Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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By James Barham, PhD

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded shortly before the American Civil War and universally known as “MIT,” is located just across the Charles River from downtown Boston. Starting from the MIT campus, if you walk, cycle, or drive in a westerly direction along Massachusetts Avenue (“Mass Ave,” to the locals), or ride the Red Line underneath it, you soon arrive at Harvard Square, with the bulk of the town of Cambridge sandwiched in between. Thus, MIT is not unlike a bookend paired with Harvard, geographically speaking, and academically speaking, as well, it looks upon itself very much as the equal of the older school.

The main difference, of course, is MIT’s greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. This may be seen, above all, in the whopping 96 Nobel Laureates associated with the school, including such stellar names in physics as:

  • Hans Bethe
  • Max Born
  • Richard Feynman
  • Murray Gell-Mann
  • Robert Laughlin
  • Julian Schwinger
  • Frank Wilczek
  • Charles Townes

MIT-connected Nobel Laureates in chemistry include:

  • Sidney Altman
  • Thomas Cech
  • Elias Corey
  • Peter Debye
  • Robert Mulliken
  • Robert Woodward
  • Ada Yonath

Among those awarded the Prize for their work in physiology or medicine are:

  • Werner Arber
  • David Baltimore
  • Andrew Fire
  • Leland Hartwell
  • Robert Horvitz
  • Salvador Luria
  • Susumu Tonegawa

MIT also boasts 26 Turing Award recipients (second only to Stanford), including:

  • Tim Berners-Lee
  • Barbara Liskov
  • Fernando Corbato
  • Shafi Goldwasser
  • Butler Lampson
  • Ronald Rivest
  • Silvio Micali
  • Marvin Minsky
  • Michael Stonebraker

As for mathematics, MIT can claim eight Fields Medalists, including:

  • Paul Cohen
  • Alessio Figalli
  • John Milnor
  • Daniel Quillen
  • William Thurston

But MIT is not just about the STEM disciplines, important as they are. It is also highly respected for several of its social sciences departments, especially economics and linguistics.

In economics, MIT people include:

  • George Akerlof
  • Abhijit Banerjee
  • Esther Duflo
  • Bengt Holmström
  • William Nordhaus
  • Paul Romer
  • Robert Shiller
  • Richard Thaler
  • Oliver Williamson
  • Paul Krugman
  • Joseph Stiglitz

As for linguistics, suffice it to say that MIT has been the academic home of Noam Chomsky since 1955. This fact alone has been enough to turn MIT into Ground Zero of the deep structure/transformational grammar revolution in the study of human language during the 1950s and 1960s, and a veritable Mecca for generations of students ever since. Chomsky’s theoretical innovations, which swept away most intellectual opposition decades ago, continue to this day to provide the basic conceptual framework for linguistics as an academic discipline.

Among MIT – connected philosophers, we may mention Saul Kripke and Hubert Dreyfus.

From Wikipedia

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1861, the institute has since played a key role in the development of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology, and ranks among the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.

Source: Wikipedia

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

20,075

Acceptance

7%

Graduation Rate

94%

Median SAT Score

1540

Median ACT Score

35

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$53,450

Fees (in-state)

$340

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$4,535
30K-48K$1,820
48K-75K$6,049
75K-110K$14,381
110K+$38,934

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$153,600

Employed

90%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

14K

Under-Grads

5K

Graduates

9K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139-4307

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

32 per 100k

Violent Crime

0 per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

21 per 100k

Violent Crime

3 per 100k

Influential People

Who are Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Most influential alumni?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s most academically influential people include H. Robert Horvitz, Cass Gilbert, and Harrison White.

H. Robert Horvitz

American biologist

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Cass Gilbert
Cass Gilbert

American architect

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Harrison White
Harrison White

American sociologist

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Andrew Fire
Andrew Fire

American biologist

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Esther Duflo
Esther Duflo

French-American economist

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Erik Brynjolfsson
Erik Brynjolfsson

American academic

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Andrew Strominger
Andrew Strominger

American physicist

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Alan Perlis
Alan Perlis

American computer scientist

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Alan Perlis
Alan Perlis

American computer scientist

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Steven Levitt
Steven Levitt

American economist

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Lawrence Klein
Lawrence Klein

American economist

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William Nordhaus
William Nordhaus

American economist

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