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Explore Freshman Advising

From basic details to advice to aid as you work with your academic advisor during your first-year.

Freshman Advising


At MIT every undergraduate has an advisor. As an upperclassman you will be assigned an advisor in your major, but during your first year your advisor may be a faculty or staff member from any department. In addition, most advisors team up with an associate advisor, an upperclassman who brings an undergraduate's perspective to the advising process.
Freshmen choose from two different styles of advising: 

  1. Freshman advising that involves academic credit (Freshman Advising Seminars and some Learning Communities)
  2. Freshman advising that offers no credit (Traditional Advising and some Learning Communities). 

Freshman choose their advising preference over the summer.  Details on the advising options and the application process for the Class of 2021 will become available on May 1, 2017.