The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an independent, coeducational, and privately endowed institution, was founded in 1861 and is today one of the world’s top universities. Teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle—continue to be its primary purpose. 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. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, across the Charles River from downtown Boston, MIT is home to 4,530 undergraduate and 6,990 graduate students. Based on MIT’s 2019 survey of enrolled students, 47 percent of undergraduate respondents and 42 percent of graduate respondents reported identifying with a religious, spiritual, or philosophical tradition. 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.