College Senior 2013-08-21T16:11:06Z
We have several mottos at MIT:
Work hard, play harder
Sleep is for the weak
Take what you want from each, but with this attitude, you are bound to enjoy some sort of nightlife on and around campus. Be it a late-night psetting-turned-beeriocart session, or chairing race through the tunnels, or your typical frat rager (at one of our 25 fraternities housed in brownstone mansions), there are always people looking to have a good time.
Unfortunately, there is often so much to do on campus (be it work or play), you forget there are some 70 other universities in the area, not to mention bars and clubs. And even when I venture out of the MIT bubble, I always return cause you just can't party like us nerds ;)
College Senior 2013-08-21T15:58:21Z
If you are in need of an apartment, you'll have no trouble finding one, but the price might scare you far from your ideal location. My dorm closed down this year and I managed to find a 4 bedroom, 2 bath flat 10 minute walking distance from campus within the 3 days of searching. The flat ended up being quite affordable because we are fitting 6 people (2 in massive living room), and I have a roommate. Otherwise, I would say the flat was quite expensive for building quality and location (Central Square is not the best of neighborhoods).
College Sophomore 2013-07-08T21:43:15Z
There's so much variety for off-campus dining. Since MIT is in the city, you can go to many local restaurants as well as familiar chains. There's somewhere for everyone to eat.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-30T21:59:31Z
Weather is pretty unpredictable, so you need to pay close attention to weather forecasts to avoid getting rained on. The winter is long and snow is heavy. However, as long as you have all the winter garbs wintering in MIT is not as bad as it might look, as the facilities do pretty good job of clearing snow, and most of MIT main campus buildings are connected to each other.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-30T21:47:57Z
Cambridge's pretty safe and student-friendly neighborhood.
It is also pretty easy to get to interesting places as well. Boston is a city where you can actually get around without a car, if you are familiar with the local transit. MIT students frequent Back Bay just across the river and Central Square&Harvard Square to the North as well.
College Junior 2013-06-18T17:26:19Z
There is no special application process for entering any major at MIT; you just enroll in the relevant classes. You can declare a major at the end of your freshman year.
College Junior 2013-06-18T17:23:59Z
I'm studying Nuclear Science and Engineering. It has been a fantastic experience so far. The department is very small--we have approximately 35 undergrads, and around 100 grads. However, we also have on the order of 30 professors, so you get to know everyone really well. UROPs are really easy to come by, and the faculty and staff as a whole are very supportive.
College Junior 2013-06-18T17:20:14Z
There are some really excellent restaurants if you're willing to walk a little ways. Look for the wide variety of ethnic food (Middle Eastern, Thai, etc.), as well as some great Boston classics.
College Junior 2013-06-12T17:43:18Z
Scoozi's scampi calzone! Excites me to think of it
College Junior 2013-06-12T17:42:16Z
Health & Safety:
We are in a city, but crime is rare on MIT campus.
College Sophomore 2013-06-10T18:13:51Z
Because MIT is between Cambridge and Boston right off the Harvard Bridge, you get a taste of the city life and it's great. There's always something going on and it makes college life exciting. There are tons of places to go to from restaurants, museums, stores, and general attractions. The city is generally pretty safe but always be smart about when you go out, especially if you're alone.
College Sophomore 2013-06-10T18:11:08Z
MIT is very diverse in religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and ethnicity/race. People come from all over the world and bring their culture with them. As whole, MIT is accepting and there isn't really any "normal" so to speak.
College Sophomore 2013-06-09T13:48:42Z
Theres so much diversity that that there is no normal. Everyone is unique.
College Sophomore 2013-06-09T13:46:44Z
Amazing university transportation system that merges seamlessly with an excellent city system. Its one of the things I love the most about Boston.
College Sophomore 2013-06-09T13:40:54Z
I love that you dont have to declare a major right away. There are a lot of opportunities to explore options and speak to advisors and even change your mind as you go.
College Sophomore 2013-06-09T13:32:21Z
It is very difficult to get in and the admissions process is very unique. They are looking for people with good grades and test scores who also have other fascinating or impressive activities and accomplishments that show they are much more than a test taker. My advice for perspective students is that first they really make the most of their high school experience. Dont participate in everything just to say you did. Find one or two things that you love and pursue them and become great. When you fill out the application, be yourself. Dont lie or say things just to impress, but also highlight your positives and show that you have learned much, but are excited about the prospect of learning so much more. Write essays that show you are human and can handle hardship and that you can work with others effectively. Then, be sure to apply to plenty of other schools.
College Sophomore 2013-05-30T17:06:02Z
I'm not going to lie, academics at MIT is challenging. But it makes you think. You're not just handed the answer or asked to regurgitate what the professor has taught you. You solve problems, learn the underlying principles of complex ideas, derive equations that you were given in high school in order to figure out how things work, and do so much more. MIT brings new meaning to learning, and they make sure you get out truly knowing what you have studied.
College Sophomore 2013-05-30T16:58:40Z
In my opinion, the meal plans are rather expensive when paired with its value but they are also cheaper in price than at most other colleges. Certain dining halls, like Next and McCormick, serve the best quality food and are my favorite dining halls to eat at. Maseeh, being relatively new and a dining hall that caters to a lot of people and is open the latest, has the least quality food. Simmons, being far away and only really caters to its residents, also has subpar quality food but it has been getting better with new management. Don't overestimate the time you'll have to eat, most people end up getting large meal plans and then wasting meals. Start small and know your limits.
College Sophomore 2013-05-30T16:51:45Z
Each dorm has its own unique culture and usually, you can find the dorm that's right for you. Being required to live on campus your freshman year is a good thing since it allows you to assimilate to college life and helps you meet other freshmen and upperclassmen.
College Sophomore 2013-05-15T17:42:16Z
Off-campus housing at MiT is often done through frats/sororities making it very easy and still somewhat dorm-like. On the other hand though, I've never heard of anyone having trouble finding an apartment off campus or roommates.
College Sophomore 2013-05-15T17:39:14Z
We have good athletics programs but certainly aren't world-renowned for most teams. At MIT, students are very much student-athletes, so academics almost always take precedence over athletics. That being said, the administration/faculty try to accommodate athletes as much as possible.
College Sophomore 2013-05-15T17:37:44Z
MIT has tons of computers available everywhere. There's also unlimited printing for undergraduates.
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T20:24:18Z
In fact, many of my friends are from different countries. Being at MIT instilled a new respect for international students, because they are very intelligent and very fun to be around.
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T20:20:10Z
There are many computer labs, called Athena clusters, that are easily accessible throughout campus. The only setback is that most of these Athena clusters don't have color printers. Other than that, most software is already installed on these computers, and they are very useful.
College Senior 2013-03-10T13:36:50Z
It's very expensive - about 12 dollars per meal on average. Food is not great. Meal plans are required if you live in a dorm with a dining hall.
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