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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Massachusetts Institute of Technology, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology was awarded 144 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business/commerce.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, MIT is ranked #5 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

MIT also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is It Hard to Get Into MIT?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into MIT since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 7%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 72% of students accepted to MIT submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 770. Math scores were between 770 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 720 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 770 to 800 )
MIT received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 33 to 35 )

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At MIT, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 3 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Freshmen Retention Rate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a freshmen retention rate of 99%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At MIT the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 82%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  82 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Excellent Overall Diversity at MIT

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,602 undergraduates at MIT with 4,557 being full-time and 45 being part-time.

MIT Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.83 out of 100, MIT is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.83 out of 100
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How Much Does Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of MIT is $18,278. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for MIT

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,581 $3,343 $2,938 $9,303 $40,757

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of MIT, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At MIT, approximately 11% of students took out student loans averaging $8,754 a year. That adds up to $35,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MIT is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do MIT Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from MIT make around $104,700 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for MIT students since it is 163% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology make the most money.

Location of Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The location of MIT is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact details for MIT are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-1000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 46 majors graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Of these students, 1,333 received undergraduate degrees and 2,537 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 408 $118,100
Mechanical Engineering 185 $75,100
Mathematics 111 $120,300
Physics 86 $73,900
Chemical Engineering 51 $78,200
Electrical Engineering 51 $116,600
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 48 $80,100
Biomedical Engineering 46 $62,600
Materials Engineering 39 $64,300
Mathematics & Computer Science 35 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at MIT

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 40 students took at least one online class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is a decrease from the 44 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 40 39
2016-2017 44 44
2015-2016 62 49
2014-2015 55 31
2013-2014 36 0

Learn more about online learning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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