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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Overview

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The location of MIT is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Massachusetts Institute of Technology Known For?

1,333 Undergraduate Awards
$44,027 Avg Cost After Aid
7% Acceptance Rate
  • MIT has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 3 to 1.
  • Students at MIT have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at MIT is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 99% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from MIT with a bachelor's degree make about $104,700 a year. That's 157% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average MIT student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Rankings

We have ranked MIT as #2 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! MIT also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

MIT has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at MIT.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Architecture & Related Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Urban & Regional Planning Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Applied Mathematics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards MIT has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#2 Best Schools Grad Degree
#2 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Engineering College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

Location of Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact details for MIT are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-1000
Website: web.mit.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MITnews
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mit

How Do I Get Into MIT?

You can apply to MIT online at: my.mit.edu/

Admission Requirements for MIT

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into MIT?

7% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
72% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 7%, MIT is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 5%, and the acceptance rate for women is 11%.

Average Test Scores

About 72% of students accepted to MIT submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 770. Math scores were between 770 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 720 to 770 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 770 to 800 )
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800
MIT received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 36. Math scores were between 34 and 36. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 34 to 36 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 34 to 36 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 33 to 35 )
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36

Can I Afford Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

$44,027 Net Price
11% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MIT is $44,027. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MIT, approximately 11% of students took out student loans averaging $8,754 a year. That adds up to $35,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MIT is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,501 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,530 undergraduate students at MIT, with 4,501 being full-time and 29 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MIT

There are also 6,990 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,501 full-time undergraduates at MIT, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MIT

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MIT Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,330
Black or African American 279
Hispanic or Latino 693
White 1,293
International Students 472
Other Races/Ethnicities 434

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 134 countries are represented at MIT. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

39 Took All Classes Online
40 Took At Least One Class Online
759.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 40 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MIT has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of MIT

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was 759.1%. This is the #111 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MIT regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 408 242 39 689
General Business/Commerce 14 653 16 683
Mechanical Engineering 185 122 60 367
Systems Engineering 0 189 7 196
Electrical Engineering 51 88 38 177
Chemical Engineering 51 38 50 139
Mathematics 111 2 25 138
Physics 86 2 49 137
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 48 59 25 132
Applied Mathematics 12 110 0 122
Urban & Regional Planning 9 81 12 102
Biomedical Engineering 46 2 49 97
Materials Engineering 39 8 35 82
General Biology 34 0 38 72
Civil Engineering 9 47 16 72
Chemistry 17 2 49 68
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 40 13 53
Economics 26 1 25 52
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 47 3 50
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 15 30 0 45
Nuclear Engineering 12 14 14 40
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 25 5 9 39
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 22 1 12 35
Mathematics & Computer Science 35 0 0 35
Environmental Engineering 9 3 15 27
Geological & Earth Sciences 5 3 17 25
Real Estate Development 0 22 0 22
Operations Research 0 5 16 21
General Architecture 5 11 3 19
Computer Information Systems 0 6 13 19
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 6 1 10 17
Cognitive Science 11 0 5 16
Communication & Media Studies 7 7 0 14
Philosophy 8 0 6 14
Political Science & Government 1 0 8 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 0 8
Journalism 0 7 0 7
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 1 6 7
General English Literature 6 0 0 6
Writing Studies 5 0 0 5
Science, Technology & Society 1 0 4 5
Music 5 0 0 5
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 1
Anthropology 1 0 0 1
History 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,333 1,850 687 3,870

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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