Advising and Academic Support

Academic Support

  • For-credit academic enrichment seminar, primarily for freshmen, focused on core subjects and learning skills

  • Services and resources for students with disabilities to ensure access to all of MIT's programs, activities, and services

  • In-person or online consultation on any writing difficulty, from questions about grammar to matters of style, and oral presentations; specialized help for English as a second language

  • Explore tutoring options, including departmental, science core, Talented Scholars Resource Room (TSR2), and more

  • In departments and degree-granting programs, the graduate administrator serves as the key representative responsible for a broad array of services and resources

  • Support systems to help grad students develop their writing

  • Department-based administrators who can provide guidance on a broad range of academic and other issues

  • Faculty members and senior academic staff who coordinate graduate administrative activities and oversee graduate affairs on behalf of a department or degree-granting program.

  • Central support and referral office; advising, petitions, fellowships, diversity, community building, policy

  • Student Support Services offers support, advocacy, and referrals for students facing academic or personal challenges. 

    • Location: 5-104
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Walk-in hours: Mon-Fri, 10-11 am and 2-3 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-4861


  • Graduate students can consult peers representing Institute-wide (iREFS) or departmental (dREFS) programs that provide low-barrier, confidential services in the form of support, coaching, listening, de-escalation, and informal mentoring and mediation.

  • Provides a range of direct services and information to meet the personal and professional needs of MIT’s diverse, global community. Whatever your phase of life, whatever your challenge, we're here to lend support and connect you to resources and support systems

  • This office provides a single point of advising for the Communication Requirement.

  • This office provides a single point of advising for the HASS Requirement.

  • The Registrar’s Office supports students from registration to graduation through stewardship of academic records and fulfillment of the General Institute Requirements.

  • Information and links to help you understand freshman advising at MIT and how to build your relationship with your advisor

  • Timely advice on academic planning, important resources, and keys to a successful first year

  • A roadmap for applying to medical or health profession school

  • First-year headquarters for undergraduates; advising and programs for all undergraduates to support academic exploration and success

  • A resource for advisors and students on how to build and maintain a healthy, rewarding and productive relationship.

  • Graduate Personal Support (GPS) offers advice and counsel on faculty/student relationships, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, a student’s rights and responsibilities, and more.

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-4860
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at, Assistant Dean Suraiya Baluch at, or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at
  • Provides effective academic enrichment programs to enhance matriculation, promote higher retention and greater excellence in underrepresented minority (African American, Mexican American, Native American and Puerto Rican/Hispanic) students’ academic and general educational achievements, and encourages their pursuits of graduate degrees and professional careers. The OME’s mission embraces a strategy to address academic and graduation gaps between underrepresented minority and non-minority students on MIT campus. Room 4-113, phone 253-5010

  • The MIT Ombuds Office serves as a neutral, confidential, independent, and informal resource to the diverse MIT community. The office helps in resolving and managing conflict and encourages productive ways of communicating. The office advocates for a fair and effective conflict management system and recommends and supports systemic changes to achieve this goal.

  • Provides services to meet the special needs of MIT international students, and support programs, which help them to fulfill their personal and academic goals. The Office provides individual advising and group seminars on immigration regulations, and also provides services to students and their dependents by assisting them when they need forms to travel outside the US or need personal counseling/advising in emergencies or unexpected immigration problems.


Learning Resources

  • Collection of MIT’s research that includes peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, working papers, theses and more. End-user downloads of the 80,000+ items regularly exceed one million per month

  • In-person or online consultation on any writing difficulty, from questions about grammar to matters of style, and oral presentations; specialized help for English as a second language

  • Online tips and tools to help you develop effective learning strategies

  • MIT's academic computing environment

  • Public computer labs that are located throughout the MIT campus

  • Guides provide targeted research and information tools for use in specific classes or programs

  • Guides provide targeted research and information tools for use in specific disciplines

  • Library resources and services

  • Free online MIT-quality courses accessible to learners worldwide

  • Free online materials from thousands of MIT courses spanning the entire curriculum, open to all with no registration required.

Academic Integrity

Academic Community

  • Works with faculty and administrators to help improve the undergraduate educational experience; funds student-faculty dinners so students can connect with professors outside of class

  • GSC ARC organizes and supports programs and initiatives to improve graduate student professional development, advising relationships, and academic success at MIT

  • Funding for projects that enhance graduate life and community

  • Graduate students receive stipend support to work on projects that enhance graduate community at MIT

  • Upcoming seminars offered by departments across the Institute. On the mit calendar webpage, type "departmental seminar" in the search box or click "browse by event types" and select "conferences/seminars/lectures" to filter the results.