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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeB
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsB+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Broken Spirit, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Condescending

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Date: Dec 23 2015
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
MIT was a great experience, but in retrospect, I could have gone to a state school and paid a fraction of the tuition for an experience of similar quality.

Any large state school has all the same resources as MIT; the difference is that MIT FORCES their undergrads to take a heavy, challenging academic load. At a state school, you make your own experience- as easy or as difficult as you desire.

Thus, if you're a truly self-motivated student who will seek out challenging graduate-level classes and independent research opportunities, a large state school is MUCH better value.

responseAs a person who attended a state school and mit, that assumed reality about "truly self motivated" students is not actually accurate or realizable. state schools, especially large ones, make it difficult by design to customize the program. I was not allowed to take graduate courses, or any out-of-sequence courses without advising office approval. Advising office approval is not like mit's approximately 1-1 connection with the students. at the state school that I went to, the advising office was just other students, and they also did not have the authority to approve any out of sequence (or out-of-program) courses.
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