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Cambridge, MA
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$42,050
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Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A Place for Everybody and Everybody Always in Multiple Places – most students live on campus all four years for a reason. few have meal plans, so it's a lot of cooking on your own, and there are constantly study breaks, dorm awesomeness, dormwide hacking, and East Campus vs West Campus shenanigans. i can't imagine a more lively, more communal, more amazing place to spend 4 years of sleep (or lack thereof)

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: 5 wireless networks with access everywhere, amazing IT help, and half the students are computer experts anyway.

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1 College Junior

Parking: No One Really Has a Car – A car is not really necessary at MIT. The T, the main mode of transportation, is very convenient, whether in bus or subway form. There is a T subway stop right next to campus and the buses run through the middle of campus. You can cheaply and easily get to pretty much anywhere you would like to go in Cambridge or Boston via the T. There is some minimal parking on campus and the Greek houses, but it really is not necessary.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My existence at MIT has been almost constant stress. A relentless workload, grades that don't reflect the amount of effort I put into studying, and brutal weather for about 3/4 of the year. However, this environment also fosters the development of amazing friendships. MIT is like no other place in the world and you need to find a close group of friends, with diverse backgrounds, in order to make it through. We struggle together and help one another through the hard times, but also celebrate and have fun together.

Additionally, the professors at MIT, for the most part, truly care about their students and go out of the way to get to know them and assist them. Once you get into your major classes, the class sizes are small and become close-knit, not only with the other students, but also with the professors.

MIT Greek life is extremely different than any other Greek life I've experienced. Almost half the campus is Greek. But it is not full of drama but developing a support network to get through MIT.

The students at MIT feel free to let themselves shine. Although they are swamped with work, they still find time to devote hours to dancing, to varsity sports, to building roller coasters in front of their dorms, to helping their community, and to hacking. The students are incredibly well-rounded and, surprisingly, not very competitive. They tend to strive to be their personal bests instead of competing with others.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – MIT is one of the most diverse environments in which I have lived. Students from not only all over the US, but all over the world make up MIT's student body. MIT attracts the student who loves to learn and will truly strive to make a difference, and this type of student is not characterized by a typical race, religion, political view, etc.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Computer Use Improving – The computer use at MIT is greatly improving. There are computer labs and printers conveniently sprinkled throughout campus and also in the dorms. Sometimes they can get pretty crowded, but for the most part you can find an open spot. A new printing system was recently implemented by which you can send documents to print and then swipe your ID card at pretty much any printer on campus and have your document print there. Issues with running out of paper and ink used to plague printer use, but there have been great improvements recently.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: MIT is an amazing campus. While I've noticed while walking along the Charles River or down dorm row how architecturally outstanding the place is, it's the people that make it so wonderful. Also, Boston is full of exciting sites and attractions to visit - including Prudential, North End (Mike's Pastry!) and more.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe for a City – For being an urban campus I feel very safe at school. The campus is completely open yet dorms are need Ids to get into.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no freshman parking. Some living groups have there own parking but since the school is in Boston there is no convient free parking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We Are a Community – Here at MIT, people work very hard. There is always an intense sort of energy here that gets people going every morning to work their hardest. However, there are such wonderful spots to relax and take a break whether it is on campus or off-campus in Boston near the Boston Commons or even farther into Cambridge or by the Charles River. The MIT bubble can be intense and a bit intimidating, but everyone here is always welcoming and willing to help a fellow student out.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Contrary to Popular Belief, We Love Sports! MIT is one of the top-ranked schools for Division III sports! And we also have crew as a Division I sport and sailing as an internationally recognized sports program. Our sports teams are great and they provide a good balance with the academics here. We have team sports that range from Skiing to underwater hockey. And the facilities for sports are some of the newest at any campus. Most people partake in IM sports of some form and athletes have access to some of the best trainers and sports medicine staff around.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Unparalleled Flexibility in Academics – MIT truly believes that learning comes directly from the student. We have such flexibility that you can take up to 6 years to finish a degree, you can take a gap year, or you can even take years off in between to pursue a startup career or train for sports teams. Also, the academic programs are amazing. You have complete flexibility when to take classes and you can either do your lectures online or go to the lecture hall to listen to the professors. Every professor and teacher's assistant have office hours and there are tutoring services everywhere. MIT is a great place to explore your independence while still getting a stellar education.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Overwhelmed With Awesomeness – MIT is sandwiched between the Charles River and Harvard University in Cambridge which buttresses right along Boston. Essentially, all you have to do to go into Boston to eat at a fancy restaurant, go shopping, watch a play or performance, or go see a Red Sox game is cross the Harvard Bridge which is only about a 5 minute walk across from the dorms. There are always a multitude of activities on campus like making ice cream from liquid nitrogen and study breaks that range from "laughing yoga" to ultimate frisbee. Our sports center is only 3 years old and one of the largest facilities for any university. And our auditoriums have hosted multiples of famous guests and speakers.

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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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Sun Kim
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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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