With an acceptance rate around 10%, MIT is one of the most selective colleges in the United States. This top engineering school sends out far more rejection letters than acceptance letters. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into MIT had 4.0 GPAs, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2100, and ACT composite scores above 30. Also realize that there's a lot of red hidden beneath the blue and green in the upper right corner of the graph. Many students with perfect GPAs and test scores in the top 1% still get rejected from MIT. I always recommend that applicants consider a highly selective school like MIT a reach school even if grades and test scores are on target for admission.
At the same time, don't give up hope of getting into MIT if you don't have a 4.0 and a 2400 on the SAT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has holistic admissions, and they are looking for students who bring to campus more than good grades and test scores. Students who have some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. That said, chances of acceptance are remarkably slim if your GPA isn't in the "A" range and your SAT is below 1800.
To learn more about MIT, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- MIT Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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