Getting into MIT

Since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened its doors in 1865 in response to America’s increasing industrialization, the school — regarded as one of the most academically rigorous in the country — has had some really impressive people walk its halls. Besides Will Hunting, MIT’s famous alums include Buzz Aldrin and James Doolittle.

When MIT isn’t cranking out productive members of society, it’s generating its own power. “All power is generated by our own nuclear reactor,” said Max Maybury, a freshman computer science major* — and that’s just the beginning of the long list of awesome things about life at MIT.

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: SAT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The average SAT score composite at MIT is a 2220 on the old 2400 SAT scale.

On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1520.

MIT SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1480, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1580.

In other words, a 1480 places you below average, while a 1580 will move you up to above average. There’s no absolute SAT requirement at MIT, but they really want to see at least a 1480 to have a chance at being considered.

Here’s the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:


GPA Requirements

The average GPA at MIT is 4.13. This makes MIT Extremely Competitive for GPAs.

With a GPA of 4.13, MIT requires you to be at the top of your class. You’ll need nearly straight A’s in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenge.

If you’re a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 4.13, you’ll need a higher SAT score to compensate and show that you’re prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.

Admission Rate

The acceptance rate at MIT is 8%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, only 8 are admitted.

This means the school is very selective. Scores are vital to getting past their first round of filters. After that, you will need to impress them beyond just your academic scores.

Because this school is extremely selective, getting a high SAT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don’t pass their SAT and GPA requirements, they’ll likely reject you without much consideration.

To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 2350 SAT and a 4.13 GPA or higher to be above average.

This is only part of the challenge – after this, you’ll need to impress them beyond your academic scores, with your accomplishments and extracurriculars.


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