facilities: MIT is a beautiful mixture of historical and modern aesthetics. With an enormous and top-of-the-line athletic center, MIT Z center has a beautiful pool and athletic facility. The student center is designed for the rigorous and long hours of a typical MIT student. Libraries are comfortable and convenient.

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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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