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MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate Education

Selected Facts

  • MIT offers 46 undergraduate major and 49 minor programs.
  • Fields of study include architecture; engineering; management; science; humanities, arts, and social sciences; as well as interdisciplinary programs.
  • Freshmen seeking a more collaborative environment can choose from among four alternative learning communities: the Concourse Program, Experimental Study Group, Media Arts and Sciences Freshman Program, and Terrascope.
  • MIT's General Institute Requirements ensure that all students are broadly educated in the physical, natural, and social sciences.
  • The first semester at MIT is graded on a pass/no record basis.
  • On average, more than 55 percent of MIT undergraduates participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program each year, with 87 percent having done so at least once by the time they graduate.
  • In 2012, MIT undergraduates won a Rhodes Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Marshall Scholarship, and two Truman Scholarships.
  • MIT has 457 active student groups, including 62 ethnic and cultural associations, 59 academic organizations, 46 arts groups, 26 religious organizations, 17 activism groups, and many more.
  • In 2012–2013, approximately 1,700 students were affiliated with a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group (FSILG); of those, approximately 900 chose to live in an FSILG community as an alternative to a traditional residence hall.
  • In 2012, about 39 percent of MIT’s graduating seniors reported having an international experience at some point during their time at MIT.