The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 to increase industrialization. Since then, it has formed intense research and training collaborations with other institutes, industries and government.
Each year, the school discloses numerous inventions and patent applications. Researchers from various departments have won world-class prizes including the Nobel Prize.
MIT has substantial laboratory facilities including one of the largest university-based nuclear reactors in the United States.
The school is also well-known for its unique architecture on campus. Its School of Architecture was the first architecture school established in the U.S., and has a history of progressive design including many buildings that are representatives of modern architecture.
Those visiting MIT and prospective students can take a tour to learn more about the school.
With its urban setting, the MIT campus also has a strong entrepreneurial culture. The Cambridge neighborhoods surrounding it are a mixture of high-tech and bio-tech companies. In addition, there are many hotels and restaurants nearby.
Areas of Study
As a research institute, the university takes an influential role in solving the world’s greatest challenges. Best known for its math, science, and engineering education, MIT is a private university that also offers world-class programs in the following fields: architecture, humanities, management, and social science.
It offers students an intensive academic education as well as opportunities to support ongoing scientific research.
Fierce competition for acceptance exists with an admission rate of 9.7 percent. In the school year of 2010–2011, students came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and 115 foreign countries. There are currently about 4200 undergraduates.
Clubs & Activities
MIT has over 450 student groups and 33 varsity sports, the largest DIII athletic program in the nation. Greek life is very popular on campus.
- The school’s athletic teams call themselves the “Engineers”
- MIT is home to the nation’s first architecture degree