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Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

  • Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge
    MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, Room E17-139
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • 617-253-8052
  • 1974
  • Adia Wallace
  • Program Assistant (MITES & MOSTEC)

Program Description

Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program OEOP offers three rigorous residential and on-line, academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. These national programs stress the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering. The programs are rooted in MIT's belief in the importance of students from diverse populations to pursue higher education and careers in these fields.

Selected students build self-confidence in their ability to be successful in a demanding academic atmosphere, and have a chance to work with and befriend individuals of different racial, ethnic and other backgrounds. Although admission to MIT is not the focus of our programs, for our graduates, there is a strong record of successful admission to MIT and to other engineering and science universities.

By submitting a MITES application students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one-week residential program, a six-week residential program, and a six-month online enrichment program. Through these programs, the OEOP is able to serve a larger number of selected students from the growing pool of MITES applicants (1500 applications in 2011).

Each of these enrichment programs provides unique opportunities to engage in STEM activities with MIT students, staff and faculty. Each of these programs is 100% scholarship-based. Funding from industry, foundations, grants, individuals, and MIT covers all living and educational expenses for each admitted student. Students only pay for their transportation to and from MIT.

In order to be considered for either one of these programs students must submit a MITES application. You can access the student application here.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1800
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 25% and 50%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Harvard College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University