MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

The great dome over MIT's Barker Engineering Library in Building 10.
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most selective schools in the country. MIT had an acceptance rate of just 8 percent in 2016. Students will need grades and test scores well above average to be considered for admission. Students need to submit an application, test scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and high school transcripts. While an interview is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

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MIT Admissions Data (2016):

  • MIT Acceptance Rate: 8 percent
  • MIT GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 700 / 790
    • SAT Math: 760 / 800
    • ACT Composite: 33 / 35
    • ACT English: 33 / 35
    • ACT Math: 34 / 36

MIT Description

Founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology usually ranks first among the country's top engineering schools. Although the institute is best known for engineering and science, MIT's Sloan School of Management ranks among the country's top business schools. With a campus stretching along the Charles River and overlooking the Boston skyline, MIT's location is as attractive as the quality of its academic programs. The Institute's strengths in research and instruction have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and membership in the Association of American Universities. On the social life front, MIT has an active system of fraternities, sororities, and other independent living groups. Athletics are also active: the institute fields 33 varsity sports (rowing is Division I) as well as many club and intramural sports. MIT's Simmons Hall is also ranked among the best college dorms out there. 

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 11,376 (4,524 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54 percent Male / 46 percent Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $48,452
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $14,210
  • Other Expenses: $1,816
  • Total Cost: $65,478

MIT Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 86 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 53 percent
    • Loans: 17 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $41,674
    • Loans: $7,556

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Rowing, Track, and Field, Fencing, Baseball, Water Polo, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Sailing, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Tennis, Swimming, Field Hockey, Fencing

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics