Resources

Advising and Academic Support

Academic Support

  • Student Support Services offers support, advocacy, and referrals for students facing academic or personal challenges.  web.mit.edu/uaap/s3/

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

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

  • 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

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

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

Advising

  • First-year headquarters for undergraduates; advising and programs for all undergraduates to support academic success and  involvement in undergraduate research

  • Supports underrepresented minority students through academic, community, and professional intiatives

  • Assists students in navigating MIT and the US, including legal requirements; provides assistance and advising for international students and their families; and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community

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

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

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

  • Advising and support for students interested in applying to medical or health professional schools

  • Information about child care, adult care, and quality of life issues

  • Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating

Mentoring

Learning Resources

  • MIT's academic computing environment

  • Public computer labs that are located throughout the MIT campus

  • A virtual space to help you develop effective learning strategies

  • 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

  • Web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content

  • 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

  • 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

Academic Integrity

Academic Community

  • Upcoming seminars offered by departments across the Institute

  • 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

Academic Records

Academic Planning

  • Information and guidelines on majors and minors

  • FAQs and guidelines on pursuing an undergraduate double major

  • The PE Requirement provides students with the instruction and skills necessary to lead healthy, active lifestyles and to foster both personal growth and a sense of community through physical activity

  • Searchable listing of courses with schedule info, textbook info, and class URL links

  • Info on the General Institute Requirement (GIR) in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS)

  • Info on Communication Requirement, which is a General Institute Requirement (GIR)

  • Information on where and how students can cross-register

  • Process to apply for transfer credit from another university, including HASS or Communication Requirement Transfer Credit

  • Opportunities and process for study abroad

  • Information on finding, applying for, and conducting undergraduate research at MIT and abroad

  • Information and resources to help students find and apply for internships

  • Special January term when students, faculty, staff, and alumni can organize and participate in a wide variety of activities in addition to classes, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals, and contests

  • Information on courses of study and degree requirements

  • Policies and procedures for taking a leave of absence and returning to MIT are coordinated by Student Support Services

Class Management Tools

Graduation

  • Degree application for SB or advanced degrees

  • Offered by the Registrar's Office, the checklist ensures students complete all the requirements and paperwork needed to receive their degrees

  • Process to resolve outstanding incompletes; all incompletes must be resolved prior to graduation

  • Everything you need to know about Graduation: dates, tickets, regalia, info for family and friends

Undergraduate Research

  • Information on finding, applying for, and conducting undergraduate research at MIT and abroad

  • Online UROP application process, instructions and deadlines; students are required to submit UROP applications each semester/summer

  • Guidelines and required travel forms for students who plan to conduct MIT research away from campus, within the U.S, at an MIT-affiliated site or to do fieldwork

  • Events to help you learn more about undergraduate research at MIT and how to find a UROP

  • Faculty-mentored summer research at MIT in the science and biotechnology fields; open to MIT students and any student enrolled in a four-year university in the U.S. or U.S. Territories

  • A yearlong UROP experience for EECS undergraduates with the goal of providing a deeper experience on a challenging problem

International Research

Research Ethics

Intellectual Property

Writing Your Dissertation or Thesis

Housing

Dining

  • From residence halls to meeting to events, MIT Dining offers numerous venues and programs to help feed hungry students and community members.

  • Flexible plans that offer fresh cuisines, specialized cooking stations that feature recipes from around the world, and hands-on cooking events throughout the academic year

  • Find the closest on-campus retail dining locations

  • Students in cook-for-yourself communities benefit from the unique opportunities associated with shopping for and preparing their own food

  • Information about special diets and nutrition information for MIT dining partners

  • Find the closest MIT residential dining hall

Transportation

  • Do your part to curb bike theft

  • Safe transportation at night within and around the MIT campus, free for all members of the MIT 

  • For a comprehensive list of operating hours Information on all MIT shuttles, including Saferide, the TECH Shuttle, airport shuttles, and more

  • Commuter connection between Cambridgeport and North Station in Boston, with many stops in and around MIT

  • Commuting options including bicyling, carpools, MBTA, emergency rides, and more

  • Find out about parking permits, locations, guest options, policies, and procedures

Governance

Events and Activities

Student Groups

Visual Arts, Music and Dance

Athletics

Learn by Doing

  • Coordinated listing of entrepreneurship resources available to MIT students

  • A platform to promote students who have invented, implemented, succeeded, and even failed at a wide range of ideas, both large and small

  • Provides training in the use of machine tools, access to them and guidance in project planning

  • A fully equipped wood and metal shop that teaches thoughtful design

  • Offers extracurricular classes and hosts sales throughout the year

Independent Activities Period (IAP)

