77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Accrediting Agency:New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Founded in 1861, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the nation and the world. In the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list, MIT ranked as No. 5 in the nation. Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad, ranked MIT the No. 3 best university worldwide. The same organization ranked MIT’s engineering program No. 1 in the world. Located in Cambridge, Mass., the university is just across the Charles River from downtown Boston. Enrollment stands at more than 4,000 undergraduates and 6,500 graduate students. The school primarily educates students in disciplines related to science and technology. It also offers more than 450 student groups, ranging from ethnic and cultural associations to activism groups and media organizations. Approximately 40% of the student body studies, volunteers, or interns abroad during their time at MIT.
MIT offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through seven schools. Fields of study include architecture, management, science, humanities, arts, and social sciences. MIT also offers interdisciplinary programs, such as the Media Arts and Sciences Freshman Program, which exposes students to the intersection of technology, communication, and expression. MIT offers 32 undergraduate majors, the most popular of which are engineering, computer science, and the biological and biomedical sciences. Among its graduate schools are the highly ranked School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, in addition to strong programs in economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and mathematics.
MIT also makes a portion of course materials available on the web for other instructors and motivated self-learners. The initiative, MIT OpenCourseWare, makes these materials available free of charge to any user, anywhere.
MIT is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It has been accredited by this agency since 1929.
MIT’s early action deadline is November 1, and the regular action deadline is January 1. Applicants must submit an application, letters of recommendation, official transcript(s), and test scores, along with the non-refundable application fee. Interviews are also strongly recommended. MIT’s regular acceptance rate is 10.1%, and its early acceptance rate is 10.4%.
MIT’s application consists of two components. The first part requests biographical information and the second requests essays, academic information, and information on extracurricular activities. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted. The first letter should come from a teacher in the math or science field, while the second should come from a teacher who teaches the humanities, arts, or social sciences. Supplemental evaluations are also welcome. MIT requires that students submit test scores from the ACT plus writing section, SAT, or TOEFL. Students must submit scores from two SAT II Subject Tests, in math and science. For math, students may take either Math Level I or Math Level II. In science, students must take subject tests in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Transfer applicants must submit three recommendations. One must come from a math and science teacher, but the remaining two may come from any college instructors. Transfer students must also submit all college transcripts.