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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The campus facilities are varied and interesting. There are plenty of easy-to-access computer labs with great services such as free printing.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are a lot of great facilities at MIT - particularly in the more science/technology side of things but we are lacking in some of the facilities for arts, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The atmosphere is great. Everyone is so smart and has something to contribute.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The athletic center is very new and updated. The student center can use updates but does include many different fast food places. The libraries are very nice and updated with much study space.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: By far, MIT is a rare place in the world. It is extremely diverse and accepts all type of people. It's academic program is extremely rigorous and gives you an academic background that is unlike any other university in the fields of engineering and science. MIT also has a lively social scene that many students participate in.

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The highlight of MIT facilities is the gorgeous athletic facility, the Zesiger Center. Opened in 2002, the Z-Center features two pools, six squash courts, an indoor track, and multi-activity courts for basketball, volleyball, and other IMs. Access to this state-of-the-art facility is included in tuition. Moreover, students also have access to personal trainers and certain other services at a premium. The other main student facility is the Stratton Student Center. The first floor was refurnished with comfortable couches, tables, and additional seating. The various shops and restaurants inside are constantly changing. The student center includes a large reading room, a small market, a post office, a barbershop, a dry cleaner’s, an arcade, and a copy shop. The highlight of the Student Center, however, are the many available lounges and meeting areas for students. Since the dorms and living groups are so spread out, students often choose to meet in the Student Center to eat, work, and socialize.

