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Undergraduate Education

Selected Facts

  • MIT offers 46 undergraduate major and 49 minor programs.
  • Freshmen seeking a more collaborative environment can choose to participate in an alternative learning community, such as the Concourse Program, Experimental Study Group, Media Arts and Sciences Freshman Program, or 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.
  • Over 55 percent of MIT undergraduates participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program yearly, with 88 percent having done so by the time they graduate.
  • MIT has 478 active student groups, including 75 academic organizations, 72 ethnic and cultural associations, 46 arts groups, 26 religious organizations, 21 activism groups, and many more.
  • In 2013–2014, approximately 1,900 students were affiliated with a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group (FSILG); of those, approximately 1,100 chose to live in a FSILG community as an alternative to a traditional residence hall.
  • Nearly 40 percent of graduating seniors reported participating in an international experience while at MIT.