Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university, with a strong focus on scientific and technological education and research. For the 2011–2012 school year, it enrolled 4,384 undergraduates and 6,510 graduate students, with an acceptance rate of 9.7%.

Founded in 1861, the university is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Its campus spans around a mile of the north side of the Charles River basin in the city of Cambridge, with Massachusetts Avenue dividing it into two halves.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 98% and high graduation rates mainly concentrate on 4-year and 6-year graduation.

The mission of Massachusetts Institute of Technology is:

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the twenty-first century.


The university is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).


Massachusetts Institute of Technology comprises five schools and one colloege:

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science
  • Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Engineering
  2. Computer Science
  3. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  4. Mathematics, General
  5. Physical Sciences

According to U.S. News and World Reportin 2012, it is the 5th in national universities.

With 62.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a high rate in both full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree and no classes are taught by graduate assistants.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken either SAT or ACT tests, and ACT with writing test is required as well. However, High school diploma or equivalent is not required. Among nonacademic factors considered character/personal qualities is attached great importance to.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 40,732. Students spend USD 1,050 for books and USD 11,775 for room and board on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $35,266, 60.4 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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