  • Special January term - students, faculty, staff, and alums can organize and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. Information about subjects for credits and about more than 600 non-credit activities offered during IAP

  • Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America's education system, and make a difference for kids through this all-expenses-paid program

Student Government

Diversity Events

Get Help

  • Student Support Services offers support, advocacy, and referrals for students facing academic or personal challenges.  web.mit.edu/uaap/s3/

    • 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
  • Deans on Call are staff members in the Division of Student Life who are available to students for emergency service after hours, or when the Institute is closed. As needed, they can access a network of responders including MIT Police, MIT Medical, Emergency Response Personnel, Student Support Services, Deans, Housemasters, Residential Life Program staff, and others. studentlife.mit.edu/dean-call-system

    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 5 pm–9 am; Weekends, holidays, or other days MIT is closed, 24 hours/day
    • Phone: Dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212. This number is staffed by the MIT Police; ask to speak to the Dean on Call.
  • During the acadmic year, Let's Chat offers easy access for students to informal, free, confidential 20-minute consultations with counselors from MIT Mental Health and Counseling. Chat about issues such as stress, anxiety, difficulty adjusting, family problems, or relationships. No appointment necessary; sign in on the sheet on the door of 8-316. medical.mit.edu/faqs/lets-chat

    • Location: 8-316
    • Hours: Tues-Fri, 1-3 pm
  • Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) provides confidential help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and unhealthy relationships. 

    • Location: E23, 4th Floor
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-2300 (hotline 24 hours/day)
    • Email: vpradvocate@mit.edu
  • Maintining a safe academic environment as well as emergency medical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long through EMT certified officers in cruisers, on motorcycles and bicycle, and foot patrols.

    • Location: W89
    • Phone: For emergencies, dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212. For non-emergencies, dial 617-253-2996.
    • Email: mit-police@mit.edu
  • Acute-care service for illnesses or injuries that need prompt attention, but that aren't likely to result in loss of life or severe impairment. For a life-threatening situation that requires emergency care, call MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or call 911. medical.mit.edu/services/urgent-care

    • Location: E23, 1st Floor
    • Hours: 7 am-11 pm, 7 days/week
    • Phone: 617-253-4481 (24 hours/day)
  • Support for students dealing with personal concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, or other issues. For urgent concerns, call to speak to a Mental Health clinician. medical.mit.edu/services/mental-health-counseling

Peer Support

Health and Wellness

Personal Support

  • Student Support Services offers support, advocacy, and referrals for students facing academic or personal challenges.  web.mit.edu/uaap/s3/

    • 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
  • Peer2Peer provides free, anonymous, and confidential chats with trained MIT volunteer listeners, as well as a wide variety of online resources for emotional health and well-being. peer2peer.mit.edu

  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that MIT complies with and carries out Title IX responsibilities to prohibit gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

  • Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) provides confidential help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and unhealthy relationships. 

    • Location: E23, 4th Floor
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-2300 (hotline 24 hours/day)
    • Email: vpradvocate@mit.edu
  • Supports students dealing with issues related to alcohol and other drug abuse, stress, and violence. AA/NA meetings are also available on campus.

  • Provides spiritual and personal support and guidance

  • Supports underrepresented minority students through academic, community, and professional intiatives

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

  • Information about child care, adult care, and quality of life issues

  • Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating

Resolving Conflict

  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that MIT complies with and carries out Title IX responsibilities to prohibit gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

  • Offers confidential consultation about difficult conversations, difficult people, or ways to handle a dispute or conflict

  • Resource for helping students to develop and enforce standards and values

  • Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating

Community

  • The mission of the Institute Community & Equity Office (ICEO) is to advance a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT.

  • Connecting first generation students with peers, faculty, and alumni to help address the unique challenges of being the first in their families to go to college

  • Central resource for MIT's LBGT community

  • Provides spiritual and personal support and guidance

  • Supports underrepresented minority students through academic, community, and professional intiatives

  • Provides an atmosphere for identity and leadership development, sociocultural dialogue, and interaction across cultures

  • The Mind and Hand Book contains standards, guidelines, regulations, and procedures regarding general behavior and policies for all undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Assists students in navigating MIT and the US, including legal requirements; provides assistance and advising for international students and their families; and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community

Public Service Center (PSC)

Local

  • Lists opportunities to volunteer in the greater Boston/Cambridge area

  • Multidepartment resource that facilitates access to the wide range of MIT outreach programs

  • Recruits, trains, and matches tutors with children at a local community center to engage and challenge them with reading and writing activities

  • Provides resources designed to empower students to become stewards of the sciences and engineering and ambassadors of change

  • Organizes classes taught by college students, for middle and high school students

