MIT Photo Tour

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Photo Tour of the MIT Campus

Killian Court and the Great Dome at MIT
Killian Court and the Great Dome at MIT. andymw91 / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also known as MIT, is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861, MIT currently has roughly 10,000 students enrolled, over half of them at the graduate level. Its school colors are cardinal red and steel gray, and its mascot is Tim the Beaver.

The university is organized into five schools with more than 30 departments: School of Architecture and Planning; School of Engineering; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; School of Science; and Sloan School of Management.

MIT is consistently ranked as one of the top technology schools in the world and it consistently ranks highly among top engineering schools. Famous alumni include Noam Chomsky, Buzz Aldrin and Kofi Annan. Less famous alumni include Allen Grove, Thoughtco.com's College Admissions expert.

To see what it takes to get into this prestigious university, check out the MIT profile and this MIT GPA, SAT and ACT graph.

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MIT's Ray and Maria Stata Center

MIT Stata Center
MIT Stata Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

The Ray and Maria Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was opened for occupancy in 2004, and has since become a campus hallmark due to its exquisite design.

Designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, the Stata Center also houses the offices of two significant MIT academics: Ron Rivest, a renowned cryptographer, and Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and psychologist who The New York Times called the "father of modern linguistics." The Stata Center houses both the philosophy and linguistic departments.

Aside from the Stata Center's celebrity status, it also serves a variety of university needs. The eco-friendly building design accommodates cross-disciplinary research spaces including the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as classrooms, a large auditorium, multiple student hangout spots, a fitness center, and dining facilities.

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The Forbes Family Café at MIT

The Forbes Family Café at MIT
The Forbes Family Café at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle
The Forbes Family Café is located within MIT's Ray and Maria Stata Center. The brightly-lit, 220-seat café serves food on the weekdays, opening at 7:30 a.m. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, soup, pizza, pasta, hot entrees, sushi and on-the-go snacks. There is also a Starbucks Coffee stand.

The café is not the only dining option in the Stata Center. On the fourth floor, the R&D Pub offers beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee for students, faculty and staff who are 21+. The bar also has an appetizer menu with pub fare, including nachos, quesadillas, chips and dip, and personal pizzas.

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The Stata Lecture Hall at MIT

The Stata Lecture Hall
The Stata Lecture Hall (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle
This lecture hall on the first floor of the Teaching Center in the Ray and Maria Stata Center is just one of the classroom spaces in the Stata Center. There are also two tiered classrooms and two flat classrooms.

Most of the teaching facilities in the Stata Center are used by MIT's high-ranking School of Engineering. Chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are among the most popular majors at MIT.

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MIT's Green Building

The Green Building at MIT
The Green Building at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
The Green Building, named in honor of Texas Instruments co-founder and MIT Alumni Cecil Green, is home to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

The building was designed in 1962 by world renowned architect I.M. Pei, who is also an alumni of MIT. The Green Building is the tallest building in Cambridge.

Due to its noticeable size and design, the Green Building has been the target of many pranks and hacks. In 2011, MIT students installed wirelessly controlled custom LED lights into every window of the building. The students turned the Green Building into one massive Tetris game, which was visible from Boston.

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Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex at MIT

MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex
MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from the Stata Center, the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex is the headquarters for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Completed in 2005, the building features auditorium and seminar rooms, as well as research laboratories and a 90-foot-high atrium.

As the largest neuroscience center in the world, the building boasts many environmentally friendly features such as gray water recyclable toilets and storm water management.

The Complex is home to the Martinos Imaging Center, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, and the Center for Biological and Computational Learning.

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Building 16 Classroom at MIT

MIT Classroom
MIT Classroom (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle
This classroom is located in the Dorrance Building, or Building 16, as the buildings at MIT are commonly referred to by their numerical names. Building 16 houses offices, classrooms and student workspaces, as well as a sunny outdoor plaza with trees and benches. Building 16 has also been the target of MIT "hacks," or pranks.

This classroom fits about 70 students. The average class size at MIT tends to hover around 30 students, while some seminar classes will be significantly smaller, and other larger, introductory lectures will have a roster of 200 students.

