First Year Advising Options


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

Firstyear undergraduates choose their advising preference over the summer between June 1 and June 15 via online application.