The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT’s mission 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” by “generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, [and] working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.”
There are five undergrad schools at MIT, which focus on the following fields: Engineering, Science, Humanities, Management, and Architecture. Engineering is the most popular school with over 60% of students in its 19 degree programs, followed by the School of Science. Roughly 90% of undergraduates are majoring in STEM. However, there is also the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Sloan School of Management, and School of Architecture and Planning, which make up the rest of the academic options.
To prepare for MIT you should take the following high school courses:
- One year of high school physics
- One year of high school chemistry
- One year of high school biology
- Math, through calculus
- Two years of a foreign language
- Four years of English
- Two years of history and/or social sciences
MIT students are busy. There are 500 student groups or organizations—including a Laboratory for Chocolate Science, 55 varsity DIII sports teams, 33 club teams, the entire city of Boston at your disposal and 84% of MIT undergraduates do an internship while they are in school. About 90% of students live in residence halls.