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What Makes MIT Admissions So Special?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (better known as MIT) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT was founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States; from the beginning, MIT stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. Over the years researchers have pioneered breakthroughs on computers, radar, and inertial guidance.  Traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, MIT has recently made a reputation for itself in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well.

MIT Quick Facts

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Year Founded: 1861

US News Ranking: 5

Application Deadline: January 1st

Must receive SAT/ACT scores by: January 1st

2017 regular decision acceptance rate: 7.2%

Total applications received (2017): 20,247

MIT is the only Ivy League school located in Massachusetts, making this state one of the most prestigious for academics.

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The first human cancer gene discovery took place at MIT.


A Pirate’s License can be granted to MIT students who complete pistol, archery, fencing and sailing classes. While the license existed for 20 years unofficially, it was made official in 2012.

While Marvel's fictional hero Tony Stark (also known as Iron Man) is said to have graduated from MIT “summa cum laude,” MIT does not have any class ranking for its students.

Prompts for MIT's 2017-18 Undergrad Supplemental Essays

  • We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. (100 words or fewer)

  • Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words or fewer)

  • At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (200-250 words)

  • Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (200-250 words)

  • Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (200-250 words)​

MIT's Programs Ranked

Economics Department: #1 (USNews)

Undergraduate Engineering: #1 (USNews)

Undergraduate Business: #2 (USNews)

Chemistry Department: #1 (USNews)

Economics Department: #1 (USNews)

Computer Science Department: #1 (USNews)

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