Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
2020-21 Quick Facts
• MIT supports one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the world. With 33 varsity sports, MIT provides the most
intercollegiate offerings among Division III institutions in America.
• MIT’s primary league affiliation lies with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as a Division III
member of the NCAA, while the Engineers’ rowing programs compete at the Division I level.
• The NEWMAC is widely considered one of the top Division III conferences in the New England region.
• Although crew is the only classified Division I program, cross country, fencing, rifle, sailing, squash, track and field, and water polo
regularly compete against Division I opponents.
• MIT athletes have authored 45 individual national championships and have won 24 team championships.
• MIT student-athletes have earned at least 70 All-America honors every season since 2009 and totaled 107 accolades in 2019-20.
• The Engineers collected six NEWMAC Championships in 2019-20 and leads the league in overall titles won. Despite the
cancellation of the spring NEWMAC Championships, MIT won the NEWMAC Women’s Presidents Cup for the sixth straight year
and seventh time overall. The Presidents Cup is an all-sports award given to the top overall men’s and women’s programs in the
conference. MIT has won at least one of the Cups each year that they have been presented and captured both the Men’s and
Women’s Cups five times in the eight-year history of the award.
• In 2019-20, MIT had 14 nationally-ranked teams and saw 12 teams qualify for NCAA Championship events.
• Men’s cross country and track and field have combined to win 49 of the last 51 league championships.
• 30 Graduates have participated in the Olympic Games, winning three Gold, three Silver, and four Bronze medals.
• MIT had two student-athletes drafted by Major League Baseball in 2017 as Austin Filiere ‘17 was selected by the Chicago Cubs
in the eighth round and David Hesslink ’17 was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round. Filiere and Hesslink join Jason
Szuminski ’00 (2000 – San Diego Padres; 27th round) and Alan Dopfel ‘72 (1972 – California Angels) as the only Engineers to
ever be drafted. Szuminski was the first MIT graduate to play in one of America’s four major professional sports as a pitcher for the
Padres in 2004.
• MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (339). The Engineers rank second across all NCAA
divisions behind only the University of Nebraska (340).
• In 2019-20, the Engineers received 21 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, marking the fourth straight year with 20 award
winners. Katie Bacher ‘20 was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America Athlete of the Year for cross country/track and field.
• MIT leads Division III in NCAA Elite 90 Award selections with 17 and is second overall to Stanford, which has a total of 20. This
award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of
the NCAA’s 90 championships.
• Three-sport and four-time Academic All-America honoree Louise Jandura ‘84 was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America
Hall of Fame in 2019. She joined Jennifer (Harris) Trosper ‘91, who was inducted in 2001.
• Margaret Guo ’16 (swimming and diving) became the first MIT student-athlete and fourth Division III student-athlete to be named the
NCAA Woman of the Year in 2016. The program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and
leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS
• Each quarter, MIT offers over 50 sections and more than 25 types of instructional physical activity courses. There are additional
specialty courses including Outdoor Education (backpacking, kayaking, Parkour, rock climbing, SCUBA, skiing and snowboarding).
• Each course at MIT teaches health and wellness concepts as well as specific skill instruction.
• The six-week quarter schedule allows students to try two courses per semester. Approximately 4,500 registrants participate each
year. Courses are also offered in IAP and the summer.
• As part of the General Institute Requirements, each student must earn eight points through courses and complete the swim
requirement. A student earns two points per course.
• Being a member of a varsity team or the ROTC counts toward the fulfillment of the Physical Education and Wellness requirement.
• DAPER records nearly 900,000 individual visits during the year and serves 14,000 annual members.
• Over 200 programs are offered throughout the year: aquatic and fitness training including group exercise classes, private and group
instructional classes, American Red Cross safety training, specialty events, and wellness offerings including nutrition and massage
• MIT recreational sports collaborates with over 21 academic and administrative departments on campus to provide fitness and
wellness programming, leadership opportunities, and a learning laboratory environment for research.
• The recreational sports program is committed to improving the quality of life and building community on the MIT campus through
the development of campus-wide collaborative programs such as Getfit@MIT, MindHandHeart, Step Your Way, EngineerYourHealth
plus, Orientation, DSL Wellness Fair and many more wellness-related events and programs.