College Spotlight: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The PowerScore College Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different college or university each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school's website.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is today's College Spotlight. From the school's website:

The Institute admitted its first students in 1865, four years after the approval of its founding charter. The opening marked the culmination of an extended effort by William Barton Rogers, a distinguished natural scientist, to establish a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America. Rogers stressed the pragmatic and practicable. He believed that professional competence is best fostered by coupling teaching and research and by focusing attention on real-world problems. Toward this end, he pioneered the development of the teaching laboratory.

Today MIT is a world-class educational institution. Teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle—continue to be its primary purpose. MIT is independent, coeducational, and privately endowed. Its five schools and one college encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries.

Type of school: Private

Setting: Urban, small city

Size: 4,299 (total undergraduate enrollment)

Incoming class size: 1,067 (first-time degree-seeking freshmen)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1

Acceptance percentage: 10%

Tuition and fees: $40,732 (2010-2011)

Room, board, and additional expenses: $14,538 (2010-2011)
Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617.253.3400
Twitter accounts: @MITnews
Facebook: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

All information was gathered from the school's profile on the website, the school's website, and the school's U.S. News & World Report profile. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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