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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About MIT
The Institute admitted its first students in 1865, four years after the approval of its founding charter. The opening marked the culmination of an extended effort by William Barton Rogers to establish a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America.

Today MIT is a world-class educational institution. Teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle—continue to be its primary purpose. MIT is independent, coeducational, and privately endowed. Its five schools encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries.

Admission
The selection process at MIT is holistic and student centered: each application is evaluated within its unique context. No school, state, or regional quotas are applied; neither is preference given to those with alumni relations. Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement as well as a strong match between the applicant and the Institute, including:
* Alignment with MIT’s mission
* Collaborative and cooperative spirit
* Initiative and risk-taking
* Hands-on creativity
* Intensity, curiosity, excitement
* Balancing hard work with downtime

For More Information: http://web.mit.edu/admissions/

Academics
MIT is a large, highly residential, research university with a majority of enrollments in graduate and professional programs. The university has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1929. MIT operates on a 4–1–4 academic calendar with the fall semester beginning after Labor Day and ending in mid-December, a 4-week “Independent Activities Period” in the month of January, and the spring semester beginning in early February and ending in late May.

MIT places among the top ten in many overall rankings of universities (see right) and rankings based on students’ revealed preferences. For several years, U.S.News & World Report, the QS World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities have ranked MIT’s School of Engineering first, as did the 1995 National Research Council report. In the same lists, MIT’s strongest showings apart from in engineering are in computer science, the natural sciences, business, economics, linguistics, mathematics, and, to a lesser extent, political science and philosophy.

For More Information: http://web.mit.edu/facts/

Research
The soul of MIT is research. For more than 150 years, the Institute has married teaching with engineering and scientific studies—and produced an unending stream of advancements, many of them world-changing.

MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934 and remains a research university with a very high level of research activity; research expenditures totaled $718.2 million in 2009. The federal government was the largest source of sponsored research, with the Department of Health and Human Services granting $255.9 million, Department of Defense $97.5 million, Department of Energy $65.8 million, National Science Foundation $61.4 million, and NASA $27.4 million.

MIT employs approximately 1300 researchers in addition to faculty.[219] In 2011, MIT faculty and researchers disclosed 632 inventions, were issued 153 patents, earned $85.4 million in cash income, and received $69.6 million in royalties. Through programs like the Deshpande Center, MIT faculty leverage their research and discoveries into multi-million-dollar commercial ventures.

For More Information: http://web.mit.edu/facts/

Contact MIT
General Contact Information
Phone: 617-253-1000

Primary address:
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Admission Information
admissions@mit.edu

Media Contacts
MIT Media Relations, Room 11-400
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617-253-2700
Fax: 617-258-8762

MIT webmasters
web-query@mit.edu

 

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