Prepare for MIT
Information For Parents
If you're like most parents, helping your child find the right college feels like one of your last great parental responsibilities. You may be less certain of how best to help, and the stakes can seem painfully high. Try to see the admissions process as a rite of passage—a challenging initiation that marks the passage out of childhood and into adult responsibility. You can and should provide support and encouragement. You can celebrate each step along the way. But the process must belong to your child.
For your son or daughter, the college search and application process should be about one thing only: finding the right fit. Fit means finding a community where your child shares the fundamental values and priorities and feels comfortable enough to take the social and intellectual risks that make college really worthwhile.
Fit is also a two-way proposition. Your child's job is to find the school that feels right. Our job in Admissions is to choose—from among thousands of qualified applicants—the students we think are most likely to thrive in and contribute something important to the community of MIT.
In order to best understand how this process works, we encourage you to review information we've posted about the freshman application, our admissions process, and our financial aid, as well as things your child can do to prepare for MIT and college in general. These step-by-step guides will help orient you in the process and tell you what you and your child, need to know.
We've organized links to the information that parents most often request.