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Colleges / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate4%
Acceptance Rate4%

MIT Admissions

If you are applying to MIT, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 1 and the application fee is $75.

Students who apply to MIT for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 20.

MIT Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of MIT's admissions stats.

MIT 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 99%
Mean SAT Score 1538
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 70%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 34%
Waitlist Yes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 20
Regular Decision Yes January 15 March 20

Want to Apply Early to MIT?

MIT does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. MIT will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

MIT accepts approximately 5% of early action applicants and 4% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, MIT admitted 719 of the 15,36 who applied early action.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Massachusetts Institute of Technology Admissions

Transferring to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to MIT

MIT has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into MIT?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at MIT

Curious about the factors that are considered by MIT during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with MIT for more information on admission factors.

MIT Application Requirements

To apply to MIT, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with MIT's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into MIT?

MIT has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 28% submitted a class rank. At MIT 99% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to MIT directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

MIT considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

In 2022, 70% of MIT's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for MIT?

To be competitive with other MIT applicants, you should aim to earn between 1510 and 1570 (or higher!) on the SAT. At MIT 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1570 and 25% of scored lower than 1510, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a MIT student is 1538.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of MIT students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 730 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of MIT students scored 780 or higher, and 75% scored a 730 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for MIT?

To be most competitive at MIT, you should strive to earn between 34 and 36 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 36 means you fall in the 75th percentile for MIT's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 36, and three out of four students scored lower than 36 on the ACT.

A 34 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for MIT students. Only one out of every four students scored below 34.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to MIT.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 5.

Transfer students can enroll in MIT during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

MIT Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to MIT?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to MIT.

Does MIT accept transfer credits?

✅ MIT accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does MIT accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ MIT accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to MIT?

✅ MIT is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is MIT's acceptance rate?

✅ MIT has an acceptance rate of 4%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at MIT?

❌ MIT does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at MIT?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at MIT was 5% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About MIT?

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


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MIT Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into MIT? MIT is a selective institution. The MIT acceptance rate is 4%. This means that the institution accepts 4 out of every 100 applicants.


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

MIT ACT Scores


ACT Range

34 - 36

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

36 and Above


34 to 36


34 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to MIT is 35. Students with an ACT score of 36 and above have a good chance of getting into MIT. Students with an ACT score that falls between 34 and 36 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 34 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

MIT SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1510 - 1570


Math SAT Range

780 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 780

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1570 and Above


1510 to 1570


1510 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for MIT students is 1538. Applicants with SAT scores of 1570 and above have a good chance of being admitted to MIT, while applicants with SAT scores between 1510 to 1570 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1510 have a low chance of being offered a spot at MIT.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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