Our talented student body reflects the diversity of our host city. MIT students come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four territories and dependencies, and 129 foreign countries, with 32% describing themselves as a member of a minority group and 23% identifying as non-native English speakers. Financial need is not a factor in admissions, and MIT provides need-based financial aid for students during all four years of undergraduate education.


Of MIT undergraduates receive scholarships and grants equal to or greater than tuition. Despite the rising cost of education, borrowing is down 36% and average student loan debt is down 24% versus 15 years ago. MIT’s undergraduate financial aid budget has steadily risen over the last four academic years.


Student organizations on campus. Whether it is culture, arts, hobbies, or creating community, students can find a group to share their interests—from Robot Battles to beekeeping.


Hours volunteered by MIT students through the Priscilla King Gray (PKG) Public Service Center in the 2016-2017 academic year.


Of MIT students are the first in their family to attend college. MIT offers these students access to networking, peer mentorship, and workshops to ease their transition to the Institute.

Opening access to knowledge locally and globally

With its innovative spirit and passion for teaching and learning, the MIT community has created a number of educational outreach programs, from hands-on science and engineering classes for schoolchildren to college courses offered fully online. In addition, online programs have developed across campus to scale science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) education for global impact.


Educational outreach programs administered by 40 MIT departments, labs, centers, and student groups. Learn more at



Learners have taken advantage of 357 free online courses in 159 subjects offered through MITx on the edX platform since 2013. Those learners have earned 65,106 “verified certificates” after successfully completing a course.


Unique visitors have viewed lectures and other MIT course content on MIT OpenCourseWare since 2009. The 2,429 courses available have resulted in 1.4 million page views. This traffic is up 22% from two years ago.


The Scratch program introduces K-12 students  in Cambridge and beyond to a programming language they can use to create interactive stories, games, and animations.

Cambridge is participating


Cambridge residents have enrolled in 25,256 MITx courses on edX since 2013. MITx is open to all regardless of educational experience—4,403 Cambridge MITx users do not have a high school or college degree.


Unique visitors from Cambridge have viewed online educational content on OpenCourseWare since 2009. 98,259 of these visits occured just in the last six months.

Sarah distributes Impact Scholarships to CRLS students

MIT Impact Scholarships

In 2016, as we celebrated 100 years of MIT in Cambridge, the Institute announced a new scholarship program for college-bound Cambridge students who demonstrated their ability to make valuable personal contributions to their community. All displayed a sincere commitment to making the world a better place, with one awardee starting a computer programming club for underrepresented students and another mentoring homeless children.


Impact Scholars are attending the university of their choice.


in scholarship money pledged to Cambridge graduates to date.