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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), we revel in a culture of learning by doing. In 30 departments across five schools and one college, our students combine analytical rigor with curiosity, playful imagination, and an appetite for solving the hardest problems in service to society.

Our undergraduates work shoulder to shoulder with faculty, tackle global challenges, pursue fundamental questions, and translate ideas into action. The lifeblood of the Institute’s teaching and research enterprise, our graduate students and postdocs represent one of the most talented and diverse cohorts in the world.

From science and engineering to the arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences, and management, and interdisciplinary programs, we offer excellence across the board. We also pioneer digital education — like MITx — which offers flexible access to Massachusetts Institute of Technology-rigorous content for learners of all ages.

About MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) :

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. We are fun and quirky, elite but not elitist, inventive and artistic, obsessed with numbers, and welcoming to talented people regardless of where they come from.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is profoundly American. With ingenuity and drive, our graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs. At the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is profoundly global. Our community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the world. Through teaching, research, and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world.

Mission and Values

  • Mission Statement
  • MIT Values

Key Facts :


Motto“Mens et manus” (“mind and hand”)


LocationCambridge, MA USA
Size168 acres (0.68 km2)
Student residences19
Playing fields26 acres (0.11 km2)
Gardens + green spaces40+
Publicly sited works of art60+

Admissions (Class of 2025) :


Selected Honors :

Nobel laureates98
National Medal of Science winners59
National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners29
MacArthur Fellows79
A. M. Turing Award winners15


MIT facts

Community (as of 10/30/21)

Employees (including faculty)15,722
Professors (all ranks)1,069
Other teaching staff
Undergraduate student-to-faculty and instructional staff ratio3:1
2,231 (48%)
US minority groups2,584 (56%)
Graduate students7,296
Women2,772 (38%)
US minority groups1,539 (21%)

Faculty :

For (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT’s faculty — just over 1,000 in number — cutting-edge research and education are inseparable. Each feeds the other. When they’re not busy pioneering the frontiers of their fields, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty members play a vital role in shaping the Institute’s vibrant campus community — as advisors, coaches, heads of houses, mentors, committee members, and much more.

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  • Awards & Honors
  • Faculty by School


President :

Sally Kornbluth
MIT’s 18th president, January 2023 – present

The Institute’s board of trustees, known as “the Corporation,” includes 77 distinguished leaders in engineering, science, industry, education, and other professions.

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  • Office of the President
  • Senior Leadership
  • MIT Corporation

Cambridge & Boston :

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an integral part of its host city of Cambridge, a diverse and vibrant community noted for its intellectual life, history, and thriving innovation climate. With a campus nestled between Central and Kendall Squares, and across the Charles River from Boston’s Back Bay, the Institute is optimally positioned to collaborate with its neighbors and to contribute to its community.

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  • Visit MIT
  • Kendall Square
  • Visiting Boston


Schools, Departments & the College :

Across Massachusetts Institute of Technology, faculty help set the global standard of excellence in their disciplines: They are pioneering scholars who love to teach. Deeply engaged in practice, they topple conventional walls between fields in the push for deeper understanding and fresh ideas. In fact, many faculty actively work in at least one of MIT’s interdisciplinary labs, centers, initiatives, and institutes that target crucial challenges, from clean energy to cancer.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Schwarzman College of Computing, opened in fall 2019, is a cross-cutting entity with education and research links across all five schools.

Explore Departments

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  • Departments by School
  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science
  • MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Teaching & Learning :

Our campus is a workshop for inventing the future and we are all apprentices, learning from each other as we go. Because we like to make things, and we like to make an impact, iconic courses like 2.009 emphasize designing, inventing, collaborating, and translating students’ expertise to reach the world.

Through signature experiential learning programs like UROP, UPOP, MISTI, PKG, IAP, D-Lab, and Sandbox, students can pursue virtually infinite co-curricular and extracurricular projects — here at MIT, throughout the Greater Boston innovation hub, and around the world. Honeycombed with legendary laboratories and dozens of makerspaces, a wind tunnel, a research nuclear reactor, and a glass lab, our campus of idiosyncratically numbered buildings adds up to a prime spot to make the most of your potential.

Top Resources:

  • Registrar’s Office
  • Course Catalog (MIT Bulletin)
  • DoingWell
  • Office of the First Year
  • Office of Graduate Education
  • Office of Experiential Learning
  • Teaching + Learning Lab

Open Learning :

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pioneering new ways of teaching and learning, on our campus and around the world, by inventing and leveraging digital technologies. MITx, the Institute’s portfolio of massively open online courses, offers flexible access to a range of interactive courses developed and taught by instructors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Another Massachusetts Institute of Technology innovation — the MicroMasters credential — is increasingly recognized by industry leaders hiring new talent. And MIT’s original digital learning option, OpenCourseWare, continues to offer teachers and learners worldwide the materials for more than 2,450 Massachusetts Institute of Technology courses, freely available online.

