Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Overview

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 believed that professional competence is best fostered by coupling teaching and research and by focusing attention on real-world problems.

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The essence of MIT is our appetite for problems–especially those big, intractable, complicated problems whose solutions make a permanent difference. While MIT is a research university committed to world-class inquiry in math, science, and engineering, MIT has equally distinguished programs in architecture, the humanities, management, and the social sciences. A diverse, supportive campus environment–with an incredible range of student groups and athletic and fitness opportunities–ensures that it's not all about the work. And in MIT's intensely creative atmosphere, the arts flourish in all their forms.

MIT admits some of the most talented students in the world on a need-blind basis. The Institute is committed to meeting the financial need of each admitted undergraduate student through MIT scholarships; the average student scholarship was 34,551 per year in 2014. As a result, the MIT community is incredibly diverse, and organically collaborative, with students coming from many different backgrounds, across the country and around the world.

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Students are frequently encouraged to unite MIT’s engineering excellence with public service. For example, the required senior capstone design course for mechanical engineering majors centers on making the world a better place through engineering. Recent years have focused on projects using alternative forms of energy, and machines that could be used for sustainable agriculture. Beyond academic coursework, MIT’s D-Lab, Poverty Action Lab, and Public Service Center all support students and professors in the research and implementation of culturally sensitive and environmentally responsible technologies and programs that alleviate poverty and improve quality of life in low-income areas locally, nationally, and worldwide.

The MIT community brings its energy and creativity outside the classroom as well with 450+ student-run groups, 33 varsity sports, 18 intramural sports, 33 club sports, and more than 60 music, theater, visual arts, writing, and dance groups. It’s just a short walk across the Charles River to Boston where students can enjoy the city’s fabulous restaurants or take in Boston culture. Many programs around MIT allow students to get reduced-price tickets to various events, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the American Repertory Theater, and Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox games. Students get free admission daily to the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, and all Harvard University and MIT museums
Ranking  2      2
Country United States
City Boston
Town Cambridge
Bachelor (foreigners)58,240 USD/year.
Master (foreigners)58,240 USD/year.
Bachelor (citizens)20,000 USD/year.
Master (citizens)20,000 USD/year.
Cost of living $1,192-2,054 USD/Month.
Acceptance Rate 8.3%
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General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Private
Established 1861
Abbreviation MIT
Teachers 2,980
Students 11,051
Foreigners 33%
Religion None
Academic calendar 4-1-4
AdmissionBased on grades and examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Mind and Hand
• Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
• MIT Corporation
• 568 Group
• Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI)
• Association of American Universities (AAU)
• Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
• Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU)
World ranking2
Country ranking2
Academic Reputation6
Employer Reputation4
Quality of teaching15
International Faculty32
International Students60
Citations per Faculty9
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities17
Engineering and Technology1
Life Sciences and Medicine4
Natural Science1
Social Sciences and Management6
Ranking in world by discipline
Computer Science2
Economics & Business3
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking2
QS World University Rankings1
ARWU Academic Ranking3
Cost of living in Boston
Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
Accommodation 689 1,034
Food 293 526
Transportation 60 191
Communications and utilities 100 113
Clothing 20 75
Sports and leisure 30 116
Accommodation in Boston USD/Month.
Shared room outside of centre696
Shared room in city centre1,044
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre1,259
1 bedroom apartment in city centre1,837
Alternative title
Arabic معهد ماساتشوسيتس للتكنولوجيا
German Institut für Technologie Massachusetts
Spanish Instituto de Tecnología de Massachusetts
French Institut de Technologie du Massachusetts
Japanese マサチューセッツ工科大学
Korean 매사추세츠공과대학교
Portuguese Instituto de Tecnologia de Massachusetts
Russian Массачусетский технологический институт
Chinese 麻省理工学院