So you want to go to MIT.
Good for you! The school is famous for its programs in engineering, biology and physical science. MIT students tend to be very entrepreneurial, and therefore very successful. In fact, if you put together all of the revenues of the all of the companies founded by MIT alumni, you would have the eleventh largest economy in the world!
What you need to get in
“When we admit a class of students to MIT, it’s as if we’re choosing a 1,000-person team to climb a very interesting, fairly rugged mountain – together.”
– MIT admissions
As you can see, MIT wants to know why you’re unique, and what you can contribute to the school community, whether it’s your ability to collaborate well with others or your specific expertise in a certain scientific field. They also want to know that you can handle difficult, college-level work, so they’ll check to see if you took a challenging course load in high school, and what kind of grades you received. It’s important that you take math through calculus, which is something that many other colleges don’t seem to care about as much. You need to have a high SAT score, especially in the math section. Unlike other schools, you are required to do one math SAT subject test and one science SAT subject test. And finally, you need to be able to demonstrate your passion for your academic and extracurricular interests.
Average SAT Score
The following table shows the SAT scores of the class of 2018.
While MIT students do score well in the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, they receive almost perfect scores in the Math section. No one who got in last year received lower than a 600 in the Math section, and only four admitted students received between a 600 and a 640.
If you absolutely love math and science, apply! To prepare, challenge yourself with difficult high school courses in these fields so that you can show with both your grades and standardized test scores that you will be prepared for MIT.
Keep in mind that many MIT applicants participate in math and science enrichment opportunities outside of school. So join the Science Olympiad team, do a robotics program, or attend math club. But no matter which activity you choose to participate in, participate because you enjoy it, not because it will look good on an application. MIT admissions officers will be able to tell if you’re truly enthusiastic or not.