Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MA)


Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016 (

    Interview Scheduling Deadline: Oct 20

Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

    Interview Scheduling Deadline: Dec 10

Common Application


Essay Questions:

Provide short (100-250 word) answers to five questions.

  1. We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. (100 words or fewer) 
  2. Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words or fewer)
  3. At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (200-250 words)
  4. Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (200-250 words)
  5. Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (200-250 words)

Coalition Application

Yes (No yet available for Fall 2017 applications)

Coalition Application Essays:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution. 
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Documents Required:
  • Application Form
  • $ 75 application fee or waiver
  • 2 Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Secondary School Report Form
  • Mid-year Report
  • SAT (Writing is recommended but not required) or ACT (Writing is recommended but not required) - Super score policy applied to both SAT and ACT
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests (Math I/II and 1 of the science subjects)
  • TOEFL (Strongly recommended if you have been using English for less than 5 years or do not speak English at home.)
  • Interview (Strongly recommended)

Other Information:

Address: Office of Admissions
               Massachusetts Institute of Technology
               77 Massachusetts Avenue, 
               Room 3-108, 
               Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617-253-3400 (Admissions Office)
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3514
ACT code: 1858