MIT is one of the best places in the world to be a student!
We are a research university that places a great deal of emphasis on undergraduate education. There are 24 MacArthur Fellows, 11 Nobel Laureates, and 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, among many other luminaries, currently on our faculty and all of them teach undergraduate classes.
In fact, all classes at MIT are taught by distinguished professors because we believe that you should learn from the very best the moment you set foot on campus. That’s why folks like Eric Lander, father of the Human Genome Project, teach introductory biology.
MIT also has a strong culture of student collaboration. Students are encouraged and expected to work with each other on homework, or psets, in MIT-speak. For any given pset, you likely won’t be able to do everything on your own, so you’ll find (or make) a few friends in the class and go work together to get it done.
We do this because it’s how problems are solved in the real world, by small teams of smart people contributing their individual expertise and understanding. When you graduate from MIT and go to work at a Fortune 500 company or a nonprofit, or as an entrepreneur delivering an elevator pitch, you’re going to need to know how to work with others. So that’s what you’ll do here at MIT.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The flagship MIT student research program is UROP. When you do a UROP, you will find a professor who is working on something that you think is awesome. You and the professor will work on a proposal, and then you will join their team. More than 91% of MIT students will participate in the UROP program at MIT. Many of them will be credited as co-authors for peer-reviewed publications. Some even earn patents! Over the past 10 years, our Technology Licensing Office has issued 2,000 U.S. patents, and signed 1,000 licenses and options to companies, including licenses to over 190 startup companies