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How does MIT consider extracurriculars?

We read applications from students interested in everything from apiculture (beekeeping) to building nuclear reactors in their garages. We realize our applicants are very committed to their schoolwork and with their limited time, choose their extracurricular activities carefully.

We also realize that students in the U.S. have a huge array of extracurriculars to choose from and write about in their MIT application and that students in other countries may not have access to such a diverse range of options.

Remember that your application is reviewed in context, and that we look to see what you did with the options available to you no matter where you live or attend school. Don’t be concerned about having a lot of extra’s—we’re really interested in the few things that excite and motivate you.



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