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Hayden Memorial Library at MIT

Hayden Memorial Library at MIT
Hayden Memorial Library at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
The Charles Hayden Memorial Library, built in 1950, is the main humanities and science library for the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science. Located next to Killian Court along Memorial Drive, the library's collection ranges from anthropology to women's studies.

The second floor houses one of the largest collections of books in the world on women in science, technology and medicine.

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Maclaurin Buildings at MIT

Maclaurin Buildings at MIT
Maclaurin Buildings at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
The buildings surrounding Killian Court are the Maclaurin Buildings, named in honor of former MIT president Richard Maclaurin. The complex include Buildings 3, 4, and 10. With a U-shape form, its wide network of hallways provides students and faculty protection from Cambridge's harsh winter weather.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Admissions, and the President's Office are located in Building 3. Building 4 houses Music and Theater Arts, the Public Service Center, and the International Film Club.

The Great Dome, one of the most iconic pieces of architecture at MIT, sits atop Building 10. The Great Dome overlooks Killian Court, where commencement takes place every year. Building 10 is also home to the Admissions Office, Barker Library, and the Office of the Chancellor.

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View of the Charles River from MIT

The Charles River
The Charles River (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
The Charles River is conveniently next to MIT's campus. The river, which acts as the border between Cambridge and Boston, is also home to MIT's crew team.

The Harold W. Pierce boathouse was built in 1966 and is considered one of the best athletic complexes on campus. The boathouse features an eight-oared moving water indoor rowing tank. The facility also has 64 ergometers and 50 shells in eights, fours, pairs and singles in four boat bays.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is an annual two-day rowing race that takes place every October. The race brings some of the best rowers from around the world. The MIT crew team actively participates in the Head of the Charles.

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Maseeh Hall at MIT

Maseeh Hall at MIT
Maseeh Hall at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Maseeh Hall, at 305 Memorial Drive, looks over the beautiful Charles River. Formerly named Ashdown House, the hall reopened in 2011 after extensive renovations and upgrades. The co-ed residence accommodates 462 undergraduates. Room options include singles, doubles and trips; triples are generally reserved for juniors and seniors. All bathrooms are shared, and pets are not permitted - except fish.

Maseeh Hall also includes MIT's largest dining hall on its first floor, the Howard Dining Hall. The dining hall offers 19 meals per week, including kosher, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

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Kresge Auditorium at MIT

Kresge Auditorium at MIT
Kresge Auditorium at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle
Designed by notable Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen as an attempt to bring together MIT's student body, Kresge Auditorium frequently hosts concerts, lectures, plays, conferences and other events.

Its main-level concert hall seats 1,226 spectators, and a smaller theatre downstairs, called the Kresge Little Theatre, seats 204.

Kresge Auditorium also includes offices, lounges, rehearsal rooms and dressing rooms. Its visually-striking lobby, which features a wall entirely constructed of windows, can be reserved separately for conferences and conventions.

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MIT's Henry G. Stenbreinner '27 Stadium

MIT Stadium
MIT Stadium (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle
Located adjacent to Kresge Auditorium and the Stratton Student Center, the Henry G. Steinbrenner '27 Stadium is the primary venue for MIT's soccer, football, lacrosse and track and field teams.

The main field, the Robert Field, is located within the track and features a recently installed artificial playing field.

The stadium serves as a centerpiece for MIT's athletics program, for it is surrounded by the Carr Indoor Tennis Facility; the Johnson Athletics Center, which houses the ice rink; the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, which offers workout facilities, personal training and group classes; the Rockwell Cage, which is the venue for the university's basketball and volleyball teams; as well as other training centers and gymnasiums.

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The Stratton Student Center at MIT

The Stratton Student Center at MIT
The Stratton Student Center at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
The Stratton Student Center is the hub of most student activity on campus. The center was constructed in 1965 and named in honor of the 11th MIT president, Julius Stratton. The center is open 24 hours a day.

