How to get into MIT

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Getting into MIT

Despite not being an Ivy League school, MIT graduates earn the highest average income of any US school!

In recent years, MIT has become renowned for its Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree, which is one of the top “feeders” into Silicon Valley.

As is to be expected, MIT admissions are tough and very academically focused. The focus on academics is required at MIT because candidates don’t apply to a course, but actually to the university itself. This means your MIT “freshman year” is used to explore a number of different pathways with the rigour of academic programs varying among schools.

For your GPA, you’ll need to be right up near the top of your class as MIT admits students with a score as close to 4.0 as possible. When it comes to the standardised tests SAT/ACT it doesn’t get much easier; In 2016, the average SAT score was 1520 while the average ACT score was 34.

Key Facts:

Score expectations:

GPA: 4.0 SAT: 1560 (bare minimum: 1500) ACT: 34

Desired traits:
  • Academically strong
  • Naturally curious
  • Passionate and driven
Acceptance rate:


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Difficulty ranking:

Extremely high!

Admissions requirements:
  • High school academic transcript
  • An ACT or SAT score
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application essay
  • Extracurricular activities

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