Parent Information

Parent Orientation Program


MIT Parent Orientation will take place on Sunday, August 25 and Monday, August 26.  Parent Orientation is a great way to get a glimpse of the many different experiences that your student will have an opportunity to explore at MIT.  Some of the events that will be offered include the President’s Convocation and panels addressing various aspects of MIT life, including academics, health and safety, student life, and athletics.  You are also invited to our annual Jazz Night event on Sunday, August 25 where you will have the opportunity to meet other parents and families and ask questions of some of the administrators who specifically support programming for first-year students.  You will also have a chance to talk with Parent Connectors (parents of current MIT undergraduates) and upperclass students.

Parent Orientation Schedule:

The PDF Parent Orientation schedule is available here. Locations of events will be available on the printed version of the schedule you pick up when you check in for Orientation in W20-Coffeehouse.

Formal parent orientation programming will begin on Sunday, August 25 and conclude by 6pm on Monday, August 26, but we are offering a Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Boston Harbor on Saturday evening, August 24.Boarding will begin at 6pm, and you'll cruise from 7-10pm. Adult (13 & older) tickets are $100, and Child (12 & under) tickets are $75. Tickets are available for purchase via our EventBrite site. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, August 16.

In addition to the on campus orientation events, we also offer families the opportunity to purchase Old Town Trolley tickets that can be used for one day during your time at MIT.  Costs are as follows: Adult - $35; and Child - $20.  These tickets can be used anytime, and the trolley operates on a hop-on, hop-off schedule with pick-up locations convenient to the MIT campus.  Tickets are available for purchase online via our EventBrite site. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, August 15.

Registering for Parent Orientation

We do ask that parents and families register for Parent Orientation.  Your student can do this via the Parent Orientation section on the Orientation Registration Formthat must be completed by August 1.

Parent Orientation Purchases

There are a few items that can be purchased as part of Orientation: Old Town Trolley tickets (described above), Sunset Dinner Cruise (described above), and a panoramic photo of the Class of 2023. The class photo is taken during orientation, and students will be emailed when the photos are available for pick up on campus.  Photos are not mailed.

All items are available for purchase via our EventBrite site. Click here to purchase Old Town Trolley ticketshere for Sunset Dinner Cruise tickets, or here to purchase a panoramic photo of the Class of 2023.