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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Endless Possibilities During IAP

MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special four-week term each January, where students are encouraged to explore fun and innovative activities not possible during the semester—from learning about data visualization or the history of prog rock to participating in a mobile reading marathon. Follow our Instagram to see more of what IAP has to offer.

Document Processing Time

All documents require processing! It can take up to 10 business days for materials to appear on your MyMIT tracking page. Please be patient as we are processing thousands of documents. And relax—it is fine if your recommendation letters and transcript arrive and are processed after the January 1 deadline.

Heart, Humor and Engineering

MIT senior and Marshall Scholar Nick Schwartz, a self-described "nerd with a heart," wants to solve the energy problem through nuclear fusion research—and make people smile along the way. Learn more about Nick and why he dons a Santa Claus costume each fall semester.

Summer Programs

Looking to immerse yourself in science this summer? Check out these MIT-sponsored summer programs for high school students:
Research Science Institute (RSI): January 12 application deadline
MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP): January 15 application deadline
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES): February 1 application deadline
Summer Science Program (SSP): February 2 international application deadline and March 2 domestic application deadline

Arts @ MIT

What makes the arts such a vital part of MIT? A creative culture where experimentation and innovation cross all disciplines and break all boundaries. More than half of all undergraduates expand their horizons by enrolling in arts classes each year, on a campus that features more than 3,500 noted works of contemporary art and landmark buildings designed by legendary architects like Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. Watch the video.