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MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC)

  • MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC)
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Room E17-139
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • 617-253-8052
  • 2011
  • Adia Wallace
  • Program Assistant (MITES & MOSTEC)

Program Description

The six-month MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program serves rising high school seniors from across the country -- many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Students selected to participate in MOSTEC demonstrate in their applications a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering.

The MOSTEC program begins the summer before students' senior year in high school and extends through students' first semester in 12th grade. MOSTEC has both in-person and online components and consists of 3 phases outlined below:

    • Academic Phase (June- Early August): Students complete 2 online courses and projects in science, engineering, and science writing with support from course instructors. Students begin meeting virtually in small groups with undergraduate mentors. This mentoring extends over all three phases of MOSTEC.
    • Conference (Early August): Students attend the 5-day MOSTEC Conference on MIT's campus. They present their projects, attend workshops, and participate in social and community-building events.
    • Enrichment Phase (August -December): During this online phase, students interact with faculty, researchers, and professionals via webinars and Q&A sessions and write online blogs. Students also have the opportunity to ask admissions and financial aid-related questions in the Admissions Corner, which is run by MIT Admissions counselors.

    Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Arts and cultural
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring
    • Parent/family services
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1750
  • 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

  • Boston University (1)
  • Brown University
  • Harvard College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1)
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University