  • Information about UROP positions sponsored by the Edgerton Center (from teaching electronics courses to working with fourth through eighth graders to designing your own UROP project)

  • Design and build low-cost customized assistive devices to meet the needs of the MIT community

  • Empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent's cancer

  • A dual athletic and academic program for urban youth in the Boston area

United States

  • Support for MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world

  • Annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that positively impact underserved communities

  • Opportunities for federal work-study students to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face

  • Offers students an opportunity to organize and participate in community service trips during spring break

  • Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America's education system, and make a difference for kids through this all-expenses-paid program

International

Advice and Assistance

  • Explore the Go Global site to find opportunities for internships, research, public service, and study abroad

  • Advice on ways to start exploring your global interests and develop cultural literacy, including foreign language classes and internationally-focused minors

  • Key steps in preparing to go aborad, regardless of the program or destination

  • Contact the Gobal Education Team with questions or to discuss options for going aborad; the team is part of Global Education and Career Development (GECD)

Research Abroad

  • Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

  • Faculty mentored research in an international setting; qualifying projects must have the approval, mentorship, and guidance of an MIT faculty member

  • Undergraduate research exchange programs with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Imperial-MIT Summer Reserach Exchange.

  • Participate in a Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology faculty member’s research project in Singapore

  • An international collaboration involving MIT and government, academia, and industry in Portugal to develop education and research programs related to engineering systems

  • Nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies, offering opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career

Study Abroad

  • Search for study abroad opportunities by country, term, field of study, or keyword

  • Explore study abroad options including MIT-managed programs, departmental programs, direct enrollment programs, and outside providers

  • There are a wide range of internal and external funding sources for your study abroad experience

  • Required  forms and checklists that help you prepare to study abroad

  • Full academic year exchange program between MIT and the University of Cambridge for MIT juniors; available to students in most academic departments and designed so that students earn a full year of transfer credit

  • Spring semester in Madrid taking engineering classes at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and humanities, science, management, and social science courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid; student live with local families

  • Take Spanish II with an MIT instructor at Instituto International de Madrid during IAP and stay with a local family

  • Student-designed semester abroad program for students interested in working with a D-Lab community partner a developing country, while completing academically rigorous courses

  • In conjuction with a MISTI internship or as a separate experience, earn MIT credit at top schools in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain; some MISTI programs also offer for-credit IAP activities

  • Department-based study-abroad programs currently offered in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich (Switzerland); Materials Science and Engineering at University of Oxford (UK) or Imperial College London (UK); Nuclear Science and Engineering at Imperial College London (UK); Architecture at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) or the University of Hong Kong; Aero/Astro at the University of Pretoria (South Africa); and Political Science at Sciences Po (France).

  • Nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies, offering opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career

  • Students can receive transfer credit for attending non-MIT study abroad programs that have been vetted by MIT. Global Education maintains an extensive list of these programs.

Public Service Abroad

Internships Abroad

  • Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

  • Connects current students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP)

  • 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia for graduating seniors and graduate students who have had limited experience in Asia; provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia

  • Seminar-style course for MIT freshmen to develop competencies in career exploration, communication, professional etiquette, and internship search skills; internships occur the summer between freshman and sophomore year

Leadership Development

  • Open to any member of the junior class, participants engage in a journey of personal leadership development and reflection

  • Developing next-generation technical leaders who are equipped to understand and address significant engineering problems in real-world situations

  • An intensive six-day leadership development experience that takes place over IAP, covering professional ethics, dealing with uncertainty, and developing skills in areas of problem solving and interpersonal communication

  • MIT L.E.A.D. is an effort to provide intentional and easily accessible forms of leadership training for MIT students and student organizations

  • A weekend opportunity for freshmen and sophomores that focuses in on the personal context of leadership with an interactive and experiential agenda

  • A listing of all recognized student groups on campus; find a match for you and take on a leadership role

  • Find a role in the Undergraduate Association

Entrepreneurship

  • Over $350K in prizes are given to aspiring entrepreneurs each year through participation in a series of three contests: the Pitch Contest, the Accelerate Contest, and the Launch Contest

  • Courses combine theory and practice to give students ample opportunity to use the skills they have learned within the curriculum

  • Provides the knowledge, support, and connections needed for MIT students to become entrepreneurs

Practical Experience Opportunities

  • A series of professional development events and workshops designed to help students successfully navigate through the corporate world

  • Connects current students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP)

Advice and Mentoring

Work-Life Balance

  • Information about child care, adult care, and quality of life issues

  • Classes, workshops, books, a number to call for a 3-minute guided meditation, and much more

  • Help with evaluating academic necessities and considering extracurricular commitments; includes a Time Distribution Assessment worksheet

