What is the faculty composition at MIT?
Check out the information on class structures and faculty to get a feel for the academic life at MIT.
Student to Faculty Ratio is Well Above Average
Student to faculty ratio is a common metric used to gauge the number of teaching resources a school provides for its students. With 3 students for every one instructional faculty member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranks among the best colleges when compared to the national average of 15.
Instructional Staff at the College
The following table shows all the employees the school considers instructional, and therefore, part of the above student-to-faculty ratio. These include both those employees designated as either "primarily instructional" or as "instructional combined with research/public service". It does not include employees that have been identified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology as primarily performing research or public service.
|Total||Full Time||Part Time||Percent Full Time|
|Total of Instructional Employees||1,661||1,353||308||81.5%|
|Total of Those With Faculty Status||1,034||1,024||10||99.0%|
|On Tenure Track||245||245||0||100.0%|
|Not on Tenure Track||9||9||0||100.0%|
|Without Faculty Status||627||329||298||52.5%|
How Seriously Does This School Take Hiring Full-Time Teachers? Very Seriously
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's utilization of full-time teaching staff ranks among the highest in the nation, with 81.0% of instructors employed full time.
- Research-Focused College: This school has a large number of faculty that spend a significant amount of their time on research projects. This can be a big plus if you are interested in pursuing graduate work or performing research yourself. However, the risk for all students, particularly undergrads, is that many of the faculty may be focused on their research, not on your instruction.
- High Number of Non-Instructional Staff: This college lists less than 20% of its employees as instructional which could merely be the way the school reports their numbers, or, it could indicate an unusually high number of faculty has various duties, with only a few focused primarily on instruction.