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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 25- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Updated: Jul 23, 2023


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT is known for its commitment to educational innovation and its dedication to advancing knowledge in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs across five schools: architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts, and social sciences, management, and science. MIT also provides free online courses through MITx, its online learning platform, as part of its commitment to improving education worldwide


Famous alumni include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, UN General Secretary Kofi Annan and Katharine McCormick (someone we should know about but probably don’t.)


Near the top of most rankings lists, they don’t need to advertise and have no shortage of applicants. This goes in the ‘Dream School’ category. Many applicants with perfect SAT and 4.0+ and hundreds of hours of community service and can play four instruments and speak six languages don’t get in. That is why it is important to apply to a range of schools so you’re sure to have options.


Here are some unique things about the university:

  • STEM focus: MIT is known for its excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The university's curriculum combines rigorous academics with a learning-by-doing approach.

  • Research opportunities: MIT is a top-tier research university, with a focus on science, engineering, and technology. Students have access to research opportunities and can work alongside world-renowned faculty members.

  • Innovation: MIT is known for its innovation and entrepreneurship, with many successful startups being founded by MIT alumni. The university provides students with opportunities to connect with industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the Boston area.

  • Career opportunities: MIT has a wealth of career opportunities and networking possibilities available to students. The institute offers a variety of internships, co-op programs, and job placements that can help jumpstart a career in their chosen field.

  • Alumni network: MIT has a supportive and extensive alumni network, consisting of graduates who have made significant contributions to various fields and industries. As an MIT student, you will have access to this powerful network, providing you with connections to accomplished individuals who can offer guidance, mentorship, and support throughout your academic and professional journey.

  • Location: MIT is located in the Boston area, which is known for its technology, innovation, and cultural diversity. The university's location provides students with many opportunities to connect with industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • Community: MIT has a diverse and vibrant community of approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students, representing diverse backgrounds and cultures from around the world. The university is known for its supportive and collaborative community, where students can explore and develop their passions outside of the classroom.

  • Unconventional creativity: MIT students are known for their unconventional creativity, with many students creating wooden roller coasters, augmented reality murals, and automatic boba machines in their free time. The university is unconventional in the little things, such as lack of final exams for many classes, Independent Activities Period, and clothing-optional dorm floors.

  • Faculty: MIT has a long list of faculty who are renowned in their fields of study, meaning students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the world’s foremost experts.

  • Hacking culture: MIT is known for its hacking culture, where students engage in elaborate but harmless practical jokes.

For the class of 2027, MIT accepted 1,291 students out of 26,914 applicants. The average SAT score was between 1500-1570 and the average ACT score was 35.


Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://mitadmissions.org/apply/ Go Engineers!

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M.I.T. Alum? Any insight into your experiences would be amazing. At Next Level College Application we do not have an agenda other than helping our clients find the schools that are the best fit for them.



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