As far as other facilities on campus are concerned, MIT is constantly trying to improve. Several of the buildings were constructed in the 1910s, so there are deferred maintenance issues. The main complaint students have is about the often eccentric architecture of the buildings, but at a unique place like MIT, the distinctive buildings do fit in nicely. Overall, most facilities on campus offer students their own preferred places to hang out, study, and make themselves comfortable.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
154 acres
Student Centers
Sratton Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics Library
  • Barker Engineering Library
  • Dewey Library
  • Humanities Library
  • Lewis Music Library
  • Lindgren Library
  • Rotch Library
  • Science Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Fifth floor of the student center
  • First floor lounge in the student center
  • Killian Court on nice spring days
  • Steps of the student center when the weather is nice
Bar on Campus
  • The Muddy Charles in Walker Memorial
  • The Pub at the Stata Center
  • The Thirsty Ear in Ashdown
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • In Building 4
  • In Lobby 7
  • In the Stata Center
  • In the student center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but a group on campus called MIT Lecture Series Committee (LSC) regularly shows movies on campus.
School Slang
  • 1: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 10: Chemical Engineering
  • 11: Urban Studies and Planning
  • 12: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • 13: Ocean Engineering
  • 14: Economics
  • 15: Management
  • 16: Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 17: Political Science
  • 18: Mathematics
  • 2: Mechanical Engineering
  • 21: Humanities
  • 22: Nuclear Engineering
  • 24: Philosophy and Linguistics
  • 3: Materials Science and Engineering
  • 4: Architecture
  • 5: Chemistry
  • 6: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • 6: The introductory Computer Science/Electrical Engineering course known for its intensity.
  • 7: Biology
  • 8: Physics
  • 9: Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Athena: The school computer system.
  • F*%# Truck: The bus that goes between MIT and Wellesley College.
  • FEE: Freshmen Essay Evaluation.
  • FPOP: Freshman Pre-Orientation Program.
  • FSILG: Fraternities Sororities and Independent Living Groups.
  • Hack: Harmless but clever-often large-scale-practical jokes that MIT students pull.
  • Hosed: Getting an education at MIT is like drinking from a firehose.
  • IFC: Interfraternity Council, the governing body for the fraternities.
  • IHTFP: I Hate This %&^@-ing Place, though there are many variations on this definition.
  • Lobby 10: The lobby that opens out to Killian Court. Students do various advertising and fundraising activities here.
  • Mass. Ave: Massachusetts Avenue.
  • Punt: Not doing your work.
  • Rush: Period where FSILGs recruit new members.
  • SafeRide: The nighttime shuttle that goes to dorms and FSILGs in Boston and Cambridge.
  • Sloan: MIT's business school.
  • T: The subway system.
  • Tech Shuttle: A daytime shuttle that runs between Tang Hall and Kendall Square.
  • Tooling: Doing school work, (i.e. problem sets, papers, or studying for tests).
  • UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. This tends to be one of the most common jobs on campus.
  • Z-Center: Zesiger Center, MIT's main athletic facility.
  • Zephyr: An Athena-based instant messaging program.
  • Bad Taste : Bad taste is an annual concert held by the Chorallaries, an MIT singing group. The concert occurs late at night to accommodate its reputation for being "in bad taste."
  • CPW (Campus Preview Weekend): This is a weekend for prospective freshmen (prospies) to come visit MIT and see what they think.
  • Hacks : Look for these practical jokes around campus. Some of the most famous include an MIT balloon inflating in the middle of the field during Harvard/Yale football game, a cow on top of the dome, a house on top of the dome, and many others.
  • IAP (Independent Activities Period): This is the month between semesters where MIT students have the chance to do whatever they want!
  • Killian Kickoff : This is the traditional kickoff party for FSILG rush period. It used to be held right at the end of orientation, but the date has varied throughout the past few years.
  • Ring Premiere: Sophomores dress up to pick up their class rings, also known as the Brass Rat. Ring Premiere is one of the few times when the entire class comes together.
  • Spring Weekend : One of the last weekends in April featuring an international fair, a concert, and many other activities.
  • Steer Roast : This is a weekend-long event held at Senior House, including bands, mud wrestling, body painting and, of course, the roasting of a steer.
Urban Legends
  • A legend says that an MIT student would visit the Harvard football stadium every day dressed in a black-and-white striped shirt and black pants. He would go blow a whistle and spread birdseed on the field. He did this for many days, so that on opening day when Harvard took the field and the ref blew his whistle to signal the start of the game, the field was filled with birds looking for lunch.
  • During a prank at the annual Harvard-Yale game, some MIT students rigged the field with primer cord that would burn the letters MIT during the game (Harvard is MIT's hometown rival). The students were caught because they were wearing coats on a warm day. The coats were lined with batteries that would detonate the primer cord. Rumor has it an MIT dean tried to get the students off by opening his own coat, which was lined with batteries, and saying "All Tech men carry batteries."
  • Rumor says that even though Harvard Bridge is closer to MIT, it got its name because the state of Massachusetts said it would name it after the most deserving Cambridge university. Harvard argued that its contribution to education was the most well-known. MIT analyzed the bridge, allegedly finding it structurally unsound, and therefore agreed that Harvard was more deserving of the naming rights.
Favorite Things To Do
Hang out, go to parties, or do problem sets. Play IM sports, toss a Frisbee, and not do problem sets.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are over 330 student organizations at MIT.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Go to the MIT museum. It is an interactive, hands-on museum displaying Artificial Intelligence, Hall of Holograms, Mechanical Artwork, and other really incredible exhibits. Best of all, it is only $2 to get in with your student ID.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 20 responses

  • 28% CPW (Campus Preview Weekend)
  • 23% IAP (Independent Activities Period)
  • 19% Hacks
  • 10% Ring Premiere
  • 7% Frat Rush
  • 3% Bad Taste
  • 3% Plays
  • 1% Steer Roast
  • 1% Spring Weekend
  • 1% RECS
  • 1% Wet Wednesday
  • 1% REX
  • 0% Killian Kickoff

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 23% Sleep
  • 21% Chill with friends
  • 14% Hack
  • 11% Tell nerdy jokes
  • 7% Video games
  • 5% Play ultimate frisbee
  • 5% Go out
  • 5% Pset with friends
  • 4% Explore the Greater Boston Area
  • 4% Find free food
  • 2% Play guitar

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 21 responses

  • 52% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 38% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 10% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 36 responses

  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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