Contributed by Dr. Paul Lowe following one of his many visits to Massachusetts Institute of Technology Admissions Office and the MIT Campus.
Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visit Ivy League, prestigious and elite colleges several times annually where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with director of admissions and senior admissions personnel.
While at MIT, Dr. Lowe talked with admissions personnel and professors. MIT is at the center of a growing science, technology and health care and research and business community in Boston. As my team and I walked around Kendall Square, in Boston, there were signs indicating divisions of Google, Novartis, Microsoft and many companies where MIT student-interns and graduates work. One admissions officer told me that MIT students have no problem obtaining a job in the Boston community.
As I walked through MIT’s “Infinite Corridor”, I saw and sensed the intellectual vibe of happy students as they interacted while moving to their next class.
(1) MIT’s community is proudly diverse, with 51% of undergraduates representing U.S. minority groups and 46% female.
(2) Several undergraduate classes are taught by Nobel Laureates. In the Biology Department alone, there are 4 Nobel Laureates. Additionally, the faculty has 3 Pulitzer Prize Winners and 20 MacArthur Fellows.
(3) Although MIT is known for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, it has a robust arts, literature and music programs. Over 50% of undergraduates enroll in arts courses each year.
(4) Over 800+ companies work with faculty and students.
(5) 42% of students participate in an international experience.
(6) Total costs to attend MIT: $63,250.
(7) 90% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.
(8) MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers undergraduates the chance to work on cutting edge research – whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas. MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) provide intensive professional internships in companies, research laboratories, and universities around the globe.
(9) Approximately 57% of graduates go directly to employment but 75% eventually enroll in graduate school, including 12% to medical school, 5% to law school, and 16% to business school. The average starting salary of an MIT graduate is $74,980.
(10) MIT’s mascot: The beaver – Nature’s original engineer.
(11) MIT’s releases its regular admissions decisions on Pi Day (March 14th) (3.14)
Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Greenwich Admissions Advisors. Tel. (203) 542-7288, and founder of Ivy League Admissions Advisors. Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive admissions advisory services for families and students who are interested in applying to and experiencing the unique educational environment and communities of Ivy League and highly selective colleges and elite private day and boarding schools.
Dr. Lowe is an active member of several professional organizations including: the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), and the Admissions Leadership Consortium (ALC).