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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861, is a private institution, and, like all great institutions of higher education, it is grounded in the past, interacts with the present and aspires to influence the future. The school applies its talents to problems posed by society, industry, commerce, arts, healing and politics. It has defined new forms of research, scholarship and education. MIT students, faculty and staff are deeply engaged in the process of learning in the classroom, in the laboratory and from each other. There is an exhilarating sense of being at the cutting edge. MIT is intense and demanding, yet the atmosphere is collegial. Its students are an important part of one of the world's great institutions of learning and exploration. MIT, with technology and natural science at its core, and encompassing the work of humanistic scholars, social scientists, architects, planners, management experts and artists, plays a major role in the establishment of a new world security, in which all nations are united by the need for a safe and healthy environment. The school shows us how to mend our nation's social and racial rifts, provides a model for all of us to enhance industrial quality, productivity and especially knowledge. MIT students join a community of scholars and practitioners whose work is challenging, energizing and of enormous importance to this new world security. The quality, style and content of its educational programs will prepare students for a wide variety of leadership positions in industry, academia and public service, leadership essential to a vital future in an increasingly technological and interdependent world. Its 155-acre campus is located in Cambridge.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students4,527
   Women2,082 (46.0%)
   Men2,445 (54.0%)
Graduate Students6,804


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate8% of 18,306 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math770 average
750-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading723 average
680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing728 average
690-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite34 average
33-35 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$65,478
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$42,175
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar System4-1-4
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 39% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 11% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Cambridge Population107,289
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBoston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 94% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
Sororities36% of women participate
Fraternities 48% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
27.7% Asian
6.3% Black/African-American
16.9% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
40.5% White
1.9% Unknown
International Students9.6% from 96 countries
First-Year Students Returning98.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.84 4.32 723 715 32
Low 2.69 2.75 480 590 17
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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• MIT hosts the BioInnovations forum, where industry, academic and government leaders discuss innovations in science, policy and commerce.

• The MIT Radio Society sponsors a Swapfest on the third Sunday of each month to buy, sell and swap amateur radio, electronic and computer equipment. Hams and nonhams alike are welcome.

• Podcasts from MIT cover engaging research projects, like Kismet the sociable robot.

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