Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,524, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 168 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 5. Its tuition and fees are $49,892 (2017-18).
Located outside Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools and one college. University research expenditures have typically exceeded $650 million each year, with funding from government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense. MIT’s highly ranked graduate schools include the School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, in addition to strong programs in economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics and mathematics. Freshmen are required to live on campus, but about 70 percent of upperclassmen do too. Architect Steven Holl designed one dorm, commonly called "The Sponge." The "Independent Activities Program," a four-week term in January, offers special courses, lectures, competitions and projects. Distinguished alumni include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke.
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What does MIT specialize in?
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers degree programs in a range of subjects, though its mission statement emphasizes science and technology disciplines. The institution’s largest school by far, in terms of enrollment, is the School of Engineering, according to fall 2016 data from the MIT registrar. More than 5,700 of the university’s more than 11,300 students at that time were in the engineering school. The next largest school at MIT is the School of Science, followed closely by the Sloan School of Management.
Is it hard to get into MIT?
Yes. According to U.S. News data, MIT’s acceptance rate for freshmen for fall 2016 was 8 percent, which means fewer than 1 out of every 10 students who applied was admitted. MIT doesn’t use The Common Application, so prospective undergrads will have to apply through the university’s website. MIT offers both early action and regular action deadlines for freshman applicants, and its website states that applying early will not give applicants an advantage in terms of admission.
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