The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just one mile from downtown Boston, an exciting and diverse city. Boston is the largest city in New England, so there is always something going on and something new to explore.
MIT has a strong culture of student collaboration and believes that students should work together to solve problems—because that’s how problems are solved in the real world—with teams of people working together to reach a common goal.
As a student, you can study with any (or all!) of MIT's five schools: Engineering, Science, Management, Architecture, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. You apply to MIT, not to a school or major. Exploration is encouraged for first-year students and you won’t choose a major until your sophomore year.
While music, the arts, and athletics may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of MIT, they are very much a vibrant part of the MIT community! As a student, you’ll be able to explore a world of interests—acapella groups, dance teams, musical theater, the Borderline mural project, almost any sport you can think of (including Quidditch). And of course, because MIT is a school of makers, thinkers, and innovators—if MIT doesn't have what you are interested in—you can form your own group.
Folks at MIT are always making, writing, and discovering new things. Whether on campus or off, there’s more than enough to explore about MIT. Consider this your starting point as you get to know MIT.
Fun Fact: Did you know that MIT is known for its clever hacks? What is a hack anyway? Hacking is a tradition at MIT and part of its culture. It is the stealth implementation of harmless pranks and creative inventions that are quirky, clever, and amusing.