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**Submitted by the Alumni Association on behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org, Class of 1965.**
Undergraduate education consists of three broad areas: 1) Learning factual material (e.g. basic courses in physics, calculus, chemistry, etc.); 2) Learning how to read and think (basic humanities courses, upper-level science courses); 3) Learning how to live in a community of scholars and peers. Only #1 can be accomplished on line. The greatest value I received from my MIT education was from being at the Institute and personally interacting with professors and peers. Information can be disseminated on line, but an MIT education cannot.