MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Freshman Applicants

Portfolios & Additional Material

While we neither expect nor require additional material beyond the application, we know that many students are involved in many cool activities outside of class, and we love to hear about them!

Researchers, performing artists, visual artists, and makers may send in portfolios for review by MIT staff or faculty through Slideroom.
 For more information on each type of portfolio, please review the descriptions below. 

Portfolios must be submitted by November 1 for Early Action or January 1 for Regular Action.

Students who have worked on a significant research project outside of high school classes are welcome to submit a research supplement via Slideroom. If you have worked on more than one research project, we recommend focusing on the project that is most important to you.

Please answer a brief questionnaire about your research and provide a letter of recommendation from your research mentor. Researchers may include a PDF of their abstract, poster, or research paper if available.

Music & Theater Arts
Performing artists (musicians, composers, dancers, designers, directors, writers, and actors) with exceptional talent are welcome to submit a supplement via Slideroom. We recommend submitting work that represents a range of styles or skills if available.

  • Musicians: Submit two recordings representing contrasting styles or periods, of about 10 minutes total duration. Each selection must be an unedited solo performance. If possible, include accompaniment where appropriate.
  • Composers: Submit one recent composition score in pdf format.
  • Actors, dancers, directors, and designers: Submit up to three videos or images. Please keep the total video time no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Writers: You may submit all or part of one or two scripts. Submissions should be no longer than 10 pages total. If your work was performed and recorded, you may submit up to 10 minutes of video.

Visual Art & Architecture
Creative individuals with exceptional talent are welcome to submit a portfolio via Slideroom.

We encourage all types of media art, including design, drawing, painting, mixed media, digital media, photography, sculpture, and architectural work. You may submit a portfolio of up to 10 images of your work for review. Include the title, medium, a brief description, date completed, and a brief description of each work's concept or inspiration.

The Maker Portfolio is an opportunity for students to showcase their projects that require creative insight, technical skill, and a 'hands-on' approach to learning by doing. Members of the MIT Engineering Advisory Board review all Maker portfolios. If you would like your technically creative work to be reviewed by academic and instructional staff, then it might be a good fit for the Maker Portfolio.

For your Maker Portfolio, you may submit images, video totaling no more than 120 seconds, and up to one PDF of technical documentation and/or specifications via Slideroom.

If you are an accomplished athlete and you plan to participate at the varsity level in college, we encourage you to contact the MIT coach for your sport. All varsity coaches can be reached through MIT’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation. Due to NCAA rules, coaches may not be able to reply.

Other Supplemental Materials
Our admissions process is designed to be completed online. Note that all materials that are not already electronic are scanned and uploaded; we cannot process non-scannable materials such as CDs, DVDs, books, slides, certificate binders, or newspaper clippings. If there are other pieces of scannable information that you feel would add depth to your application, you must download and print an MIT Supplemental Document Cover Sheet from your MyMIT account and attach it to any non-required document you submit. If you are mailing materials to MIT, please use this address:

MIT Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 404
Randolph, MA 02368