Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts


#1 National Colleges

6.7% Admission Rate
Most Selective

4,516 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1861, MIT has since played a key role in the development of modern technology and science, ranking it among the top academic institutions in the world.

Founded in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. The institute has an urban campus that extends more than a mile (1.6 km) alongside the Charles River, and encompasses a number of major off-campus facilities such as the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Bates Center, and the Haystack Observatory, as well as affiliated laboratories such as the Broad and Whitehead Institutes.

As of June 2021, 98 Nobel laureates, 26 Turing Award winners, and 8 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with MIT as alumni, faculty members, or researchers. In addition, 58 National Medal of Science recipients, 29 National Medals of Technology and Innovation recipients, 50 MacArthur Fellows, 80 Marshall Scholars, 41 astronauts, 16 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force, and numerous heads of states have been affiliated with MIT. The institute also has a strong entrepreneurial culture and MIT alumni have founded or co-founded many notable companies. MIT is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 38.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 32.5%
Physical Sciences 7.4%
Mathematics And Statistics 7.0%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 5.2%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3.5%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 1.7%
Architecture And Related Services 1.1%
Social Sciences 1.0%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.5%
English Language And Literature/Letters 0.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 0.4%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.2%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1547 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 800 790 780
Verbal 770 750 730

ACT Scores

35 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 36 35 34
English 36 36 35