Skip to content ↓

July 2021: Although our office is still closed to visitors, you can still get a feel for MIT by signing up today for an 🔮 online session or student-led tour.

Why is it called the Brass Rat?

It’s the goal of every incoming student at MIT to get their own Brass Rat—MIT’s version of a class ring. The phrase “Brass Rat” is derived from the alleged resemblance of the brass beaver featured on the ring to a rat.

Did you find this article helpful?