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How many people work at MIT? How many students study here? How much land does MIT own? Where can I get additional MIT facts and figures?

How do I find my way around the MIT campus and where can I park?

Where and when do tours of the MIT campus take place?

How do I find out about the events taking place on the MIT campus?

How do I report a safety or a vandalism issue on MIT property?

Who should I contact about the noise or other problems that I think are related to MIT construction projects?

Does MIT pay property taxes?

Where can I find information on current MIT construction projects?

I am interested in MIT news pertaining to Cambridge and regional relations. Where can I find these stories?

Can my organization hold an event on campus, and are there specific guidelines to follow?

How do I obtain MIT promotional materials for my classroom/school/institution?

How can I receive a donation from MIT for my organization or event?

How can I get MIT volunteers to help out at my agency/event?

Can I get an MIT student to fix my computer?

Does MIT match employees’ gifts to charity?

How do I become a volunteer in the community?

Where do I get information on MIT K-12 Outreach?

How do I contact a specific department in the City of Cambridge or in state government?

Where can I find out who my elected representatives are and how to contact them?

I'm holding an event on campus and I would like to invite government officials. How do I do this?

How do I register to vote in local and national elections and where do I vote?

I am a Cambridge resident. Can my son/daughter get into MIT?

I am a Cambridge resident. If my son/daughter is admitted to MIT, can he/she get a discount on tuition?

I'm an MIT student considering running for office locally. Can you help me?

I am interested in leasing a property owned by MIT. Which department do I contact?

How do I get involved in student government at MIT?

How many students study here? How much land does MIT own? Where can I get additional MIT facts and figures?

The annual MIT Town Gown Report to the City of Cambridge compiles up-to-date information about MIT’s presence in Cambridge. The MIT Facts website maintained by the Reference Publications Office, provides similar information about the Institute as a whole.

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How do I find my way around the MIT campus and where can I park?

The MIT Campus Map can help you locate buildings, departments, venues, and parking lots. Parking in Cambridge is limited, so taking public transportation is recommended. If you are driving to campus for an event, check with the sponsor of the event to see if any parking has been made available for attendees. If not, consult MIT Parking And Transportation to obtain information about visitor parking.

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Where and when do tours of the MIT campus take place?

The MIT Information Center provides regularly scheduled campus tours. The Center can, in certain circumstances, help to arrange private tours.

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How do I find out about the events taking place on the MIT campus?

The MIT Events Calendar provides information about campus events most of which are free and open to the public. The MIT Arts Calendar provides additional information about arts-related events on campus.

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How do I report an issue on MIT property?

To report a problem on MIT property, please contact OGCR. If the issue needs immediate assistance or is an emergency, please contact the MIT Police.

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Who should I contact about the noise or other problems that I think are related to MIT construction projects?

Please contact OGCR to discuss issues which may be related to MIT construction projects.

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Does MIT pay property taxes?

MIT pays taxes on its commercial property and in doing so is the single largest taxpayer in Cambridge, representing over 12% of the City's revenue stream. Also, since 1928 MIT has provided an annual voluntary payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) on its academic property that is legally tax-exempt. Details of the Institute's tax payments and PILOT contributions can be found in its annual Town Gown Report.

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Where can I find information on current MIT construction projects?

The MIT Department of Facilities and the MIT Capital Projects website provide up-to-date information about current construction projects.

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I am interested in MIT news pertaining to Cambridge and regional relations. Where can I find these stories?

The MIT News Office maintains a web site listing articles related to Cambridge, Boston, and regional relations.

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Can my organization hold an event on campus, and are there specific guidelines to follow?

Outside groups wishing to hold an event on the MIT campus must coordinate with MIT Conference Services (for conferences, meetings, symposia, etc.) AND find an MIT-affiliated individual or group to sponsor their event. Contacting on-campus organizations that share your focus may help you begin to find a sponsor.

MIT’s Office of Government and Community Relations (OGCR) is able to serve as a sponsor for some groups wishing to hold events on campus. The Office considers requests primarily from government groups and Cambridge-based nonprofit agencies with which MIT has a relationship. Please contact OGCR to discuss the possibility of sponsorship for such an event. Office staff will need to know about your organization’s mission and headquarters, and the nature of the event – the number of people who would attend, the type of event (e.g. banquet, meeting, fundraiser), potential dates and times, etc. If OGCR is able to sponsor your event, office staff will work with you to plan the event, determine costs, and choose vendors.

All events held on campus must comply with MIT’s and the City of Cambridge event regulations. The Institute’s Campus Activities Complex (CAC) provides information on these regulations and procedures. (This information is designed for MIT-affiliated users; please contact the OGCR or your sponsor with any questions or concerns about events for non-affiliated groups.)

