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What is it like to study chemical engineering at MIT? Well, if you've heard that the work is hard, that's quite true. But if you've heard that the atmosphere is cheerless and cut throat, that's very false. You'll find that your fellow students are far more collaborative than competitive. You'll also find that there are a lot of fun and exciting things to do outside the classroom and lab.

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In the Department

The Chemical Engineering department offers a variety of opportunities for life outside the lab, including professional, cultural, and recreational clubs and activities. Every year, the Department holds a winter holiday party, a summer barbecue, and a series of monthly wellness events. 

On Campus

Both MIT as a whole and the Chemical Engineering department in particular offer a variety of professional, cultural, and recreational clubs and activities. If you want to exercise your body in addition to your mind, MIT offers excellent athletic facilities, including an Olympic-size pool, tennis and squash courts, a skating rink, indoor and outdoor tracks, and a gymnasium equipped with weightlifting and exercise rooms.

Cambridge and Beyond

It's easy to meet people with common interests and backgrounds, and MIT's location puts you in the center of everything there is to do in Cambridge and Boston. Both historic and cutting-edge, the area is home to legendary championship sports teams, world-class museums, and exceptional shopping. With the Charles River and lush green spaces all around, you'll find the region comfortable to walk through and live in. Public transportation is plentiful, and it's fast and easy to take day trips or weekend getaways to numerous beaches, ski resorts, and hiking and biking trails.