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MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

Learn more at: https://oeop.mit.edu/programs
Email us: summerapp@mit.edu

Please refer to the list of required information below when working on your application. This list will help you start preparing your application and it may be used as a checklist when you submit your final application.

Important Deadlines

Application Opens: Mid-November

Student Submission Deadline:  February 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
Recommender Deadline: February 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Student Online Application 

  •          Applicant information (REQUIRED)
  •          Academic information (REQUIRED)
  •          Test score upload (OPTIONAL; see below for more information)
  •          Extracurricular activities (REQUIRED)
  •          Recommendation Requests (REQUIRED)
  •          Short answer questions (5 REQUIRED, 2 OPTIONAL; see below for more information)

Test Scores
Test scores are NOT required for submitting your application. Our admissions process is holistic, considering numerous factors and information shared in all sections of your application. While test scores are not required to submit an application, we do also consider test scores in this admissions process. We strongly encourage applicants to submit scores from one standardized test (SAT I, PSAT, ACT Aspire/PLAN, ACT, AP, IB). Including test scores will give us more information by which to review an application and a more complete picture of the applicant.  In order for test scores to be available to you in time for the submission deadline, tests would have to be taken during or prior to the fall semester. 

Short Answer Section

  •          Short answer question 1: Share with us how aspects of your identity (ex. race, culture, first generation college student status, gender, etc) shape your aspirations. 
  •          Short answer question 2: What are you passionate about? How have you spent time developing this passion?
  •          Short answer question 3: What do you hope to gain from participating in the MOSTEC/MITES program? If selected, how would you contribute to the MOSTEC/MITES community? 
  •          Short answer question 4: Tell us of a time you experienced a significant challenge in your life. What did you do and what did you learn? 
  •          Short answer question 5: The STEM field uses science, technology, engineering and/or math to understand more about the world around us and to solve problems. If you could develop, invent, or innovate anything to change the world for the better using STEM, what would it be and why?
  •          Short answer question 6 (OPTIONAL): If you could meet us in person, what would you share with us about you that isn’t already in the application?  
  •          Short answer question 7 (OPTIONAL): We acknowledge that circumstances and events related to COVID-19 may impact you, your schooling, your communities, and/or your family. Please utilize this space to describe if and how any of these events have impacted you. If you have any questions about what impacts you’d like to share, please email our team at summerapp@mit.edu 

The application requires three recommendations that must be completed using a unique online form. The recommendations must be completed by a math or science teacher (from courses such as Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Engineering, Earth Science, Computer Science, etc), humanities teacher (from courses such as History, English/Literature, Art, Foreign language, Classics, Economics, Government, Psychology, Social Studies, Geography) and school counselor or administrator (from someone who has access to the student's transcript and school profile). Each recommender will receive an email from our application portal with a link to fill out a recommendation form.

Students must submit recommendation requests by February 1 at 11:59 PM EST via the online application portal. Students may not submit the application until recommendations have been requested via the online portal. See below for additional information about the recommenders and the materials they will be required to submit:


  • Unofficial copy of High school transcript for Grades 9 & 10, and copy of 11th grade 1st semester grades (either included on transcript or report card)
  • School Profile/Grading Scheme

MATH OR SCIENCE TEACHER (from 9th, 10th or 11th grade) must submit:

  • Online Evaluation Form through a link they receive to their email 

HUMANITIES TEACHER (from 9th, 10th, or 11th grade) must submit:

  • Online Evaluation Form through a link they receive to their email 

The OEOP National Programs Application Team suggests that applicants check in with recommenders immediately and provide them with information about the programs, the materials they will be required to submit, and why you are interested in applying. Once you complete your recommendation request, your recommenders will receive an email with a link to submit their responses to a series of questions. School counselors and teachers must submit their recommendations by February 15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that recommenders have submitted their materials by the deadline using the online platform. The application will not be complete if recommendations are not submitted on time.

To Submit: Students must submit applications by February 1 at 11:59 PM EST. Applications can only be submitted after ALL sections of the application are complete and after recommendation requests have been sent to a math/science teacher, humanities teacher, and school counselor. Because of the large number of applicants, OEOP encourages students to submit applications  early - as soon as all sections are complete - in order to avoid the last minute website traffic right before the deadline. 

Supplemental Material Needed Upon acceptance to OEOP Programs

  • Admitted students must complete all enrollment materials in order to participate in MITES or MOSTEC
  • At this time, OEOP programs are limited to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with a valid green card.  In order to participate in MOSTEC, admitted students must confirm eligibility and may be asked to send one of the following in addition to other enrollment materials: (1) Official U.S. Birth Certificate, (2) Valid U.S. Passport, (3) Official Permanent Resident (Green) Card.  Students should not send this documentation until they are requested to do so after they are admitted to MITES or MOSTEC
  • Admitted students eligible for vaccination must be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19 or have a medical or religious exemption in order to participate in MIT events and programs on campus.