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Get Into MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ranked #7 in US News and World Report rankings of National Universities. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,528 students who study on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Students at MIT have General Institute Requirements which means they base their studies on core subjects in science, math, humanities, arts, and social sciences. They major in the physical or biological sciences, management science, architecture, urban studies and planning, engineering, etc. By their third and fourth years, students are focused on their departmental programs having completed their core requirements.

One of the most exciting opportunities for a MIT undergraduate is the many research opportunities. In fact, there is a program called: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

MIT offers an early action option for admissions. This is non-binding, but allows the admissions office to give applications a closer read in early November. Early Action is limited to US citizens and permanent residents; international citizens may only apply during Regular Action.

MIT Early Action isn’t single-choice which means you can apply to an Early Decision school which is binding, but if you get into both MIT and the Early Decision school you would have to decline MIT.

MIT is transparent with their admissions data and shares their information from the Common Data Set. Typically they accept more public school students than private school students, more males than females, and their acceptance rate is typically 7-8%. Very few students get off the wait list – that’s because so many students accept MIT when they are accepted. Typically they take 20-30 students from the list. Typically they take about 9% international students representing 53 countries. Yes, it’s a tough admit for anyone, but even tougher for an international candidate. 30% of accepted students last year were Asian American, 1% were Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islanders.

MIT is VERY specific with recommendations. They require two letters of recommendation from teachers. One recommendation should be from a math or science teacher and one should be from a humanities, social science or language teacher. This is not the case for most colleges so take note.

Interviews are also a bit different at MIT. YOU will need to contact an alumni interviewer in your neck of the woods, AND you will have to do it early. If you are applying in the Early Action round you contact, via the MyMIT link, an appropriate interviewer by October 20th and by December 10th for regular. So, well before the application is due. Don’t mess this up as last year MIT only admitted 1% of students who chose not to interview.

You must take the ACT with Writing or the SAT. You must take a Math Subject Test (Math II as they really don’t count Math I) and a Science Subject Test – Biology, Chemistry or Physics. In our experience and backed up by the Common Data Set, your scores need to be, SAT:760-800 SAT, Math Subject Test: 770-800, Science Subject Test: 740-800.

Admissions Wrap Up for the Class of 2021

MIT admitted 1,438 students from an application pool of 20,247, an acceptance rate of 7.1%. They were from 50 states and 67 countries. 657 of these students were in the early action round – 46% of the class. So, you can see that almost half the class is filled up in early, making regular decision even more difficult. More than one-third of admits have won national or international academic distinctions, 25% identify as an underrepresented minority, and 18% will be the first generation in their family to attend college, up from 17% last year. In 2014, MIT Admissions introduced a new portfolio supplement as an optional part of the application. In addition to the music and art supplements, which are also optional, the application now provides a structured way for students to submit information on hands-on projects, such as coding a new computer program, rebuilding a car, or designing an entire costume for a play or performance. The maker portfolio is a description of a project completed outside of school, internships, work, or extracurricular activities. In addition to answering questions about the project, students may upload up to four images or a one- to three-minute video.

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