How to get into MIT: acceptance rate, tips, entry requirements, stats, GPAs

How to get into MIT: acceptance rate, tips, entry requirements, stats, GPAs

Once you are done with high school, the next step is usually looking for a higher educational institution that will meet your career needs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has become a household name in tertiary education worldwide. But, how do you get admitted in the first place? These are the steps and requirements on how to get into MIT.

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The MIT is a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo: @MITnews
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. They are known to welcome talented people regardless of where they come from.


Founded in 1861 to accelerate the nation's industrial revolution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is profoundly American. Their graduates have invented fundamental technologies with ingenuity and drive, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs. Yet, at the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, MIT is profoundly global.

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The community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent worldwide. Through teaching, research, and innovation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's exceptional community pursues its service mission to the nation and the world.

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Courses offered

There are many courses offered at the MIT. The tertiary institution has 30 departments across five schools and one college. They are:

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science

Is MIT an Ivy League?

Although the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is not an Ivy League university, its classes are just as challenging.

Can a normal person get into MIT?

Yes, anyone can get into MIT. However, its acceptance rate is 4.1%, which means that it only accepts around 4 applicants from every 100 people that apply.

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To meet the MIT requirements, you will need excellent grades, test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation to be considered.

What does it take to get into MIT?

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There are several MIT acceptance requirements before joining the Institute. To have the best shot of getting in, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1570 SAT or a 36 ACT. You should also have a 4.17 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score.

What GPA is required for MIT?

There is no formula for gaining transfer admission to MIT. There is no minimum required GPA, however, competitive applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or above, and mostly As in math and science courses. Ideal preparation includes—at the very least—one year each of college-level calculus and calculus-based physics.

Is it hard to get into MIT?

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While the Massachusetts Institute of Technology does not require specific high school courses for admission, it does recommend the following 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.

How to get into MIT without extracurricular activities

There are no extracurricular requirements for getting into MIT. However, you should have a wow factor. The short answer is that it is impossible with no or even limited extracurricular activities.

Can an Indian get into MIT?

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Yes, anyone can apply to get into the Institution. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of those few US tertiary institutions that follow a need-blind admission process. This means that when your application is being considered at the Institution, you do not have any unfair disadvantage by requiring financial aid. The only criterion for receiving financial aid is your family's need to meet the cost of education.

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Among their best alumni from India is Ayush Sharma, who was in the class in 2019. He was among the only 4 Indian students who got into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

How to get into MIT as an international student

Most U.S. students apply to MIT at the beginning of their final year of high school, and international applicants should do the same. Only the accepted students are required to send final grades, and we understand that they will not be available until the summer months. Most applicants are 17–19 years of age.

Is MIT better than IIT?

IIT is the most outstanding choice for those who want to pursue a career in science and technology while being in India. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is well-known for its courses all around the world. Overall, studying at MIT is better in terms of exposure, funding for scientific research, and curriculum.

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So, there you have it. Tips on how to get into MIT. The Institution has been ranked among the top regarding technology courses. Therefore, the competition to get in is very stiff.

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