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About MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT was founded in 1861 and now enrolls around 11,254 students a year, including 4,361 undergrads.

MIT's endowment was valued at $18.382 billion in 2021. For each full-time student, MIT spends about $81,731. There are 3 MIT undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 MIT Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 7%
Tuition $55,510

2022 MIT Regular Decision Application Deadline

January 20 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from MIT by March 20.

Early Admission at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to MIT is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
MIT admits 7% of students that apply early action.

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MIT Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into MIT. MIT admitted 7% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 20,075 applications received in 2021, 1,457 students were offered admission.

MIT Waitlist

In 2021, 617 applicants were waitlisted.

How Do I Get Into Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

MIT is considered extremely difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to MIT, applicants must submit the following items.

MIT Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

MIT Average GPA and Test Scores

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to MIT.

Is MIT Test Optional?

MIT does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 77% submitted the SAT. 42% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at MIT

Yes! MIT provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at MIT.

Financial Aid at MIT

MIT meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend MIT full-time are awarded $54,052 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is MIT a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at MIT

About 98% of students who start at MIT come back the next year. Out of the 1,043 students who started at MIT as first-time freshman, 901 graduate within four years.

MIT's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 96%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 51% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $22,735 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does MIT sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is MIT a good school for you?

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Where is MIT?

MIT is located in the urban setting of Cambridge, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see MIT for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 93 to Cambridge, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what MIT and Cambridge are like without leaving home.

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College Info

77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Campus Setting: Urban

MIT Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to MIT is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to MIT is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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MIT ACT Scores


ACT Range

34 - 36

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MIT SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

780 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 780

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MIT Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at MIT is like? There are approximately 11,254 students enrolled at MIT, including 4,361 undergraduate students and 6,893 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time.


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