Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

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.

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Cambridge , MA 02139-4307
General Phone: (617) 253-1000

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MIT Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering1,347aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, transportation engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Business and Management605business, business and related services
Science407biology, bioinformatics, science and society, planetary science, atmospheric sciences, meteorology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, ...
Computer Science and Engineering350computer and info science, computer science
Architecture and Planning206architecture, urban planning
Mathematics122mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Liberal Arts113foreign language and literature, linguistics, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, political science, history ...
Media74mass communication, journalism courses, digital communications
Medicine67neuroscience, health professions
Therapy and Counseling22cognitive science
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for MIT in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,21734
Master's degree1,50937
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship59937

MIT Student Body

In 2007-2008, MIT had a total enrollment of 10,220 students (10,044 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 39%
Graduate 61%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 36%
Black 4%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 17%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 25%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 19%
20-21 18%
22-24 19%
25-29 29%
30-34 9%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)11%
New York7%
New Jersey5%
North Carolina2%
New Hampshire1%
Puerto Rico1%

MIT Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

MIT Room and Board (2007)

MIT offers campus housing for 5,280 of its 10,044 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Cambridge, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

MIT Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660760
SAT Math720800
SAT Writing660750
ACT Verbal3035
ACT Math3236
ACT Composite3134

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

MIT Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,390
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,390
Room and board $ 10,860
Room charge $ 6,400
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,460
Books and supplies $ 1,150
Other expenses $ 1,700

Financial Aid:
MIT participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 217800)

MIT Faculty

MIT has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track15769
Non-tenured and not on tenure track74

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year22$64,17215$59,896
Lecturercalendar year18$100,5302*
No academic rankcalendar year16$81,1604$68,975
All faculty totalcalendar year57$81,03121$62,638

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year520$159,63788$152,401
Associate professoracademic year156$108,75252$111,003
Assistant professoracademic year99$98,55145$93,551
Instructoracademic year39$61,56813$61,574
Lectureracademic year41$79,30951$61,576
No academic rankacademic year24$99,8949$111,214
All faculty totalacademic year879$133,997258$109,826

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

MIT Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Football Conference
Basketball New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Track New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

MIT Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research
Systems Engineering
Transportation and Highway Engineering

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Journalism, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General
Planetary Astronomy and Science
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science

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