Undergraduate Education

Selected Facts

  • MIT offers 46 undergraduate major and 50 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, and in the humanities and arts.
  • The first semester at MIT is graded on a pass/no record basis.
  • Each year, nearly 60 percent of MIT undergraduates participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, with 89 percent having done so by the time they graduate.
  • MIT has 510 active student groups, including academic organizations, activism groups, arts groups, ethnic and cultural associations, religious organizations, sports clubs, and many others.
  • In 2014–2015, approximately 1,900 students were affiliated with a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group (FSILG); approximately 1,100 of them chose to live in a FSILG community as an alternative to a traditional residence hall.
  • Nearly 43 percent of graduating seniors in the Class of 2015 reported participating in an international experience while at MIT.