MIT vs. Harvard

Compare two schools with tuition, admission, test scores, and more academic characteristics.

MIT vs. Harvard


Both MIT and Harvard are private. Both schools are located in Massachusetts.
  • MIT has more expensive tuition of $57,986 than Harvard ($57,261).
  • Harvard has tighter acceptance rate of 5.16% than MIT (7.17%).
  • MIT has higher SAT scores of 1,560 than Harvard (1,550).
  • Harvard is larger with 30,631 students than MIT (11,858 students).

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#3 in National Universities
#1 in Massachusetts
Rankings#2 in National Universities
#2 in Massachusetts
Private, 4-yearsSchool TypePrivate, 4-years
Cambridge, MALocationCambridge, MA
Doctorate (Research)
Offered Degrees1 Year Certificate
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
$34,013Financial Aid$49,954
$75 undergraduate
$75 graduate
Application Fee$85 undergraduate
$105 graduate
7.17%Acceptance Rate5.16%
1,560 SAT, 35 ACTTest Scores1,550 SAT, 35 ACT
Student Population
11,858Total Students30,631
57Online Enrollment10,495
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
96%Graduation Rate97%
Transfer-out Rate
99%Retention Rate96%
$153,600Average Earning after Graduation$139,100
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Course (may not Degree Program) Offered for GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Study Abroad
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 8,000)
$11,980 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 13,748)
$12,056 average annual costs
Not offered or not ReportedMeal PlanNot offered or not Reported
Faculties and Staffs
3 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio7 to 1
1,375 Full-time
306 Part-time
Number of Faculties2,120 Full-time
335 Part-time
12,790 Full-time
1,242 Part-time
Number of Staffs16,942 Full-time
2,236 Part-time
$185,855 for Faculties
$103,906 Part-time
Average Salary$193,382 for Faculties
$91,111 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2021-2022