Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Recent Reviews

Josephine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

MIT is a great school with a diverse culture, but we're all brought together by a common passion for learning. Though there a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MIT is a great school with a diverse culture, but we're all brought together by a common passion for learning. Though there are many different niches, I've never felt alienated with any group, which may come as a surprise to some. In general, MIT students and administration can have differing opinions, but the freedom given to the students allows the campus culture to really come directly from the student body.

Kayleigh
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MIT is a great school that will get you wherever you want to go in the STEM field. If you're genuinely interested in science/...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MIT is a great school that will get you wherever you want to go in the STEM field. If you're genuinely interested in science/technology/engineering stuff--and also willing to put forth the effort--MIT would be a great place for you! Yes, it's definitely rigorous academically, but it's what binds the students together, and it's worth it. :)

Kyra
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I really love MIT. At first, I didn't know if I would fit in because I didn't think I was up to the same quality of students ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really love MIT. At first, I didn't know if I would fit in because I didn't think I was up to the same quality of students here, but I was completely wrong. Everyone is very supportive and willing to help. Creativity is encouraged and the extracurriculars are so diverse that you are bound to find at least one club you like. The professors are excellent and the classes are engaging. I wouldn't ever consider changing universities. Now that I am actually in my major, I have even more support around me, especially from the faculty, who really care for our success

Christopher
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Have you ever wanted to build anything? A bike? A birdhouse? How about an electric car? MIT is full of intellectual people...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Have you ever wanted to build anything? A bike? A birdhouse? How about an electric car? MIT is full of intellectual people who are involved in just about anything science. The professors are constantly open to all students. The facilities are top notch with bleeding edge technology (holograms, lasers, humanoid robots oh my!). Off campus housing may be a drag and dining food leaves one wanting, but there is no point in living off campus in a city where studio apartments are above most people's wages and the kitchens they provide in the dorms are too good to ignore. This is all just stuff on the surface though. It is no lie, this school is not for everyone. It is hard. People sometimes feel overburdened from the work and feel they cannot hack it. More than once I have felt the same. What makes this school top notch is that they understand the toll one may pay for high education and has some of the best student social services in the nation. They do not just care of intellectual achievement, they care about their students. I have been helped time and time again by the people here and the general environment given by administration, professors, and students is the healthiest I have experienced. The labs, the classes, those are all the surface things that people enjoy from their schools. It is when you know the school is on your side that you know the school you attend is over the top.

Cecile
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I love the people and creative atmosphere! Schedules are tight with everything you end up wanting to do, and some days are to...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the people and creative atmosphere! Schedules are tight with everything you end up wanting to do, and some days are tough, but there's always someone around to help you. My only real complain is the fact that the weather is terrible in Cambridge (I am a native Texan)!

jack
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I transferred from National Taiwan University. I would say that the biggest difference is not the class, but the students. I...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I transferred from National Taiwan University. I would say that the biggest difference is not the class, but the students. I met so many genius here. The most important property of Massachusetts Institute of Technology are its intelligent students.

Erica
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There are great professors and great TAs who are always willing to help, and will respond to your emails very promptly. Facil...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are great professors and great TAs who are always willing to help, and will respond to your emails very promptly. Facilities are great, especially the athletic facilities. The people of course are the best part -- intellectually-minded students who are passionate about what they do.

Michelle
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MIT is the best school in the world. There are so many opportunities and resources to find internships, jobs, and research. I...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MIT is the best school in the world. There are so many opportunities and resources to find internships, jobs, and research. I am constantly surrounded by some of the most intelligent and motivated people. It is very easy to follow your passion here, as there always be something related to your interests. I would not trade this school for anything else.

