Things to do before you arrive

This section details things you need to know as you prepare for spring and before you arrive on campus. Additional information will be posted, please check back.


  • Complete our Arrival/Orientation Registration form by Monday, February 1, even if you are not moving to campus. If you are moving to campus, we will ask you to share travel plan details AND sign up for a mandatory pre-arrival session with OFY and URL.
  • All domestic students moving to campus in February received an email with a unique URL asking for your CURRENT mailing address. MIT will be sending at-home COVID-19 tests to all students prior to arrival, and we need you to submit your information ASAP.

In the meantime, some important information and key links containing critical information to help you prepare for your arrival are included below:

  • Campus housing
    • By the End of January 2021 - Room Assignments Shared 
    • February 13, 2021 - First-year move-in. Your confirmed date/time for move-in was shared via an email from HRS on January 11.
    • February 14-15, 2021 - Upper-level resident move-in.  
    • Please visit the HRS webpage for Spring 2021 housing updates.
    • If you need to adjust your confirmed arrival time, email with your new requested new time.
  • Information on what life at MIT will be like in Spring 2021 
  • Visit the MIT Spring 2021 FAQs page for helpful information about what to expect in the coming semester.
  • ADVANCED STANDING EXAM INFORMTATION: email Elizabeth Young ( with questions.
    • The ASEs in Jan/Feb will be graded P/NR and have no bearing on your Fall or Spring credit limit.
    • NOTE: The ASE registration form was for first year students (Class of 2024) and incoming Transfers (January 2025) only. All upper-class students should follow the regular petition process and consult with their advisors.
  • Student Health Extended Insurance Enrollment/Waiver
    • Enrollment OPENS December 7, 2020 with a deadline to submit of January 20, 20201. 
    • Coverage will begin February 1, 2021.
    • If you waived the insurance coverage in the fall, and do not want the Extended Insurance coverage for the Spring term, you will not need to submit another waiver, even if you are studying on campus.
    • If you waived the insurance coverage in the fall, but want to enroll in the Extended Insurance coverage for the Spring term, you will need to withdraw your waiver BEFORE January 20 to be eligible for this coverage.
      • To withdraw your waiver and enroll, complete the withdrawal form, and return it to the MIT Health Plans Office by emailing before January 20. After we process your form, we will send you a confirmation that your waiver has been withdrawn. We will then add the insurance premium fee to your bursar’s account and send you a link to information about downloading your insurance card and using your Extended Plan coverage.

Slides from the Spring Overview Meeting available here: