Academics

An MIT education will change how you see the world

  • Change the World

    MIT combines its excellence in science and engineering with a world-class education in the humanities and arts. When taken together, an MIT education provides the tools for solving the challenges and problems of our generation. With the help of impressive faculty that includes MacArthur Genius Grant Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners, you will learn how to see differently, think deeply, and apply that thinking to your life. 

  • Learn your way

    As a freshman, you have the opportunity to participate in one of four Freshman Learning Communities: ConcourseESG, MAS, and Terrascope. These unique groups with common interests offer programs that allow you to study and socialize as part of a smaller community while still taking advantage of the intellectual and cultural diversity of the Institute as a whole.

50%

of students enroll in arts courses each year

49

undergraduate majors and 56 minor programs

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Freshman Learning Communities
  • Many Majors 

    In the Department of Economics, you’ll choose from advanced courses that include economic development, economic theory, health economics, empirical financial economics, and the introduction of the first economics MOOC at MITx. The level of mathematics mastery among undergraduates allows economics courses to be taught at a high level.

    You can major, joint major, double major, minor, or concentrate in Music at MIT. In a typical year, more than 2,000 students are enrolled in music and theater arts courses; in fact, Music is among the most popular of the Institute’s 56 minors. Classes range from beginner to conservatory-level, and both classes and groups are open to all MIT students, graduate and undergraduate, regardless of major.

  • Launch to Med School

    Students in the Department of Biology gain a sophisticated understanding of the fundamental principles and prevailing and emerging approaches to biology with particular emphasis on molecular and cellular biology. You’ll take part in numerous opportunities to hone your research skills, and become prepared for careers in the biomedical industry, medicine, pharmaceutical and biotech management and finance, intellectual property law, bioethics, forensics, and teaching.

    Undergraduates at MIT who studied Prehealth had an 85% acceptance rate to Medical School in 2014, much higher than the national average of 46%. MIT students contribute to cutting-edge biomedical research both on campus (at laboratories like the Koch and Broad Institutes) and around the world. 

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