Massachusetts Institute of Technology Profile

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861, is a private institution, and, like all great institutions of higher education, it is grounded in the past, interacts with the present and aspires to influence the future. The school applies its talents to problems posed by society, industry, commerce, arts, healing and politics. It has defined new forms of research, scholarship and education. MIT students, faculty and staff are deeply engaged in the process of learning in the classroom, in the laboratory and from each other. There is an exhilarating sense of being at the cutting edge. MIT is intense and demanding, yet the atmosphere is collegial. Its students are an important part of one of the world’s great institutions of learning and exploration. MIT, with technology and natural science at its core, and encompassing the work of humanistic scholars, social scientists, architects, planners, management experts and artists, plays a major role in the establishment of a new world security, in which all nations are united by the need for a safe and healthy environment. The school shows us how to mend our nation’s social and racial rifts, provides a model for all of us to enhance industrial quality, productivity and especially knowledge. MIT students join a community of scholars and practitioners whose work is challenging, energizing and of enormous importance to this new world security. The quality, style and content of its educational programs will prepare students for a wide variety of leadership positions in industry, academia and public service, leadership essential to a vital future in an increasingly technological and interdependent world. Its 155-acre campus is located in Cambridge.

Entrance Difficulty: Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate:  11% of 15,663 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: Yes
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: January 1
Factors Considered for Selection of Students
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Considered
Extracurricular Activities: Important
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA: Not reported
SAT Math: 755 average 720-800 range of middle: 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 700 average 650-760 range of middle: 50%
SAT Writing: 702 average 660-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 33 average 32-35 range of middle 50%

Cost of Attendance: $53,304
Tuition and Fees: $39,212
Room and Board: $11,234
Average Percent of Need Met: 100%
Average Freshman Award: $35,919
Average Indebtedness of 2009 Graduates: $15,043

Academic Calendar System: 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,326
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 39% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 9% of classes
50-59 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Financial Aid Office Contacts
Web Site:  Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process
Application Deadline: February 1
Award Notification: On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding: Institutional Aid Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002178: Free

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