With 5 schools, a college, 34 departments, and 44 undergraduate degrees, MIT has plenty to offer the university student. The schools include Engineering, Science, Sloan School of Management, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Architecture and Urban Planning (which was the first of its kind in the U.S.). The college is known as the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology.

The top five majors at MIT are Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering. All undergraduates have to complete the core curriculum, also known as GIRs. They include classes in science, laboratory, humanities/arts/social sciences, and communication. Every student will be asked to complete a swimming test and non-varsity athletes are required to take four quarters of P.E.

MIT conducts its classes and homework much like the real world, with a focus on collaboration. Often times, students are encouraged to work with each other on homework as it is unlikely they will be able to complete it on their own.

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Computer Science 342 129 38% 213 62%
Mechanical Engineering 166 87 52% 79 48%
Mathematics, General 75 22 29% 53 71%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 70 21 30% 49 70%
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 55 15 27% 40 73%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 49 37 76% 12 24%
Physics, General 42 12 29% 30 71%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 37 25 68% 12 32%
Chemical Engineering 34 22 65% 12 35%
Materials Engineering 32 26 81% 6 19%
Mathematics and Computer Science 22 6 27% 16 73%
Neuroscience 21 17 81% 4 19%
Computational Biology 21 13 62% 8 38%
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 20 14 70% 6 30%
Chemistry, General 19 9 47% 10 53%
Nuclear Engineering 17 7 41% 10 59%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 12 8 67% 4 33%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 11 4 36% 7 64%
Civil Engineering, General 11 8 73% 3 27%
Architecture 9 8 89% 1 11%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8 2 25% 6 75%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 8 8 100% 0 0%
Political Science and Government, General 7 3 43% 4 57%
Business/Commerce, General 6 4 67% 2 33%
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 6 100% 0 0%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 6 3 50% 3 50%
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 5 3 60% 2 40%
Linguistics 2 1 50% 1 50%
Anthropology 2 1 50% 1 50%
Finance, General 2 0 % 2 100%
Creative Writing 2 2 100% 0 0%
Philosophy 1 0 % 1 100%
History, General 1 0 % 1 100%
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