Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

College Info

General Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
Phone: (617) 253-1000
Institution Type: Private, 4-year
Student Population: 10,000 - 20,000 students
Awards Offered: Other
College Introduction:
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 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind. The Institute admitted its first students in 1865, four years after the approval of its founding charter. The opening marked the culmination of an extended effort by William Barton Rogers, a distinguished natural scientist, to establish a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America. Rogers stressed the pragmatic and practicable. He believed that professional competence is best fostered by coupling teaching and research and by focusing attention on real-world problems. Toward this end, he pioneered the development of the teaching laboratory. Today MIT is a world-class educational institution. Teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle—continue to be its primary purpose. MIT is independent, coeducational, and privately endowed. Its five schools and one college encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries.

Admission Office Phone: (617) 253-4791 Undergraduate application fee (2006): $65 Admission / Applications ratio (2006): 13% Admission Considerations: Secondary school GPA (Recommended), Secondary school record (Required), Completion of college-prepatory program (Recommended), Recommendations (Required), Admission test scores (Required), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (Recommended)
  • Test Scores (2006) :
  • 25th Percentile75th Percentile
    SAT Critical Reading660760
    SAT Math720800
    SAT Writing
    ACT Composite3034
    ACT English2934
    ACT Math3135
    25th Percentile = 25% of students scored at or below
    75th Percentile = 25% of students scored above

  • Tuition and Fees:
    Undergraduate Academic Year Cost:
    2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008
    Tuition and fees $32,300 $33,600 $34,986
    Books and supplies $1,100 $1,100 $1,114
    Room and board (on campus) $9,500 $9,950 $10,400

    Financial Aid Information:
    Financial Aid Office Phone: (617) 253-4971

    Percentage of students receiving any financial aid: 84%

    Average amount of types of financial aid received from:
    Federal Grants: $6,798
    State/Local Grants: $2,270
    Institutional Grants: $26,532
    Student Loans: $4,164
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