Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

The Institute admitted its first students in 1865, four years after the approval of its founding charter. The opening marked the culmination of an extended effort by William Barton Rogers, a distinguished natural scientist, to establish a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America. Rogers stressed the pragmatic and practicable. He believ... [ Read All ]


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Our Aims

The concept of an educational "commons" recalls an earlier time in New England's history, when land that was jointly owned or used by the residents of a community, such as a village green, was known as the commons.

At MIT, the educational commons is the shared knowledge, resources, aspirations, and values that constitute the core of an MIT education. As graduates discover, it also is the foundation of a lifetime of learning.

But what does it mean to be an educated person in the 21st century, in a world increasingly shaped by scientific and technological advances and the global currents they have set in motion?

The outline of MIT's answer began to emerge in October 2006, when the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons, a committee composed of two dozen faculty members and undergraduates, completed its three-year review of MIT's undergraduate educational program.

Addressing the core requirements that each undergraduate must fulfill, the task force called for the most far-reaching changes to MIT's undergraduate curriculum in the past half-century. One key recommendation was for a new and more flexible science, ...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

MIT is located on the north shore of the Charles River Basin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The campus is within 3 miles of two major interstate highways, less than 6 miles from a major international airport, and is accessible via public transportation. MIT is a 15-30 minute walk from downtown Boston (depending on the weather). MIT is a 30-40 minute walk from Harvard University (located just up the river from the MIT campus).  

Department and information about the department

MIT attracts students who apply creative thinking and problem-solving skills to diverse endeavors from manufacturing to music, and polymer science to poetry. In fact, 75 percent of incoming freshmen bring with them interests and experiences in the arts, and over half of MIT's undergraduates enroll in arts courses each year. The Institute offers arts degrees through the School of Architecture and Planning, and majors and minors in music, theater, and writing through the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Many students—including those in other degree programs—pursue their artistic interests by participating in the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Dramashop, or any of nearly 50 other music, theater, and dance groups.  

Academic Staff and Description

MIT students of the arts benefit from the guidance of scholars, practitioners, and mentors who possess excellent credentials and an abiding love of art. The Institute is home to distinguished arts faculty such as Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison (one of eight faculty composers), video and performance artist Joan Jonas, and conceptual artist Krzysztof Wodiczko. In addition, visiting artists from around the world come to the campus for periods ranging from a day to a semester or more, providing insights into different cultures and alternative views on familiar problems.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

MIT is committed to providing students with a strong scientific, technical, and humanistic foundation, and to encouraging them to develop creativity in defining problems and seeking solutions. For the bachelor of science degree, students must complete a core requirement that is equally divided between science and mathematics, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The science/mathematics requirement includes chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus, as well as laboratory and science electives. The humanities, arts, and social sciences requirement must be fulfilled in three out of five categories: literary and textual studies; language, thought, and value; the arts; cultures and societies; and historical studies. Students must also complete a four-subject communication requirement.

At the same time, students have rich opportunities to pursue their educational goals. The following programs are among their options for directing their own course of study.  

Information For  Postgraduates

For more than a century, MIT graduate programs have provided ideal environments for advanced study by students and faculty working together to extend the boundaries of knowledge.

Traditionally a leader in engineering graduate education, MIT has also attained national prominence for its doctoral programs in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. In addition, top-ranked graduate programs in economics; political science; linguistics; science, technology, and society; architecture; urban studies; and management have broadened the spectrum of graduate education at MIT.

Graduate students may pursue any of the following degrees: doctor of philosophy (PhD), doctor of science (ScD), engineer, master of science (SM), master of engineering (MEng), master of architecture (MArch), master in city planning (MCP), and master of business administration (MBA).  

Information For  International Students

There are 2,789 international students registered at MIT—381 undergraduates and 2,408 graduate students—for the current academic year.

The International Students Office provides services to meet the special needs of these students and support programs to help them fulfill their personal and academic goals.

The International Scholars Office assists MIT faculty and staff in bringing international scholars to campus as visiting researchers, professors, or lecturers.

Last year, there were 1,618 international scholars at MIT; 135 had primarily teaching appointments and 1,483 had primarily research appointments. The scholars came from 78 different countries on more than eight different visa types. They participated in the work of 69 departments, labs, and centers.  


The MIT Alumni Association enables over 110,000 former students to stay in touch with one another and continue their MIT connections. Under the direction of a volunteer alumni board, the Association staff engages alumni with the Institute and with one another through events held worldwide, web-based services, and involvement in fundraising for the Institute. Over 70,000 alumni are connected online, via the Association's popular suite of online alumni services, the "Infinite Connection."

Each year, more than 8,500 alumni volunteer their services for the Institute, with many serving as class and club officers, educational counselors, and members of the MIT Corporation and its visiting committees.

In fiscal year 2006, the Alumni Fund reported $35.9 million in gifts from 31,545 alumni donors.  

Student Facilities

To meet the changing needs of teaching and research, the Institute recently added a remarkable array of new facilities designed by distinguished architects. These include Simmons Hall, an undergraduate residence designed by Steven Holl and Perry Dean Rogers and Partners; the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, designed by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates, and Sasaki and Associates; the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, designed by Gehry Partners LLP; and a Brain and Cognitive Sciences complex designed by Goody, Clancy & Associates and Charles Correa Associates.

Current campus development projects aim at increasing research facilities, building a new graduate residence, and renovating existing buildings. Scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2007 is an "infill" building within the main group of Bosworth buildings that is designed to provide significant infrastructure renewal and modernization. In addition, an extension to the existing Media Lab will break ground and new space for the Sloan School will follow soon after.  

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