MIT Undergraduate Program Admissions

MIT Undergraduate Program Admissions

MIT History in brief

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, founded in 1861, is a vast 168-acre campus and one of the most sought after universities by students across the world. The college has the reputation of being ranked first by most of the international and national university rankings, year after year for a very long time. The university also is lauded for having produced several Nobel Laureates, Scholars (Marshall, Rhodes), National Medal of Science recipients, Astronauts, Turing Award winners, Chief Scientists of the American Air Force, Field Medalists. If that was not enough, the total revenues of companies founded by MIT alumni amount to are almost equal to that of the eleventh-largest economy in the world (according to the wiki). It’s not at all surprising that such a university also is regarded high on its research capabilities. In over 150 years of its existence, it has created sufficient history and successes that one can be inspired by for a life time.

MIT History Timeline

We shall presently focus on the Undergraduate program at MIT, tens of thousands of students across the world apply to year after year.

MIT Admissions Statistics

We shall have a look at some key statistics first. The college on an average admits about 8-10 % of the applicants every year with few transfer students. The college offers 44 undergraduate courses/degrees across its 5 schools. The students completing their undergraduate courses are awarded SB (Bachelor of Science degrees). The School of Engineering consistently is a popular division with more than half of the students in the university’s 19-degree programs. Again, the largest undergraduate degree programs, in the recent past have been in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics.

MIT admission statistics

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MIT Deadlines & Requirements:

Early Action:

Deadline Application Component
October 20 Interview Scheduling Deadline
November 01 Part 1: Biographical Form
November 01 Part 2: Essays, Activities, and Academics
November 01 Evaluation A: Math or Science teacher
November 01 Evaluation B: Humanities, Social Sciences or Language teacher
November 01 Secondary School Report(SSR), including high school transcript
November testing date Standardized tests: SAT, ACT or TOEFL; and 2 SAT Subject Tests
February 15 February Updates & Notes Form(including midyear grades)

 

Regular Action:

Deadline Application Component
December 10 Interview Scheduling Deadline
January 01 Part 1: Biographical Form
January 01 Part 2: Essays, Activities, and Academics
January 01 Evaluation A: Math or Science teacher
January 01 Evaluation B: Humanities, Social Sciences or Language teacher
January 01 Secondary School Report(SSR), including high school transcript
December testing date Standardized tests: SAT, ACT or TOEFL; and 2 SAT Subject Tests
February 15 February Updates & Notes Form(including midyear grades)

The admissions process is mostly completed online at my.mit.edu. The college suggests students create a MyMIT account even if they are far away from the college applications so that the students are updated on the deadlines and other happenings.
All the materials that can be scanned are scanned and uploaded. Materials that cannot be scanned but are relevant and add value to the application can be mailed to MIT Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center, P.O. Box 404, Randolph, MA 02368. Deliveries that cannot be sent to PO address may be sent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of
Undergraduate Admissions, Room 10-100, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Importantly, all students who would like to apply for financial aid should submit materials by February 15.

You can find a lot of articles on MIT admissions on MIT admissions blog. For more information watch the below video:

 

Other Dates & Deadlines

Early Action Applicants Admissions decision by Mid-December
Regular Action Applicants Admissions decision by Mid-March
Last date for enrollment decision May 1st

 

Requirements

For native English speakers, SAT or the ACT (with no preference between them) is required. In addition, two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m) are required.

For non-native English Speakers, either the SAT/ACT or the TOEFL and two SAT Subject Tests as described above are required.
The MIT doesn’t require the ACT writing section or the SAT essay. However, MIT does value writing and communication highly.

Superscoring (highest score achieved in each section are taken into account) is accepted/followed at MIT.

Though there are no cut-offs as such for the SAT/ACT, the university does have minimum requirements in the TOEFL exam:

IBT: 90 minimum; 100 recommended

PBT: 577 minimum; 600 recommended

Serious applicants may find visiting http://mitadmissions.org/apply/freshman/interview and http://mitadmissions.org/apply/process/stats useful to get the latest information about undergraduate admissions to MIT.

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