Athletics and Recreation
MIT's Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation Department offers opportunities for sports instruction and participation at all levels.
- With 33 varsity sports (16 men's 15 women's and 2 coed), MIT supports one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the world.
- Approximately 20% of undergraduates join a team during their time at MIT.
- MIT competes mainly against Division III New England colleges, but also routinely participates in regional and national championships.
- The Institute has earned 250 Academic All-America citations, the most for any Division III program in the nation.
- The intramural program offers competition in 18 sports with 4,000 students, faculty, alumni, spouses, and partners participating.
- MIT features one of the nation's most expansive club programs, with more than 800 participants and 33 teams.
- MIT provides group exercise and mind and body classes, personal and group training, a variety of aquatic classes, and sport skill instruction for those who wish to engage in other recreational programs.
- More than 25 different classes are offered to satisfy the GIRs.
As part of the General Institute Requirements (GIRs), each student must earn eight points through physical education courses and complete the swim requirement. Seasonal offerings include golf, sailing, broomball, and ice-skating, while additional specialty courses include scuba, backpacking, top-rope climbing, kayaking, downhill skiing, and snowboarding.
With 10 buildings and 26 acres (0.11 km2) of playing fields, MIT boasts one of the most expansive athletic complexes in New England. The Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on the west side of campus features two swimming pools, a fitness center, international-scale squash courts, and a multi-activity court. Roberts Field and Barry Field, lighted sports-turf venues, are adjacent to the Zesiger Center. The summer of 2016 saw full renovation of Briggs Field (softball), Fran O’Brien Field (baseball), and the grandstands and track and field facilities at Steinbrenner Stadium. The east side of campus is served by the Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center, located in the Stata Center at the edge of Kendall Square.