Orientation and Registration

We aim to ensure your smooth transition to life at the Institute. All students are expected to be on campus no later than 12 noon on August 26.

Note: International students must arrive earlier on either Saturday, August 18 or Sunday, August 19 for international orientation events (Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21), prior to attending the broader First-Year Orientation beginning August 26. U.S. Citizens living abroad and Permanent Residents do not attend international orientation events.

Orientation Schedules

All transfer students participate in First Year Orientation starting August 26. In addition, you are expected to attend transfer student-specific events detailed below. ​

Orientation begins with Kickoff! Sunday, August 26 at 6:15 pm in Kresge Auditorium.You will meet your Orientation Leaders at this event. Transfer students are assigned to OrientationGroup # 72, Black Team.

The Guidebook lists all orientation events and activities.  You need to download the app & the MIT Orientation 2018 guide, available herehttps://guidebook.com/space/guidebookshortname/guide/ob0wbpnduk1xcue4xen4fr5vf-20180320205605.  Events for transfer students only are not listed in The Guidebook and can be found online here: 

The following events are only for transfer students:  

Monday, August 27: 2:30 pm 

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Leslie Bottari (Office of the First Year)
  • Mario Lopez & Gal Zeidman(Orientation Leaders)

Monday, August 27: 3:00 pm 

  • Registration & Transfer Credit (Shirley Thompson, Registrar’s Office & Jocelyn Heywood, Office of the First Year)Learn about how register for classes and how to obtain transfer credit at MIT.

Monday, August 27: 3:30 pm 

  • HASS and Communication Requirement (Patty Fernandes, Registrar’s Office) - Will inform with details about HASS, the CI Requirement, obtaining credit, the FEE and how to enroll in the CI appropriate classes.  

Monday, August 27: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE)- Location: 32-124 & 32-144. The Make-up FEE is for students who have not taken the online FEE or not received a score of 5 on either the AP Language and Literature Test or the AP Literature Composition Test. 

Tuesday, August 28: 3:00 pm

  • UROP Presentation (Alex Hoyt, UROP Office) - There are many research opportunities for you to explore.  Hear about how you can be part of MIT’s renowned Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. 

Tuesday, August 28: 3:30 pm

  • Financial Aid & SFS Services (Dwayne Daughtry, Student Financial Services). Learn about all the important student services that SFS will provide you for you.  You will understandhow to your financial aid package and get tips on how to budget your finances.  

Tuesday, August 28: 4:00 pm

  • Student Support Services (Justin Kasarsky, Wellness & Support). There are many resources on campus to help you at MIT.  Find out how to access the people and some of the services that can support you.  

Tuesday, August 28: 4:30 pm

  • Transfer Group Photograph -Location: Killian Court.  Will walk over together for a transfer group picture. Wear your MIT Transfer T-shirt!  Anyone have a good phone camera?  Rain back up location will be W11.

Tuesday, August 28: 5:00-6:30 pm

  • Building Positive Relationships Among MIT’s Unique Culture & Community Vienna Rothberg (Violence, Prevention and Response). This interactive workshop will help you thrive in MIT’s unique community and learn how to respect our social and cultural differences. Content will focus on active listening, working in groups, and developing healthy relationships. 

Tuesday, August 28: 6:30-8:00 pm 

  • Transfer Student Dinner. Enjoy a full dinner and meet others who make up part of the community of transfer students at MIT. 

Thursday, August 30

  • Undergraduate Administrators Meetings (by appointment).  Meet with the Academic Administrator of your new department administrator who will assign you to a faculty advisor within your major.  Meetings will have been prearranged at various offices on campus. 


Students register for classes on Registration Day, Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  You will register for your semester classes with your departmental advisor, so be sure to contact your major department's Academic Administrator before you arrive on campus, for details about your advisor and the registration process.