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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 Food: 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 Food: 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.

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

Technology: 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

Technology: 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 Area: 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.

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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 Area: 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

Campus Quality: 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

Campus Quality: 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

Technology: 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.

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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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