Career Advice

  • Use drop-in hours or make an appointment to discuss career planning or job search questions, get a critique of your resume, CV or cover letter, or conduct a practice interview session

  • Guidance and resources to help you identify and prioritize your career options and develop a career action plan

  • Online career planning workshops available 24/7; topics include resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, internship search, networking, and more

  • A series of professional development events and workshops designed to help students successfully navigate through the corporate world

  • Guidance and resouces to help your explore and find global career opportunties that fit your interests and considerations in preparing for and applying to jobs abroad

  • GECD guide to everything related to career planning, academic pathways, and job search

  • Advice from the MIT Ombuds Office

  • Helps MIT students achieve lifelong success through career services, global experiences, and connections with graduate schools and employers

Making Connections

  • Connects MIT alumni with each other and with students to facilitate career strategies, gather quality advice, and open up important networking connections

  • Help with the process of discovering and utilizing connections between people

  • Presentations or receptions to students to learn more about companies and to informally discuss job possibilities

  • Provide formal opportunities for companies to educate and recruit MIT students for internships, full-time positions, and other company-related activities and events

Job Search

  • Guidance and resources to help you develop an effective resume, CV and cover letter, apply for jobs you are interested in, and be ready to successfully interview

  • On-campus interviews help students and employers connect more easily

  • The GECD Career Management System; an excecllent resource for jobs and internships

Career Fairs

Internships

Student Employment

  • On campus and off campus student job openings, including paid community service positions

  • Student eligibility to work on-campus and required process and forms to get hired and get paid

  • Instead of academic credit, UROP students can receive pay; get details on UROP funding options and applications process

Graduate School

Financial Aid

  • Steps and deadlines for applying for undergraduate financial aid

  • Access your financial aid information for current and prior years

  • Grant money offered directly by the Institute as part of a need-based financial aid package

  • Information and links to grants and MIT Scholarships; At MIT,  grant money offered directly by the Institute as part of a need-based financial aid package is known as a scholarship

  • Information and application process for Veteran's Benefits at MIT including details on the Yellow Ribbon Program

Tuition and Billing

Loans

Advice and Assistance

  • Walk-in services in 11-120; Get help with your student account, financial aid and payments, copies of your transcript, cross-registration information and materials enrollment certification

  • Contact information for the Assistant Directors of Financial Aid who can answer questions and guide you through the financial aid process

  • Contact information for the Counselors for Education Loan Collections who can work with you while you are a student and after you leave MIT on issues related to debt management

  • Contact information for Counselors for Customer Service who can help you with bills and payment

  • Awards need-based financial aid, processes student and parent loans, manages student billing and student employment

Student Employment

  • On campus and off campus student job openings, including paid community service positions

  • Student eligibility to work on-campus and required process and forms to get hired and get paid

  • Instead of academic credit, UROP students can receive pay; get details on UROP funding options and applications process

Getting Paid by MIT

On Campus

  • Provides basic financial services to the MIT community, including graduate and undergraduate students; locations in Student Center (W20) and NE48

  • Debit account linked to your MIT ID; purchase meals, books, laundry, convenience items and more

MIT Police

  • Maintining a safe academic environment as well as emergency medical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long through EMT certified officers in cruisers, on motorcycles and bicycle, and foot patrols.

    • Location: W89
    • Phone: For emergencies, dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212. For non-emergencies, dial 617-253-2996.
    • Email: mit-police@mit.edu
  • A listing of phone numbers and email addresses at the MIT Police office

  • Do your part to curb bike theft

  • Start here if you've lost a valuable item

  • Learn about rape prevention, theft prevention, and staying safe on and off campus

Sexual and Relationship Violence

  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that MIT complies with and carries out Title IX responsibilities to prohibit gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

  • Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) provides confidential help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and unhealthy relationships. 

    • Location: E23, 4th Floor
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-2300 (hotline 24 hours/day)
    • Email: vpradvocate@mit.edu

Emergency Preparedness

Protect Yourself in the Lab

  • Start here to make sure that all department and EHS safety training requirements have been fulfilled for your UROP to proceed

  • Tools and services for use by students and staff to address topics including EHS policies, regulatory requirements, training, and hazardous waste management

  • In collaboration with MIT Principal Investigators (PIs), BSP ensure the safe and responsible conduct of life sciences research

  • Educates the community about safe use and environmental stewardship related to the hundreds of chemicals in use on campus every day

  • Specific guidance on use of safety equipment in labs

  • The program has extensive experience working with electromagnetic radiation and can help anticipate and identify associated hazards

  • Information on proper management of biohazard sharps and chemical, radioactive, and mixed (radioactive/chemical) waste collection

  • Guidance on controls that minimize risk for individuals and the environment and support the primary objectives for research and academic activities