Harvard University vs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Overview

You’re wrestling with a tough question: “Should I go to Harvard University or MIT ?”

What are your chances at Harvard University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Harvard University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    This complete guide analyzes both the quantitative and qualitative differences between Harvard University andMassachusetts Institute of Technology. This comparison is particularly valuable at understanding the cultural nuances between the colleges since it uses student videos to capture the “vibes” of campus - these videos are exclusively available on CampusReel :)

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go through a general overview of the high-level differences between Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The table below summarizes some of the most important statistics around competitiveness, costs, etc.

    Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    In-state Tuition $45,278 $46,704
    Net Price $17,882.0 $22,968.0
    Average Financial Aid $48,524 $41,198
    Total Undergraduates 7333 4474
    Average SAT Scores 1400 - 1600 1430 - 1580
    Acceptance Rate 6 8
    Location Massachusetts Hall 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    City Name Cambridge Cambridge

    WARNINGS: Based on net price alone, Harvard University is the cheaper option. However, this sticker price may not adequately represent the difference in living costs between Cambridge and Cambridge. Harvard University is in a New England and MIT is in a New England - sometimes off campus meals and housing costs can dramatically vary between schools.

    Is Harvard University or Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harder to get into? Which school is easier to get into?

    If you’re looking at acceptance rate alone, then Harvard University is more difficult to get into. However, each college is looking to fill its incoming class with a variety of students with different strengths, backgrounds, etc. Therefore, the acceptance rate alone is not a good indicator that Harvard University is a better school or will be more difficult for you specifically to get into. On the flipside, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is easier to get into based on acceptance rate alone.

    You can use the below college admissions predictor to determine your likelihood of acceptance at either school.

    What are your chances at Harvard University?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Harvard University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    How do Harvard University dorms compare to housing options at MIT?

    Both colleges provide on-campus living options. Harvard University charges for on-campus living, while MIT charges N/A for on-campus living. Most importantly, though, check out the video below for a sample of dorm tours at each school.

    How does Harvard University social life compare to MIT?

    It’s tough to understand the nuances of social life with data alone. That’s why we’ve brought in real student videos to show how Harvard University social life differs from MIT.

    The table below helps demonstrate the student body differences as well.
    Harvard University, % MIT, %
    White 43.99 36.57
    Hispanic 10.23 15.24
    Black 6.44 5.68
    Foreign 11.07 9.75
    Others 28.3 32.8

    How different is the Harvard University campus compared to MIT campus?

    The Harvard University campus is located in Cambridge, MA and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000). The MIT campus is located in Cambridge, MA and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000).

    Which school gives more financial aid?

    Harvard University provides $48,524 whereas MIT provides an average of $41,198.

    How does Harvard University academics compare to MIT?

    When analyzing academics between Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology we’ll look at both what current students are studying and also where they end up after graduation. After all, college should prepare you for a career! Analyzing each school’s outcomes is super valuable to understand the value of the degree.

    Majors Harvard University MIT
    Agriculture agriculture operations and related sciences N/A N/A
    Natural resources and conservation 16 N/A
    Architecture and related services N/A 14
    Area ethnic cultural gender and group studies 24 N/A
    Communication journalism and related programs N/A 6
    Computer and information sciences and support services 131 342
    Communications technologies technicians and support services N/A N/A
    Personal and culinary services N/A N/A
    Engineering 78 462
    Education N/A N/A
    Engineering technologies and engineering related fields N/A N/A

    Which is better: Harvard University or Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

    What are your chances at Harvard University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Harvard University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    We’ve compared dorm life, costs, outcomes and more to provide the most complete comparison between Harvard University and MIT. But, you’re smart enough to know that numbers paint a terrible picture for truly understanding what each college and community is like. And, the real answer to which school is better is: the school that’s right for you. No matter who you ask, if they know what they’re talking about, the answer is the same: the “better” school is whatever is the best fit for you personally. That’s why it’s extremely important to check out all the videos on CampusReel for each school.

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