No other institute of higher education can rival the breadth, depth, and impact of innovation that has come out of MIT, the world's leading institution focused on science and technology. The MIT School of Engineering has been ranked the nation's top engineering school every year since the US News and World Report rankings began—with several LGO participating departments also ranked #1 in their fields—and the MIT Sloan School of Management is consistently near the top of business school rankings.
As an MIT program, LGO benefits from the wealth of resources, world-renowned faculty, and connections that the Institute offers. Inspired by their faculty, peers and the history of innovation at MIT, LGO students experience a unique atmosphere in which to transform themselves into leaders capable of making lasting impacts in society.
As Bob Giacomantonio '13 described it, joining LGO gives each new class lifelong membership in the world's most elite club of students and alumni. "I've never been more grateful than when I was given the chance to join LGO and become part of MIT. Since matriculating, I've made some fantastic new friends and have learned exceptionally relevant and interesting things from brilliant professors. I still find myself pausing on an almost daily basis and taking in the fact that I'm living out one of my wildest dreams – being at MIT, studying my field of passion, and investing myself in a community whose richness and diversity seems to be limitless."
The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.
Today, MIT is a world-class educational institution. Teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle—continue to be its primary purpose. MIT is independent, coeducational, and privately endowed. Its five schools and one college encompass numerous academic departments, divisions, and degree granting programs, as well as interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries. Sixty current faculty and staff members belong to the National Academy of Engineering, 78 to the National Academy of Sciences, 33 to the Institute of Medicine, and 139 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Seventy-seven present and former members of the MIT community have won the Nobel Prize. Thirty-six current and former members of the MIT faculty have received the National Medal of Science, and two have been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
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