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  • MITx
  • First-year STEM Classes from MIT
  • Open Course Ware
  • MITx Micromasters
  • Open Learning
  • Residential Digital Innovations
  • Podcasts

Professional & Executive Education :

For executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and technical professionals eager to tap fresh thinking and new research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we offer dozens of executive and professional programs. Some are online. Some are on campus. Ranging from two days to 20 months, they all share Massachusetts Institute of Technology signature focus on practical solutions for the real world.

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  • Professional & Executive Learning
  • MIT Professional Education – School of Engineering
  • Sloan School of Management Executive Education
  • MIT xPRO
  • Bootcamps

K-12 Resources :

We delight in the beauty and creative power of science, technology, engineering, and math, and we make a special effort to spark that same passion in students from kindergarten through high school — in school, after school, and over the summer. Locally, we engage students, teachers, and families with a range of hands-on K-12 offerings, from structured field trips to MIT’s Edgerton Center to programs designed to encourage girls in their love of technology and science. We also offer an array of resources for teachers, to help them make science and engineering easy to grasp and irresistibly interesting.

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  • K-12 Science & Engineering Opportunities
  • OpenCourseWare Highlights for High School
  • K-12 Outreach
  • App Inventor
  • Scratch
  • Teaching Systems Lab
  • Lemelson-MIT Program
  • See Inside Education

Research :

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibility is our joyful obsession, and we celebrate fundamental discoveries and practical applications alike. As educators, we also value research as a potent form of learning by doing. Through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), more than 85% of undergraduates enrich their education through engaging in frontline, faculty-led research.

Research flourishes in our 30 departments across five schools and one college, as well as in dozens of centers, labs, and programs that convene experts across disciplines to explore new intellectual frontiers and attack important societal problems. Our on-campus research capabilities are enhanced through the work of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, active research relationships with industry, and a wide range of global collaborations. In this work, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries serve as a crucial partner and a source of important research in their own right.

Centers, Labs & Programs :

MIT continually develops organizations and partnerships that foster interdisciplinary work. Listed here are just some of the MIT labs, centers, and programs where groundbreaking research is happening every day.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have devised a miniaturized system that can deliver tiny quantities of medicine to brain regions as small as 1 cubic millimeter.

Collaborating Institutions :

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers collaborate with many leading local, national, and international organizations to further drive exploration.

Researchers from MIT and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory are developing a new space boot with built-in sensors and tiny “haptic” motors, whose vibrations can guide the wearer around or over obstacles.

Innovation :

Massachusetts Institute of Technology people are eager to know how things work — and inspired to make them work better. Our “mind and hand” philosophy spurs real-world engagement, and thanks to MIT’s entrepreneurial culture, Greater Boston’s innovation ecosystem brims with companies spun out from MIT. We also embrace collaborations with industry and government, as we seek compelling problems where Massachusetts Institute of Technology innovation can make an impact.

MIT’s student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs can tap a remarkable suite of resources — from mentors and funding to student organizations and events ­— as they learn to drive their ideas to market. From two-person faculty start-ups to global corporations, businesses and nonprofits of every size can find satisfying ways to work with MIT. A range of professional groups stand ready to help, from the Office of Innovation and Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship to the distinctive Industrial Liaison Program.

Ecosystem :

MIT’s innovation ecosystem comprises students, faculty, postdocs, and alumni taking part in tailored classes, mentorship, guidance, and activities offered by over 80 innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) organizations across campus. Located in the heart of “the most innovative square mile on the planet,” MIT InnovationHQ provides a home for MIT’s thriving community of innovators and entrepreneurs, supporting all who pursue ideas with a passion for world-changing impact. From this hub of I&E activity, the ecosystem reaches outward into our regional innovation ecosystem, in part through an ambitious, decade-long redevelopment initiative.

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  • MIT Office of Innovation Resource Guide
  • MIT InnovationHQ
  • Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program
  • Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
  • D-Lab
  • The Engine
  • Solve
  • Technology Licensing Office
  • Venture Mentoring Service

Impact :

Innovations from MIT often address the problems humanity most needs to solve, including sustainable energy, urban resiliency, fresh water, food for all, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and infectious disease. By helping MIT inventors connect with mentors, collaborators, networks, and funding, we help them translate new science into transformative innovation. MIT entrepreneurs make a sizable global impact: The active companies formed by living MIT alumni produce estimated annual revenues on par with the gross domestic product of the 10th-largest economy in the world.

From clean water technology to medical research, MIT innovations have global impact. 

Admissions + Aid :

Intensely curious and driven to explore, the people of MIT value rigorous analytical thinking, ingenuity, hands-on problem solving, and big new ideas. Stimulating, supportive, and playful, the MIT community becomes, for many students, a second home.

In our undergraduate, graduate, and professional admissions, we seek applicants whose strengths, interests, and values are a good match for MIT. Because the Institute is built on the idea that talent and good ideas can come from anywhere, we are a remarkably diverse community, drawing students from all 50 states and from 118 countries. Many are members of the first generation in their family to have the opportunity for higher education. Above all, our students learn not to be afraid of hard problems, making their MIT education a springboard for many careers — and practical preparation for life.

