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Chances of getting into Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
7%
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 acceptance rate at MIT is 7%.  It ranks #2 in Massachusetts and #7 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. MIT is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 1,457 out of 20,075 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 1 percent (SAT 1510/1580 ACT 34/36). Massachusetts Institute of Technology typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.96. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 73% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a prized outcome for many students.

The MIT application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

MIT SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1510-1580
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 730
SAT Math 25th 780
SAT Composite 25th 1510
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 prefers applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1510 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 1470. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1550 out of 1600. MIT ranks #1 in Massachusetts and #2 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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%
1545 to 1580 Avg + 7%-11%
1510 to 1545 Avg - 4%-7%
1475 to 1510 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1475 Low <3%
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MIT ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
34-36 
Applicants Submitting ACT
48%
ACT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 35
ACT Math 25th 34
ACT Composite 25th 34
ACT Scores for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 36
ACT Composite 75th 36
Average ACT Score 35

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 34 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 1 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 33 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 35 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 36 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Massachusetts and #3 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Massachusetts Institute of Technology admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
36 and Above Good >11%
35 to 36 Avg + 7%-11%
34 to 35 Avg - 4%-7%
33 to 34 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 33 Low <3%
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MIT GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.96*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into MIT. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at MIT extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.96 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.96 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.96 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

100% 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 100%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,547 13,528 20,075
Accepted 755 702 1,457
Acceptance Rate 12% 5% 7%
Enrolled 528 542 1,070
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 70% 77% 73%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Massachusetts Institute of Technology is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Application 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.

FAQs

Does Massachusetts Institute of Technology prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to MIT. 48% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

7% of those who apply are granted admission to MIT. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1510 and 1580. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 34 and 36. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.