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About MIT

The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. We are fun and quirky, elite but not elitist, inventive and artistic, obsessed with numbers, and welcoming to talented people regardless of where they come from.

Founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, MIT is profoundly American. With ingenuity and drive, our graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs. At the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, MIT is profoundly global. Our community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the world. Through teaching, research, and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world.

Mission and Values

Key Facts


  • Incorporated 1861
  • Motto “Mens et manus” (“mind and hand”)


  • Location Cambridge, MA USA
  • Size 168 acres (0.68 km2)
  • Student residences 19
  • Playing fields 26 acres (0.11 km2)
  • Gardens + green spaces 40+
  • Publicly sited works of art 60+

Admissions (Class of 2025)

  • Applicants 33,240
  • Admits 1,365

Selected Honors

  • Nobel laureates 98
  • National Medal of Science
 winners 59
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners 29
  • MacArthur Fellows 79
  • A. M. Turing Award winners 15


MIT Facts

MIT’s first building was in Boston, before the move to Cambridge in 1916.
“Aesop’s Fables II,” by Mark di Suvero, is part of MIT’s public art collection.

Community (as of 10/30/21)

  • Employees (including faculty) 15,722
  • Professors (all ranks) 1,069
  • Other teaching staff 970
  • Undergraduate student-to-faculty and instructional staff ratio 3:1
  • Students 11,934
  • Undergraduates 4,638
  • Women 2,231 (48%)
  • US minority groups 2,584 (56%)
  • Graduate students 7,296
  • Women 2,772 (38%)
  • US minority groups 1,539 (21%)
Professor writing an equation on a chalkboard
Students in a classrooml


For MIT’s faculty — just over 1,000 in number — cutting-edge research and education are inseparable. Each feeds the other. When they’re not busy pioneering the frontiers of their fields, MIT faculty members play a vital role in shaping the Institute’s vibrant campus community — as advisors, coaches, heads of houses, mentors, committee members, and much more.

MIT faculty instruct undergraduate and graduate students, and engage in research.
An MIT professor works on an architectural model.



L. Rafael Reif

MIT’s 17th president, July 2012 – present

The Institute’s board of trustees, known as “the Corporation,” includes 77 distinguished leaders in engineering, science, industry, education, and other professions.

President L. Rafael Reif

Cambridge & Boston

MIT is an integral part of its host city of Cambridge, a diverse and vibrant community noted for its intellectual life, history, and thriving innovation climate. With a campus nestled between Central and Kendall Squares, and across the Charles River from Boston’s Back Bay, the Institute is optimally positioned to collaborate with its neighbors and to contribute to its community.

Aerial view of the campus, with a glimpse of the Boston skyline