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How do I obtain MIT promotional materials for my classroom/school/institution?

MIT receives requests for promotional materials from teachers across the nation and the world. While we try to meet each request, budget limitations play a role in how much promotional material we can disseminate. To request free materials that might be currently available, please contact OGCR. Please include your mailing address, school name, and the grade-level(s) of your students.

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How can I receive a donation from MIT for my organization or event?

MIT is itself a nonprofit institution, and is limited in its ability to donate funds to other nonprofit or charitable organizations. MIT volunteers, outreach, and in-kind sponsorships are other ways that MIT contributes to community organizations and events. The Institute’s primary vehicle for financial contributions to nonprofit organizations is the MIT Community Service Fund (CSF). CSF provides grants to support local service projects at which MIT volunteers are at work and supports agencies that are integral to the wellbeing of the Cambridge community. Information about applying for a CSF grant is available here.

The Office of Government and Community Relations is able to provide modest financial sponsorship to some organizations or events. Most of the funds budgeted for this purpose are used to support organizations in Cambridge with which the Institute has a strong connection. MIT cannot make contributions to political campaigns. If you would like to request a donation from OGCR for your organization or event, please send a written request to the office (by email, mail, or fax) that includes information about your organization (including the location of its headquarters), what the funds you request would be used for, and your contact information, including a mailing address. If OGCR is able to make a contribution, a staff member will contact you.

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How can I get MIT volunteers to help out at my agency/event?

The MIT Public Service Center (PSC) helps connect members of the MIT community with volunteer opportunities. PSC staff can help get the word out to Institute students, faculty, and staff about your volunteer needs.

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Can I get an MIT student to fix my computer?

The Institute does not have a service to connect students with one-time jobs (for pay or on a volunteer basis) in the community. You may be able to find an interested student by posting a flyer advertising your opportunity on campus. Please see the MIT policy for flyering here

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Does MIT match employees’ gifts to charity?

As a nonprofit institution itself, MIT is unable to provide gift-matching for its employees’ charitable contributions. Please visit Community Giving at MIT for iinformation about the Institute’s efforts to make charitable giving more convenient for employees.

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How do I become a volunteer in the community?

The MIT Public Service Center helps connect members of the MIT community with volunteer opportunities.

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Where do I get information on MIT K-12 Outreach?

MIT’s K-12 Education Outreach Programs are collected in a searchable database.

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How do I contact a specific department in the City of Cambridge or in state government?

If you are a student or are working on a matter concerning the Institute, the staff of the Office of Government and Community Relations would be glad to assist you in communicating with Cambridge (or Boston or State) government departments. Please contact OGCR for assistance. If your question is a routine matter, you may be able to find information on the City of Cambridge web site, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts web site.

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Where can I find out who my elected representatives are and how to contact them?

The Elected Representatives page on this site lists state, local, and federal government officials representing those living in the MIT main campus area. Those who live in other locations may use the Massachusetts State Legislature site or the U.S. House of Representatives site to determine their representatives.

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I’m holding an event on campus and I would like to invite government officials. How do I do this?

Office of Government and Community Relations staff would be glad to help you determine appropriate government officials to invite and assist in approaching them. Please contact OGCR for help.

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How do I register to vote in local and national elections and where do I vote?

The City of Cambridge Election Commission provides information for Cambridge residents who would like to register to vote. Your polling place depends on your address, so check with the Election Commission to see where you should go to vote. Residents of cities other than Cambridge should check with their city government to find out about local options for registering to vote. Kresge Auditorium is a polling place for most campus residents.

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I am a Cambridge resident. Can my son/daughter get into MIT?

Students from Cambridge are welcome to apply to MIT. The Institute does not have separate admission standards for Cambridge residents. MIT’s admissions process seeks to ensure that the students who come to MIT will succeed here. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information on applying to MIT.

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I am a Cambridge resident. If my son/daughter is admitted to MIT, can he/she get a discount on tuition?

All students admitted to MIT, including those from Cambridge, are eligible for need-based financial assistance intended to enable all admitted students to afford to attend MIT no matter what their family’s financial situation is. More information about financial aid is available through the Student Financial Services Office.

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I’m an MIT student considering running for office locally. Can you help me?

While MIT does not endorse political candidates, an OGCR staff member would be happy to speak to you about your potential candidacy and give you information about local politics and the Institute. Please contact the OGCR for more information.

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I am interested in leasing a property owned by MIT. Which department do I contact?

The MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCo) is responsible for MIT’s investment properties. Please contact MITIMCo for more information.

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How do I get involved in student government at MIT?

The student government body for MIT undergraduates is the Undergraduate Association; for MIT graduate students, it is the Graduate Student Council.

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