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MIT Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to MIT, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. By using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 8%, admission to MIT is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class, and have an SAT score of close to 1590, or an ACT score of around 35.

Not quite there? You still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at MIT’s admission statistics.

MIT Admissions Statistics

MIT’s acceptance rate in 2016 was 8%. For students applying to the class of 2020, out of 19,020 applicants, MIT admitted 1,511. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 4.13, the average ACT score was 34, and the average SAT score was 1520.

Students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 33, and the 75th percentile score was 35.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1480. The 75th percentile score was 1590.

If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

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As we said, admission to MIT is very competitive. Even if MIT is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere. Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at MIT’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

MIT Application Requirements

To apply to MIT, you’ll need to fill out the application, submit an ACT or SAT score, two SAT Subject Test scores, a school report, and two letters of recommendation from your teachers. Everything should be submitted by November 1 for Early Action, and January 1 for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of the application requirements:

  • Fill out the MIT Application, answer MIT’s supplementary questions, and pay an application fee of $75 (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT or SAT score
  • Submit two SAT Subject Test scores
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from your teachers

The application deadline is November 1 for Early Action, and January 1 for Regular Decision. February 15 is the financial aid application deadline. Early Action notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates in mid-March. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to MIT? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.

MIT Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at MIT, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • 54% are male, and 46% are female
  • 67% attended public schools, and 40% attended private schools
  • 8% attended religious schools
  • 11% of students are from foreign countries
  • The most-represented U.S. state is California

MIT has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • African American: 9%
  • Asian American: 35%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 14%
  • Native American: 3%
  • White: 48%

What do these admitted students plan to study? MIT offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Economics

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

MIT Tuition Figures

At $58,240, MIT’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! MIT reports the average financial aid award is $38,871.

Here’s a fuller look at MIT tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $58,240
  • Average financial aid package: $38,871
  • The average student debt of a MIT graduate is $24,698

Now, what is life like at MIT? Let’s take a look.

MIT Location

MIT is located along the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The campus is cut in half by Massachusetts Avenue, with most dormitories and student life buildings to the west, and most academic buildings to the east. Interestingly, MIT has a nuclear reactor on its campus! It’s one of the most powerful university nuclear reactors in the U.S.

Remember, you’re going to MIT for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

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MIT Academics

MIT has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Design
  • Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
  • History of Architecture & Art
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian & Eurasian Studies
  • Statistics & Data Science
  • Urban Studies & Planning
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Comparative Media Studies
  • Business Analytics
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Art, Culture & Technology
  • Archaeology & Materials
  • Astronomy

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at MIT.

Student Life at MIT

MIT has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of MIT’s student activities:

  • Gluten Free @ MIT

  • Kung-Fu Taichi Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • Queer Women
  • Skydiving Club
  • UrbanAfrica
  • Improv-a-Do!
  • Hillel
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Players
  • Floorball
  • Flying Club
  • Effective Altruism
  • Constructs Dance Crew
  • Carribbean Club
  • Beekeepers
  • Art Club
  • Applied Physics Club
  • Archery Club
  • Black Women’s Alliance
  • Chess Club

Are you an athlete? MIT’s got plenty of options for you.

MIT Athletics

MIT offers a large number of sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

MIT’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Squash
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Water Polo
  • Rifle

Who might you become with a MIT degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

Notable Alums

MIT has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
  • Former Secretary of State George Schultz
  • Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan
  • Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Sculptor Daniel Chester French
  • Charles Koch, Chairman & CEO of Koch Industries
  • John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile
  • Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy
  • New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman
  • Actor James Woods
  • Ray & Tom Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR’s Car Talk
  • Actor Dylan Bruno

And this is only a partial list!

Remember This!

Getting into MIT is extremely competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person at locations throughout the United States, as well as online. Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science. Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications!



Clay Cooper

Clay has scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, LSAT, and ISEE, among other standardized tests. He has taught and developed courses for high school, college, and graduate-level standardized tests extensively around the country, and specializes in the field. He has studied law at Georgetown University Law Center and worked in the legal field as well, for attorneys, judges, and the Tennessee Attorney General.