The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT consists of five schools and one college for a total of 32 departments. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management.
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Want to sail the Seven Seas?: Head to MIT. That's right: MIT offers a pirate certificate to students who complete four physical education classes: pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing.
MIT students aren't just using the school's tunnel system to avoid sunlight: Plenty of colleges have underground tunnel systems, but not many are as vast as the one at MIT; the seemingly endless, intricate network connects nearly every building on campus.
Everything at MIT is numbered: MIT students speak in code. Rather than using names for buildings or courses, they use a system of numbers.
MIT students can't fail: In an effort to ensure student happiness, MIT instituted a policy for first-semester freshmen known as "pass, no record".
It may be the "Harvard Bridge," but it's got MIT's mark all over it: Allegedly, back in the late 1800s, both Harvard and MIT were vying to be the namesake for the Harvard Bridge. When Harvard won, MIT officials took the decision to court -- then mysteriously dropped the case after their architects and mechanical engineers inspected the building plans.