College Sophomore 2013-12-11T03:11:34Z
While there's drinking on campus, it tends to be in moderation because the academic work load is so heavy there's little time to party. I don't think recreational drugs are at all prevalent.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T03:09:15Z
Fraternities are generally more prevalent than sororities. The fraternities often hold mixers or parties with sororities from Boston University, because there are more sororities there.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T03:06:47Z
Administrators and campus police are very nice. As long as everything is done in moderation and doesn't pose any health or safety threat, they're cool.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T03:04:09Z
Since it's so academically rigorous, it sets you up to do very well when you graduate. Many of the professors are world-renowned and very interesting. There are many opportunities to do paid research at the undergraduate level. And those who want a more active social life will have many opportunities.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T03:04:09Z
The athletic center is great, the student center is okay. The location is fantastic and there's plenty to do. Some of the buildings are beautiful and others are ugly. It's not the prettiest campus, but being on the Charles River is great and being in Cambridge is even better.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-28T03:57:25Z
Love MIT!!! Amazing opportunities, really smart and kind classmates
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-28T03:56:59Z
Great options! It's a city!
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:24:42Z
Although there is alot of alcohol consumption on campus, most students are responsible and smart about it and rarely does it get out of hand.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:24:02Z
With a mobile app that tells you all the times the bus will be there by, the transportation shuttles are easy to use
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:22:23Z
The officers are very understanding, very nice, and will not bust parties unless they have already given out multiple warnings
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:21:45Z
Being a freshman I have no idea what the program looks like as I havent taken any classes for it yet.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:20:57Z
We are in boston. Enough said. The T is super convenient to use, and endless options in terms of nightlife outside of the school campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:20:03Z
Health & Safety:
Although safety is really secure here (very hard to get into dorms unless you are an MIT student) with a front desk at every dorm, the medical center is very far off where the dorms are and a pain to get to.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:19:02Z
MIT admissions spends a lot of effort on getting a very diverse student body, and they do a good job overall. There is a wide range of students from different backgrounds, some from well off prep schools and others who had to raise their other siblings.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:17:49Z
It definitely is one of the most challenging schools out there, but with amazing people around you, it gets better. The social scene is not very vibrant however, and it is not uncommon to ditch plans to study.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T00:16:39Z
With Boston right across the bridge and Cambridge on the school side, there is an endless variety of options from all kinds of different types of food. I had legitimate dimsum (chinese food) in the morning and italian for dinner, with mochi ice cream for dessert.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:52:34Z
A lot of kids drink on the weekends, but a good amount don't. Drinking is casual and nobody cares if you don't drink, as long as you're cool if others are. Generally, the attitude is that you can do whatever you want as long as you're not bothering anyone else around you - this includes recreational drugs as well as alcohol.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:49:04Z
Guys & Girls:
MIT students are decently good looking, and smart and interesting as hell. They don't dress particularly well - half the year is brutally cold winter weather, so jeans and Northface coats are in heavy circulation most of the year. The 'work hard play hard' culture makes it difficult to have any type of casual relationships. Hookups and serious relationships are generally the only two options.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:45:09Z
The workload is unreal. Hell weeks with three or four tests come every month and if you're up at 4am it's usually because you're finishing a problem set instead of drinking and partying or hanging out with friends. But the people are incredible at MIT. They are fun and interesting and diverse, and they have these amazing ideas that they are really excited to implement during, or after, their time at MIT. You never know what to do with free time because you never have any, but you leave MIT prepared for absolutely anything, and with friends you would never have met anywhere else.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:41:51Z
The weather is awful and makes everyone depressed. Nobody comes to Boston for the weather.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:41:33Z
Get off the meal plan as soon as you can because the food in Boston and Cambridge is amazing and much cheaper than the meal plan! Ethnic food and vegan/vegetarian options are huge in Cambridge right next to campus.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:40:26Z
MIT frat and dorm parties are huge on the social scene. Kids from all over Boston and Cambridge come to our parties. Pub nights and parties are going on Wednesday-Saturday nights and fill up quickly. Frat parties are basically the only big parties that go on, besides the occasional East Campus party.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:38:13Z
We have MIT shuttles which run during the day through campus and across the river to the Boston-based living groups, and nighttime shuttles which run until 2am across the river and through Cambridge. The subway stop is on the other side of campus from most dorms, but it's still at most a 20 minute walk away, and the bus system is really easy and convenient to use as well.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:36:31Z
You don't need a computer, but it helps. Athena clusters (rooms full of desktop computers) are everywhere and printing is free, but having your own laptop is more convenient so you don't have to always be working in a cluster.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T20:35:26Z
MIT dorm life is crazy and fun and different than anywhere else. Every dorm is different, and every floor/entry/house within each dorm has its own culture as well. Housing process is pretty involved for freshmen - you get placed in a temporary room, then have the option of switching dorms, then have the option of doing a 'floor rush'.
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