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, Physics, General, 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.

Top Majors and Programs - Most Popular Degrees in 2018 (1st majors)

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My Majors Major # Students # Female % Female # Male % Male
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 57 24 42% 33 58%
Anthropology 1 1 100% 0 %
Architecture 12 8 67% 4 33%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 48 29 60% 19 40%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 44 37 84% 7 16%
Chemical Engineering 43 22 51% 21 49%
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 22 18 82% 4 18%
Chemistry, General 16 12 75% 4 25%
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2 2 100% 0 %
Civil Engineering, General 12 5 42% 7 58%
Cognitive Science 7 6 86% 1 14%
Computational Biology 23 17 74% 6 26%
Computer Science 295 103 35% 192 65%
Creative Writing 1 1 100% 0 %
Economics, General 12 2 17% 10 83%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 47 13 28% 34 72%
English Language and Literature, General 1 0 % 1 100%
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 12 11 92% 1 8%
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 6 100% 0 %
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 4 67% 2 33%
Linguistics 2 1 50% 1 50%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 18 8 44% 10 56%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 3 1 33% 2 67%
Materials Engineering 32 24 75% 8 25%
Mathematics and Computer Science 33 14 42% 19 58%
Mathematics, General 72 14 19% 58 81%
Mechanical Engineering 186 81 44% 105 56%
Music, General 2 0 % 2 100%
Neuroscience 22 20 91% 2 9%
Nuclear Engineering 9 5 56% 4 44%
Physics, General 64 18 28% 46 72%
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 100% 0 %
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