MIT believes the best education occurs when students are self-motivated and engaged participants in a dynamic community of learners. Thus, an MIT undergraduate education combines rigorous academics with a “learning-by-doing” approach. MIT’s rich experiential learning ecosystem enables students to pursue a wide variety of educational opportunities in such areas as research, public service and social impact, and entrepreneurship, to name a few.
- 56 undergraduate majors
- 58 undergraduate minors
- 50 departments offering graduate degrees
- 1 pirate certificate
One avenue for student engagement is the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), pioneered at MIT in 1969 and now emulated in academic institutions around the world. UROP offers students the opportunity to join a faculty-led research team or to initiate their own research project.
Another unique feature of an MIT education is the Independent Activities Period, a special four-week term in January that encourages students to set their own agenda within a creative and flexible environment.
Undergraduates are encouraged to add an international dimension to their education as well. Students may choose from Institute-wide or departmental study-abroad programs. They may also conduct research abroad, assist with building sustainable communities overseas, or venture out on fieldwork or internships arranged through MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives.
Leadership training opportunities include the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, the Bernard M. Gordon–MIT Engineering Leadership Program, and ROTC programs in the United States Army, Navy/Marine Corps, and Air Force. In addition, Career Advising and Professional Development guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers, graduate study, and life after MIT.
MIT has a 3-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio.
The first semester at MIT is graded on a pass /no record basis, giving first-year students time to adjust to the rigor of MIT before receiving letter grades.
MIT’s General Institute Requirements are designed to give every student a broad and strong foundation in core fields of human knowledge, including mathematics; physical, natural, and social sciences; and the humanities and arts.
Each year nearly 60% of MIT undergraduates participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, with more than 92% having done so by the time they graduate.
Most undergraduates live in one of MIT’s 11 on-campus houses or in one of 37 MIT-affiliated fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups (FSILGs). All unmarried first-year students must live in one of the Institute’s residence halls. Each on-campus residence hall has a live-in house team comprising a head of house (usually a senior faculty member), as well as other professional staff, including an area director and graduate resident advisors, who support residents. On-campus housing is guaranteed for four consecutive years, and many students elect to remain on campus following their first year or move to an FSILG.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus housing was de-densified in 2020–2021, with 781 undergraduates living on campus in the fall term and 2,344 in the spring. During a typical year, there are usually around 3,400 on-campus undergraduate residents.
In 2020–2021, approximately 2,000 students were affiliated with an FSILG.
- Tuition & fees: $53,450 (9 months)
- Housing & meals: $12,000
- Books & personal expenses: $3,012