About Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, but more recently in biology, economics, linguistics and management as well. MIT's 168-acre (68.0 ha) campus in the city of Cambridge spans approximately a mile along the north side of the Charles River basin. The campus is divided roughly in half by Massachusetts Avenue, with most dormitories and student life facilities to the west and most academic buildings to the east. The bridge closest to MIT is the Harvard Bridge, which is known for being marked off in a non-standard unit of length – the smoot. MIT has five schools (Science, Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Management, and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) and one college (Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology), but no schools of law or medicine.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 9 8 7 7 8 10 10 8 6 9 7 9 9

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 185 181 180 187 - 136 129 130 129 138 143 119
Engineering 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 5 4 8 9
Life Sciences 11 8 5 5 10 10 6 5 4 4 4 5
Medicine 74 65 67 69 78 76 97 88 83 84 90 95
Natural Sciences 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Social Sciences 21 18 24 23 19 24 38 33 26 33 30 34

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - - - - - - - - 451-500 401-450
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 4
Chemical Engineering 32 20 25 16 13 19 19 21 21 24
Chemistry 3 3 2 2 2 2 4 5 6 8
Civil Engineering 25 51 42 34 35 44 56 61 57 51
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 107
Computer Science 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 12 19
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 2
Electrical Engineering 1 1 1 1 1 3 5 7 11 13
Environment / Ecology - 152 138 87 80 82 96 96 88 77
Geosciences 7 9 10 14 12 11 14 15 16 20
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 42
Materials Science 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 5
Mathematics 10 8 7 4 7 7 5 7 6 2
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 7 10
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 3
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 2
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 20
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 49 42 55 38 21 29 25 23
Physics 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Plant & Animal Science - 247 196 201 199 218 183 167 241 224
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 73
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 98
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 16