College News and Fun Facts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Infinite Corridor lines up with the plane of the ecliptic twice a year, filling the 0.16 mile hallway with sunlight.
MIT has an “Engineer’s Drinking Song”.
The Smoot: In 1958 the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity measured the Harvard Bridge according the to the body lengths of one Oliver Smoot (class of ’62). This was originally done as a joke because Smoot was made fun of for being so short that he could be his own unit of measurement. And thus a tradition was born so each year, members of the fraternity maintain the painted marks. The official length of the bridge is reported to be “364.4 Smoots + 1 ear.” Local police even use the Smoot markings to estimate locations of accidents. Along the bridge you can see lines painted at intervals of 10 Smoots. It may be called Harvard Bridge, but MIT is written all over it!
MIT students can receive the greatly coveted Pirate’s License/ Certificate if they complete PE classes in pistol, archery, fencing, and sailing!
- Color: Cardinal, Black and Steel Gray
- Mascot: Tim the Beaver
- Admit Rate: 6.7% (Class of 2022). Read more
- July 12, 2019
In Fisher Hall, it’s the Fisher Regatta, a one-on-one boat racing tournament held each April on St. Mary’s Lake that is open to all dorms, with most halls entering at least one home-made watercraft. Usually drawing more than 1,000 participants with boats … More
- July 5, 2019
Matriculation Ceremony. At the end of their first day on campus, first-year students gather for the Matriculation Ceremony to mark their official welcome to the Bucknell community. During the ceremony, they receive a pin to commemorate the event and to … More
- July 2, 2019
Every year, NYU hosts the Strawberry Festival. What’s so special about that? The NYU cooking staff bakes the largest Strawberry Shortcake in New York, using 2,500 egg yolks, 326 lbs. of pastry flour, and 489 cups of sugar. Source Color: … More
- June 25, 2019
75,000,000. The university owns a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg. Lucky 13. The university was originally founded as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men who each offered $13 and 13 prayers. Color: Maroon, Grey and … More