Resources

Advising and Academic Support

Academic Support

Advising

  • 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.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. refs.mit.edu

Mentoring

Learning Resources

  • 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

  • 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

Academic Records

Academic Planning

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • If you are carrying out doctoral research while not in formal residence at the Institute, read about Thesis Research in Absentia and about Nonresident Doctoral Thesis Research status

  • Enables an MIT grad student enrolled in a doctoral program to study at another participating grad school for a limited period of time

  • A form to seek approval for a particular action or request such as amending a program of study, completing a dual degree, resolving an incomplete grade, or applying for a thesis field not currently available

  • For full-time, registered graduate student women who anticipate giving birth

  • Information for graduate students on deciding to leave the Institute (for medical, personal, or other reasons), and how to return after an absence

Class Management Tools

Graduation

Graduate Research

International Research

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

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

  • An engineering and life science educational and research collaboration among the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and MIT

  • MIT’s largest international research endeavor in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore, known for its interdisciplinary research groups

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

  • Supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

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

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

  • 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

Family Services

Governance

  • Part of the Division of Student Life comprising Residential Life, Dining, FSILGs, Residential Life Programs, and First-Year Experience

  • Supporting the learning and living environment at MIT with specific attention to issues of community

  • Governing organization for MIT's five independent living groups

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

  • 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.
  • 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.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu
  • 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

  • Social media connecting MIT graduate students with resources to keep you at your best physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

  • 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.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu
  • 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

  • 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

Family Services for Students

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

  • Useful links for graduate students, their spouses, partners, and children

  • Advice from emergency planners to help MIT students, staff, faculty, and loved ones be prepared in the event of an emergency that takes place at MIT or at home

  • Offers a network of resources in finding or using child care services

  • Offers a network of resources for those who are raising children

Resolving Conflict

  • 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.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@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.

  • 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

  • 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. refs.mit.edu

Community

  • Social media connecting MIT graduate students with resources to keep you at your best physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • Focuses on improving the quality of life of low-income households through the creation and implementation of low-cost technologies

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

  • Effort in developing a rigorous methodology for evaluating technological solutions to challenges in the developing world

  • Partners with communities in developing countries to improve their quality of life

  • International internship course that links teams of MIT Sloan MBA students with entrepreneurs in emerging markets

  • Education, outreach, and action teams working together to solve the global poverty problem

  • Aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world

  • Consolidates MIT expertise and resources to develop and implement action agendas that focus on world hunger awareness, fundraising, and academic initiatives

  • Supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

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

  • An engineering and life science educational and research collaboration among the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and MIT

  • MIT’s largest international research endeavor in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore, known for its interdisciplinary research groups

  • 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

  • Lising of international grants and scholarships to study and conduct research abroad in a wide variety of fields

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

Public Service Abroad

Internships Abroad

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

  • International internship course that links teams of MIT Sloan MBA students with entrepreneurs in emerging markets

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

  • Supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

  • 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

Leadership Development

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

Advice and Mentoring

Work-Life Balance

Initiatives to Improve Professional Development at MIT

Career Advice

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

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

Graduate School

Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

Loans

Advice and Assistance

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

  • 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

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

  • Advice from emergency planners to help MIT students, staff, faculty, and loved ones be prepared in the event of an emergency that takes place at MIT or at home

  • Get MIT emergency notifications via a number of communication channels including Institute voicemail, email, and text message

  • Find out the status of emergencies on campus

  • The central resource for campus security technology, emergency alerts, keys, and ID cards

  • Other police and safety agencies inside and outside MIT that help protect community members

Protect Yourself in the Lab

  • 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