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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University information
NameMassachusetts Institute of Technology
MottoMens et Manus
Motto in EnglishMind and Hand
Established1861 (opened 1865)
TypePrivate
EndowmentUS$9.9 billion
PresidentSusan Hockfield
ProvostL. Rafael Reif
Faculty1,009
Students10,384
Under graduates4,232
Post graduates6,152
CityCambridge
StateMassachusetts
CountryUnited States
CampusUrban, 168 acre (68 ha)
Nobel Laureates76
ColorsCardinal Red and Steel Gray     
MascotTim the Beaver
AthleticsDivision III (except for Rowing)
33 varsity teams
AffiliationsNEASC, AAU, COFHE, NASULGC

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.

Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute adopted the European polytechnic university model and emphasized laboratory instruction from an early date. MIT's early emphasis on applied technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels led to close cooperation with industry. Curricular reforms under Karl Compton and Vannevar Bush in the 1930s re-emphasized basic scientific research. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934. Researchers were involved in efforts to develop computers, radar, and inertial guidance in connection with defense research during World War II and the Cold War. Post-war defense research contributed to the rapid expansion of the faculty and campus under James Killian.

The current 168 acre (68 ha) campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mi (1.6 km) along the northern bank of the Charles River basin. In the past 60 years, MIT's educational disciplines have expanded beyond the physical sciences and engineering into fields such as biology, economics, linguistics, political science, and management.

MIT enrolled 4,299 undergraduates and 6,267 graduate students for 2010 2011. It employs around 1,000 faculty members. 76 Nobel laureates, 50 National Medal of Science recipients, and 38 MacArthur Fellows are currently or have previously been affiliated with the university.

MIT has a strong entrepreneurial culture. The aggregated revenues of companies founded by MIT alumni would rank as the eleventh-largest economy in the world. MIT managed $718.2 million in research expenditures and an $8.0 billion endowment in 2009.

The "Engineers" sponsor 33 sports, most teams of which compete in the NCAA Division III's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference; the Division I rowing programs compete as part of the EARC and EAWRC.


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