Five Schools in One!
There are five distinct schools at MIT: Science, Engineering, Management, Architecture and Planning, and Humanities, Art, and Social Sciences. With over thirty departments split throughout the Institute—many of which bridging two or more schools—MIT offers thousands of different paths towards a degree.
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A Diverse Education
Although the School of Engineering is why MIT is world-renowned, no undergraduate student can receive a degree without extensive studies in the arts and humanities. This rule was founded in the Institute’s early history as a means to mold well-rounded students. The arts and humanities requirement helps prove that no student can stay isolated in a single school; the Institute demands a diverse education regardless of what happens after graduation.
Financial aid is distributed solely on a need-based basis, and no application is considered with the student’s finances in mind. While the average cost for undergrads is $60,000 a year, nearly $88 million in financial aid was dispersed in the 2013-14 school year alone, dropping the average cost of admission to about $35,000 across the board. Of course, those in the most need receive the most financial aid, but plenty of merit-based grants and scholarships exist for students eager to drop the price further. Like the admissions office says: “If you are admitted to MIT, we will make sure you can afford to come to MIT.”
The Institute offers even more programs for graduate students, which is one of the reasons why there are more than 2,000 more grad students than undergrads. MIT’s graduate programs attract aspiring students from around the world; in fact, more than 40% of the present graduate students are from outside the United States! The research provided by graduate and postgraduate students has developed into game-changing products in medicine, computer science, aerospace, and robotics.
MIT offers 46 majors and 49 minors for undergraduates, each of which require a different number of classes from each school and the 30 separate departments. Put to numbers, the amount of freedom in an MIT education might sound a bit unnerving, but also quite wonderful. You have the power to choose a path to graduation that will almost certainly be different from anyone else; the only question left is where you want to start.
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