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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Seal.svg
Motto Mens et Manus (Latin)
Motto in English
Mind and Hand
Type Private
Land grant
Established April 10, 1861 (1861-04-10)
Academic affiliation
AAU
AICUM
AITU
APLU
COFHE
NAICU
URA
568 Group
Endowment $13.475 billion (2015)
Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart
President L. Rafael Reif
Provost Martin A. Schmidt
Academic staff
1,021
Students 11,319
Undergraduates 4,512
Postgraduates 6,807
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Campus Urban, 168 acres (68.0 ha)
Newspaper The Tech
Colors Cardinal Red & Steel Gray
         
Nickname Engineers
Mascot Tim the Beaver
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIINEWMAC, NEFC,
Pilgrim League
Division IEARC & EAWRC (rowing)
Website www.mit.edu
MIT Logo
University rankings
National
ARWU 4
Forbes 5
U.S. News & World Report 7
Washington Monthly 3
Global
ARWU 5
QS 1
Times 5
U.S. News & World Report 2

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. Researchers worked on computers, radar, and inertial guidance 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 (68.0 ha) campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile (1.6 km) along the northern bank of the Charles River basin.

The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well. It is often cited as among the world's top universities. The "Engineers" sponsor 31 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.


Demographics of MIT student body
Undergraduate Graduate
White American 34% 40.8%
Asian American 30% 9.4%
Hispanic American 15% 3.3%
African American 10% 2.1%
Native American 1.0% 0.4%
Other/International 8% 44.0%

Also see the bibliography maintained by MIT's Institute Archives & Special Collections, and Written Works in MIT in popular culture.
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