Orientation Arrival & Check-in


Your arrival date to MIT for the fall semester will vary depending on if you’re participating in an FPOP program, are a fall athlete, or are an International Student. Please review the arrival dates and information below to determine what day you are able to arrive on campus.

  • Approved Fall Athletes:  Fall athlete arrival dates are communicated by Athletics. If you are participating in a varsity sport and have not been in touch with your coach regarding the arrival date for your team, please do so at your earliest convenience.; See the Athletics Website for a complete listing of all coaches and their email addresses.
  • International Students:  International students can arrive on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.  International Orientation events are held on Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22. Please note that the International Orientation Program is only for international students who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residence.  U.S. Citizens living abroad and permanent residents must attend the campus orientation that begins on Sunday, August 27.
  • Freshman Pre-Orientation Program (FPOP) Arrival:  Students participating in as FPOP can arrive on Monday, August 21, Tuesday, August 22, or Wednesday, August 23, depending on the program they are participating in.  Your specific arrival date will be communicated to you upon acceptance to an FPOP.  FPOPs are by application only.
  • Class of 2021 Arrival:  All members of the Class of 2021 can arrive on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.  All students must arrive and check-in by 12 NOON on Sunday, August 27

Orientation Schedule

The Orientation Schedule is online at: https://guidebook.com/guide/110299/.

Checking In

When you arrive on campus for orientation, you should proceed directly to your assigned residence hall.  Once you have checked in there, you should proceed to Orientation Check-In, located in the Coffeehouse Room on the third floor of the Stratton Student Center (W20). 

Please note that if you are arriving via plane, there is no MIT shuttle service to campus from the airport.  Most students travel to campus via taxi or MBTA.

Baggage Storage

If you need to have your baggage or belongings sent to Cambridge prior to your arrival on campus, you must make arrangements with a separate company.  You cannot ship directly to MIT until you have moved into your permanent housing assignment.

Parent Orientation Check-In

Parents and families can check in for Parent Orientation on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August. Parent Orientation will take place on Sunday, August 27 and Monday, August 28.  For more information, please visit the Parent Page.