Massachusetts Institute of Technology, known as MIT, is a leading research institution as well as a world class school. It is widely regarded as the best school in the world when it comes to engineering and computer science. Located in the Charles Rivers Basin on the Cambridge side, the first students were admitted in 1865. The school’s founder, William Barton Rogers, wanted to establish an institution that combined teaching and research. Those themes are still used today at MIT.
The student body at MIT includes 4,153 undergraduate students and 6,146 graduate students. They are taught by a faculty that numbers 1,009.
Degree Programs & Specializations
• School of Architecture and Planning
• School of Engineering
• School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
• Sloan School of Management
• School of Science
• Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology
• MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Applied Ocean Science and Engineering
Students working toward a Bachelor of Science degree must complete courses in science, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Communications courses must also be completed to receive this designation.
Getting Admitted to MIT
If you want to get admitted to MIT, you will need to demonstrate academic competence as well as outstanding achievements and interests. The applicant’s personal qualifications are also considered. Just under 12 percent of applicants are admitted.
It is recommended that all applicants schedule an interview with an MIT alumnus. The institution wants to get to know the prospective students through something more than facts on a page. This is not required, but may help to get you admitted to the school.
To be considered for Early Decision, your application must be postmarked by November 1. You will receive a decision about your application by mid-December. The Regular Application deadline is January 1, and decisions are mailed out in mid-to-late March. All students have until May 1 to advise MIT whether they will be attending.
Tuition and fees to attend MIT will cost $36,390 for undergraduates. Room and board will cost an additional $10,860 per year. You will also need to add $2,850 for books and personal expenses.
For graduate students, it works a little differently, since they are attending MIT for a calendar year instead of the usual school year. Plan to pay $36,390 for the standard school year and add $12,045 for the summer term.
Sports at MIT
All undergraduate students at MIT are required to take Physical Education as part of the curriculum. MIT offers a large number of varsity teams (41 in total) and competes against Division III Colleges in New England. The school has 20 intramural programs, with 680 teams participating. Thirty clubs are operating at MIT as well.
MIT Open Courseware has materials from almost all courses offered at MIT available online at no charge. You can view the materials online or download them to view later. No registration is required to access the materials, but you cannot receive credit for having taken the course in this way.
MIT consistently ranks in the top 10 universities in the world. It is also almost always the number 1 school for engineering and computer science. Reviews of MIT are almost universally positive. You can see some online reviews here: