The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 at the peak of industrialization in the United States. It has always worked closely with industry to solve problems whose solutions make a lasting difference. Undergraduates find the school has a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research. However, its humanities, social science, management and architecture programs are nothing to laugh at with some of the most accomplished faculty in the world. With an enviable record for meeting incoming student financial need, MIT is able to piece together a socioeconomically and culturally diverse student body year-in and year-out. With a focus on applying academic knowledge to public service, MIT encourages its students to work with the D-Lab, Poverty Action Lab, and Public Service Center to alleviate poverty and improve quality of life at home and abroad. Some students have characterized MIT’s coursework as ‘drinking from a fire hose’, yet the freshman retention rate is in line with other national research universities.
|Admissions Phone||617 253-3400|
|Codes||SAT: 3514 ACT: 1858 FAFSA: 002178 CSS Profile: 3514|
|Location||Cambridge, Massachusetts; Small city across the river from Boston|
|College Type||Private (nonprofit)|
|College Newspaper||The Tech|
|Enrollment||~4,000 undergraduate students|
|Popular Programs||Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Management|
|Student Life||Unique for its “Independent Activity Period” (IAP), MIT allows students to explore from hundreds of optional classes, demonstrations and lectures between Fall and Spring semesters. Students also ‘hack’ or pull off elaborate pranks like when they stole Caltech’s cannon or when they placed a Master Chief Spartan Helmet on John Harvard’s statue. MIT students partake in the 400 of so registered student organizations as well as in the variety of varsity sports played on campus. Many students are active in Greek Life.
Majors are known by Course Number (e.g. Course 2 = Mechanical Engineering or MechE; Course 6 = Electrical Engineering or EE; Course 8 = Physics; Course 18 = Math)
|International||~10% of undergrads; TOEFL: Required; SAT or ACT: Required; Financial Aid Available|
|Transfer||Yes, Fall and Spring; Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for spring semester entry|
|Crossover||Caltech, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton|
|Other||Most Selective (<10% admitted), Early Action|
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