About MIT

The mission of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. We are also driven to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.

MIT is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university, organized into five Schools (architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science). It has some 1,000 faculty members, more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 130,000 living alumni.

At its founding in 1861, MIT was an educational innovation, a community of hands-on problem solvers in love with fundamental science and eager to make the world a better place. Today, that spirit still guides how we educate students on campus and how we shape new digital learning technologies to make MIT teaching accessible to millions of learners around the world.

During the spring of 2016, MIT will celebrate a century in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through academic and celebratory programming, the spring-long festivities will explore the innovations, advancements, and challenges brought forth by MIT’s historic decision to move from Boston to Cambridge in 1916. From symposia to dance parties to service projects to an Open House, MIT’s Century in Cambridge programming welcomes our community, neighbors, visitors, and friends.