Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summary

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Basic Statistics

Cambridge, MA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
8 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Outstanding professors
  • Student-faculty research opportunities
  • Career and academic network prospects
  • The incredible student body

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • GIRs
  • Intense workload
  • Level of difficulty
  • Realizing that you might not be the smartest anymore

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

MIT Student Reviews

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus has many pros in terms of being closer to cheaper restaurants and places to shop, but many students stay on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Our campus is not very strict. They generally treat us like adults and allow us to decide what's best for us.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love studying biology at MIT. The workload is probably average for an MIT major, and there are so many amazing professors to learn from and do research with.

5 College Senior

Academics: The professors are amazing. You'll probably learn from Nobel laureates and future Nobel winners. A lot of professors will discuss a topic in class and casually mention, "I figured this out in my graduate research" or "my lab made this discovery." The curriculum is challenging but very interesting and doable. The workload is manageable and registration is easy.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I order food often and there are tons of restaurants nearby to order from. Many students use Grubhub to order froyo from Cafe 472 and places like Rice Bowl late at night.


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