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How to Get Admission at MIT?

It is a research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1861, to cope up with the demand for increasing industrialization of the United States. It has a stressed laboratory section in applied science and technology.  The Institute is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant, with a campus that extends more than a mile alongside the Charles River. It is one of the world’s most prestigious universities due to its influence in many fields such as science, engineering, technology and many other fields like biology recently.

Things to be kept in mind while applying for admission:-

  • Understanding their selection process
  • To get what they actually look for
  • Admission statistics
  • The desired profile of a fresher

Above are some of the points which are very important while planning about getting admission into MIT, we shall discuss them further in a much detailed manner, which exams to take, what things to focus upon while building our profile for the institute, her we proceed.

Creating a MyMIT account

MyMIT is not only the application portal of the institute, but it is also a place where anyone can get to know more about the institute by posting his or her general questions directly. Making a MyMIT account is must have proper access to all the information, notification and any other happening that you must know regarding the admission or the institute. Even if one I not sure about taking a final admission, even then it is advised to make an account on the MyMIT portal.

Eligibility criteria –

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

Above are the three main parameters of eligibility for getting admitted to the institute and these parameters may vary from country to country and college to college.

How it works

Once the application is complete, it is first to be read by a senior admissions officer who considers the application in a holistic manner, within its proper context. Strong applications are then evaluated by additional admissions officers, who summarize it for the Admissions Committee.

The summaries go to the selection committee along with the entire application where multiple groups of the different admissions staff and faculty members weigh in. At least a dozen people significantly discuss and debate an application before it is placed in the admit pile.


This is all very intentional. The committee process ensures that every discretion is correct in the context of the all the applicants and that no one’s biases, preferences, or familiarity with a given case has any chance of getting an unfair decision by the committee.

Their admission process is a student-centred process, not a school or region-centred process. They do not read your application along with other students from your school or region to compare you against each other; each applicant stands on their own. MIT has no quotas by the school, state, or region. So the applicant is not at any disadvantage if other excellent students from his school or area are also applying. MIT also does not consider any legacy/alumni relations in their process.

At MIT, the admission process is very transparent and any doubt at any stage can be easily asked and cleared.

What they look for:

Any admission officer at MIT would suggest the applicant only one thing that while the grades and scores are important there is also a thing called the “match” which exists between the applicant and the institute which has enabled the institute to maintain its prestigious image through the years.

Here are the key components:

Alignment with MIT’s mission

There are many ways to make the world better .Tutoring a single kid in math changes the world. Persuading a senator to change bad policy changes the world. There are thousands of examples. So basically what one can figure out is that there is nothing very very extraordinary in which they look in an applicant while granting an admission.

Collaborative and cooperative spirit

The core of the MIT spirit is collaboration and cooperation; it can be seen all over the Institute. Many of the problem sets at MIT are designed to be worked on in groups, and cross-department labs are very common. MIT is known for its interdisciplinary research. If one enjoys working alone all the time, that’s completely valid, but then one might also not be particularly happy at MIT.


Opportunities are abundant at MIT, Research projects, seed money, and interesting lectures aren’t simply handed to students on silver platters.  For those students who take initiative—who take advantage of what’s around them—MIT’s resources are unparalleled.


MIT wants to admit people who are not only planning to be successful but who are also not afraid of the failures in life. People learn resilience when they learn to take risks in lives because risk leads to failure as often as it leads to success. The most creative and successful people—and MIT is loaded with that, if we stay focused and don’t give up, goals are ultimately realized.

Hands-on creativity

MIT is an active, hands-on place. Innovation is risky and messy at the same time. Getting your hands into new things and trying to configure them is often the best way to achieve success. Here theoretical knowledge is applied to real-world problems here.

Intensity, curiosity, and excitement

In a nutshell, one should be invested in the things that really mean something. Exploring and choosing quality over quantity.  Put the heart into a few things that you truly care about and that will be enough.

The character of the MIT community

MIT community is comprised of people who take care of each other and lift each other up, who inspire each other to work and dream beyond their potential. MIT looks for admitting people who by nature will sustain the qualities of this community.

The ability to prioritize balance

Despite what we have generally heard about MIT, this place is NOT all about work. To be successful here, one must prioritize some measure of downtime. Therefore, MIT likes to see that you’ve prioritized some downtime in high school as well. For example, Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it is not a trick question. Answer it honestly.

Preparing for MIT-

The MIT suggests that you must not append your lifestyle, education or behaviour solely for the purpose of getting admission to MIT. The institute is very selective in taking people in so one must be ready for facing disappointed after applying for admission at MIT.

They claim that their intake of students is only 10% of the total applicants. Hence, there are very few chances of selection.

They propose that a person must remain how he/she is and not try to shape themselves in order to get admission in MIT. In short, they support uniqueness. However, it is said that one can change himself if the motive is of learning better and leading a better life.

Two things that are very important for you to know before applying at MIT are-

  1. Know what interests you and gives you energy
  2. Get ready for some high-end work.

MIT supports a curriculum that is full of different layers and not just a simple and one rule curriculum for all. They don’t want their students to be identical but they want them to be having diverse and rich varied characteristics.

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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world’s # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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