MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The mission of MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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.

History:Incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on April 10, 1861

Motto: Mens et manus—”Mind and Hand”


  • 168 acres in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 18 student residences
  • 26 acres of playing fields

Employees:Approximately 11,840 (including faculty)

Faculty:Professors (all ranks): 1,021

  • Other teaching staff: 809

Selected Honors (MIT Community, Current and Former)

  • 80 Nobel Laureates
  • 56 National Medal of Science winners
  • 28 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners
  • 43 MacArthur Fellows

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

  • Major programs: 46
  • Minor programs: 49

Freshman Admission, Class of 2018

  • Applicants: 18,356
  • Admits: 1,447
  • Percentage admitted: 7.9%

Students, Academic Year 2014–2015

  • Total: 11,319
  • Undergraduates: 4,512
  • Women: 2,055 (46%)
  • Minorities: 2,317 (51%)
  • Graduate students: 6,807
  • Women: 2,171 (32%)
  • Minorities: 1,379 (20%)

International Students, 2014–2015

  • Undergraduates: 436
  • Graduate students: 2,748
  • Exchange, visiting, special students: 405

Undergraduate Cost, 2014–2015

  • Tuition: $44,720
  • Room and board: $13,224

Undergraduate Financial Aid, 2013–2014

  • Students attending tuition-free: 32%
  • Students awarded a need-based MIT scholarship: 56%
  • Average need-based financial aid award: $34,551


The selection process at MIT is holistic and student centered: each application is evaluated within its unique context. No school, state, or regional quotas are applied; neither is preference given to those with alumni relations. Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement as well as a strong match between the applicant and the Institute, including:

  • Alignment with MIT’s mission
  • Collaborative and cooperative spirit
  • Initiative and risk-taking
  • Hands-on creativity
  • Intensity, curiosity, and excitement
  • Balancing hard work with downtime

Selected undergraduate admissions statistics for 2014:

  • Applications for freshman admission were received from 18,356 candidates.
  • Admission was offered to 1,447 candidates (7.9 percent), of whom 1,043 enrolled.
  • Approximately 48 percent of the freshman class was female.
  • A majority had attended public high schools.
  • Seventeen percent were among the first generation in their family to attend college.
  • Nine percent were international citizens hailing from 53 countries.
  • Forty-nine US states were represented.

Applicants for graduate degree programs are evaluated for previous performance and professional promise by the department in which they wish to register.

Selected graduate admissions statistics for 2014:

  • Applications for graduate study were received from 23,884 candidates.
  • Admission was offered to 3,390 candidates, of whom 2,168 (64 percent) registered in advanced degree programs

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