Undergraduate Admissions & Aid

All prospective undergraduate students apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, regardless of their intended program of study. On the undergraduate admissions site, you can learn more about our application process and read student blogs about life at MIT.

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  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate Financial Aid
  • First-Year Class Profile (2025)
  • Undergraduate Student Blogs

Graduate Admissions & Aid :

To pursue graduate study at MIT, you need to apply to one of our departmental programs. Each department has its own application website and admissions requirements.

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  • Graduate Admissions
  • Graduate Financial Aid
  • Graduate Student Blogs

Professional & Executive Education :

For professionals in the workforce and for learners anywhere eager for MIT content without the full-time commitment of a traditional degree program, we offer a range of educational options — some online, some on campus, and some a blend of both.

Top Resources :

  • MIT Professional Education
  • MIT Sloan School of Management Executive Education
  • MIT xPRO
  • MITx MicroMasters
  • MIT Bootcamps

Campus Life :

MIT’s collaborative, hands-on, curiosity-driven ethos in the classroom and lab extends across our campus — and beyond. On the stage or field, in makerspaces, living communities, and the surrounding area, MIT is where brilliant, committed, creative people come together to learn, work, live, and play.

Diverse in every sense of the word, our community is a playground for opportunity in the heart of a global innovation hub. Just 364.4 smoots (plus or minus one ear) across the Charles River from Boston — one of the best cities in the world for students — our 166-acre riverside campus brims with daring artists, talented athletes, and a club for just about anything.

Student Life :

With 500+ student organizations (chocolate science, anyone?), nearly 40 Greek-letter and independent living groups, chaplains for more than 20 faith traditions, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, student life at MIT offers a welcoming place for everyone. To complement their academics and research, students choose their own extracurricular adventures, from a spectacular array of ways to participate in music, dance, and sports to dozens of groups that savor and celebrate cultures from around the world. To help students navigate challenges, MIT offers a strong support network (bolstered by occasional visits from puppies, pigs, and pygmy goats).

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  • Division of Student Life
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Student Activities
  • Support for Undergraduate Students
  • Support for Graduate Students & Families

Housing & Dining :

Our residence halls are part entertainment center, part brain trust, part support system, and wholly central to students’ MIT experience. Campus residences have distinct personalities and traditions (like a cross-campus water fight!), which contribute as much to our students’ growth as their academic experiences do. Dining at MIT is about choice and flexibility, with five dining halls, nearly 20 retail eateries, and meal plans that allow students to enjoy it all.

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  • MIT Dining
  • Undergraduate Housing
  • Graduate Student & Family Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Residential Education

Athletics & Recreation :

MIT’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation offers sports instruction and participation at all levels. With 33 varsity sports — 16 for men, 15 for women, two co-ed — the Engineers boast 318 Academic All-America citations (the most in the country) and over 1,500 athletic All-America honors. We also work to foster community, inspire leadership, and promote wellness through physical education, recreation programs, club sports, intramurals — and, for the swashbuckling, the pirate arts.

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  • Varsity Athletics
  • Physical Education
  • Recreation
  • Club Sports
  • Intramurals

Arts :

The arts thrive naturally in MIT’s creative culture of experimentation and innovation that crosses every discipline. On a campus that features more than 3,500 noted works of contemporary art and landmark buildings by legendary architects like Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei, more than half of all undergraduates enroll in arts classes each year.

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  • Arts at MIT
  • Academics
  • Events & Visit
  • Exhibitions & Galleries
  • List Visual Arts Center
  • Public Art Map

Diversity & Inclusion :

At MIT, we welcome and support a diverse community of remarkable talent. But we know that to make a better world, we must work to continually make a better MIT. With that inspiration, we strive to remove barriers to talent wherever we find them, to build mutual understanding across our campus, to celebrate our wonderful range of cultures and backgrounds — and to help everyone in our community feel at home at MIT.

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  • Institute Community and Equity Office
  • Office of Minority Education
  • Graduate Student Diversity Initiatives
  • Social Justice Programming & Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life

Health & Wellness :

Succeeding at MIT means staying healthy — mind and hand, body and soul. Everyone needs a checkup or a check-in sometime. The Institute’s network of physical and mental support resources aims to keep our community happy, healthy, and active. And, through initiatives like MindHandHeart, we are always looking for ways to engage students, faculty, and staff to make MIT stronger and more welcoming.

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  • Community Wellness at MIT Medical
  • Student Mental Health and Counseling Services
  • MindHandHeart
  • Stress Reduction, Mindfulness & Relaxation
  • Urgent Care

When was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology established?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private institute established in 1861

What is the total undergraduate enrollment in this

It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,638 (fall 2021)

What is the rank of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in National Universities in 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Rankings National Universities, #2 in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges

what is its tuition and fees

Its tuition and fees is $57,986

Where is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology located?

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States, MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools and one college.

Who is the President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2023?

Sally Kornbluth (MIT’s 18th president, January 2023 – present)

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