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Funding Priorities

Working to enhance all the things that help to make MIT, MIT

Delivering on the Office of the Chancellor's commitment to educating the whole student requires significant and sustained resources. To succeed in this effort, the office works closely with Resource Development and the MIT Alumni Association to promote strategic priorities and secure the philanthropic resources necessary to create a holistic learning experience for today's students and for future generations. The generosity of donors at all levels ensures MIT's ability to:

  • Make an MIT education affordable and accessible to the brightest minds from around the world
  • Create new and revitalized campus spaces that celebrate community, wellness, and residential life
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to learn abroad or in the field, or participate in social impact projects
Chancellor Nobles with a group of students and the Tim the Beaver Mascot.

MIT Chancellor Nobles (third from right) with students on Pi Day.

Educating the whole student means creating a supportive and holistic learning experience. This takes sustained resources and an ongoing commitment to raise funds for student life and learning at MIT.

Melissa Nobles

MIT Chancellor

Scholarships & Fellowships

There is nothing more central to MIT’s mission than the success of its students. Scholarships and fellowships ensure access to an MIT education for many students each year and serve as powerful recruitment tools. Support for scholarships and fellowships helps make our need-blind admissions policy possible and allows us to continue admitting and supporting the world’s most talented students and researchers.

DAPER Sports Performance Center

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER) offers MIT students world-class instruction for a wide range of athletic endeavors. The DAPER Sports Performance Center will provide MIT’s exceptional sports programs and student-athletes with a facility to match their competitive ambitions. It will also serve as an important component of the MIT student-athlete experience, creating a space for personal growth, teamwork, and enhanced wellness, benefits that will last long after graduation.

East Campus Renovation

For nearly 100 years, the residents of East Campus have embodied “mens et manus,” creating a singular community where students’ unique traits and skills are welcomed, cultivated, and celebrated. The East Campus renovation project will include new hall lounges, bathrooms, and kitchens; increased accessibility, including new elevators; a new community kitchen and expanded hall kitchens; relocating the makerspace to better support courtyard builds; and a lower carbon footprint achieved by new appliances and improved overall building performance. Just as student voices and actions characterized East Campus in its first century, this renovation will provide a strong foundation for the creativity, uniqueness, and democratic values that its future residents will bring to campus.

Stratton Student Center

Creating a campus community where both academic excellence and personal wellbeing are valued and promoted is fundamental to MIT’s mission of advancing knowledge and educating students who will work to create a better world. The revitalized Stratton Student Center will feature an innovative Wellbeing Lab and targeted enhancements to create a network of flexible student spaces, community areas, and infrastructure updates. Slated to re-open in fall 2023, the reimagined Stratton Student Center will provide students with a warm, welcoming environment where they can care for their physical and emotional wellbeing, build relationships, and explore their purpose.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) works to amplify and accelerate the practice and impact of experiential learning for MIT students, bringing the Institute’s “mens et manus” spirit to life. The Office of the Chancellor helps to support experiential learning opportunities that connect students to important, real-world projects that provide meaningful research, service, and social impact.