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MIT’s community is defined by its values: Excellence. Meritocracy. Boldness. Humility. Curiosity. A passion for difficult problems. And a strong desire to do good for society. 

From the very beginning, MIT has been a magnificent human machine for inventing the future: not an ivory tower, but a laboratory for brilliant minds geared to tackling real-world problems and answering the biggest questions. We open our doors to the most talented people on the planet, no matter their origins, and we position them for impact.

In a sense, MIT’s greatest invention may be itself — an unusual concentration of unusual talent, forever reinventing itself on a mission to make a better world. That invention is powered by individuals: a global community of educators, researchers, and learners with different perspectives but a shared commitment to serving humanity.

Digital technology is unleashing the greatest changes to how we teach — and who has the opportunity to learn — since the invention of the printing press. MIT proudly offers its course content to anyone in the world with an internet connection. No matter where you are, you can find ways to become part of MIT.

You can apply for admission or apply for a job. Take an MITx class or attend an event. You can even make a gift or help us solve a problem of global importance.

We invite you to join us in building a better world


Reif Signature

L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT

L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT

L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT

Join Our Community

The people of MIT are inventing the future. Tackling humanity’s greatest challenges and making a difference through education, research, and innovation — across the country and around the world. And we delight in welcoming new talent into the global MIT community.

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On campus and across the globe, there are many ways to be a part of the MIT community. 

Get Involved

Whether you are a student, a graduate, or just getting to know MIT, there are many ways to get involved. 

More than 112,000 alumni and friends from around the world supported the MIT Campaign for a Better World.