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#6 of 14,131 In the World
#6 of 2,597 In North America
#6 of 2,496 In the United States
#2 of 88 In Massachusetts
#2 of 5 In Cambridge
#1 of 6,684 For Engineering
Top1-3 For 41 other topics
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Acceptance rate
4%
Average SAT
1555
Average ACT
36
Avg. cost to attend
$20,232 /y
Aid receiving
79%
Undergraduates
4,657
Graduates
7,201
Male:Female Ratio
57:43
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
mit.edu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has an acceptance rate of 4% and is among the top 1% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 4% 3% 6%
Applicants 33,767 21,588 12,179
Admissions 1,337 661 676
Freshmen enrolled full time 1,136 582 554

61 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
883 or 78%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1530
or below

75% of them
had 1580
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Massachusetts Institute of Technology are 1530-1580 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
362 or 32%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 35
or below

75% of them
had 36
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Massachusetts Institute of Technology are 35-36 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school record Required
College-preparatory program Considered but not required
Secondary school GPA Considered but not required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
TOEFL Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

Nonresident Alien 3513 (30%)
White 3023 (25%)
Asian 2474 (21%)
Hispanic 1188 (10%)
Two or more races 610 (5%)
Black or African American 574 (5%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 462 (4%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 8 (0.1%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 3 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology is $20,232 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$20,232/year
Average aid awarded
$45,591
Students receiving aid
79%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $5,347
$30-48K $1,820
$48-75K $1,918
$75-110K $13,035
$110K+ $44,726

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $57,590$57,590
Tuition in-state $57,590$57,590
Tuition out-of-state $57,590$57,590
Fee in-district $396$3,485
Fee in-state $396$3,485
Fee out-of-state $396$3,485

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 8,000
Combined charge for room and board $16,000
Room charge $11,980
Meal charge $6,810

Massachusetts Institute of Technology majors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has granted 1,100 bachelor's degrees across 32 programs, 1,990 master's across 36 programs, and 735 doctorate degrees across 37 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Management Science 7 791 20
Computer Science 330 282 71
Mechanical Engineering 139 112 54
Systems Engineering 211 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 57 70 64
Financial Mathematics 10 133
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical & Space Engineering, General 58 48 30
Chemical Engineering 35 26 39
Mathematics, General 76 19
Physics, General 50 2 43
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 46 1 43
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 19 60
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 39 13 23
Materials Engineering 29 5 41
Chemistry, General 17 2 50
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 18 2 47
Architectural and Building Sciences & Technology 56 7
City & Urban, Community, and Regional Planning 15 39 8
Cognitive Science, General 40 2 9
Digital Communication and Media & Multimedia 34 14
Nuclear Engineering 5 10 24
Civil Engineering, General 9 17 9
Architecture 12 13 4
Computational Biology 14 6 7
Mathematics and Computer Science 24
Operations Research 6 17
Neuroscience 10 1 10
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 3 12
Political Science and Government, General 3 3 9
Environmental & Environmental Health Engineering 5 4 5
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 13
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 8
Geology & Earth Science, General 4 2 6
Transportation and Highway Engineering 6 6
Linguistics 3 1 7
Journalism, Other 9
Mass Communication & Media Studies 2 6
Real Estate Development 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 7
Geophysics and Seismology 1 4
Science, Technology and Society 5
Meteorology 4
Music, General 3
Philosophy 3
Planetary Astronomy and Science 3
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 2
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 1
Grand Total 1,100 1,990 735

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a graduation rate of 95%, which is among the 2% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 95% 94% 96%
  • Full-time retention rate - 99%
  • Part-time retention rate - 100%

Publications & Citations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a world-class research university with 267,232 scientific papers published and 15,260,446 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Quantum and Particle physics, Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and Organic Chemistry.

