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Incoming graduate students list top factors for enrolling at MIT

MIT’s reputation was most important for master’s students; for doctoral students it was areas of specialization.

Every two years, MIT surveys incoming graduate students to ask about their reasons for pursuing graduate study at MIT, expectations about their program and what they think they will do after they graduate. When asked why they enrolled at MIT, the most highly rated factor for master’s students was “MIT’s reputation,” with 84 percent listing it as “extremely important.” For doctoral students, “areas of specialization” was the most highly rated, with 73 percent listing it as “extremely important.”

Additional survey highlights, as well as question-by-question frequencies, can be downloaded here:

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