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Study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is a private research university located in Cambridge in Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1861 by William Barton Rogers in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States. The campus covers a total of 168 acres. MIT's undergraduate program ranked fourth in the US News and World Report (2009) rankings of national universities.

MIT has over 30 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research. The university is organized into five schools and one college:

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science
  • Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology
The official mascot of Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the Beaver.

Profile of Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The main campus of MIT is in Cambridge, MA (a medium-sized city). The school is a private, not-for-profit school. MIT offers degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school students most commonly major in a field related to science, engineering, mathematics, computer science and engineering, and architecture and planning.

MIT Selectivity

MIT does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, 12% of people who applied to the school were accepted. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 660 to 760. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 720 or more.


The school's faculty/student ratio compares favorably with most colleges. MIT offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at the school are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, MIT had 10, 220 enrolled students. The school has a larger minority student population than most schools. Males make up the lion's share of the Student Enrolment at MIT.

Student Life

The school is generally not a school for part-time students. MIT makes available a lot of student housing. Student athletes at the school belong to the New England Football Conference and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference for major sports.

MIT Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering1, 329mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, systems engineering, civil engineering, transportation engineering, . . .
Business and Management596business, business and related services
Science380biology, physics, chemistry, geology, oceanography, science and society, geophysics, meteorology, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering308computer science, computer and info science
Architecture and Planning190urban planning, architecture
Mathematics128mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Liberal Arts107economics, political science, linguistics, liberal arts and sciences, English, creative writing, history, anthropology, . . .
Media72digital communications, mass communication, journalism courses
Medicine62neuroscience, health professions
Therapy and Counselling23cognitive science
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy

Contact: MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

General Phone: (617) 253-1000

http://web. mit.edu/

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