Research flourishes in our 30 departments across five schools, as well as in dozens of centers, labs, and programs that convene experts across disciplines to explore new intellectual frontiers and attack important societal problems. Our aim is to bring diverse talent to bear, together, on big problems. For instance, the MIT Energy Initiative (opens in new window) depends on the participation of a range of faculty and students in its pursuit of sustainable energy at scale. Likewise, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (opens in new window)ki.mit.edu is composed of equal parts life scientists and engineers: Together, they are tackling cancer with a blend of medical, scientific, and engineering know-how. Our on-campus research capabilities are enhanced through the work of MIT Lincoln Laboratory (opens in new window), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (opens in new window), active research relationships with industry (opens in new window), and a wide range of global collaborations (opens in new window). In this work, the MIT Libraries (opens in new window) serve as a crucial partner and a source of important research in their own right.
MIT researchers are at the forefront of developments in artificial intelligence, climate adaptation, HIV, cancer, and poverty alleviation, while in the past MIT research has fuelled scientific breakthroughs such as the development of radar, the invention of magnetic core memory and the concept of the expanding universe.
MIT is set in 168 acres of grounds that extend for more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River basin. The campus features stunning landmarks designed by the likes of architects Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry, and Steven Hollin, as well as buildings in a range of architectural styles, from neoclassical to modernist and brutalist. At its edges, the campus merges with various Cambridge neighborhoods, including Kendall Square which is one of the most innovative square miles on the planet. The close association of industry and research has helped MIT alumni go on to launch more than 30,000 active companies, creating 4.6 million jobs and generating roughly $1.9 trillion in annual revenue. No wonder then that a nation of MIT graduates would be equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world
Science and technology are not the only strings to MIT’s bow, however. Approximately 20 percent of MIT undergraduates join a sports team, and with 33 varsity sports MIT boasts one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the world.
A vibrant arts culture also permeates college life. There are 12 museums and galleries on campus, with the MIT Museum drawing nearly 125,000 visitors each year. Students participate in more than 60 music, theatre, writing and dance groups, and faculty members of MIT even include Pulitzer Prize winners and Guggenheim fellows.