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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Facts

Private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments.
  • MIT was established in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the US.
  • It adopted the European polytechnic university model and emphasized laboratory instruction from an early date.
  • It was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934.
  • The institute is located in a 168-acre campus.
  • 8% of students live off campus or commute.
  • The GNU project and free software movement originated at MIT
  • 45 percent of undergraduate students are women.
  • MIT has 1,018 faculty members, of whom 217 are women.
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