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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe walking alone at night on campus (I'm a petite female). I try to avoid doing do as often as possible, but there's usually nothing too crazy going on. If I can, I'll walk in a group or take the Safe Ride back home.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: It's there, but I'm not a part of it so it doesn't affect my life that much.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: The Boston/Cambridge area is an awesome place to go to college because there's always something to do nearby. It can be within walking distance or a few stops on the T. There are museums, malls, restaurants, you name it, it's most likely there.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: For my major, MIT is the best right now

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People are still prone to danger

5 College Freshman

Majors: Internships are easy to come by here. Having "MIT student" on an internship application helps tremendously because of both the excellent alumni network and the reputation that comes with the school.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is the best because it is an incredibly laid back culture where anyone can find the right fraternity or sorority, or none at all, if that suits them. Greek non-Greek relations are excellent because of this laid back culture. Everyone is generally very accepting and the Fraternities tend to throw some of the best parties in the greater Boston area.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: MIT operates on a residential housing system, and because of this each dorm has it's own culture that, for the most part, remains the same over the years. Because of this, it is easy to find the dorm you want to live in and the lottery is generally very fair in giving you one of your top three choices.

5 College Freshman

Administration: As soon as you are a student here you are treated as an adult. This allows a ton of freedom, and the GRT's (MIT's version of RA's) are generally very laid back and are not looking to get you in trouble in any way. There is also a good neighbor policy transport system where you can call an alcohol transport if you fear for you or your friends safety and you will not get in any trouble (though you will most likely have to attend and alcohol edu class or something of the sort. On the other hand because you are treated like an adult you are expected to act like one for the most part, and multiple offenses can result in serious trouble.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Last I heard, more than have of the guys at MIT are in a frat. Most frat houses are in Boston. Sororities are not nearly as big. Non-Greeks and Greeks don't treat each other differently, but I can't help silently judging some of the party-hard Greeks.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I guess a lot of people enjoy it, but I completely avoid the party scene. Too many stories about frat guys trying to get girls drunk to hook up with them. From what I hear, though, MIT parties are popular and attract students from schools beyond MIT.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus though not in Cambridge. Still, there are some parts of campus I avoid at night (the eastern side).

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I wish MIT had more school spirit when it came to varsity sports! A lot of people participate in sports, but not many students attend the games. I think the fitness center on campus is great though. It's awesome that we have an ice rink in the winter.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and not very convenient, unless you live in an off-campus sorority or fraternity. In the summer, I looked for an apartment off-campus, but the dorms MIT kept open for summer living were just more convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's easy to get wrapped up in your own world on campus, and Cambridge sometimes feels a little sketchy. But if you take the time to venture into Boston, there's a ton to do. A lot of fraternities are located in Boston, and I'm jealous that the brothers get to have so much culture and life around them!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a small pizza place about a block from campus that's open until 4am. Great for those late nights studying.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Though student policies are in place (eg. no drinking in dorm common areas), nobody intrudes to ensure the policies are being followed. There is a general belief that students can make responsible decisions.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of extremely good-looking people here, which actually surprised me.

6 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very few people go to varsity games. Many of friends did not even know MIT had a football team.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: They seem to crack down at random tim

5 College Junior

Majors: Getting into a specific program is as easy as choosing that program once you're accepted into the institute.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic facilities are quite wonderful and there's clubs for basically every kind of athletic activity.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The requirements and procedures are very clearly laid out and explained.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: With Boston just a bridge away, there's countless activities to do all the time. It's more of a challenge of deciding which ones to do when!

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Basically all the Greek groups have their own houses, and there's a ton of different ones so you get your pick in style and culture. Some lean more toward the hardcore parties and some are a lot tamer.

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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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