All students need to demonstrate minimum competence in fields they will continue to study. We recommend that all international students study:

  • English: 4 years, with significant emphasis on writing and literature.
  • Mathematics: 4 years, with significant emphasis on fundamental mathematical skills (algebra; trigonometry; plane, solid and analytic geometry).
  • History/Social Studies: 3 or more years. Such courses should include the writing of essays.
  • Science: 3 or more years of laboratory science (including biology, chemistry and physics).
  • Foreign Language: 3 or more years of the same foreign language.


  • Taken 3 full A-Level Courses

IB Diploma

  • Submit predicted IB marks (including TOK/essay bonus points)


Students in AP courses are not required to submit AP scores as part of the admission process.

Standardized Test Result

  • ACT or SAT (Writing/Essay not required)
  • MIT will review applications from all students using either self-reported or official scores.
  • SAT Subject Tests are optional.

Two letters of recommendation

Essays & Past Activities

The applicant should answer several short questions (limit 50 words each), and to write a short essay on three topics.

Selection criteria

The Faculty of Engineering will make the final decision on the admission using the total score of 100% with the consideration of the following categories:

  • Portfolio and Statement of Purpose: 40%
  • Academic record: 20%
  • English proficiency test score: 20%
  • Interview score: 20%
Stanford University – Chemical Engineering
Source: Chemical Engineering - Stanford University