Campus Strictness

Cambridge, MA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: MIT trusts the students to know what's best. Changing slightly in recent years.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus is not strict at all. If they catch you hacking it'll be bad but not that bad.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school respects the students privacy but also tries to ensure their safety.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very lenient. The administration lets us do what we want, as long as we are safe about it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Most dorms at MIT assume you're adults and that you can conduct yourself. However, visitors must sign in and, if not on guest list, get picked up by their host.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 293rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 302nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 719th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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Any discussion of campus strictness at MIT has to include the fact that a freshman died in an alcohol-related incidentmore than 10 years ago. In the wake of this event, the MIT administration has made many changes in policies regarding freshmen, housing, and alcohol. As a result, penalties and punishments for alcohol- and drug-related infractions can be harsh. But the MIT administration generally doesn’t punish individuals; in general, the school will try to punish the living group where the student was drinking or taking the drugs. Punishments can be anything from prohibiting alcohol at the house to losing the actual housing license. Therefore, living groups, especially fraternities, tend to be as careful as possible.

These punishments only apply if you get caught, and most individuals are not. As for parties, campus police are most likely to respond to complaints about noise. (Parties are required to end at 1 a.m. in Cambridge.) The campus police can be strict or not, depending on the living group. If you’re an underage student consuming alcohol, just avoid the CPs, and you’ll be left alone. Definitely be cautious at parties, though, and practice common sense at all times.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud (noise violations)
  • Various alcohol-related offenses

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 42% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 58% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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