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

First Year Advising


At MIT every undergraduate has an advisor. As an upper-level student you will be assigned an advisor in your major, but as a first-year, your advisor may be a faculty or staff member from any department. In addition, most advisors team up with an associate advisor (academic peer mentor), an upper-level student, who brings an undergraduate's perspective to the advising process.

First-year undergraduates choose their advising preference over the summer via online application available June 1-15.  Please check back in mid-May for descriptions of first-year advising seminars that will be offered this fall.