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Pursue your passion for STEM, challenge yourself, make lasting friendships and connections—and have fun! MITES provides unparalleled opportunities for students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to learn, grow, and prepare for an exciting, fulfilling college experience and career.  If you’re an intellectually curious, ambitious student with an interest in science and engineering, we invite you to join us in person or online, during the school year or over the summer—to begin your life-changing journey. 
MITES connected me with so many other brilliant and passionate people and gave me an avenue to explore a brighter future for myself.

It gave me the opportunity to learn about career paths that would have otherwise been inaccessible. And, to apply and assert myself in challenging courses. Most of all, it gave me guidance and helped me grow into someone who is more confident, hard-working, and optimistic about the future.”

Moses Stewart

MITES ’20, New Haven, CT

Why choose MITES?

  • Discover new areas of science far beyond a typical school curriculum—and deepen your passions
  • Connect and collaborate with students who share your interest in STEM —and inspire each other
  • Learn from expert instructors—and become part of the MIT community
  • Bond with mentors whose backgrounds and experiences are like yours—and become part of a supportive network of students, staff, and alumni that stands the test of time
  • Achieve more than you ever thought possible—our coursework is rigorous and allows you to explore different fields
  • Dive into unique projects tailored to your interests—from computer games to urban design and robotics, you’ll apply new skills to real-life engineering challenges
  • Prepare for college and your career—our alumni matriculate to top colleges across the country and go on to successful careers in their chosen fields


Which program is right for you?

MITES offers students three inspiring, rigorous programs—all free of cost to students—where you can deepen your knowledge, expand your abilities, build confidence, bond with peers who share your passions, make lifelong friends, and start building a foundation to reach your personal, academic, and professional goals. Explore them below!

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Eligibility requirements


MITES Semester and MITES Summer are open to students across the U.S. All students must be:

  • Enrolled in 11th grade in any school setting, including public, private, and homeschool
  • A U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident 


MITES Saturdays is open to local middle and high school students who at the time of application:

  • Attend public school in Boston, Cambridge, or Lawrence, MA
  • Reside in Boston, Cambridge, or Lawrence, MA
  • Are enrolled in 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade 
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

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MITES Saturdays

Multi-year STEM academy for 7th–12th graders in Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, MA public schools (formerly SEED Academy). Apply in the fall of 7th–10th grades.

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MITES Semester

Hybrid STEM program for rising high school seniors, June–December (formerly MOSTEC). Apply in the fall of 11th grade.

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MITES Summer

Six-week, residential STEM experience for rising high school seniors (formerly MITES). Apply in the fall of 11th grade.

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MITES strongly encourages applications from students: 

  • With backgrounds underrepresented in science and engineering, identifying as African American/Black; Hispanic/Latinx; Native American or Alaska Native; and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Who are underserved, defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch 
  • Who are the first member of their families to attend college 
  • From families with an absence of science and engineering degrees  
  • From high schools 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.