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MIT Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to MIT, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $75. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 20.

Considering Applying Early to MIT?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! MIT will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20. MIT accepts about 7% of early action applicants* and 7% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, MIT admitted 687 of the 9,39 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How To Get Into Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Getting into MIT is extremely difficult. MIT evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, MIT **accepted 7% of students, around 1,457 of the 20,075 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like MIT, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, MIT waitlisted 617 students. Of those, 559 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does MIT Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at MIT

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

MIT Application Requirements

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

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into MIT?

Out of all students that were admitted, 37% submitted a class rank. At MIT 100% 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%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 37%

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 2021, 77% of MIT's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 42% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for MIT?

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.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

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What's 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.

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 1.

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) creditsand 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?

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What is the early action acceptance rate at MIT?

The early action acceptance rate at MIT was 7% in 2021.

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MIT Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

7%

How hard is it to get into MIT? MIT is a selective institution. The MIT acceptance rate is 7%. This means that the institution accepts 7 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

34 - 36

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

36 and Above

Good

34 to 36

Avg

34 and Less

Low

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MIT SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

780 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

730 - 780

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MIT GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

11,254

Campus Setting

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Acceptance Rate

7%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$55,510

Out-of-State

$55,510

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