Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. 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

2023 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 1,775 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is architecture.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked MIT as #1 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when MIT held the #2 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, MIT is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is It Hard to Get Into MIT?

Acceptance Rate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a very low acceptance rate of 7%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to MIT just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 77% 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 730 and 780. Math scores were between 780 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 730 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 780 to 800 )
MIT received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 34 and 36.

ACT Composite Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology  ( 34 to 36 )

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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

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Massachusetts Institute of Technology enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 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 85%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,361 undergraduates at MIT with 4,234 being full-time and 127 being part-time.

How Much Does Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of MIT is $16,407. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At MIT, approximately 9% of students took out student loans averaging $10,070 a year. That adds up to $40,280 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MIT is 0.3%. 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 $111,222 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for MIT students since it is 162% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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 located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The location of MIT is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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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, 1,249 received undergraduate degrees and 2,371 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 393 $118,191
Mechanical Engineering 134 $80,396
Mathematics 117 $82,796
Physics 76 NA
Economics 55 NA
Electrical Engineering 51 $104,229
Biomedical Engineering 49 $46,651
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 44 $72,563
Chemical Engineering 33 $81,524
General Biology 33 $46,373

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 11,254 students took at least one online class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is an increase from the 46 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 11,254 7,386
2018-2019 46 46
2017-2018 40 39
2016-2017 44 44
2015-2016 62 49

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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