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Athletics & Recreation

MIT’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation offers opportunities for sports instruction and participation at all levels. The Institute supports one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the world, and features one of the nation’s most expansive club programs. MIT provides group exercise and wellness classes, personal and group training, a variety of aquatic classes, and sport skill instruction for those who wish to engage in other recreational programs.

  • 25+

    Different classes
    to satisfy GIRs

  • ~25%

    Undergraduates who join a team while at MIT

As part of the General Institute Requirements (GIRs), each student must earn eight points through physical education and wellness 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 33 varsity sports (16 men’s, 15 women’s, and 2 coed), MIT supports one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the world.
  • MIT competes mainly against NCAA Division III New England colleges, but also routinely participates in regional and national championships.
  • The Institute has earned 339 Academic All-America citations, the most for any Division III program in the nation and the second most in any division.
  • The intramural program offers competition in 18 sports with 4,000 participants from the MIT community.
  • MIT features one of the nation’s most expansive club programs, with more than 800 participants and 35 teams.

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. In 2018, the duPont Outdoor Tennis courts were outfitted with a new playing surface, fencing, and top-level lighting for all 12 courts. 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.