The Ivy Coach Daily

May 12, 2024

How to Get Into MIT

Students walk on MIT’s campus on a sunny day.

Most people know that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the foremost university in the world for the study of STEM disciplines, but some may be surprised to learn that the university’s admissions cycle is just as competitive as the most elite Ivies. In the 2024 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges ranking, MIT comes in at #2, surpassing Harvard and Yale, and just shy of Princeton. As the institution behind many of the world’s biggest advances in scientific knowledge, MIT draws the brightest, most ambitious minds to its Cambridge campus each fall.

What Is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

MIT is located in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. The school’s 2022-23 Common Data Set indicates that 4,601 full-time undergraduates call campus home, which breaks down into 2,378 men and 2,223 women. The Class of 2027 represents 49 states and 59 countries, and the most popular names in the class are Daniel and Katherine. 

MIT Admissions Requirements

While there is no minimum GPA requirement to be admitted, many students with near-perfect grades and test scores still find themselves with rejection letters each year. Still, the most competitive applicants have consistently challenged themselves for all four years of high school with the most difficult coursework available to them.

MIT GPA Requirements

MIT admission officers employ a “holistic and student centered” approach to evaluate candidates. GPA is just one of many criteria used to gauge how well a candidate has taken advantage of the opportunities available to them, but it certainly is one of the more important criteria, as MIT’s admissions office notes that “competitive applicants generally have a GPA of 3.5 or above, and mostly A’s in mathematics and science courses.”

Does MIT Look at Class Rank?

According to the 2022-23 Common Data Set, of the 29% of enrollees in the Class of 2027 who submitted class rank, 97% were in the top tenth of their graduating class, and 100% were in the top quarter.

This does not necessarily mean that MIT will only accept students with a stellar academic record, but admitted students who had shortcomings in their transcripts supplemented their applications with strong performances in other aspects, such as essays.

Stanford MIT Score Requirements

MIT requires applicants to submit either the SAT or the ACT.

Amongst members of the MIT Class of 2027, 78% submitted SAT scores and 32% submitted ACT scores. 

SATACT
Median1,55035
Mid 50% Range1,520 — 1,57035 — 36

Does MIT Superscore Students’ SAT or ACT scores?

superscore combines the highest section scores from each individual test sitting for admissions evaluation. MIT does superscore, asking applicants to submit all results from each test sitting, while only considering the highest scores achieved in each section. 

However, submitting multiple test administrations shows MIT that you had to work harder than many to achieve your scores (that’s not a good thing!). Students should submit more than one score report only for the purposes of superscoring.

What High School Courses Does MIT Require?

The MIT undergraduate curriculum requires a rigorous selection of coursework in calculus and calculus-based physics. As such, MIT’s admissions office recommends that all applicants complete the following high school curriculum, which places special emphasis on calculus:

We at Ivy Coach would not recommend MIT-aspiring high school students to only take two years of social science or foreign language. At any highly selective college, including MIT, admissions officers prize students who excel in core subjects for all four years of high school (and in the case of foreign language study, five years).

For those students who are unable to access calculus courses through their high school, MIT lays out a variety of alternatives that they recommend, such as dual-enrolling in local college courses, enrolling at virtual high school programs, taking online certification courses, and sitting for AP Calculus exams. 

What Extracurriculars Does MIT Look For in Applicants?

MIT allows applicants to list only four extracurricular activities on their application (though there’s a work experiences section, too). This quality over quantity approach stresses deep involvement and passion—not well-roundedness. At Ivy Coach, we understand that all highly selective colleges seek students who pursue their “thing” to the greatest extent possible.

At MIT, this “thing” usually takes the form of some kind of research, invention, revolutionary idea, or niche interest. They want to admit the next generation of Einsteins, Hawkings, and Curies, students who have taken their passions as far as they will go!

MIT Application Requirements

MIT applicants must complete their applications through the MIT application portalnot The Common Application. The application consists of a series of short and long essay questions, a self-reported coursework form, two high school teacher recommendations, and a secondary school report that includes a counselor recommendation.

Let’s focus on each individual component and discuss how students should complete them to give them the best shot of admission.

Who to Ask For Letters of Recommendation

Applicants to MIT should ask two teachers — ideally two junior year teachers — in addition to their school counselor for letters of recommendation. One of the teacher recommendations must come from a math or science teacher, and the other from one of the remaining core subjects.

Does MIT Require an Alumni Interview?

MIT conducts alumni interviews with applicants “whenever possible.” Many students stress over the unpredictability of an interview, but across all highly selective colleges, the interview component of any given application is one of the least important aspects. Don’t overthink it! MIT puts it best: “as is true for all parts of our application process, just be yourself!”

What are MIT’s Supplemental Essay Topics?

Essays, on the other hand, are one of the most important aspects of a competitive college application. MIT applicants have to complete the following essay questions:

“For the 2023–2024 application, we’re asking these short answer essay questions:

When are MIT’s application deadlines?

MIT’s two admissions rounds are Early Action and Regular Action. Both rounds are non-binding. In fact, the only difference between them is the deadline — November 1st for Early Action, and January 4th for Regular Action.

MIT Acceptance Rate and Statistics

Just how competitive is admission to this world-class research university? 26,914 starry-eyed high schoolers applied to join the MIT Class of 2027, but only a slim 1,291, or 4.8%, were admitted. This acceptance rate is lower than most Ivies!

How Much Does MIT Cost?

In the academic year 2024-25, the cost of attendance for undergraduates at MIT was $85,960, including their projected costs for personal expenses. 

How Ivy Coach Helps Students Get Into MIT

100% of Ivy Coach’s package clients earned admission in MIT’s early round over the past five years, higher than any other school (though tied with some others!). The MIT admissions philosophy and the Ivy Coach secret sauce are one in the same: the budding specialists and experts stand the best chance. 

If you’re interested in Ivy Coach’s assistance in optimizing your child’s case for admission to MIT, fill out our complimentary consultation form, and we’ll be in touch.

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