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About MIT: Basic facts

MIT’s primary purposes are teaching and research with relevance to the practical world and transforming society for the better. To that end, we seek the best possible community of scholars (and humans) who will contribute to MIT and the world.

These basic facts01 If you want <em>advanced</em> facts, you can download the 100+ page <a href="https://orgchart.mit.edu/node/27/bbook" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Briefing Book,</a> which is almost hilariously detailed. are curated from the latest issue of the MIT Facts book. Elsewhere on our site, you can find current admission statistics and the first-year class profile; for statistics on financial aid, visit Student Financial Services.

Motto

  • Mens et manus—“Mind and Hand”

Campus

  • 166 acres (0.67 km2) in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 18 student residences
  • 26 acres (0.11 km2) of playing fields
  • 20+ gardens and green spaces
  • 50+ public works of art

Employees

  • 12,607 including faculty

Faculty (as of October 2017)

  • Professors: 1,047
  • Other teaching staff: 867

Selected honors (current and former MIT community members)

  • 89 Nobel laureates
  • 58 National Medal of Science winners
  • 29 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners
  • 48 MacArthur Fellows
  • 15 A.M. Turing Award winners

Undergraduate majors and minors

  • Major programs: 53
  • Minor programs: 58
  • Pirate certificate: 1

Students, academic year 2017–2018

  • Total: 11,466
  • Undergraduates: 4,547
  • Women: 2,092 (46%)
  • Minorities: 2,130 (47%)
  • Graduate students: 6,919
  • Women: 2,391 (35%)
  • Minorities: 1,262 (18%)

International students, 2017–2018

  • Undergraduate students: 470
  • Graduate students: 2,868
  • Exchange, visiting, special students: 603
  1. If you want advanced facts, you can download the 100+ page Briefing Book, which is almost hilariously detailed. back to text