Junyu
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Overall, MIT is the kind of school where you wake up at every morning and feel excited about your college choices. As per its...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, MIT is the kind of school where you wake up at every morning and feel excited about your college choices. As per its reputation, MIT does have stellar academics. The professors and teaching assistants teach extremely comprehensive curricula and fill their lectures with demonstrations and real-life examples to keep the material pertinent and interesting. The student are very academically focused and value their classes, leading to very interesting conversations. However, MIT is not a one trick pony, where all its students study and live in a bubble. For one, many of the students conduct research at labs and thus stay current. One of the main reasons I chose MIT was because it offered research opportunities through the school year (as opposed to schools where research is mainly offered during the summer, making projects difficult to finish), and I am very interested in chemistry research. From my experiences and those of peers, it is decently easy to find professors who are willing to mentor and take on students in their labs. Unlike large state universities where it is hard to find opportunities as a freshman or sophomore, many professors are willing to take on younger students even if those students do not have a slew of published papers and years of work experience behind them. This is extremely beneficial, since otherwise it would be difficult to begin researching. Of course, the process varies; as for me, I sent an email with my resume and met up with a professor before interning in his lab. Additionally, it is possible get direct funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and so get paid for your hours. But in terms of academically-pure extracurriculars (for the most part), there are a lot of activities, ranging from the arts to sports to theater. The good thing about going to a school not famous for its athletics is that it is extremely easy to try out new sports and get involved on teams, even if you are a complete novice. A lot of the teams are willing to teach you and guide you along instead of requiring you to enter as an expert. Some of my friends, who have no dancing experience, participate in Dance Troupe or the Ballroom Dance Team. I've never shot anything other than a water gun before, but now I shoot with the archery club. That is not to say that these clubs are terrible at what they do; it's just that they spend a lot effort on recruiting and training interested students and end up with results to show for it. Funding is also decently accessible if you want to start your own group or organization. Student life, for the most part, also goes smoothly. Each of the dorms vary in culture and amenities (some dorms have subpar bathrooms or a lack of heating), so the exact experience varies. I picked a dorm with great amenities and without a strong line of tradition (since it started accepting students only a few years ago), so my experience has been that the dorms are clean, spacious studying environments with tight-knit and friendly floor interactions. The dining halls are all right. Some dorms come with one, and some don't ("cook-for-yourself" communities). The dining halls have a lot of variety and cycle through different types of cuisine daily, so you don't get sick of the food very quickly (I got sick of the general dining hall taste after 4 months, but it was not an extreme disgust, and I am on the full meal plan so I eat there every day). That being said, while most of the dining halls are wonderful, there have been incidents of food poisoning, and with the large volume of food that is being churned out every day, there are inevitably strange-tasting dishes. Students in general are willing to collaborate. Large "p-set parties" (problem set parties) of upwards of ten people are common especially during the day before the homework deadlines. Even if not everyone is extremely friendly, they will help you if you ask specific questions and have clearly already attempted the problem. In regards to students, there is a strong online community, as huge chunks of the school get together for school pages such as "MIT Confessions" or "MIT Memes". Boston itself is also a bustling location, being a tourist city and so close to the beach. There is a lot to see and do, in terms of shopping, nightlife, Harvard, and water sports, although I personally find the food somewhat lacking. But then again, I come from Southern California, where eating is a big deal, so I am definitely biased. Surprisingly, MIT has a strong reputation for partying among the college students. There are sometimes party on weekdays, and many of the weekends, and almost all of the well-frequented ones involve some sort of alcohol. Yes, people drink underage, but there are non-alcoholic gatherings and it is easy to avoid drinking if you want to. I for one have not witnessed anyone actually drinking or consumed alcohol myself. On that note, many of the students are in fraternities and sororities, but it is perfectly acceptable to not partake in one. As I missed sorority recruitment, I cannot testify to the Greek experience other than that these organizations do not involve extreme hazing rituals or espouse unhealthy ideas. Sororities in particular function as close communities of emotional support and friends, and so I plan to join one next year. The biggest downsides to MIT is the stress. It's not like we spend more time in a classroom than most college students, but the classes can go very quickly through their curricula and cover a lot of difficult topics. (For instance, freshman mechanics goes through a chapter every week and a half, and the material is difficult and complex.) Topped with weekly problem sets (which can take from a few hours to the better part of a day to complete), finishing all the work without losing sleep is very difficult some weeks. I sometimes skip activities to get all of it done. Fortunately, most students only take four to six classes. Because so many of the students are insanely intelligent, grasping difficult concepts and receiving great offers at job fairs, people are prone to getting stressed over their own prospects. Although it might be too early to say, I wholeheartedly support my past decision to attend MIT. I looked for an intellectually stimulating school with kindred spirits, and I found it. There is an acronym that truly represents MIT: "IHTFP". As the years proceed, its meaning oscillates between "I have truly found paradise", and "I hate this freaking place". Despite the stress behind schoolwork and balancing other activities, at the end of the day, MIT remains a close knit community that never fails to excite.

Michael
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Student community is legendary! Living here among other the MIT undergrads is an amazing experience in and of itself. For wha...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Student community is legendary! Living here among other the MIT undergrads is an amazing experience in and of itself. For what is probably the first time in your life, everyone around you is either as smart as or smarter than you are. It is truly remarkable. Besides the fact that at long last, people find math jokes funny, you’ll be enriched by the variety of experiences that everyone has to offer. I found out two weeks ago that a friend living a floor above me is a National Spelling Bee champion and also won Teen Jeopardy. Many of you are known as “the smart kid” in your high school. At MIT, that changes in a good way. Because being smart is one trait everyone has in common, people will get to know you for your other traits and those things that make you unique and awesome.

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