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MIT Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into MIT and can I get accepted? The school has a 7% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,452 out of 20,247 applicants were admitted making MIT an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Of those applicants who were admitted, 76% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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MIT SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 740
SAT Math 25th 780
SAT Composite 25th 1520
SAT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 780
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1580
Average SAT Score 1550

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1520 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1490. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1550 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Massachusetts Institute of Technology admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1580 and Above Good >11%
1550 to 1580 Avg + 7%-11%
1520 to 1550 Avg - 4%-7%
1490 to 1520 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1490 Low <3%
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MIT ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 34
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 36
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into MIT?

Admission data indicates that MIT regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Massachusetts Institute of Technology admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >11%
34 to 35 Avg + 7%-11%
33 to 34 Avg - 4%-7%
32 to 33 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 32 Low <3%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

99% of Massachusetts Institute of Technology freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Massachusetts Institute of Technology students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 99%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,254 13,993 20,247
Accepted 718 734 1,452
Acceptance Rate 11% 5% 7%
Enrolled 505 592 1,097
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 70% 81% 76%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 100 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to MIT before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166683 IPEDS survey data for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.