Most clubs and student organizations are based in the Stratton Student Center. The MIT Card Office, Student Activities Office, and Public Service Center are just a few of the administrative organizations located in the center. There are also many convenient retail stores for students that offer haircuts, dry cleaning, and banking needs. The center offers a variety of food options, including Anna's Taqueria, Cambridge Grill, and Subway.

Additionally, the Stratton Student Center has community study spaces. On the second floor, the Stratton Lounge, or "The Airport" lounge, holds couches, desks, and TVs. The Reading Room, on the third floor, is traditionally a quieter study space.

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Alchemist Statue at MIT

Alchemist Statue at MIT
Alchemist Statue at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
"Alchemist," located between Massachusetts Avenue and the Stratton Student Center, is a notable hallmark on MIT's campus and was commissioned specifically for the school's 150th anniversary. Created by sculptor Jaume Plensa, the sculpture depicts numbers and mathematical symbols in the shape of a human.

Plensa's work is an obvious dedication to the many researchers, scientists and mathematicians who have studied at MIT. At night, the sculpture is lit by various backlights, illuminating the numbers and symbols.

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The Rogers Building at MIT

The Rogers Building at MIT
The Rogers Building at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle
The Rogers Building, or "Building 7," at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, is very much the mainstay of MIT's campus. Standing right on Massachusetts Avenue, its marble staircase leads not only to the famous Infinite Corridor, but to multiple laboratories, offices, academic departments, the university's Visitor Center and the Rotch Library, MIT's architecture and planning library.

The Rogers Building also includes the Steam Café, a retail-dining location, as well as Bosworth's Café, which features Peet's Coffee, specialty espresso drinks, and pastries and desserts catered by famous Boston bakeries.

MIT calls Bosworth's Café "a coffee drinker's favorite…not to be missed." It is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The Infinite Corridor at MIT

The Infinite Corridor at MIT
The Infinite Corridor at MIT (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

MIT's famous "Infinite Corridor" stretches .16 miles through Buildings 7, 30, 10, 4 and 8, linking the various buildings and connecting the west and east ends of campus.

The Infinite Corridor's walls are lined with posters advertising student groups, activities and events. Several laboratories are based along the Infinite Corridor, and their floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors offer a glimpse into some of the amazing research that happens at MIT everyday.

The Infinite Corridor is also the host of a celebrated MIT tradition, MITHenge. Several days a year, usually at the beginning of January and the end of November, the sun sets in perfect alignment with the Infinite Corridor, illuminating the entire length of the hallway and drawing a crowd of students and faculty alike.

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The Galaxy Sculpture at Kendall Square

The Galaxy Sculpture at Kendall Square
The Galaxy Sculpture at Kendall Square (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Katie Doyle

Since 1989, the Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture, by Joe Davis, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-affiliated artist and researcher, has greeted Bostonians outside of Kendall Square subway station.

The Kendall stop offers the most direct access to the heart of MIT's campus, as well as the lively neighborhood of Kendall Square, which is home to a variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, the Kendall Square Cinema, and MIT's bookstore.

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MIT's Alpha Epsilon Pi in Boston's Back Bay

MIT's Alpha Epsilon Pi
MIT's Alpha Epsilon Pi (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Although MIT's campus is located in Cambridge, most of the school's sororities and fraternities are based in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Just across the Harvard Bridge, many fraternities such as Alpha Epsilon Pi, pictured here, Theta Xi, Phi Delta Theta and Lambda Chi Alpha, are located on Bay State Road, which is also part of Boston University's campus.

In 1958, Lambda Chi Alpha measured the length of the Harvard Bridge in body lengths of pledge Oliver Smoot, which rounded out to "364.4 Smoots + one ear." Every year Lambda Chi Alpha maintains the marks on the bridge, and today the Harvard Bridge is also commonly known as the Smoot Bridge.

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Explore Other Boston Area Colleges

Boston and Cambridge are home to numerous other schools. To the north of MIT is Harvard University, and across the Charles River in Boston you'll find Boston University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University. Also within striking distance of campus are Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. While MIT may have under 10,000 students, there are nearly 400,000 students within a few miles of campus.