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First-year applicants: Creative portfolios

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

Researchers, performing artists, visual artists, and makers may submit optional 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, you should focus on the most significant project 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 or research poster, if available. If the work being submitted has been published, a citation can be provided.

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.
  • Screenwriters/playwrights: 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. Note: this portfolio option is meant for screenwriters/playwrights; while MIT values creative writing, we do not currently offer a portfolio to review creative writing, essays, poetry, etc.

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. You may document one project or many, and your work may have been done inside, or outside, of school, and alone or with a team; just make sure you explain it to us!