Publications
267,232
Citations
15,260,446

Publication / Citation count by topic

Engineering
172,935 / 8,782,612
Physics
170,704 / 8,739,439
Chemistry
150,094 / 9,948,230
Quantum and Particle physics
130,341 / 6,573,243
Biology
127,139 / 9,460,901
Computer Science
122,100 / 7,151,451
Environmental Science
96,115 / 4,978,924
Materials Science
91,793 / 4,926,891
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
87,142 / 4,641,147
Organic Chemistry
76,602 / 4,657,761
Medicine
62,416 / 4,693,419
Biochemistry
60,823 / 5,642,485
Optical Engineering
57,251 / 2,714,528
Genetics
56,260 / 5,378,534
Geology
56,221 / 2,905,330
Mathematics
52,877 / 2,772,011
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
52,140 / 2,760,318
Geography and Cartography
50,532 / 2,435,537
Electrical Engineering
47,090 / 2,181,091
Philosophy
45,668 / 2,501,679
Business
39,753 / 1,970,698
Statistics
38,967 / 2,111,120
Psychology
37,911 / 2,601,538
Political Science
34,057 / 1,650,005
Law
32,078 / 1,605,947
Astrophysics and Astronomy
32,044 / 1,480,410
Metallurgical Engineering
31,779 / 1,749,323
Telecommunications
30,426 / 1,343,441
Ecology
30,178 / 1,711,500
Mechanical Engineering
28,741 / 1,274,543
Paleontology
28,476 / 1,700,046
Nuclear Physics
27,017 / 1,252,755
Nanotechnology
26,630 / 1,848,419
Economics
25,409 / 1,369,722
Aerospace Engineering
25,177 / 1,027,430
Linguistics
24,756 / 1,390,985
Computer Vision
23,925 / 1,360,858
History
23,719 / 1,168,802
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
22,153 / 1,026,290
Physical chemistry
21,432 / 1,198,603

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 3008 81055
1992 2972 90305
1993 2845 87517
1994 2894 94087
1995 3012 100054
1996 3214 106787
1997 3164 113126
1998 3241 125936
1999 3409 136226
2000 3487 146889
2001 3766 161175
2002 5728 217950
2003 5193 220505
2004 5008 235444
2005 5887 278456
2006 5635 303270
2007 5710 332211
2008 5887 359481
2009 6768 398195
2010 6969 438564
2011 7650 486942
2012 7746 528181
2013 8392 582451
2014 8590 623919
2015 8891 656091
2016 9076 684019
2017 9132 720302
2018 9895 798949
2019 10111 875294
2020 11045 986018
2021 10560 1081518
2022 8869 1023366
2023 8922 1008980
Academic rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni

  1. Noam Chomsky

    Noam Chomsky
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-.. (age 96)
    Occupations
    anti-zionistmedia criticphilosopherpsychologisthuman rights activist
    Biography

    Avram Noam Chomsky is an American professor and public intellectual known for his work in linguistics, political activism, and social criticism. Sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is a laureate professor of linguistics at the University of Arizona and an institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Among the most cited living authors, Chomsky has written more than 150 books on topics such as linguistics, war, and politics. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

  2. Benjamin Netanyahu

    Benjamin Netanyahu
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1949-.. (age 75)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1972-1975 graduated with Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering
    Occupations
    political writerinternational forum participantmilitary personnelpoliticianpolitical scientist
    Biography

    Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is an Israeli politician who has been serving as the prime minister of Israel since 2022, having previously held the office from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2009 to 2021. He is the chairman of the Likud party. Netanyahu is the longest-tenured prime minister in the country's history, having served for a total of over 16 years. He is also the first prime minister to have been born in Israel after its establishment.

  3. Buzz Aldrin

    Buzz Aldrin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 94)
    Occupations
    fighter pilotscience fiction writerautobiographerastronautbusinessperson
    Biography

    Buzz Aldrin is an American former astronaut, engineer and fighter pilot. He made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 mission. He was the Lunar Module Eagle pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission and became the second person to walk on the Moon after mission commander Neil Armstrong.

  4. Richard Feynman

    Richard Feynman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-1988 (aged 70)
    Enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1935-1939 graduated with bachelor's degree
    Occupations
    quantum physicistpercussionistauthorscience communicatorwriter
    Biography

    Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as his work in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirĊ Tomonaga.

All 100 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names MIT
M.I.T.
Founded 1861
Motto mens et manus
Colors cardinal red, steel gray
Academic calendar September to May (September - December; January-May)
Total FTE staff 13,513
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
United States
City population 118,000
Phone 6172531000

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