Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science

A rigorous 6 week residential academic enrichment program.

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Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities – who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. ** **This national program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering.

Upon acceptance in mid-April, students should email summerapp@mit.edu if they have concerns about program dates conflicting with their school calendar.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply to MOSTEC, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and high school juniors or equivalent.

Selection criteria

Students selected for our programs generally have the following qualities:

  • Passion for science, technology, engineering and math (which can be demonstrated through extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation)
  • Strong academic record

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

  • Underrepresented in science and engineering, defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American
  • Underserved, defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch
  • Potentially the first family member to attend college
  • Absence of science and engineering degrees in family
  • Coming from a high school with low admittance rates to top-tier colleges, especially rural or predominantly minority high schools

All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered, regardless of race or ethnicity.


Eligible students can apply online at **summerapp.mit.edu **during the fall semester of their junior year in high school.

No cost!

All educational, food, and boarding costs are generously covered by our funders. Students only pay for transportation to and from MIT.


Students take one math course, one life sciences course, one physics course a humanities course, and an elective course. Placement into the math, life science, and physics courses is determined by diagnostic tests that are administered to all students during the orientation period of the program.

Past courses have included:


Math I

Math II

Math III






Physics I

Physics II

Physics III


MITES Humanities



Computer Science


Engineering Design


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