Undergraduate Students

Applying to MIT

MIT has two major educational components - academics (course work) and research opportunities. Faculty teach through their academic departments, such as EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Aeronautics and Astronautics. Faculty members with similar research interests often join an interdisciplinary research lab or center, such as CSAIL. In these labs and centers, faculty also provide practical, hands-on training to students in how to conduct research in their field of study. Research labs and centers do not directly admit undergraduate students. To participate, students must first be admitted to an academic department.

If you wish to apply to MIT or are looking for information on how to prepare for an MIT education, visit MIT’s admissions website at http://web.mit.edu/admissions/.

Once you have applied and been admitted, we encourage you to explore the many UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) opportunities available at CSAIL. For more information about MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, visit http://web.mit.edu/urop/basicinfo/.