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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Narrative Description


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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1861. Setting: 154-acre urban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $5.9 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $529.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $40,200 per student. Total enrollment: 10,320. Faculty: 1,669 (1,298 full-time, 371 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 10,466 applied, 16% were admitted. 97% from top 10% of their high school class, 99% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 233 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,078 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 58 students, 31% women, 69% men. Students come from 55 states and territories, 78 other countries, 91% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 6% black, 28% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 1% 25 or older, 93% live on campus, 0.05% transferred in. Retention: 98% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; computer/information sciences; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wellesley College, Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 3/25, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $65. Comprehensive fee: $39,900 includes full-time tuition ($30,600), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($9100). College room only: $4900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $482 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 330 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, cooperative style living groups; 40% of eligible men and 26% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Tech Catholic Community, Outing Club, Society of Women Engineers, Hillel, South Asian-American Students. Major annual events: Orientation, Commencement, Spring Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 3,025 students; 3,050 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. MIT Libraries plus 10 others with 2.7 million books, 2.4 million microform titles, 22,597 serials, 596,928 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $18.1 million. 1,100 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Harvard University.

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