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Cambridge, MA
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$42,050
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Very Hard
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Reviews 572 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is only parking available on the street, or in paid parking garages.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are five different dining halls at MIT, all of which serve different food. There are also several convenience stores (La Verdes and MacCon) and fast food places in the student center. Dining halls are expensive but the food there is very good and has a lot of variety.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat life at MIT is amazing. almost 60% of guys join one, and they have a really good sense of community. They are pretty much the entire social scene at MIT for freshmen/sophomore years, then people start going to bars.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: MIT is pretty relaxed about its students drinking. They have a good samaritan policy which means that if you call for an alcohol transport for one of your friends, you can't get in trouble for it, even if you were drinking too. They just want people to be safe and willing to call.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a very strong part of MIT culture, with 50% of undergraduate males across 27 fraternities. There are only 6 Sororities, but any girl who wants to be recruited can be. Rush is one of the most exciting parts of the year, and any given weekend has at least two or three parties going on. Many people have friends across multiple houses, and non-Greek and Greek relations are incredibly good; an example all other schools should live up to.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are multitudes of labs on campus, including an aeronautics lab with a wind tunnel, a nuclear research lab with a functional fission reactor, and a material science lab working with experimental liquid metal batteries just to name some of the research facilities; if you want to research it, it's here. Also, as a student athlete, I can say the athletic facilities are also state of the art with the new Zesiger fitness center being featured as one of the best/most comprehensive in the country. Their is on campus medical, post office, optical, and shopping, just to name a few services.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of great options that are only a short T ride away, especially in the North End.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: You really don't need a car on campus. Parking spaces are limited, and it's much more convenient to walk and take public transportation.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It seems like everyone warned me about the weather before I came here, but it hasn't been as bad as I expected. It's usually pretty pleasant, if a little on the cold side.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: MIT dining is the best food around. It's even better than the restaurants around campus AND there are tons of vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life at MIT is incredible. The fraternities and sororities are extremely involved on campus and in philanthropic activities. Greek Life is a way to get to know a bunch of cool people like you (whoever you are). MIT Greek Life is based on acceptance, love, and personal development.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: I actually thought the Boston weather would be worse than it was. It's cold, certainly, but not too cold. The sun is shining frequently enough (which basically counteracts the cold most of the time), and the morning chill is quite brisk and helps to wake you up. The wind-tunnel areas are fun, too.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: MIT has a good reputation for a reason: you really do learn very well from the classes. I've had only one semester so far, but all of my classes have been very interesting and well taught. Intro to Linguistics, for example, was possibly one of the best classes I've ever taken; we learned about everything from phonetics to syntax, and the professor was funny, accessible (he even stayed after class basically every day for quite some time to answer extra questions from several students), and very knowledgeable. And that's just my one Humanities/Arts/Social-Sciences class--there are also the technical classes, which you would expect MIT to be even better at (and it is indeed at least as good).

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: MIT Medical is great at being available to help. There are mental health services 24/7 and the medical building is open 5 days a week. MIT Police will even drive you to medical if you cannot get there on your own.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's really cold here. It's really humid when you arrive in the summer and impossible to not be sweaty but then it freezes around the middle of October and snows a lot.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from every walk of life here at MIT. I have met a students from at least fifteen different countries just in my graduating class. It is inspiring and amazing to know that these people come from different backgrounds and yet we will all go on to do something great (hopefully, if you can get the grades).

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It is extremely difficult to be successful here without the help of other students. Everyone may be smarter than you in one way but you might beat them in another subject. The professors are great and the available tutoring and support from fellow classmates is great as well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus Dining at MIT is pretty bad. There are four dining hall dorms, and if you live in these dorms you must be on a meal plan. The meal plans are overpriced and the food is just meh. My main complaint with the campus dining are the limited dining hours. Maseeh is the only dorm you can get lunch at, and it's only open for a few hours. Dining also closes really early, so it's not convenient at all. You really have to plan your schedule around the dining hours if you want to get your money's worth. However, the dorms that do not have dining halls have kitchens so you can cook for yourself. There is a huge cooking culture at MIT. Trader Joes and Star Market are within walking distance, but it is a bit of a hassle to carry all of your food back to campus. If you have money to spend, there are a lot of really awesome restaurants located right next to MIT. And foodtrucks. Yum. So if you're feeling lazy, ordering delivery is really easy and there is so much variety to chose from.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Easy to Drive Around, Decent Public Transit Access – MIT is right by Mass ave. and it has a few parking lots and garages. It also has a zipcar location so students could rent them.
There's also access to bus and T which is nice, though I should note that the T station is on the east side of campus and is away from most of the dorms.
MIT runs shuttles around campus, and they have daytime shuttles and "saferides" at night to Boston area.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: T and Saferide Rock – Still haven't been to an area with better public transit and MIT provides awesome buses that drive around the centers of social life and living.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Whether you're Greek at MIT or not, most likely you're affected by Greek life in someway or another. The Greeks at MIT are generally nice people, sociable yet smart. They aren't the Animal House Greeks, they're not backstabbers or jerks--they're people who enjoy helping the community and throwing great parties. MIT Greek parties are great. They compete with big state schools; the houses are multilevel party pads and the brothers are generally very hospitable and nice. Students flock from everywhere, including BU, Wellesley, BC, and Harvard--the last school which suffers from the "douchey" Greek scene. And MIT Greeks are pretty good looking too--I was surprised.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ok but Overpriced – The Campus food is plated well, it tastes okay, and it costs too much. Most people who are on the meal plan don't know how to cook, don't care about money, or had parents who don't know how to cook.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold and Rainy – Classes don't get canceled due to weather (unless very extreme), but Boston's weather is pretty cold and takes getting used to. I for one like it

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Around the World – i haven't yet been in an atmosphere more diverse than MIT campus. skin color matters the least of any issue i know of - more important are your creativity, hacking abilities, willingness to try new things, cooking, and psetting skills. because we have an online, anonymous connection site, people can jump to conclusions (online anonymity will do that) and judge based on 2 sentences that might come across different across the internet than in real life, but it's never about skin color. Sexual identity is the closest we get to a fundamental eye-to-eye disagreement, but that's rarely an issue.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: free shuttle gets you anywhere at fairly convenient times, and a shuttle goes into boston until 2am for late-night pizza, froyo, or early-night Greek life. taxis, solid subway system, and zipcars.

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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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