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Connect by Chance (CXC)

Connect by Chance (CXC) is a new MIT first-year program that brings together random groups of classmates for conversation and fun. The program aims to give students an opportunity to get to know classmates whom they may not otherwise meet, whether it leads to new friendships or simply interesting discussions.

How do I participate? 

Register for the Fall Kick-off Event and pay attention to the OFY newsletter and events page for information about more events throughout the year! There will be large and small events plus an option to plan your own outing. 

How will I be matched? 

We will assign you to a group of four students, trying to match you with peers from other dorms, but otherwise randomly generating the groups. If you want, you can also enter with a buddy and get matched with another pair. 

What if I’m shy or socially anxious? 

You’re not alone! You can enter with a buddy if you prefer. We will also give you suggested discussion prompts and guidelines to make the conversation as enjoyable as possible! 

Plan Your Own Outings

Want to get to know your peers over a nice meal, on a hike, while sailing on the Charles River, or enjoying another fun activity of your choice? We’ll assign you to a group of four, you pick a time and an activity to do as a group, and MIT will reimburse you up to $30 per person. Register at Read the guidelines and instructions here.

Connect by Chance


CXC Game Night

Monday, November 8 | 7-8:30 PM | W20-307 Mezzanine Lounge

Come enjoy an evening of board games and jigsaw puzzles with your classmates. We will have a wide selection of games that are easy to learn and fun to play. No registration required, but we encourage you to show up on time so we can form groups and start playing! 

Save the Date: CXC Spring Kick-Off

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Mark your calendar for the Spring Kick-Off event which will be held on the evening of January 30th. Stay tuned for announcements about the timing and venue.

Past Events 

Scavenger Hunt – Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, October 17

Fall Kick-off Event – Sunday, Sept. 12| 12-2 pm | Kresge Oval | Featuring local food trucks & ice cream!